One of Hulu’s newest releases, Not Okay, is a dramatic satire film. In the plotline, an aspiring writer’s innocent lie online turns dark when others believe she was in Paris during a terrorist attack.
While there is no denying that Danni took the lie too far and wasn’t just in her actions, she’s also a complex character that also shows remorse, desperation, and recognition for her wrongs. Danni is clearly not meant to be a likable character, but she’s interesting in the sense that she’s complex. These movies feature some intriguing complex characters, whether they’re likable or morally gray.
Nadine – The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)
Nadine is going through her times in her teen years, dealing with the relationship between her best friend and her older brother which makes her feel more alone than ever. The Edge of Seventeen is one of the movies that best captures the teen experience.
at a glance, The Edge of Seventeen seems like a typical coming of age story. However, Nadine proves to be an emotionally driven, complex character. Not only does she struggle to make friends and connect with family, but Nadine’s personality is unique, leading her to make the most unexpected of friends.
Genie – Aladdin (1992)
One aspect of Disney’s aladdin that sticks out is Aladdin’s good friendship with Genie. However, Genie is much more than he appears at first.
Genie may appear to be silly and magical, but he also has another side that shines through. He grows fond of Aladdin and seems to have fun granting the man’s wishes, but in reality, all he yearns for is to be free to do as he pleases. As a result, he is understandably yet genuinely hurt when Aladdin initially backs out on his promise to free him, putting him in a sympathetic light rather than a comic one. Under the guise of a fun animated film, Genie is another complex character with different layers.
Loki – The MCU
Tom Hiddleston’s best character is Loki from the MCU. Loki is first introduced in Thor as the God of Thunder’s jealous brother. However, as the franchise goes on, Loki becomes more than an entitled immortal.
Despite being depicted multiple times as a villain, Loki continues to be one of the most likable characters in the MCU. By the time of his death in Infinity War, Loki has proven that he has a good side and dies fighting for his people. Loki is one of the most complex characters in films, being someone people can’t trust and then turning it around to do a good deed.
Kayla – Eighth Grade (2018)
This movie appears to be just another coming-of-age story. The plot of Eighth Grade follows teenage Kayla as she maneuvers the last days of eighth grade before high school.
When seems like a typical teenage drama is more than it seems. Kayla is shy on the outside and at school, but she also makes video blogs that offer motivational advice. She desperately wants to fit in, but also struggles with the reality of anxiety and shyness. Kayla isn’t just a girl that wants to belong but struggles to use the knowledge to include herself in social situations.
Cat – 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Kat is one of the most intelligent teen characters and she isn’t afraid to flaunt it. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Kat is swindled into dating a guy that is being paid to date her so that her younger sister can also date. Despite finding out about the manipulation, she falls for the guy anyways.
Kat is one of the most complex teen characters. At first, she just seems like a sullen and uptight girl that has big dreams. However, she shows a depth of emotion, expressing her intellectual abilities as well as her desire to love and be loved.
Jack Sparrow – Pirates Of The Caribbean Franchise
Jack Sparrow is one of the most intriguing characters to audiences, but he’s far from morally sound. As a pirate, viewers already know that Jack doesn’t live a kind-heartedly, morally correct lifestyle.
However, going into a movie franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean, most expect more flawed characters than anything. While many of the characters are complex, Jack has many different sides to him. He’s not only depicted as a scoundrel and selfish but he also has moments when he uses his quirky personality to help those he cares about.
Mark Zuckerberg – The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network is based on a true story and follows undergraduate student Mark as he creates the social media platform Facebook, which inevitably leads to him becoming one of the youngest billionaires.
Zuckerberg is portrayed as a complex character. While his passion and determination are inspirational, the young creator is also portrayed as selfish and greedy. As the character gets caught up in two lawsuits, one involving his former friend, the audience learns how complicated it is to be in a situation of wealth and power so quickly.
Allie Hamilton – The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook is one of the most iconic love stories known to film, where a young factory worker and a rich girl fall in love and partake in a romance. Years later when he comes back from war, their past threatens her engagement.
Both of these characters are complex individuals, but Allie is a harder nut to crack. Not only can she not make up her mind about what she wants, but she’s also an extremely emotional character. This leads to the audience seeing two sides of her, which are loving and frustrated.
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