Robert Pattinson has a lot to be thankful for as he celebrates his 26th Birthday. A hot girlfriend in Kristen Stewart and a hugely successful film franchise in “Twilight.” But where does he go from here?
Rob is without doubt one of the most handsome and charismatic actors of his generation, and he likely has more film offers than he knows what to do with.
Pattinson will next play a military interrogator who hunts down Saddam Hussein in psychological thriller “Mission: Blacklist.”
Yet, his career, outside of “Twilight’s” popularity with teens, has yet to hit any of the notable milestones of similar actors from previous generations. Stars like Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and James Dean had already earned, in their twenties, the critical acclaim that Rob still lacks.
Rob has been credible in films outside of “Twilight,” such as “Remember Me” and “Water for Elephants.” But his acting failed to draw much critical praise. His other film, 2009 indie “Little Ashes,” didn’t make much of an impression either.
Critics trashed “Remember Me;” it received only a 28% rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews. Altough audiences give it a more favorable 69% rating.
With a stronger cast, including Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Walz, “Water for Elephants” was Rob’s best showing so far outside of “Twilight.” It drew a 61 percent rating among critics and a 71 percent rating from those who saw it.
Still, Rob drew mixed reviews. “Pattinson is about as ardently expressive as a log of wood trying to pass itself off as James Dean,” wrote NPR’s Ella Taylor.
Indeed, Dean appeared in just three films before he died in a car crash. But he established himself as an iconic star in his first big role, 1955’s “East of Eden,” earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination. He won a second Best Actor nod for “Giant” the following year.
It may be unfair to compare Rob to screen legends like Dean. But there’s no denying he has the potential. The question is will he ever realize it?
Rob was hoping to break away from his vampire character with bad-guy roles in “Bel Ami” and David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis.” But “Bel Ami” faded into pay-per-view oblivion without a wide release in theaters.
Now, “Cosmopolis” is set to compete for the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Maybe it will prove to be the film that establishes him as a major screen star, and not just a teen heartthrob, who got lucky with the right movie at the right time.