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Thomasin McKenzie is a fast-rising star who shines in Last Night in Soho but her young career has plenty of other critically-acclaimed films.
Thomasin McKenzie is one of the actors who is making headlines everywhere these days for her impressive performance in Last Night in Soho. It’s certainly not the first time that her name has been attached to strong movies though, as most of her young career has seen her stand out due to her talents.
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Although she only made her film debut a handful of years ago, she already has a filmography bursting with some of the most well-received movies in recent memory. McKenzie has nine films that are considered fresh on the Tomatometer and her performance is almost always praised in each of them.
The career of M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most uneven in Hollywood history. Some of his films have been considered all-time classics like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, while others are lambasted as jokes like The Happening and After Earth. His most recent movie actually falls somewhere in the middle.
The premise of Old sees a family visit a secluded beach where they end up going through rapid aging. McKenzie portrays the young Maddox, the daughter of the family, while Embeth Davidtz plays the older version. Reviews were mixed, saying it had good ideas but a questionable twist ending and some lackluster execution.
Like so many other actors, Thomasin McKenzie is someone who found early success in smaller independent films. One of them was The Changeover, which is based on a horror novel of the same name. Set in New Zealand, the plot follows a teen who fights against a spirit that possesses her brother.
For the most part, this movie was led by the likes of Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Erana James, and Lucy Lawless. That said, McKenzie does have a smaller part as a girl named Rose Keaton. The consensus is that this might not work for longtime horror fans but it’s scary enough for most viewers.
As noted, Thomasin McKenzie is a fast-rising star in Hollywood but she’s definitely not alone in that department. Another name that often pops up when discussing talented youngsters is Timothée Chalamet and both were part of the Netflix original film, The King.
The movie tells the story of a young Henry V (Chalamet) following his father’s death as he navigates politics, war, and more. Though not viewed as a classic, it was praised for the work of the cast including Robert Pattinson and McKenzie as Queen Phillipa of Denmark. The faithfulness to the source material was also a highlight.
After a strong run at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, Lost Girls found its way to Netflix just around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie mostly tells the kind of tale that has been done often but is always gripping, as it sees a woman push the police to help find her missing daughter.
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The twist here is that in the process, she steps onto a larger mystery surrounding a serial killer in Long Island. Amy Ryan was lauded as the mother, while McKenzie shined in a supporting role as one of her daughters, Sherre, dealing with the loss. Overall, Lost Girls was seen as compelling and powerful.
The most recent entry into Thomasin McKenzie’s filmography is Last Night in Soho. Directed by the ever-creative Edgar Wright, it proved to be one of the most unique psychological thrillers to hit theaters in a long time. McKenzie is at the forefront as Eloise Turner, a fashion student who moves to London.
While there, Ellie has visions of a singer named Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy) from the 1960s who she believes was murdered, sending her own life into harrowing places. Although some critics were unhappy with the plot twist and some screenplay bits, the film was heavily praised for the production design and performances of the cast, particularly McKenzie, who shines as Ellie.
The first movie starring Thomasin McKenzie to be officially certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes is True History of the Kelly Gang. This independent film takes place in the 1870s and is based on a novel of the same name, focusing on Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang.
Although this was filmed on a small budget, the cast is loaded with stars like George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Charlie Hunnam, and Nicholas Hoult. McKenzie has a supporting turn as an Irish girl named Mary who Ned falls in love with. Critics felt like the film was an honest look at the era.
The mind of Taika Waititi is one of the most unique and interesting in all of cinema. After taking the reins of Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi moved back into his own original project, which was Jojo Rabbit. It centers on a young Hitler Youth member who finds out that his mother is hiding and protecting a Jewish girl in their home.
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Roman Griffin Davis was praised as the titular Jojo, while McKenzie earned rave reviews as Elsa, the Jewish girl. Scarlett Johansson was nominated for an Oscar, Waititi won one for his screenplay, and it was up for Best Picture. To top it off, no one will ever forget Waititi’s turn as a fictional Hitler who is Jojo’s imaginary best friend.
As of right now, there aren’t all that many official reviews for The Power of the Dog on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s on its way to becoming certified though as it is set for a limited release in November and to hit Netflix in December. Based on a 1967 novel of the same name, it sees a charismatic rancher have a negative response to his brother bringing home a new wife and her son.
So far, reviews have been stellar with most of it going towards the ensemble. Benedict Cumberbatch leads the way for Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Frances Conroy, and Thomasin McKenzie, who plays a girl named Lola.
As 2021 prepares to warp up, it’s clear that this was a huge year for Thomasin McKenzie. It was filled with tremendous performances in well-received films but one that has flown under the radar is The Justice of Bunny King, which currently only has 11 total reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Essie Davis stars as Bunny King, a woman with a sketchy past who is trying to reunite with her two children. Along the way, she takes in her niece Tonyah (McKenzie) and the two form a bond. Both Davis and McKenzie are said to do great work in this emotional picture, though some critics were divided by the ending.
In terms of Rotten Tomatoes scores, Leave No Trace has one of the most impressive track records. Not only does it have a rare 100% rating but it also does so while having the most total reviews (241) for any film in that exclusive club. This was the breakout role for Thomasin McKenzie.
Directed by Debra Granik, this film is based on a novel (which is based on a true story), where a war veteran (Ben Foster) lives in the woods with his daughter Tom (McKenzie). When they’re caught, social services steps in and changes their lives. The relationship between father and daughter is what drives this home thanks to the performances of Foster and McKenzie.
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Born in New York City, Kevin eventually went on to attain his Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment at Full Sail University as Valedictorian. He has written in the past for various websites covering movies, TV, pop culture, sports, and wrestling. You can always find him on his Twitter, @the_kevstaaa.


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