Pratt’s natural charm and comic sensibilities lend themselves to quirky blockbusters and prestige films. He adds a special flavor to the mix, and he shines brightest in roles that highlight his misfit heart. As Seal Team 6 operator Justin Lenihan, Pratt delivers a performance that captures a particular era of post-War on Terror cynicism. This Kathryn Bigelow film is a worthy addition to his résumé.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
This superhero movie was the biggest hit of Pratt’s career and launched an eponymous franchise. It’s a fun film that features an eclectic cast and is visually stunning. It’s a funny, heartwarming and entertaining story about the power of friendship. This is a must-see for everyone.
This sequel to the 2014 film is even more exciting, thrilling and emotionally engaging. It features a terrific cast including Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as Rocket Raccoon and Groot respectively. It is also one of the highest grossing films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is a great flick that is sure to please fans of the original. It is an action-packed adventure that’s fun, witty and touching.
2. The Lego Movie
A year before saving a galaxy, Pratt was still working his way up the Hollywood ladder. Though he wasn’t yet the action-hero star we know him as now, The Lego Movie showed a gentle, disarming Midwestern charm that would become his signature.
The gnula film’s protagonist, Emmet Brickowski, is an everyman construction worker who’s mistaken for the Special, an extraordinary being who holds the key to saving the world. He joins a fellowship of master builders (voiced by Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and others) in an imaginative adventure that’s equal parts funny, surprisingly thoughtful and perfectly animated.
It’s the kind of big-hearted, crowd-pleasing film that makes you glad that movies like this still exist. The Lego Movie is everything that Toy Story was and more. This was a huge breakout for Pratt.
After a series of smaller films, Pratt got his first big studio tentpole role in Kathryn Bigelow’s war drama. He isn’t the star of the film, but he does well in his supporting role as a wise-cracking Navy Seal.
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in this sci-fi thriller about two intergalactic travelers who wake up from hibernation 90 years too early aboard their spaceship. The film is directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) and also stars Michael Sheen and Laurence Fishburne.
Passengers is a visually stunning and exciting science-fiction film that features some great acting from both Lawrence and Pratt. However, the film’s premise is a bit off-putting and it ultimately fails to deliver on its promises of being both an action-thriller and a romantic movie. The film is worth a watch, but don’t expect it to be a huge hit.
4. Jurassic World
After making a name for himself as the swaggering Star-Lord in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt took on some more substantial roles. One of the best was 2018’s Western The Magnificent Seven, which found him working alongside top-notch talent like Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
Jurassic World finds Owen Grady (Pratt) securing a new role as the park’s velociraptor specialist. The movie’s a visual treat and just the right side of ludicrous. While it can’t compete with the original Jurassic Park for invention or soul, it’s a fun and entertaining blockbuster.
It’s a small role, but Pratt gives it some real heart in this comedy. He’s a good foil for Drew Barrymore and the gang of oddballs she brings in Strangers with Candy, which is an off-kilter adaptation of the eponymous 1999-2000 Comedy Central series.
5. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Five years after The Lego Movie’s rapturous response, the citizens of Bricksburg face a new threat as they’re invaded by Duplo aliens who wreck everything faster than they can rebuild. But cheery Lego everyman Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) remains unfazed, dreaming of a cozy domestic future with Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks).
Then masked space warrior General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) kidnaps the heroes and takes them to a star system ruled by Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi (Tiffany Haddish). Emmet and his friends, including cowboy and raptor trainer Rex Dangervest (Charlie Day), Unikitty (Alison Brie), Batman (Will Arnett) and Metal Beard (Nick Offerman), must save their home in this sequel that’s sure to be just as much fun.
Mike Mitchell directs from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part opens February 8, 2019. It stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Tiffany Haddish.