The 5 Best Patrick Stewart Movies
Sir Patrick Stewart (he was knighted, after all), is a British actor who for the last 30 years has garnered international critical and nerd acclaim for playing two of the most iconic characters in science fiction history, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and Professor Charles Xavier. But before he rose to international stardom for his television and film roles, Stewart as a Shakespearean trained actor, was well known to fans of London’s West End theatres, where he won the Olivier Award for his parts in Anthony and Cleopatra, and Hamlet. Stewart eventually made his way to British television on shows such as Coronation Street, and Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy.
Stewart forever cemented his name in nerdom when he took the part of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the leader of the Starship Enterprise, in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 90s continuation of the cult classic Sci-Fi show Star Trek, based on the novels by Gene Roddenberry. After the show ended in 1994, he went on to star in subsequent feature films that were off-shoots of the series. Stewart’s next big role was that of Professor Charles Xavier, one of the most powerful mutants, and leader of the X-Men, in 200,0’s live-action adaptation of the Marvel comics series of the same name. X-Men would be the first of 8 films in the series, with Logan (2017) being his last. Apart from his on-screen roles, Stewart has lent his voice to various animated shows, films, and video games, such as The Simpsons, and The Prince of Egypt, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2. It was announced in August of 2018, that Stewart would reprise his role as Captain Picard in a new Star Trek series to be broadcast by the CBS network.
The future is bleak, depressing and mutants are almost extinct. Logan (Hugh Jackman) no longer has the X-Men around him, save for Charles (Stewart) and another mutant named Caliban (Stephen Merchant). Logan’s quiet – for the most part – life is disturbed when a young girl named Laura, played to perfection by Dafne Keen, crashes in and forever changes his life and the future for existing mutants. Directed by James Mangold, Logan is a film that has a completely different tone and pace compared to other X-Men feel. As Charles’s health rapidly declines, it seems as though Stewart is gradually saying goodbye to the character in each scene, and his chemistry with Jackman only reinforces what it was that attracted audiences to them. For his final film in the X-Men franchise, Stewart couldn’t have picked a better one.
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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
In an attempt to prevent Earth from making its first contact with an alien species, the Borg. lead by the Borg Queen (Alice Krige) travel back in time, but they are pursued by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) and his intrepid crew on board the Star Ship Enterprise. Whether or not you’re a Trekkie, Star Trek: First Contact is a film that anyone would enjoy. This energetic film has one of the best villains ever put to screen the Borg Collective, two leaders who think they’re in the right, and great set and costume designs. Directed by Commander William Ryker himself, Johnathan Frakes, First Contact is a fun watch, making resistance futile.
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Accepting a request to be interviewed for a dissertation about the history of dance in 1960s New York, Julliard ballet instructor Tobi Powell (Stewart), lets Lisa (Carla Gugino), and her husband Mike (Matthew Lillard) into his home. But he soon discovers the couple has an ulterior motive that puts Tobi in a precarious and potentially dangerous position. Match is based on the stage play by director Stephen Belber. As Tobi, Steward to captivating and dramatic as a man who lives a solitary life but craves attention.
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The Prince of Egypt (1998)
The Egyptians have long held the Hebrew people in bondage, but when Moses, a member of the royal family learns of his true heritage, he obeys God’s command to return to the city and demands Pharaoh let the people go. Featuring wide panning shots of the deserts of Cairo, temples, and kinetic action scenes – who could forget that chariot race), and an all-star voice cast of Stewart, Val Kilmer, Helen Mirren, Danny Glover and Jeff Goldblum, and one of the best film soundtracks ever (“When You Believe” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey is a classic) The Prince of Egypt is one of the most beautiful animated films ever made.
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The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
It’s the tale as old as time…well almost. Young Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) happens upon the infamous sword once belonging King Arthur, Excalibur, and goes on a quest with his friend Beddo (Dean Chaumoo) and enemies turned allies Kay (Rihanna Dorris), Lance (Tom Taylor) aided by the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart) to defeat the evil Morgana Le Fay (Rebecca Fergusson). In a world where the decisions of adults will have long term consequences for the youth of today, Joe Cornish‘s The Kid Who Would Be King delivers a message of working together for the greater good and redemption, in a fun way that we everyone needs.
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