The desolation of Cate Blanchett’s audience

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Cate Blanchett watching her performance as Galadriel

You can find anything on the internet, especially articles you wanted to write but were beaten to it by other bloggers.

For instance, when Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, I immediately wanted to write a post.

I haven’t seen the film, and Blanchett may have well deserved her award, but during her acceptance speech I recalled all the truly awful films she’s done as well. And with a career spanning 20 years she’s made some notable stinkers.

After a quick Google search, however, I found that someone had already blogged about her 10 worst movies and I agreed with everything on the list.  Except I would add an eleventh movie — her truly woeful and embarrassing portrayal of Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Surprisingly, she was quite convincing in the same role a decade earlier in the Lord of the Rings trilogy

Maybe it’s middle age (Blanchet’s 44), or she was bored by the script, the character, being an elf, her costume or the pointy ears and wanted to go home early to spend time with the kids.

Or did she confuse the role with that of Jared Leto’s character in Dallas Buyer’s Club and thought she was playing a transvestite with ADD as she paced around Elrond’s circular meeting room telepathically communicating with Gandalf.

Fortunately for the movie-going public, she did not appear in The Desolation of Smaug. No doubt Martin Freeman said he had enough to do running around in Hobbit feet trying to kill a psychotic dragon without a deep-voiced Elvish princess with ADD ruining his scenes.

Anyway, since the article had already been written there was little point in writing another. Far easier to link to it instead.

Which makes me wonder whether the Internet is full and bloggers are no longer required to write, film, sing, draw or digitally alter anything.

Instead, all those work hours  could be better spent linking to other people’s content.

Millions of posts would be read, Youtube and Vimeo videos watched, MP3s downloaded and all digitally altered images appreciated for their artistic qualities rather than to be copied and pasted into other blogs.

And then, since bloggers are no longer creating content, their free time could be spent watching awful Cate Blanchett movies without the urge to post about it.

Note: You can read more about the convoluted history of celebrities in Sue Bell’s upcoming book: The celebrity guide to reincarnated history.

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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