The writers at Vulture.com binged Harrison Ford movies recently, so that they could rank his 36 most notable performances. His starring role in the “Indiana Jones” movies is #1, and the only surprising thing about that is that they included the fourth movie that he did with Shia LaBeouf in 2008.
The site says, “As for ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’, that movie is terrible in so, so many ways, but it can’t entirely diminish the appeal of seeing a graying Indy once again facing off against evil.”
His role as Han Solo in the “Star Wars” movies is #2, followed by “The Mosquito Coast”, “Witness”, “The Fugitive”, and “American Graffiti”.
But what’s REALLY fun is what they chose for his five WORST performances.
The #1 spot for that went to “Expendables 3”. They say, “He has just a couple of scenes as a getaway pilot who helps the gang, and he resembles more a Sinatra cameo in an old Bob Hope golf comedy than anything else.”
His 2003 movie “Hollywood Homicide” with Josh Hartnett is #2, followed by “Firewall”, “Hanover Street”, “Cowboys and Aliens”, and “Heroes”.
They skipped over his really early stuff, like “Journey to Shiloh”, the forgettable cameos, like “Jimmy Hollywood”, and his minor work in stuff like “Apocalypse Now”.
For what it’s worth, Harrison only has one Oscar nomination, and that was for “Witness” back in 1985.
By the way, if you’re wondering what it’s like to binge-watch 36 Harrison Ford movies, the writers came up with this amusing takeaway: “He’s not an actor with extraordinary range. That’s not a criticism, but an acknowledgment of something elemental about his technique, which is to deliver performances that are simple and true with no fuss.”
If you can re-watch the original “Star Wars” movie and separate it from all the nostalgia and hoopla, ‘simple’ and ‘no fuss’ definitely describe his Han Solo.