The Gift marks actor Joel Edgerton’s feature directing début. The confident first outing that Edgerton also wrote can loosely be described as a mystery thriller. What starts out looking like an 80’s/90’s yuppies in peril thriller becomes something far more interesting. Edgerton co stars with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Hall is brilliant as ever and Bateman gives his best performance since Juno, in what is probably his most interesting part. By the second act it is clear that Rebecca Hall is the focus of the film and Edgerton the catalyst. Giving an understated performance, Edgerton really inhabited the character of Gordo and was always believable in the part. His look and performance was so much different to the most recent films I have seen him in, Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) as Ramses and The Great Gatsby (2013) as Tom Buchanan, and what is probably his most famous role, Brendan Conlon in Warrior (2011).
This got me thinking, has he being in other films that I have forgotten? By the time he played Owen Lars in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) he had already been appearing in Australian movie and TV shows for nearly a decade. His first starring role came in Kinky Boots (2005), his performance was strong and his English accent faultless but he was somewhat overshadowed by more flamboyant co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor. These two are a good place to start to look at the changing faces of Joel Edgerton:
If you haven’t already, check out The Girt, you may be pleasantly surprised.