The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Daniel Radcliffe

Salman Ali gives us the rundown of Daniel Radcliffe's varied career in terms of what is good, bad and ugly

16th May 2016

The Good: The Harry Potter Series  (2001-2011)

It’s been almost five years since we last saw Daniel pick up the wand. But still to this day, in my book that was Daniel Radcliffe’s unforgettable performance.

The way Daniel portrayed the character of Harry Potter; made me sure nobody else could pull it off. Sure, The Goblet of Fire was a disaster for the franchise, but still, he was the Harry Potter that I knew and loved from the previous movies. He also managed to avoid becoming the archetypical child star, and has grown to be a fine actor, free from teenage controversy (that ‘want some drugs?’ meme aside..).

The Bad: Victor Frankenstein (2015)

might be one of those 0.1% of couch potato population who rather guiltily enjoyed 2015’s Victor Frankenstein starring James McAvoy and of course Daniel Radcliffe. Most critics tend to disagree.

It was more of James McAvoy’s movie than Radcliffe’s, as he steals the show when playing Victor Frankenstein. And this is pretty much why this movie was seen to be bad for Radcliffe, as he didn’t show much of a difference between the hunchback and straight back Igor; all of the attention was given to McAvoy. From beginning to end, Daniel never really developed from sad circus clown to confident lover with an aerialist girlfriend.

The Ugly: Horns (2014)

cannot even begin to wonder why an actor with bright future would even star in movie that would spit on an actor’s career. 

This one starts out really well. It’s witty and satirical, with the idea of seeking justice for a falsely accused man. He develops the power of getting dark secrets out of the people he meets, and the trail gradually grows colder. Just over half way through the story loses the witty touch, and we end up with a mechanical work through of a second rate plot that relies on daft symbolism and half-baked religious notions as expressed through the wonders of special effects. To top it off the villain is laughably unimpressive, and the final conflict is pure cheese.

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