Jake Gyllenhaal! Ahh! There is definitely something about him. I was drawn to him from day one. Before he was a Huge Mega-Star, I just knew that he was going to make it Big! There’s just something about him. I personally think that it has something to do with his eyes. There is a certain sincerity in them. This comes through on screen and just captivates the audience no matter the role he is playing. Not to mention that he is a heart-throb.Jake may not be the typical ”hot guy”. He does have unique facial features but his facial expressions and, as mentioned above, the sincerity in his eyes causes him to be quite attractive. Even after playing the daring role of ”Brokeback Mountain”, a role that most young actors stayed clear from, such a role never took away from his sexy status amongst the ladies.
I remember when I first saw him in ”Donnie Darko”, the disturbing teen movie from back in 2001, I was traumatized by the dark nature of this movie. Even today the thought of that demon-looking character he conjured in the figment of him imagination still gives me the heebie-jeebies but because Jake delivered such a phenomenal performance, it is one of my favorites of him and what put him on the map (so to speak) for me as an actor to look out for.
Then I saw him in ”Bubble Boy” which was also released in 2001. This movie is the complete opposite of ”Donnie Darko”. It’s light and funny. This confirmed that Jake, as an actor, was capable of anything. He was, as I suspected, multifaceted. He can go from dark & twisted troubled teen to fun and loving boy, optimistic in face of a seemingly insurmountable life challenge.
Here is a list of some of the other movies I’ve seen him in and why I enjoy watching him in them :
- The Day After Tomorrow :
The 2004 Sci-Fi Thriller about global warming and the devasting and fatal effects it has on planet earth. Jake co-starred alongside Dennis Quaid. Jam packed with action, I admired the courage Jake displayed in this role. Felt like I was right there with him in every scene. You can see that he committed to the role.
- Source Code :
The 2011 Thiller / Drama where Jake plays the role of a man stuck in a time loop on a train destined to blow up despite his efforts to change the outcome. The ending (slash) big reveal really took me for a doozy. I am still affected by it till this day. So sad. Such vulnerability! I hope nothing like this is ever invented in the future although there has been much talk of it in movies such as the 2014 ”Transcendence” starring Johnny Depp and ”Lucy” released that same year starring Scarlett Johansson. Hope I didn’t give away too much for those of you who may not have seen these movies yet.
- Love & Other Drugs :
This is hands down my favorite Jake Gyllenhaal movie but then again I am a sucker for romance. The chemistry between him and Anne Hathaway a.k.a Maggie Murdock, a young woman who has a severe case of early onset Parkinsons, is palatable. She does what most all women dream of… She tames the bad boy. He falls helplessly in love with her. Awwww! I’m due for another dose of this movie. It is quite addictive and a major tear jerker. If you haven’t seen it already, you simply must.
- Southpaw :
And then there is the 2015 Southpaw where he plays a champion boxer with Rachel McAdams at his side as his wife. I love this movie because it talks about the soul-crushing pains of life and how one can rise from the ashes. He really gets into the role of a broken man determined to restore his family despite wanting simultaneously to give up on everything altogether including life.
- Nightcrawler :
I have yet to see Nightcrawler, the 2014 drama/thriller that was highly recommended to me by a friend. From what I understand, it’s about a freelance reporter who’s a bit touched in the head and fanatic about getting the next big story before anyone else. Thing is, he neurotically belief in himself and his abilities to a flaw. He takes things a little too far! I’m excited to watch this one!
So there you have it. Jake Gyllenhaal’s body of work. Well, some of it at least. I look forward to seeing what he has in store in years to come. But one thing I know for sure (and excuse the cliche) but Jake is like fine wine that only gets better in time. J. Gyllenhaal is one on the greats!