Gosling of these choices. Next up for me would be Pattinson, Driver, Gyllenhaal, aaaand probably Jordan or Kaluuya. Pattinson could easily overtake Gosling in the coming years though with the direction his career is headed in, probably the most exciting actor of his age group at the moment.
I think the actors are clearly lesser than the actresses tbh.
Not really sure why people repeat the (sorta) myth that Gyllenhaal is that special - he might always be good but he's never really great unless you're watching Nightcrawler.........so far to me at least. I mean I dunno, he might be 2nd to Gosling on this list but............it's a distant 2nd.......and Driver may fill that role better and goes on stage at least as much if not more which I of course like.
I think Driver is making a real case for himself, in a relatively short space of time as well. I feel there's not much he can't do. Stage as well. He even makes a pretty ridiculous character like Kylo Ren work as well.
Had/Have high hopes for Gyllenhaal, and I think he's still up there for his generation, but some inconsistency has started creeping into his work. But I can still see him ending up as his generations best.
Jordan and Kaayula are promising, but both need to do more. Too early to make a call on JDW. Kinda have a fair notion of everyone else's ceiling.
Fav wise I usually love Eisenberg - though I'll admit he doesn't always deliver - he has some roles coming up that are hard to picture him pulling off but I hope he does. And there's Pattinson who I'm liking more and more recently - love how he's handled his career post global fame and his greatest tool seems to be fitting into the director's vision, it's amazing how often he will reach out to these great directors - looking at his work, he can believably and impressively fit into and fill out smaller historical parts like Lost City of Z or Childhood of a Leader, play a little more broadly and colorfully with characters like Damsel and The Rover, something subtle like High Life, or in his best, he can dominate a movie like Good Time which gets better with every rewatch. Lotta fascinating projects coming up, The Lighthouse.......
This is a much weaker bunch than the actresses. From what I've seen there's only a few of them who are even good. Voted JGL and Garfield who are both more consistent and solid than anything else. Thought about Eisenberg because he has by far the best performance of anyone on this list with Social Network, but other than that he's spotty.
I think Gosling. Dude has got almost 2 decades of good performances behind him now. Some of those guys might have a turn or two comparable to his best work, but nowhere near the amount or the breadth of kind of stuff that he has for me.
That said I do think Domhnall is quickly, quietly emerging as some kind of monster. I think he keeps on turning in these tremendous performances in films that either nobody watches, or they do watch, and somehow all the attention ends up going to someone else doing something flashier or starrier.
Gosling, then Driver. Eisenberg, Gyllenhaal and Garfield come next. I'm also very fond of Dano, Pattinson, JGL and Gleeson. I think Michael B. Jordan and Armie Hammer both gave some pretty good performances, but I'd like to see them doing something that doesn't rely much on charm.
Another one I like but who's behind the pack - Evan Peters. He reminds me of a young Depp at times. He's very good (MVP) in American Animals, solid in Pirates of Somalia, and scene-steals like crazy in the X-Mens - why didn't he get his own Quicksilver movie? There's some untapped talent there, but he's shown he can be pretty effortlessly comedic and charming. I haven't seen any of AHS but at nearly 100eps I hope there's some worthy stuff in there bc it took up a lot of his 20s - though at 32y/o now he can definitely still play younger parts. Others about the same age like Pattinson or Jesse Plemons are starting to play older roles and pulling 'em off but that's something tricky for Peters who I mean I don't think he can pull off a family man yet....
This is such a disappointing group. More than the 90s cause they already had one more decade of time to give some great performances. They are still young and can have good careers actingwise, but I can't help and feel I should have seen them in more memorable roles.
Some have very strong single showings as Eisenberg in The Social Network and Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge, but those were exceptions among usually rather average work. Gotta vote for Gosling and Gyllenhaal, who have been the most consistent. I imagine though that Garfield and Driver could overtake them.