Best Villains of the Last Decade
These are people who complete our heroes. Without them, there ain’t no show of valour and there ain’t no corkscrewed souls. They are evil, and they bloody well know it. Some are gathering storms, and some are born to be bad. Here are the villains of the last decade who gave us long lasting jolts of monstrosity:
Ralph Fiennes as Harry, In Bruges
Ready for an outlandish shootout? Harry will grab you by your lapels, hand you a gun and set the pace for a chase that you’ll surprisingly end up loving. For god’s sake its your life..run! He had, but just one rule, “You can’t kill children” and you bloody well trust him for believing in that rule with all heart and guts. It was syncretism in Ralph Fiennes’ fairytale town. Appallingly terrific.
Quote: I do want the guy dead, I want him f***ing crucified but it don’t change the fact that he stitched you up like a blind little gay boy, does it?
Charlize Theron as Aileen, Monster
Oh, you just couldn’t keep her off the loop when it comes to listing down the sinners. In Monster, Theron had to shed – and shred – her image of a beguilingly seductive woman. She was baleful, ugly, sinner. I am not complaining.
Quote: I wish there was a way that people can forgive you for something about this, you know. But they can’t. They can’t, man. So I gonna die, Sel… Hey Sel, I’ll never forget you. Good bye, baby. Bye baby.
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter
Ralph Fiennes makes the list one more time, and without a dime of surprise. His lunatic, warped, evil-nosed Voldemort scared kids and transfixed adults.
Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men
Footsteps were never so bone chilling – not since Dial M for Murder. Squirrelly brilliant Javier Bardem made No Country For Old Men a ride for the gut and the senses.
Quote: It’s been traveling twenty-two years to get here. And now it’s here. And it’s either heads or tails. And you have to say. Call it.
No offence taken, a lot given. This is what I wrote in my piece about Leonardo’s performance in Django Unchained, “In Tarantino’s anti-state of art masterpiece, you should be rooting for Django, but you might as well be rooting for the evil Calvin Candie. Most likely, you will be rooting against anyone who doesn’t let Candie have his way!” It’s anyways hard not to root for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Quotes: In the skull of old Ben unburdened by genes, these three dimples exist in the area of the skull most associated with servility. Now bright boy, I will admit you are pretty clever. But if I took this hammer here and I bashed it in your skull, you would have the same three dimples in the same place as old Ben.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting, Gangs of New York
Here is the de facto villain of his times. Like in most of his movies, he just chews up his co-stars in Gangs of New York (and this statement comes from a hardcore fan of Leo). He is so nihilistic and so good, you wish him to simply continue.
Quote: You are neither cold nor hot. So because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth. You can build your filthy world without me. I took the father. Now I’ll take the son. You tell young Vallon I’m gonna paint Paradise Square with his blood. Two coats. I’ll festoon my bedchamber with his guts.
Christopher Waltz as Col. Hans Landa, Inglorious Basterds
Move over Hitler, make room for Hans Landa! Reputed as ‘The Jew Hunter’, Waltz forcibly pins you with his denatured concoction and pounces on you with blissful lunacy. His Landa never needed to pull the trigger anyways. His interrogation (if that’s what you call his intimidating conversation with poor Jew-helping souls), was the highlight of the movie, and that’s saying something considering the movie is a nightmarish masterpiece.
Quote: What a tremendously hostile world that a rat must endure. Yet not only does he survive, he thrives. Because our little foe has an instinct for survival and preservation second to none… And that Monsieur is what a Jew shares with a rat.
The most baleful villain of the decade. Before the first word is spoken. Heath Ledger’s Joker was a giant leap forward, upward from the passé – I am tempted to say, corny – villains of superhero flicks. The maddening, deranged face of joker on the Gotham streets gave our senses a serious pounding. In his words, Joker was a man of simple taste. He didn’t want money. He enjoyed dynamite, gunpowder, gasoline and all the things that come cheap, prove costly. Joker was an Agent of chaos, money could never give him a hard on!
Christ, we still can’t get over those small flicks of his tongue, and the wiggles of the finger!
Quote: “ If tomorrow I tell the press that like a gang banger, will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all, part of the plan. But when I say that one, little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos, I’m an agent of chaos , and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair.”
Honourable Mentions: Bane in Dark Knight Rises, Don Logan in ‘Sexy Beast’, Captain Vidal in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth, O-Ren Ishii in ‘Kill Bill’, Patrick Bateman in ‘American Psycho’
These big, brassy villains plot a plan of crackerjack design. Then the plot ripens. Then it explodes; leaving a mess of viciousness and a dim whiff of rot. It reminds us why we go to the movies.