Bojangles wrote:However, I'm having a hard time understanding the supposed brilliance of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
You're not alone, man. I've never understood the hype surrounding him, either.
Is he a decent, capable young actor? Absolutely. He always turns in a nice, professional performance. But have I ever seen a role from him where he really amazed me with his ability? No. Not even once.
Even in pictures where he is the central protagonist and the film revolves around his character, like "500 Days of Summer", he is no more than "pretty good". He plays very standard, stock characters, with all the conventional emotions and reactions, and he does them competently. That's it. I've never seen anything from him beyond that.
I think that's it's notable that in "Inception", Thomas Hardy ended up stealing the show in terms of supporting characters, despite having a fraction of the lines and screen time of Gordon-Levitt. Hardy is an exceptional actor. Levitt, based on what I've seen, is not.
Bojangles wrote:Who is Hollywood's best young actor? Is it one of these two?
They're not as young, all being well into their 30s, but Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Thomas Hardy, and Michael Shannon are all pretty fucking spectacular.