For an actress who seems to have “stormed onto the stage” with The queen’s gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy has been a highly accomplished actress for only 24 years. Like Beth Harmon, she wowed viewers with her critical thinking skills and in doing so drove people crazy because of… failures. Yes, you read correctly. Any actress who can spark a chess career could be the one to save the struggling movie industry.
Nevertheless, Anya Taylor-Joy she had created a very impressive work long before the Beth Harmon story (literally) made her a household name. In fact, his performances were so chameleon that many viewers didn’t know he was in the movie until they saw or finished watching it. For an actor looking to “build his brand,” this actress has certainly taken an interesting path. We will take a look.
Set in 17th century New England, this 2015 gothic tale follows a family led out of their community living on a farm far from everyone else. As soon as they get there, strange things start to happen, people start to disappear, and this movie is soon about farmers who have their faith tested, and perhaps the root of the families’ problem is part of it. That member is Thomasin (Taylor-Joy) in a role that he seemed destined to play. With those haunting, moving eyes, she literally owns every frame of the movie she’s in. The witch is a horror mystery that keeps viewers guessing all the time, and also questions the way we view the outcasts and the ties that bind (and strangle) a family unit.
Taylor-Joy is captivating in the title role of this dystopian sci-fi horror thriller produced by the legendary Ridley Scott. Basically, this movie is Frankenstein with a technological and genre twist. The story follows Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) as a corporate cog who ventures to a faraway place to find something called Project L-9. She will decide whether SynSect, the company she works for, should continue to fund the project that created a synthetic human named Morgan. What follows is a creation gone wrong in which Weathers quickly realizes that he has nothing under control, and Morgan (a 5-year-old girl in a teenage body) can take down Weathers (and anyone else) when want. Filled with tension, fear of leaps and bounds, and the kinds of ethical questions these movies often ask, Morgan is one of the most interesting films of 2016 and most of it is down to the way Taylor-Joy plays this rich character. .
The cast of this movie about a man of 23 personalities is so strong that it’s easy to forget how good Anya Taylor-Joy is. In fact, James McAvoy is so strong in the role of Kevin Wendell Crumb, it actually makes the power of Taylor-Joy’s nuanced performance even greater. As Casey, a person who was kidnapped to be killed by Kevin’s 24th Personality, Taylor-Joy uses every moment of her screen time to try to connect with any Kevin personality who isn’t crafty. A dangerous game of manipulation begins in which time becomes Kevin’s ability to keep his mind and personalities together. What follows is a deadly game of cat and mouse in which Taylor-Joy shines against the super strong acting of McAvoy’s many characters. Sold as a horror thriller, Division is one of those rare films that is as artistic as it is terrifying. As part of M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback story, Taylor-Joys’ performance is quite similar to that of the brilliant McAvoy.
The new mutants
It makes you wonder what could be special about a movie that had 5 (yes, 5) release dates. At first, this saga of 5 mutants from the X-Men universe that are sharp but adult, has seen its release postponed by covers and then our current situation. It finally came to light in the fall of 2020 and was abused by almost everyone. However, there is always a bright spot in movies like this and one of them is Anya Taylor-Joy’s portrayal of Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik. With powers of wizardry and teleportation, Taylor-Joy delivers a layered performance in a film that could be considered little more than a superhero action movie. With her shimmering blonde locks, the actress crosses the line between presenting evil but having a strong core of goodness. There are other strengths in this distribution as well (Stranger Things Charlie Heaton is one of them), but what will The New Mutants Introducing this exceptional performance by Taylor-Joy eventually be remembered before everyone else found out on this TV show? from Netflix.
