The fact that Brendan Fraser is back in movies is one of the most uplifting pieces of film industry news recently. The beloved actor was due to make a major comeback in the unfortunately shelved Batgirl movie, but it appears like his return will be in the upcoming Darren Aronofsky film The Whale.
At the film's latest Venice Film Festival screening, a teary Frasier received a six-minute standing ovation. As a result of Fraser's recent fame, viewers often revisit his earlier works. Here are ten of Brendan Fraser‘s finest films, chosen to help you out.
10. The Air I Breathe (2007)
The Air I Breathe, a crime drama by Jieho Lee released in 2007, is a visually stunning and poetically written work. Fraser portrays Pleasure, a man with a troubled past and a prescient gift. The film clearly took some stylistic chances; some viewers may find it unappealing, but no one can deny that it's unique.
9. Blast From the Past (1999)
A wacky scientist from the 1960s isolates his family in a bunker. His son Adam (Brendan Fraser) sets out 35 years later to replenish their supplies. The premise of Blast From the Past may sound like a generic “fish out of water” tale, but the picture is saved by the charmingly naive and innocent performance of Brendan Fraser.
To aid in his transition to life in the 1990s, he meets a young woman portrayed by Alicia Silverstone. Fans of Fraser's work will enjoy Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek, who complete the cast.
8. School Ties (1992)
This sports drama film from the middle of the 20th century follows a talented quarterback as he attends a prestigious prep school. Even so, he has to conceal the fact that he comes from a Jewish family.
7. The Quiet American (2002)
A young American enlists in the Vietnam War and falls in love with a gorgeous Vietnamese girl. But the English reporter she's seeing just can't get over the fact that she's a lesbian. So the journalist decides to accuse the American of explosions in the city in order to get him out of the way.
6. Encino Man (1992)
In 1992's Encino Man, Brendan starred in the picture that would ultimately propel him to fame. Two high school misfits, played by Sean Astin and Pauly Shore, find a frozen Neanderthal in this comedy.
Fraser gives a memorable performance as the caveman Link. You can put on Encino Man when you need to unwind and forget about your worries for a moment. The humor is occasionally too childish, but overall, it's a solid addition to Fraser's canon of excellent comedies.
5. The Mummy (1999)
This film is a loose adaptation of the 1932 film of the same name and tells the story of an adventurer named Rick O'Connell who visits the city of the dead and, by accident, reawakens Imhotep, the cursed high priest from the time of Pharaoh Seti I. Earning roughly $415 million worldwide, the picture was a huge financial success.
4. DogFight (1991)
For their last hurrah before being shipped off to Vietnam, a group of youngsters decides to play a game called “Dogfight,” which is the basis for the romantic comedy-drama film. Each man must select the ugliest lady he can find to bring as his date to a party, and the winner receives a reward.
3. Gods and Monsters (1998)
James Whale (Ian McKellen), well renowned for directing Frankenstein, is the subject of Gods and Monsters, a documentary about the director's final days. In this, Fraser takes on the role of Clayton Boone, Whale's young gardener, and the two form an intricate connection. The picture is one of Fraser's best because of the way its tragic plot deals with themes like love, death, and acceptance.
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2. Crash (2004)
Crash follows the lives of several people in Los Angeles as they are upended by racial tensions and hatred. A racist district attorney and his wife, racist police officers, a Middle Eastern store owner who is wrongfully accused of theft, two black carjackers, an African-American couple, and a Hispanic locksmith all provide riveting commentary on the racial injustice that exists in the United States today.
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Fraser, alongside Harrison Ford, stars in Extraordinary Measures, a film in which he demonstrates his serious acting abilities once again. The film follows a family with two children, both of whom suffer from an extremely rare disease.
They're looking for Ford's character, a talented but difficult scientist. The film demonstrates the lengths to which a parent will go to ensure his family's safety. There's a lot of optimism in this movie, and all the actors are great. Brendan Fraser's best work shines and, on multiple occasions, overshadows Ford.