YOUR MOVIE LISTS: Chloe Grace Moretz
By Michael Arruda
Welcome to another edition of YOUR MOVIE LISTS, the column where you’ll find lists of odds and ends about movies. Today we’re looking at films starring Chloe Grace Moretz.
Ever since Chloe Grace Moretz burst onto the scene as Hit Girl in KICK- ASS (2010), I’ve been a huge fan, so much so that she’s clearly one of my favorite actresses working today, and what makes this even more amazing is she’s only seventeen years old. It’s a rare thing for me to be blown away on a consistent basis by an actor that young.
Sure, part of what made her so memorable as Hit Girl was the shock factor: here was an eleven year-old girl using language usually reserved for Robert De Niro in a gangster movie and kicking bad guys’ butts with the ferocity of Christian Bale’s Batman.
But Moretz didn’t stop there. She has continued to star in one decent movie after another, and she’s usually the best part of these movies.
Here is a partial list of movies featuring Chloe Grace Moretz:
HEART OF THE BEHOLDER (2005) – film debut of Chloe Grace Moretz.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (2005) – plays young Chelsea Lutz in this re-imagining of the 1979 film.
KICK-ASS (2010) – the film which pretty much put Moretz on the map. While Aaron Taylor-Johnson is pretty impressive in the lead role as Kick-Ass, the young teen turned superhero, Chloe Grace Moretz is even better as the eleven year-old Hit Girl, the roughest, toughest pre-teen superhero ever seen in the movies. Violent and not for everybody, KICK-ASS is one of the more enjoyable off-beat superhero films you’ll ever have the pleasure to come across.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (2010) – plays Angie Steadman in this very funny movie based on the popular book by Jeff Kinney.
LET ME IN (2010) – Moretz is amazing as the vampire Abby—perhaps even more impressive than her performance as Hit Girl— in this Hammer horror film directed by Matt Reeves. This is one of my favorite horror movies of recent years, and Moretz’ performance is a major reason why.
HUGO (2011) – plays Isabelle in a delightful supporting role in Martin Scorsese’s highly entertaining visual tour de force about a young boy name Hugo (Asa Butterfield) living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Also starring Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen.
DARK SHADOWS (2012) – plays Carolyn Stoddard in this reimagining of the iconic 1960s TV show by director Tim Burton. A comedic misfire, not even Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, or the presence of Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Christopher Lee, and of course Chloe Grace Moretz could save this one, which plays more like THE ADDAMS FAMILY than DARK SHADOWS.
KICK-ASS 2 (2013) – While it was nice to see Moretz reprise her Hit Girl role along with Aaron Taylor Johnson’s return as Kick-Ass, this sequel is nowhere near as good as its predecessor.
CARRIE ( 2013) – plays the lead role of Carrie in this decent remake of the 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek, both based on the very first novel by Stephen King. Moretz is good, and Julianne Moore might be better as Carrie’s cruel mom.
IF I STAY (2014) – love story where Moretz’ character Mia has to decide via an out-of-body experience after a car crash whether or not she wants to return to the land of the living.
THE EQUALIZER (2014) – supporting role as a prostitute in this OK actioner very loosely based on the old TV show from the 1980s starring Edward Woodward. This one stars Denzel Washington in the lead role.
There you have it, a partial list of some notable Chloe Grace Moretz movies. Hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks for reading!