Michelle Pfeiffer’s ’Wizard Of Lies' Role Is Another Highlight In Her Amazing Career
There are, without a doubt, some amazing actresses in Hollywood that have been consistently killing it in the TV and film industry for decades. You've got your Meryl Streep, your Helen Mirren, your Sandra Bullock... You get the picture. But what happened to Michelle Pfeiffer? Ever since 2013's The Family, she's basically been maintaining radio silence, which sucks because she's one of the best — and, dare I say, the most underrated — actresses out there. Thankfully, she's soon to be back on our screens, and not a moment too soon. Pfeiffer has joined Robert De Niro in Wizard of Lies , an HBO movie about the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme saga, and it's sure to be another notch on her incredible acting-career belt.
Wizard of Lies will not only delve into Madoff's criminal activity, but also "how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family," according to a press release. De Niro, who is coproducing the film with Barry Levinson, will play Madoff himself, with Pfeiffer as his wife, Ruth. This is great news and I can't wait to see Pfeiffer in action again, but it got me thinking about how much I love basically 99.9 percent of her back catalog, and how much I need to rewatch some of my favorite movies of hers.
If you're a Pfeiffer fan or you've finally realized the error of your ways and know you should be, here are some of her best roles ever, at least in my opinion. Note that you can pretty much pick anything from her IMDB and it'll be an entertaining watch, but these are some of the best of the best that often go ignored (or could always use more appreciation).
To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (1996)
Admittedly, I watched this movie when it came out because I was a huge Claire Danes fan in the '90s (still am) and she was in it. To Gillian was super sad, considering it was a story about a teen girl who lost her mother (Pfeiffer) and how the girl, her father, and the rest of the family cope with the mother's death. It's beautiful and haunting, and Pfeiffer plays a ghost like a dream.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
After studying this Shakespeare comedy in middle school English, we got to watch the movie and I immediately fell in love. Pfeiffer as Titania will forever be embedded in my brain as a thing of beauty, and it's worth watching for her role alone (though Kevin Kline as Nick Bottom just made things doubly wonderful).
Grease 2 (1982)
Generally speaking, I'm not into movie sequels in general because they're never as good as the original. I'm glad I gave Grease 2 a chance, however, because Pfeiffer as Stephanie Zinone is amazing. The music, the dancing, the total '80s vibe... It's well worth a watch, even now.
Obviously a classic, but it's Pacino that tends to get most of the credit for this one, when Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock was divinity on screen. Look at that fierceness! Rewatch this for something other than the guns and the mafia goodness (which I know is kind of the point) and pay attention to her. Your mind will be blown.
I'm a Neil Gaiman fan, so I was going to love Stardust anyway, but Pfeiffer's role as the evil aging Lamia made it extra memorable. I can't tell you how much I loved to watch her try to kidnap Yvaine in hopes of remaining young forever. Ugh, now I want to rewatch it again (lucky for me, it tends to come on TV a few times a month).
One Fine Day (1996)
Don't get me started on how much I loved Natalie Merchant's eponymous track from this movie — it was serious. Not as serious as my love for One Fine Day in general, though. A romance film starring Pfeiffer and George Clooney? Seriously, say no more. I'm there.
People Like Us (2012)
A more dramatic, serious role for Pfeiffer, but an incredibly moving one. The movie deals with a salesman whose father recently died, and in settling his affairs, he discovers he had a sister he never knew about. It's a really lovely, painful journey and Pfeiffer is radiant in it.
Whatever your taste in movies, Michelle Pfeiffer has likely made one in your genre of choice (and probably more). Do yourself a favor and watch every single one of them. I promise you won't be sorry.
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