Emily Blunt stars in “A Quiet Place Part II”, the much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 science-fiction/horror masterpiece. In celebration of the new film and her career, here is a terrific Emily Blunt Triple Feature that features this London-born actress’ turns at comedy, romance, and action-adventure.
The three movies are available to stream right now, and “A Quiet Place Part II” arrives in theatres on May 28.
Emily Charlton, “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) – Even the most oblivious fashion-novices will appreciate director David Frankel’s light and bright adaption of Lauren Weisberger’s novel. In “The Devil Wears Prada”, a recent Northwestern Journalism School graduate, Andrea “Andy” Sachs (Anne Hathaway), accepts a second assistant position for Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), “Runway” magazine’s editor-in-chief. Sounds simple enough for a young woman who turned down Stanford Law School, but Miranda – nicknamed The Dragon Lady – is so demanding that the late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner would quake in his boots. Andy has big shoes to fill because she’s taken over the job from Emily Charlton (Blunt), who is now Miranda’s first assistant. While Andy initially fumbles over the new culture and her sense of style, Emily is right there with jabs, put downs, and criticisms that would make Regina George (Rachel McAdams) from “Mean Girls” (2004) green with envy, including their first meeting.
“Human resources certainly has an odd sense of humor,” Emily quips.
Despite Emily C.’s coarse verbal shade, she isn’t a monster. She’s a semi-neurotic upstart looking to find her place in the world, and Blunt delivers proper empathy for this highly memorable supporting character and leverages a legit hurdle for Andy to leap over. Blunt’s breakout performance in this big-time blockbuster launched her career, so thank you, “Runway”!
Elise Sellas, “The Adjustment Bureau” (2011) – U.S. Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) loses his U.S. Senate race but walks into momentary success when he unexpectedly meets Elise Sellas (Blunt), a ballerina, while rehearsing his concession speech. It’s love at first sight, and David and Elise make an emotional connection, even for just a few minutes.
Unfortunately, a collection of cryptic “case officers” actively sabotage a potential relationship between the newly acquainted pair and offer bizarre, science-fiction reasoning for their measures. Writer/director George Nolfi adapts Philip K. Dick’s short story for the big screen that’s a 21st-century thriller and old-fashioned romance mash-up, and Blunt flawlessly balances Elise’s first-encounter magic with congenial warmth.
These mysterious, fedora-sporting fellas continue to keep them apart, but David is determined not to let Elise get away, and just about every straight male watching the film will feel just as desperate for our ill-fated lead. In a 2011 Self.com interview, Blunt reportedly said that she “never bloody danced before.” Well, after six weeks of training, she danced beautifully on screen, like she studied ballet for years.
Sgt. Rita Vrataski, “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) – Sgt. Rita Vrataski (Blunt) – a deadly-efficient hired gun against the Mimics, a murderous, vicious race of aliens – owns a couple of proud monikers. Fellow soldiers refer to her as The Angel of Verdun and Full Metal Bitch, but Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise) knows her as a brave warrior who slices up the aforementioned invaders – like Beatrix Kiddo carves up the Crazy 88s – during a chaotic, futuristic D-Day-clash.
They soon partner up in the hopes of defeating the Mimics and saving the human race from global genocide. In director Doug Liman’s massively entertaining sci-fi puzzler, adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel, Cage finds himself repeatedly dying on the battlefield (and countless other locales) and then reliving the day…over and over again, not unlike Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) in “Palm Springs” (2020).
It turns out that Rita attained that same “gift” but lost it. Hence, she relies upon William for guidance because this aptitude for uncanny resurrection might be the key to winning the extraterrestrial war. Blunt is an entirely credible badass, and she and Cruise light up the screen with tough-girl and tough-guy vibes, and get this, a sequel – “Live Die Repeat and Repeat” – is supposedly in pre-production. Oh, sign me up…and again…and again.
Image credits: 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures