Keri Russell vs. Amy Adams: Who Ya Got?

November 24, 2007 at 9:12 pm 1 comment

Amy AdamsOnce again, it’s a weekend battle of head-to-head stars. In this corner, we have onetime television star turned blink-and-you’ll-miss-her actress, Keri Russell. And in this corner we have a solid actress who hit just a few years too late to become as big as I believe she could have been, Amy Adams. You know the rules. Let’s drop the cage. Two men enter! One man leaves!In the box office this weekend: Winner = Adams
Personally I think both of these films are going to be long running juggernauts that through force of word of mouth will have legs for a few weeks. But when betting on a battle between a mom-centric film and a daughter-centric film, I always bet on the daughter. Enchanted is going to run circles around August Rush over the holiday weekend. But I’m not yet convinced which will win the long haul.

In the critical arena: Winner = Adams
She’s adorable and so is her movie. Even the hardest nosed critics are softening to this one. August Rush , on the other hand, has a number of problems that critics will take issue with, but most mothers are going to readily ignore. But it is the film and not Russell that stands out.

In their careers: Winner = Adams
She’s on her way up, and while I strongly feel that she missed the mark by a few years, keeping her from ever reaching Juila/Angelina/Reese status, she still is on the up. Russell on the other hand is fighting for every role she can get and her television show ended what, five years ago? And no lead role in a hit film since then except for in Waitress? Not a good sign. This role might be the one she needs to transition into more dramatic, mature roles. Despite the fact that Adams is actually two years older than her.

In my heart of hearts: Winner = Russell
I might be knocking her around a bit here, but I still get all gooey on the inside when she smiles. She’s adorable and translates that to film quite well. I like Adams, but she’s never truly won me over.

Winner = Adams
If there’s one actress everyone will be raving about this week, it will be her. Her movie is going to be a big hit and so is she.



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