Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jonah Hill vs. Michael Cera

I caught a showing last night of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."  While this movie has received solid reviews, I really didn't like it.  While it did have some cool special effects, it just never really made me laugh.  In fact the last Cera movie I saw, "Youth in Revolt" was a disappointment to me as well.  It got me thinking about the last and only Michael Cera film I really liked, the 2007 teen classic "Superbad."  Cera, and Jonah Hill worked well together, and it was a brilliant film.  So I started to think, who has had the better career so far, Michael Cera or Jonah Hill.

Michael Cera has primarily been the male lead in his films, while Jonah Hill has been a supporting actor.  Cera, who had back-to-back $100 million dollar hits in 2007, with "Superbad" and "Juno," hasn't really had the same Box Office magic he did a few years ago.  Since then, his highest grossing film was "Year One," a commercial disappoint, making $43 million, and barely making its budget back in returns.  He has been praised for his roles in other films, but they have come up short in box office cash.  "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," received an 81 % rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it was slaughtered at the box office last weekend, finishing 5th in its opening weekend.

Jonah Hill has also carved a nice niche as an actor in Hollywood, starring or supporting in several hit movies, and has also lent his voice to several successful animated films.  He was in a couple of terrible movies("Strange Wilderness," "The Invention of Lying") he has also been great in a few comedies.  "Get him to the Greek was one of the best movies I saw all summer,and Cyrus has received great buzz.  Jonah also has a couple of intriguing movies in the works, starting with Brad Pitt in "Moneyball," and a movie version of 80's crime-drama 21 Jump Street.

So, with all being said, who has had the most successful career so far?  As of right now, I personally give the title to Jonah Hill.  While he will probably end up eating himself out of Hollywood, he seems to have more range than Cera.  He is taken on some more dramatic roles like "Cyrus" while Cera has been the same likeable nerd the in the last 5 films he has starred in.  Cera really needs to step up his game, his dork appeal is clearly losing steam.  Perhaps a film adaption of "Arrested Development" is what the doctor ordered.

1 comment:

  1. nick and nora's infinite playlist is michael cera's best movie.
    invention of lying is jonah's best movie.

    i cant stand jonah hill or his butt buddy seth rogan. that whole stoner asshole type character they both play gets really old. its not like michael cera has any range either, but hes casted specifically to play his 1 tune, and he gets casted to play it in good movies. he is never what makes the movies good, its usually his female costar.