Daniel Radcliffe Vs Robert Pattinson: Who's Had The Best Post-Franchise Career?

It's now been three years and one day since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 landed in cinemas, and nearly two years since the concluding chapter of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, arrived as well.

For the leading men of the franchises, Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson, maintaining the mometum of their careers has been a daunting challenge, but one they have risen to with interesting roles that mark a strong contrast to those that rocketed them to fame.
But whose career just about has the edge right now? Let's take a look.
The Woman In Black (PR)
Daniel Radcliffe
The former wizard seems to have remained relatively careful when selecting work since the Harry Potter franchise finally ended. Although he has been consistently busy and has kept his CV ticking over, there isn't really a discernible pattern to the types of projects he's picking up or the roles he's taking on.
It started with a baby step. His first big screen role since leaving Hogwarts was The Woman In Black; a big-screen take on Susan Hill's thriller novel, which has already made for a hit West End play. Suspense wasn't exactly new to Radcliffe following the Potter series, and nor was the supernatural flavour - but it certainly did the trick. The 2012 movie made $127.7 million at the box office, easily making back its $15 million budget and then some. Reviews were, on the whole, favourable, and a sequel is on the way (though Radcliffe's involvement is unclear).
Kill Your Darlings (PR)
Since then, his film work has been a little more off the beaten track. Scenes of gay sex in Kill Your Darlings sent the media into an absurd frenzy, and reviews were incredibly strong - but a low profile release meant it was never destined for big commercial glory. Later this year, two more varying offerings are in the pipeline, one of which is Horns; a thriller in which the Brit plays a man who develops paranormal abilities after he is falsely accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend. Reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival have been mixed, but things look brighter for romantic comedy What If (released internationally as The F Word); which also debuted at TIFF and acquired a strong 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its screenplay has already bagged an award, and it'll be in cinemas next month.
A Young Doctor's Notebook (PR)
Going forward, he's currently part of a large ensemble cast for new Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, and he'll be back on horror territory opposite James McAvoy in Victor Frankenstein next year. Oh, and we haven't mentioned his projects outside of the film world: He's been going down a treat alongside Jon Hamm on TV miniseries A Young Doctor's Notebook, and he's enjoying a hugely successful theatre career with the likes of The Cripple of Inishmaan and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

Robert Pattinson
With both parts of Twilight: Breaking Dawn shot back-to-back, R-Pattz perhaps had slightly more time to start getting wheels in motion for life after the tween circus. He managed to squeeze a few projects in around the previous segments of the series, but Water For Elephants alongside Reese Witherspoon marked his first big non-vampire venture as a leading man. Reviews were on the positive side of 'mixed', and box office success was pretty strong; with a $16.8 million opening weekend and an eventual worldwide haul of around $117 million.
Water for Elephants (PR)
Since then, his work has struggled to take off. The general critical consensus on 2012's Bel Ami was weak, with the hunk actually coming in for a lot of personal criticism in several reviews. The film also struggled at the box office, along with David Cronenberg collab Cosmopolis, which raked in just $6 million in ticket receipts on a $20.5 million budget despite much stronger feedback. The Rover too suffered a similar fate; allegedly pulling in just $1.8 million on a $12 million budget.
The star now has three films pending release, and they need to pull in big audiences if he's going to remain one of Hollywood's key players. Maps To The Stars, which doesn't currently appear to have a UK release date, has the odds stacked against it after failing to register strong reviews at Cannes, though co-stars including Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska certainly help give it some more weight.
The Rover (PR)
Also due: Queen of the Desert, co-starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco, which is due later this year; and Life, which sees Pattinson teaming up with Dane DeHaan - who, incidentally, went down a treat alongside Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings.
Who's winning out?
Both Radcliffe and Pattinson have had mixed results in terms of reviews and box office bankability since their respective franchises drew to a close, but it seems as if Radcliffe has the slight edge. His work in TV and theatre has helped to give his career a bit more go-juice, and though he's only really had one big smash hit since leaving Ron and Hermione behind, his indie work seems to be slowly building his credentials rather than, as with Pattinson, putting them in doubt. But who knows what could happen in the next few years?
Who do you think is leading the way right now?

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I like both of these Brits. I think both will find their place and move forward. Both are good actors but have not been given the credits they deserve. I thought Robert was excellent in Cosmopolis, Bel Ami the Rover. I look forward to future projects from these two Brits.

  1. turtlefuss said...:

    who cares who is leading. as long as both guys continue to work and enjoy doing the work, and the public continues to support them both buy going to see the movies and watch them on TV, everybody wins. why does it always have to be a competition?

  1. Shellie Yale said...:

    I completely agree with both of you!

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