Taylor-Joy plays a minor role in this Rosamund Pike-directed story about the renowned scientist Marie Curie (she was a pioneering physicist who explored the field of radioactivity). In the role of Irene Curie, Taylor-Joy once again shines as Marie Curie’s daughter. Through the character of Irene, we see what it is like to live in the great shadow cast by your mother. The role is certainly of a variety of props, but it made it clear that Taylor-Joy can hold her own against the likes of Pike, Sam Riley, and Aneurin Barnard, among others. Directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Radioactive is the kind of movie that once again reminds us that to be really cool, you have to fight the forces that hold certain institutions in place. Anya Taylor-Joy is excellent as a character acting as a stand-in for us, as we watch Rosamund Pike fight her way through various convention roadblocks.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
This short Netflix fantasy series featured the vocal talents of rising stars like Taylor-Joy, Taron Egerton, and some older talents like Mark Hamill and Helena Bonham Carter. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance follows three Gelflings who have a plan to stop the evil Skeksis from gaining more power and destroying their world. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the role of Brea. She is a princess who helps lead the fight with Rian (Neil Sterenberg) and Deet (Beccy Henderson) to stop Skeksis’ evil powers. This show had a very dedicated fan base and its reception, when it aired in August 2019, was overwhelmingly positive. Unfortunately, Netflix canceled the show before a second season could begin. It’s a shame because Taylor-Joy and the other parties involved have done a very good job. You wonder if the cost of a fantastic show like this was too high for the streamer to expose.
Like Gina Gray, Anya Taylor-Joy manages to steal scenes from virtually every screen moment. Peaky Blinders tells the story of a gangster family in England in the 1920s. The family in question is the Shelbys, led by the stoic (and power-hungry) Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy). Taylor-Joy’s character, Gina Gray, marries Michael Gray (Finn Cole), but her goal is to rise within The Shelby Company. All Gina does is promote her position, which ultimately puts her on a collision course with everyone who stands in her way. The role is as juicy as it gets, and Taylor-Joy seems to love her characters’ ability to alter and chew on the setting she’s playing with.
It was the movie that really made Anya Taylor-Joy known as a star. Playing the title character again in a bookish period play, taken from a novel by the beloved Jane Austen, the actress is perfect as Emma Woodhouse. She has never known a relationship that she did not want to establish in some way, Emma sees her life and her expectations upside down when she is in one. This movie is sassy, tough, goofy, and skillfully directed by Autumn de Wilde. In what could have been a walkie talkie made in 19th century England, this comedy / drama finally ends up becoming the kind of romance we all want to touch in our lives. Starring Taylor-Joy, this could be the funniest movie you’re ever going to have in your living room.
The third film in the Unbreakable, Division film trilogy, Anya Taylor-Joy may be a supporting character, but she is no less important than the other main actors. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) manages to track down Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy). However, Dunn sees his retribution plans interrupted by Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) as the three soon find themselves trapped in a mental hospital. Taylor-Joy finally enters the process as the only person capable of helping (and stopping) the evil Kevin Wendell Crumb and his 24 personalities. As I mentioned, Vaso is the coup de grace in the films of this trilogy of “superheroes” by M. Night Shyamalan. While the movie itself may seem flawed (and blurred by an ending that doesn’t exactly work), what can’t be denied are the strengths of all the performances here. It’s actually a testimonial from Anya Taylor-Joy that can stand out, given the amount of time she’s spent in front of the screen compared to Willis, Jackson, and McAvoy. Yes, Vaso is not an Anya Taylor-Joy film, but ultimately it is her presence in the film that affects the debates the most.
This interesting film from director Cory Finley (Bad Education) sees Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke as two former best friends who become close after time apart. What follows is a Hitchcockian story of two semi-schemers who unfold in a way that we do and do not expect. Both actresses look stunning with Taylor-Joy and Cooke having incredible chemistry in this tale of two characters trying to get ahead of everyone around them. Taylor-Joy, Lily does a very good job here. His delivery is fair on the money, as we honestly don’t know who is the biggest scammer between the two stars. Thoroughbred is one of those movies that didn’t cause a stir when it arrived. It’s an indy that was made for $ 5 million and maybe it didn’t even get that money back at the box office. That doesn’t detract from that movie or the work that Anya Taylor-Joy (and others) has featured here. Again, this movie seems to be seen at some point as one of the many movies that shaped and helped develop Taylor Joy’s career.