Keywords:

  • Hugo is a 2011 adaptation of the children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which follows young Hugo Cabret as he attempts to unravel the mystery of an automaton he discovers in a museum.
  • By the time she was twenty-two, she had appeared in approximately sixty films and television shows.
  • Based on the same-named comic book series, Kick-Ass quickly became a fan favorite.

 

While Chloe Grace Moretz is only in her twenties, it feels as though she has been entertaining moviegoers for a long time. Moretz developed an interest in acting after assisting her brother in reading his lines after moving to New York City with her mother and brother. After landing a recurring role on CBS’s The Guardian, it was only a matter of time before she was cast in larger roles. She began acting professionally at the age of six and landed her breakthrough roles in Kick-Ass and Hugo’s films at the age of twelve.

By the time she was twenty-two, she had appeared in approximately sixty films and television shows, a feat equaled only by Dakota and Elle Fanning. Despite her young age, Moretz is a versatile actor who has appeared in several R-rated films that most parents would not allow their children of the same age as Moretz at the time of filming to watch. Moretz, however, began reevaluating her career in 2016 and opted out of nearly all of her upcoming projects to rediscover her love for acting. Since then, she has been more selective with her casting, focusing on passion projects for most of her films. The following is a list of the top Chloe Grace Moretz films (HAJIMIRSADEGHI, 2021).

 

Hugo

Hugo is a 2011 adaptation of the children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which follows young Hugo Cabret as he attempts to unravel the mystery of an automaton he discovers in a museum. The film, directed by Martin Scorsese and inspired by filmmaker George Méliès, is set in 1930s Paris. It was Scorsese’s first 3D film, and while it was a box office flop, film critics lauded it. It adds a personal touch to a family-friendly film by immersing viewers in its rich world. Moretz portrays Isabelle, a toy shop owner’s goddaughter. She becomes Hugo’s partner in crime as they attempt to decipher the automaton’s secrets. Moretz was fourteen years old when she starred in this film, which was one of the few she was legally allowed to see at the time.

 

 

The Equalizer

 

The Equalizer co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Denzel Washington as Robert McCall’s protagonist. After years working at a hardware store, he frequents a nearby diner, where he meets Alina (Moretz), a teenage sex worker connected to the Russian mafia. Following Alina’s assault and hospitalization, McCall determines that he must take matters into his own hands, regardless of the level of violence required to accomplish his objectives. This film marked Moretz’s first serious role outside of the horror and fantasy genres, and critics lauded her performance. It was a commercial success, grossing over $192 million worldwide.

 

Kick-Ass

Based on the same-named comic book series, Kick-Ass quickly became a fan favorite. The film centers on Dave Lizewski, an ordinary Staten Island boy who dreams of becoming a superhero. After adopting the moniker “Kick-Ass,” he successfully establishes a Myspace profile that serves as his home base. He eventually becomes entangled in the story of a renegade former cop (Nicolas Cage) and his young daughter Hit-Girl (Moretz). Moretz, who was twelve years old at the time of filming, sparked outrage for her role, which included profane language and what some deemed excessive violence. The film itself is violent and profane, eliciting strong reactions from those who objected to her participation in the film due to her age. On the other hand, her character is trained to murder people violently, which elicits few objections. Regardless, the film’s unique charm is enhanced by the humor and quality (HAJIMIRSADEGHI, 2021).

 

 

500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer isn’t a typical romantic comedy. Presented in a nonlinear format, it progresses through a failed relationship and lingers on the positive and negative moments. It is told from the male character’s perspective, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He falls in love with a girl. Although, they are broken up in the end. This movie quickly became a sleeper hit after grossing $60 million globally. It established it as a fan favorite and culturally impactful. Moretz plays Rachel, the half-sister to Gordon-Levitt’s character. Despite being the younger one in that relationship, she is unusually wise for her age. She offers advice beyond her years. Without her character, the film wouldn’t be the same.

 

Let Me In

Let Me In is a remake of a Swedish film: Let the Right One In. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Abby, a young vampire who befriends a bullied twelve-year-old. The director of Kick-Ass recommended Moretz for the role. The names and locations were updated from the original, adapting it for an American audience, and borrowed aspects. Moreover, this would draw criticism, this film relied too heavily on the original rather than something new. ‘Let me in’ was made more accessible for widespread distribution, which was a success. Moretz won several awards for her performance as Abby, and she, alongside her co-star, was praised for her maturity and depth within the role (HAJIMIRSADEGHI, 2021).

 

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Chloe Grace Moretz shone in Cameron Post: The Miseducation of Cameron Post. It is a film about gay conversation centers and adolescent sexuality. Cameron Post (Moretz) is sent to a conversion center by her aunt in 1993 after being caught having sex with her girlfriend. She befriends other teenagers sent there. Here, Moretz struggles with the religious ideologies taught against her own identity as an LGBTQ+ person. The film would win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the festival’s highest honor. Moretz infuses her role with authenticity, humanizing an all-too-real situation and coming-of-age for gay youth.

 

Bibliography

HAJIMIRSADEGHI, B. A. (2021, December 04). Best Chloë Grace Moretz Movies of All Time, Ranked . Retrieved from Movieweb: https://movieweb.com/chloe-grace-moretz-best-movies/