A Movie Ranking: Luke Evans

I knew nothing about Luke Evans until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I was pretty much smitten instantly but beyond the actor’s impressive looks he’s become an actor who I actually like in each of the films he’s managed to grace. Namely, in Beauty and the Beast as Gaston…but I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? Let me get to this movie ranking. Enjoy!

6. Clash of the Titans

Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans (2010)

I don’t even remember seeing Luke Evans in this movie but I’ll tell you this, this movie is so bad I watched it. Does that make sense? It was so laughably terrible that I ended up watching a good chunk of the movie just to see how much worse it was going to get. Lol.

5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Manu Bennett, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly, and Luke Evans in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

This is undoubtedly the worst installment in The Hobbit trilogy for its HORRIBLE CGI, corny moments, and the fact that it didn’t stay true to the book when it comes to the five armies. In the book the five armies comprised of the Dwarves of Thorin and Dain, the Lakemen, the Wood-Elves of Thranduil, the Orcs led by Bolg, and the wild wolves known as Wargs. This was not the case in the movie which I was actually rather upset about.

The final battle in the book was so awesome that it was truly underwhelming to see on the big screen, especially when Peter Jackson gave us incredible battle sequences like the Battle of Helm’s Deep and Battle before Minas Tirith. It’s kind of shame The Battle of Five Armies couldn’t end better.

4. The Fate of the Furious

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, and Tyrese Gibson in The Fate of the Furious (2017)

This was the first installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise that I actually liked. I’m hoping Furious 9 can continue the streak.

3. Murder Mystery

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in Murder Mystery (2019)

I really, really enjoyed this film. In fact, it’s become one of my favorite murder mystery movies for its hilarious plot and situations. And Luke Evans was perfect in this, adding a level of hilarity to the film early on that got me engaged in the story quickly.

If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. It’s really fun.

2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, and Luke Evans in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

I have to say, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is one of my favorite movie theater experiences of all time. I went to a midnight viewing and I was blown away by its sheer scale, namely the dragon in IMAX. WOW, it was amazing. And like I said before, it was the film that introduced me to Luke Evans. 😌

1. Beauty and the Beast

Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, Audra McDonald, Emma Watson, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beauty and the Beast (2017)

If you had told me a few years ago that I would enjoy the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast more than The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug I would’ve laughed but to be honest, it’s fact. This movie is far better in nearly all of its aspects, except maybe action of course. The love story is better, it’s a Disney movie so that always improves things, and Luke Evans is the PERFECT, I mean, PERFECT Gaston.

He’s handsome and arrogant and annoying and such a jerk. I love it!

And even though Emma Watson isn’t exactly pretty enough to be Belle (just being honest) she does a great job bringing the classic Disney character to life.

Now, all we need is for him to be cast as Wolverine in the X-Men reboot and I’ll be even happier. (I think he would be a great Wolverine and I stand by that statement.)

I thank you for reading this week’s A Movie Ranking and I hope you have a lovely day.


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