Beyonce will be the halftime performer at next year's Super Bowl, we learned this week when the AP broke the news. This got me thinking about the multi-talented multi-hyphenate's movie performances. The R&B superstar has appeared in a lot of films over the past decade, with some decidedly high-profile roles. And while she shouldn't quit her day job just yet, she does have a radiant screen presence.
So here's a ranking of Beyonce's film work - although her greatest role of all may be that of the now-defunct Sasha Fierce persona she created to give herself the confidence to be wild and sexy on stage.
- "Fade to Black" (2004): Admittedly, this choice is a bit of a cheat. Beyonce wasn't exactly acting here, per se.
- "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002): In a spoof of the attitudinal blaxploitation movie heroine, Beyonce played Foxxy Cleopatra, a whole lotta woman. This basically called upon her to say things like: "I'm Foxxy Cleopatra, and I'm a whole lotta woman!" But in her first big-screen role, she did look the part in the giant 'fro and flashy, form-fitting get-ups of the era. In this tired third installment in the franchise, Austin Powers (Mike Myers) time-traveled to 1975 to rescue his dad (Michael Caine). As the undercover spy who tags along on the slapsticky mission - and a former flame of Austin's, naturally - Beyonce seemed to be having a blast.
- "Cadillac Records" (2008): Beyonce faced the daunting task of
- "Dreamgirls" (2006): Beyonce played the Diana Ross-esque lead singer of a '60s singing trio in this movie based on the 1981 Broadway musical. As an actress ... well, she sure did look great. Beyonce didn't seem ready at this point to dig deep for the big, dramatic moments in which she found herself, and hadn't really improved by the time she made "Cadillac Records." Co-star Jennifer Hudson stole the entire movie away from her and went on to win the Academy Award for best supporting actress. But Beyonce was the main beneficiary of costume designer Sharen Davis' infinite resourcefulness; the big-earring-and-bell-bottom phase was fun, and even the unfortunate foray into a black "Cleopatra" movie was a hoot.
- "Obsessed" (2009): The catfight between Beyonce and Ali Larter sent this domestic thriller scratching and clawing its way to the top of the box office, where it debuted at No. 1 with nearly $29 million. And the knock-down, drag-out brawl between these two gorgeous women is probably the only thing anyone will remember about this movie afterward. Beyonce played the happily married wife and mother who would do whatever it took to keep her husband (Idris Elba) from succumbing to the seductive charms of a sexy new temp in his office (Larter). Beyonce struck one note throughout ... but it was fierce.
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