Saturday, March 13, 2010

Julie Walters in "Educating Rita"

Julie Walters shot to stardom with her role as Rita White (aka Susan) in Educating Rita.

Susan is a seemingly intelligent hairdresser living in Liverpool who decides to enhance herself, to start studying literature and try to educate herself. She soon is met by Frank (Michael Caine) who is assigned to help her with her education.

Julie Walters is just charming as this working class girl, with a quick wit. Susan is not stupid, in any way shape or form, she really just has a low level of educating and is looked down upon because of this, so to get some respect from various people, she decides to let Frank teach her.

Susan is manipulative, ballsy, and really very unkind when someone seems to be smarter then her. What I love about Julie Walters is how she never really lets this hold her back from seeming very loving. Michael Caine's Frank is somewhat of a mess, I can understand he is playing his character in a realistic way, but he always comes off as being very uninterested in the work he's doing. And Walters is the complete opposite, for this to be her first movie, she is amazing as Susan.

I love the part when she says her name is Rita, so people won't know who she really is. I can completely relate to Susan, and Walters, again, does a terrific job at conveying her emotions throughout her entire learning process.

This was the kind of performance I wanted from Carey Mulligan this past year. Without totally overdoing or underdoing it, Susan comes across as being smart and brassy.

It's an underrated performance, and near perfect accomplishment from Julie Walters.

13 comments:

joe burns said...

Great! Now I really don't know who will be your pick. I hope you really like Debra Winger. And I just posted my 2003 Best Supporting Actress ranking. Go check it out!

Sage Slowdive said...

It is looking like a tight race at this point, which surprises me. I rewatched Educating Rita and Testament today, and my opinions on both have changed drastically.

joe burns said...

Yeah, I wondered why Walters didn't make your best Best Actress nominees list since she got such a high rating. But Jane Alexander did so my guess is you didn't like her on repeat viewing?

Sage Slowdive said...

That list was done on memory or some performances I really love, so I wouldn't so it was complete...I guess just rewatching the movies, it makes you want to appreciate them more.

joe burns said...

Off-topic, but what did you think of Mariel Hemminway's performance in Manhattan? I thought she was wonderful!

Sage Slowdive said...

I was surprised at how much I liked her...she was pretty good, and the standout of that movie.

joe burns said...

Wow, I thought you wouldn't like her since I know you don't like Woody Allen. Glad you did though! I haven't seen Meryl's performance in Kramer yet though.

Sage Slowdive said...

Yeah, just one of few ;]

Wow, well that's defiantly one you need to see.

joe burns said...

Yeah, I haven't seen it! It's always the 70's classics that I hear a lot about that I haven't seen, like One Flew Over The Cukoo's Nest.

joe burns said...

What did you think of Jack Warden's performance in Shampoo since I know you love Lee Grant's performance. And did you see my "If I picked the winners" post?

Sage Slowdive said...

He's fine...I think the ladies totally steal that movie.

joe burns said...

Do you know the link or the title of the video that has a small clip of each Best Actress winner of a certain decade? Like Best Actress winners of the 60's? Because I typed that in and I couldn't find the video anywhere.

Sage Slowdive said...

Here's a good one of all the winners, but I couldn't find one with just the 60s winners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TkOIwtN5DM