Dark comedy horror The Menu, starring Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nicholas Hoult, was released in theaters on November 18. The film tells the story of an exclusive secluded restaurant of high standard that is stuffed with strange mysteries and secrets.
In the movie, Hoult plays the character Tyler, who admires the owner of the restaurant and chef, Julian Slowik. But the actor has been around for a while, considering his recognition came fairly early with the 2002 Hugh Grant comedy-drama, About a Boy. Since then, Hoult has starred in both independent features and big-budget blockbusters, finding success in most of them. At only 32, his filmography is already filled with some of the best movies of the last 20 years.
10/10 True History Of The Kelly Gang (2019) – 3.2/5
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True History Of The Kelly Gang tells the fictionalized story of a real-life Australian bandit, Ned Kelly, and his gang operating in the 1870s. Ned is one of the most controversial characters in world criminal history, considered by many to be a noble robber and the real Robin Hood.
Hoult portrays police officer Constable Fitzpatrick and shows off his acting skills in some of the most intense scenes in the movie, which he shares with another fellow young actor, George MacKay.
9/10 About A Boy (2002) – 3.4/5
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When irresponsible single Will Freeman meets 12-year-old timid boy Marcus at the Single Parents Alone Together community, his whole life changes forever. He develops a bond with a kid that he’s never experienced before and starts to shift his perspective on life and love.
At a young age, Hoult was able to create very tender and honest chemistry with the experienced actor Hugh Grant, who stole a lot of hearts with his rom-com characters. This young actor’s earnest performance in About A Boy moves even the most heartless viewer, which is fitting for a movie about human connection.
8/10 Coming Down The Mountain (2007) – 3.4/5
Coming Down The Mountain is a 2007 TV movie that has not been seen by a wide audience, but has touched the hearts of those who managed to catch it. The plot centers around two teenage brothers: David, the rebel, and the older brother, Ben, who has Downs Syndrome.
This quiet drama pulls at the heartstrings and is determined not to leave anyone’s eyes dry after viewing. Hoult gives a subtle performance as a character full of emotions, hormones, and resentment of his brother who he feels gets more attention from his family and society.
7/10 The Banker (2020) – 3.4/5
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Based on the real lives of the first Black American bankers in the United States, The Banker shows the complicated road that led the men to their status in the 1950s. This drama touches on the socially-relevant topic of racism and stays close to the time period with the style, clothes, and soundtrack.
A film full of charismatic and charming actors besides Hoult, the movie stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson, another actor who has portrayed some of the greatest characters in recent years. Hoult portrays Matt Steiner, a man who posed as the face of the operation and the front of the company in meetings. The three leading performances are the highlight of The Banker, as each actor makes their character compelling, interesting, and easy to root for.
6/10 X-Men: First Class (2011) – 3.6/5
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X-Men: First Class is the fourth mainline installment in the X-Men franchise that received a very positive reaction from fans. Director Matthew Vaughn managed the almost impossible task of creating a great prequel with a strong solid plot, stylish direction, and impressive performances from the cast.
In First Class, Hoult takes on the role of the younger version of the Beast, a character who was previously played by Kelsey Grammer. Hoult’s natural charm and earnestness make the audience feel for this kind and gentle character, despite his more frightening appearance.
5/10 X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) – 3.6/5
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A sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: First Class (2011), Days Of The Future Past combines two time periods and their forces in order to save the future. Hoult reprises the role of the beast, which he shares with actor Kelsey Grammer.
The film reaches near perfection in terms of blending the original cast with its younger counterparts, all while delivering an engaging thrilling cinematic experience. All the characters get to shine in the movie and the Beast has a chance to really show off his incredible power and force.
Hoult’s latest movie, The Menu, has already gotten a great response from critics and the audience that praised its dark goofiness, well-constructed thriller elements, and great performances. Besides Hoult, these include the magnetic Anya Taylor-Joy and charismatic Ralph Fiennes, who has played many frightening characters over the years.
The movie brings forth the themes of class privilege, narcissism, and the standards of satisfaction in today’s society. Its straightforwardness may be appalling to some viewers, but will definitely give much food for thought about the imperfections of the modern world.
3/10 A Single Man (2009) – 3.8/5
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Directed by designer Tom Ford, A Single Man is a beautiful piece of cinema that explores the tragedy of loss and the yearning for acceptance. British actor Colin Firth, who starred in the recent HBO show The Staircase, played gay university professor George Falconer, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Hoult portrays college student Kenny in the movie, George’s romantic interest. The tenderness that Kenny’s character treats George with is bound to break audience hearts because Falconer is not able to reciprocate the same feelings.
2/10 The Favourite (2018) – 4.0/5
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The Favourite is a product of the unique mind of Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of films like The Lobster (2015) and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017). Set in the 18th century, it tells the story of the fight between Lady Sarah Churchill and her cousin, Abigail Hill, for Queen Anne’s love and attention.
In the movie, Hoult portrays Robert Harley, a character that doesn’t want to aid Sarah in her efforts to control the country’s fate. Hoult’s impressive acting skills got him the role of Peter III in the satirical Hulu TV series The Great by the writer of the movie and the TV show, Tony McNamara.
1/10 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – 4.1/5
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One of the best movies of 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road became a movie that set the bar for future action films very high. This reboot in the Mad Max franchise is filled with astounding post-apocalyptic scenery and delivers a great story about humanity and hope.
Director George Miller ensured greatness for every single performance in the movie, including from Hoult, who portrayed Nux, a member of Immortan Joe’s army of War Boys that switches sides and joins Max’s cause in the war.