A new Jack Ryan film (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), starring Chris Pine comes out this weekend. Since Chris Pine is one of my favorite actors I thought it only fitting that I should write my Top Five about him. Here are my Top Five Reasons Chris Pine is Awesome.
5. He can sing.
For one thing, he just finished filming Into the Woods (2014), which is a film adaptation of the well-known Broadway musical. He plays Cinderella’s Prince, and we already know that he’ll have the singing part of the role down because he has previously proven he has the singing talent by killing it in the small indie flick, Small Town Saturday Night (2010). It’s the story of a singer in the final days before he leaves town to pursue his singing career. I haven’t actually seen the film but I’ve watched clips and listened to some of the songs and I have to say he has a very nice singing voice.
4. He has a great voice for animation.
Usually those with nice singing voices have great voices in general. It was only a matter of time before he did some voice work. In fact, he did some for the Star Trek video games and most importantly, he played Jack Frost in Rise of the Guardians (2012) and was fantastic. Frost’s playfulness and carefree attitude were perfectly captured by Pine’s tone and light delivery of lines. The film itself was a bit of a holiday surprise in 2012. It’s beautifully animated and has a much appreciated original story. It’s not exactly to “Disney level” excellence but it is one of Dreamworks’ better films. It’s a nice family-friendly film and it has the added extra bonus of featuring an outstanding cast, including Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, and of course, Chris Pine.
3. He’s an excellent action star.
He definitely has the right look for an action star – young, handsome, with a bit of toughness for flair – and he’s already built up experience in the genre. In addition to the new Jack Ryan film coming out this week, he has appeared in several other action flicks, including the new Star Trek films (we’ll get to those in a moment), This Means War (2012), and Unstoppable. The second follows the events surrounding a runaway train, eventually stopped by two conductors from another train, chasing the first. Admittedly Unstoppable had more train action than human action but Pine did get to show off his skills a little, while carrying his own alongside the great Denzel Washington.
2. He’s versatile.
We all know Pine is a great action star so that was kind of a freebee but not many people know just how versatile his resume is. He has played everything from the love interest in several, not so great, romantic comedies, to a neo-nazi crazed criminal. Honestly I believe his acting in Smokin’ Aces (2006) is a perfect example of how chameleon-like he can be. We knew he was charming from his roles in Just My Luck (2006) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) but we didn’t know he could play “psycho” convincingly until the very under-rated Smokin’ Aces came out. It was a nice change of pace from the usually straightlaced roles.
1. He’s Captain James Tiberius Kirk.
Pine took on one of the most well-known and beloved roles in television and film history, and reimagined it in a fresh way. Look, William Shatner will always be a fan favorite, and I’m not trying to take anything away from him in terms of defining the character. I just think it’s impressive that Pine came into a reboot of a seriously obsessed-over series, and knocked it out of the park. All of the actors that appeared in the 2009 film were great but a lot of the pressure was on Pine’s shoulders to push the series forward. He brought just the right amount of arrogance, mixed with a thirst to prove oneself to the role, as well as that natural charm. The result is a Captain Kirk worthy of both a devoted old school fanbase, and a new generation of Star Trek audiences.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit hits theaters tomorrow.