There is always one scene in a film where a character delivers a line and it catches you off guard and you will always associate the film with that scene and the character with that line. The more effortless it seems, the more impressive it is. The more absurd the moment is, it becomes more memorable.
I know I might leave out some good line deliveries, but in the meantime here are Best Line Delivery of 2011:
10. EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
We know Oskar in this film is very eccentric, therefore the way he argues with his mom is not ordinary. It was a very heated and heartbreaking moment, but when Thomas Horn says that line to Sandra Bullock it’s cemented in my head.
9. THE TREE OF LIFE
The Tree of Life moves poetically and the lines are like poem and every lines narrated by Chastain feels so graceful. This line is towards the ending and to me it feels like a whisper almost like a reminder as a human being.
8. A DANGEROUS METHOD
This is what Sabina Spielrein says when she’s asked about her particular interests. What a woman, right? It seems like Oskar from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has found his teammate. Keira Knightley says this line with such confidence like that’s the most exclusive thing one can be interested of. And she’s covered in mud. In a pond.
7. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Tilda Swinton’s character got punked by her son when she plays her son’s CD which contains a lot of virus and pop up porns. She asks Kevin played by Ezra Miller what’s the point of collecting that kind of thing. We don’t see Miller’s mouth saying this line, but instead his eyes saying this in such coldness and emptiness at the same time.
Saoirse Ronan plays a 16-year old highly skilled teen assassin in this film. She’s trained to hurt and injure people. Ronan delivers this line twice, at the beginning of the film and one at the end. I pick the latter one since Hanna is about to finish her revenge and a mission from her father. Normal people miss the train or bus, but not for Hanna.
5. THE HELP
This is maybe the line most people will identify Octavia Spencer with. This line is like a sucker punch to Bryce Dallas Howard’s character who is enjoying a pie she doesn’t know what it’s made of. We don’t know if Minnie will actually reveal the secret, but since Howard’s character treats her unjustly once again, Minnie embarrasses her ex-employer in a way one can’t ever imagine.
4. YOUNG ADULT
Charlize Theron says this line as if babies are ugly aliens. She delivers it so effortlessly like she always has the most deadpan answer for everything. The funny thing is we actually get a close up of her face when she says this as if the director is asking if we have seen this woman up close and personal.
3. THE GIRL WIH THE DRAGON TATTOO
There is some kind of debate for this scene. People wonder why Lisbeth a very strong and independent woman asks for permission to Mikael Blomkvist if she may kill the killer. Lisbeth likes to work with Mikael and since it’s his case and he’s the one got beaten up, it’s very respectful of Lisbeth to ask this. Rooney Mara asks this question in a flash like if she’s permitted to kill the killer, she has the most deadly idea to do so.
2. MEEK’S CUTOFF
Meek’s Cutoff is not your typical western film. It’s full of silent moments and those actually build the climax up to a point where Michelle Williams’s character points a gun to a man. I don’t which is more dangerous at that scene, the pointed gun or the gut shown in how Williams says this line to the man.
1. MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
Would you expect to hear this from your sister who’s been long gone? Especially in an evening stroll by your lake house? While Elizabeth Olsen says this line like it’s the normal thing to say, Sarah Paulson as the older sister looks surprised and baffled. Not only her, but the audience go, “What the hell did you say, Martha?”