Megan Fox's Top Five Films
Starlet Megan Fox has been lighting up the screen since 2001 when she appeared in an Olsen twins video called "Holiday in the Sun." Known for her beach-ready good looks and smoldering facial expressions, Fox offers more than meets the eye. In anticipation of 2014's live-action "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," in which she takes on the role of reporter April O'Neil, here is a look at Fox's top five feature films so far.
"Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen"
This Disney movie earns its place on this list by being Fox's breakout role. Based on Dylan Sheldon's young adult book of the same name, the movie follows the adventures of aspiring teen actress Lola, played with characteristic quirkiness by a young Lindsay Lohan, as she moves from New York City to the suburbs in New Jersey. Trouble abounds for Lola as she tries to fit into her new surroundings. She quickly finds herself on the enemies list of her school's queen bee, Carla, deftly portrayed by Fox. With a slick soundtrack and plenty of drama, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" found success with its target market despite negative critical reviews. Maybe best of all, it marked Fox's first appearance on the silver screen. For that, everyone can be grateful.
"This Is 40"
Writer and director Judd Apatow rarely disappoints, and "This Is 40" was no exception. The 2012 comedy is a standalone sequel to 2007's hilarious "Knocked Up." It focuses on characters Debbie and Pete, played by Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd respectively, as they both turn 40 and have to reevaluate their lives. Fox plays the cunning Desi, an employee of Debbie's who moonlights as an escort so that she can afford the finer things in life. "This Is 40" was subject to mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. The ensemble cast, Fox included, was widely praised for its performances, but the film itself suffered pacing issues that detracted from its enjoyability. All the same, it's a fully absorbing and delightfully silly comedy that realistically but warmly looks at the confusion of middle age in middle-class America.
Written by Diablo Cody, the witty wordsmith behind 2007's "Juno," "Jennifer's Body" is a horror film and black comedy that marks Fox's first top-billing role. After an unfortunate demon possession at a local dive bar, teenage cheerleader Jennifer, played by Fox, begins systematically and brutally murdering all of her male classmates. Her friend Needy, played by Amanda Seyfried, tries desperately to stop the carnage, but Jennifer is out of control. Told by Needy through flashbacks and narration, "Jennifer's Body" leads up quickly to a dark, disturbing finale that might occasionally miss the mark on horror but delivers uncomfortable squirms and plenty of snickers.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
The 2009 follow-up to the blockbuster "Transformers" follows Shia LeBeouf's Sam Witwicky as he finds himself torn between the Decepticons and the Autobots. Fox reprised her role as Mikaela Banes for the highly anticipated sequel from director Michael Bay. While the movie received almost universally negative reviews from audiences and critics alike, that didn't stop it from earning over $400 million in the U.S. and over $800 million worldwide. It handily made back its hefty $200 million production price tag. Showcasing exorbitant special effects, a fantastical and sometimes hard-to-follow storyline, and an impressive 149-minute running time, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is probably not Fox's finest onscreen hour. However, it's hard to argue about the sheer amount of exposure she received for her lead role in such a financial smash hit. This film absolutely cemented Fox's enduring star power.
In contrast to its sequel, 2007's "Transformers" was in many ways Michael Bay at his best. Widely hailed as silly, fun and fully popcorn worthy, the movie featured wild special effects, an outrageous plot line and enough action to keep audiences on the edges of their seats. As Mikaela Banes, Fox found herself nominated for an MTV Movie Award and three Teen Choice Awards, firmly establishing herself as a starlet worth watching. "Transformers" itself blew away predictions. For a movie based on a set of toys, it turned out to be a satisfying spectacle.
Slated for release on August 8, 2014, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is Michael Bay's reboot of the cartoon classic, and Fox happily dyed her trademark dark tresses red for her role. Whether or not the heroes in the half shells help her out along the way, Megan Fox has already arrived at her destination: Hollywood screen queen.