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LAWRENCE, JENNIFER
(1990– ). American actress.

IMDB credits Yes, yes, I know that she's "America's Sweetheart" and everybody loves her, but in this case as in so many others, I am obliged to register a dissenting opinion. Bluntly, I am utterly baffled by her popularity. In my view, her sole talent is an astounding ability to indefinitely maintain a sorrowful expression suggesting that somebody just killed her dog; even on those occasions when she undertakes comedy, she proceeds as if dutifully completing an unwanted chore.

After Lawrence first became prominent by relentlessly displaying her morose temperament in the unpleasant rural drama Winter's Bone (2010), she was improbably recruited to play major roles in two science fiction franchises. Of her undistinguished performances as the shapeshifting mutant Raven in X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), all one needs to note is that, despite her evident bankability, no one has ever proposed a spinoff Raven movie, and the disappointing earnings of the third film suggest that audiences are increasingly less than thrilled by Lawrence and the rest of this particular group of X-Men. (Indeed, the next film's announced title—X-Men: The New Mutants—signals that a reboot without Lawrence and her colleagues is on its way.)

I am better acquainted with her Katniss Everdeen, since I have carefully watched and reviewed all four entries in the Hunger Games series—The Hunger Games (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 (2015)—and while anyone can understand why these stories appeal to younger viewers with an exaggerated sense of their own importance, the films don't work nearly as well as they should, largely due to the utter implausibility of Lawrence's unendingly dour character emerging as the universally adored icon of the rebellion. Indeed, the scripts seem to include excessive amounts of dialogue about how much she is loved by the masses in order to compensate for the fact that she is so conspicuously unlovable.

Now that the steady employment provided by those series has ended, Lawrence's long-term survival as a top-tier box office draw will hinge upon her ability to choose projects shrewdly, yet her decision to join the cast of Passengers (2016) is not a promising harbinger, inasmuch as its writers could never achieve a satisfactory conclusion for their story, and matters were not helped by an evident script rewrite to emphasize how amazingly wonderful Lawrence's character is. So it is said that a solitary man on an interstellar spaceship, with thousands of hibernating women to choose from, would unhesitatingly select Lawrence to serve as his companion—because, after all, she is both an astoundingly beautiful woman and a brilliantly talented writer. Unfortunately, Lawrence is not actually all that beautiful, the screenwriters could not come up with any samples of the character's writing that were genuinely impressive, and the actress, who apparently never attended college, was apparently unable or unmotivated to suggest any improvements. As noted, there were intrinsic problems with the film, but its failure can also be attributed to its casting, and I'm not talking about Chris PRATT.

As of 2017, Lawrence's announced future plans, thankfully, do not include any additional science fiction films, which means that I will not have to suffer through another one of her doggedly ineffervescent performances. As for the millions of viewers who keep flocking to the theatres to watch her at work, all one can say is—there's no accounting for taste.

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