Monday Morning Quarterback Part II
By BOP Staff
June 17, 2015
Kim Hollis: How would you describe the career ascension of Chris Pratt, and do you consider him the biggest movie star in the world now?
Edwin Davies: I'd describe his rise as meteoric, but only because I can't think of a more extreme superlative. He went from being a supporting player on a great but cultish sitcom to a reliable supporting player in acclaimed movies like Zero Dark Thirty and Moneyball to a global megastar in the space of just a few years. He's been incredibly smart with his choices during that time, but also worked for the better part of a decade in relative obscurity, so this all feels well earned.
In terms of whether he's the biggest movie star in the world, I feel that he's absolutely in the conversation, but you'd need to test his appeal away from huge franchises to tell for certain. After all, Sam Worthington was the star of Avatar, Terminator Salvation and Clash of the Titans all in the space of one year, but he was never able to convert that into any sort of success outside of those films. He was much less charismatic and distinctive a presence than Pratt, though, so I have little doubt that he could turn his consecutive hits into enduring success, but currently we haven't seen his stardom tested yet the way that Robert Downey, Jr.'s or Jennifer Lawrence's were.
Jason Barney: Saying that he is the biggest star in the world right now is a bit premature. He is definitely headed to huge stardom, but there are a lot of people who never saw Guardians of the Galaxy and he is still on the rise. A $200 million dollar opening is a huge addition to his resume and puts him further on the map.
The potential is there, though. Especially if Guardians of the Galaxy sequels are put on the right weekends, if his role in the Jurassic franchise continues. I know there have been some whispers about him being the next Indiana Jones.....he's getting pretty big.
Felix Quinonez: I definitely think he's big at the time but wouldn't go so far as to say he's the biggest movie star right now. It would be crazy to pin this huge opening solely or even primarily on his shoulders. In order to really see how big of a star he is he'd have to open a movie that doesn't have a huge built-in audience. Guardians had the MCU brand name and this had the dinosaurs going for it. His star is definitely on the rise but he's no Tom Cruise or Will Smith (at their respective peaks).