Through years of versatile performances, on both large and non-large screens, Bryan Cranston has proven his exceptional acting abilities in a variety of roles. Through a magnificently selfless commitment to his art and a fiery devotion to complex characters, Cranston is a versatile artist with robust versatility and incredible range. The Emmy/Tony-winning actor once again proved his talents in Disney+’s The One and Only Ivan, but the Breaking Bad actor demonstrated his skills in many excellent roles, several of which are currently available on various streaming platforms. Here’s what to watch if you love Bryan Cranston.
Contagion (HBO Max)
A deadly, rapidly spreading novel virus collapses social order.
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: Even if it doesn’t make for the most relaxing visual experience in the midst of an unfolding global pandemic, Steven Soderbergh’s intense, anxious, and unsettling forecasting Contagion is a tightly wound globe-trotting thriller with perfect pacing, unflinching vision, and a clever, well-researched script that goes down to the nit. Maybe “entertaining” isn’t the appropriate phrase in a modern lens. Nevertheless, in an excellent cast, featuring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, and Jude Law, Bryan Cranston performs a dutifully formal role as a rear admiral public health service hoping to save the country from diving into full-blown hysteria. Cranston performs a buttoned-down job with proper charisma and dramatic authority.
Malcolm In The Middle (Hulu/IMDbTV)
A talented middle teen (Frankie Muniz) attempts to cope with his dysfunctional suburban family (Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan).
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: As an inexperienced, silly father of four unruly sons, Hal Wilkerson gave one of his most recognizable and unforgettable performances in Fox’s long-running Middle Malcolm. As the often-bumbling, socially inept patriarch who tries to do the right thing, but is often useless without his wife’s support, Cranston’s performance is often amusing, not without his moments of off-kilter sweetness. He’s always up for something, filled with lighthearted giddiness, highlighting the unrestrained engagement of the future Emmy-winning star and bubbling enthusiasm. It’s a genuine, highly entertaining, career-building success that remains one of his most outstanding roles.
Breaking Bad (Netflix)
A mild-mannered chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer develops methamphetamine with a former student (Aaron Paul) to provide for his family.
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Followers: Throughout five outstanding seasons, Bryan Cranston went from being the dad on Malcolm in the Middle” to be one of our greatest working actors through his Emmy-winning work at AMC’s thrilling Breaking Bad. Though credit is rightly given to the brilliant vision of creator Vince Gilligan, the outstanding cast, the distinctly vibrant Albuquerque backdrops, consistently amazing writing, and pulpy camerawork, Breaking Bad is an addictive, deliberately Shakespearean character analysis of how an easygoing man has become a powerfully wicked force of destruction. To Cranston’s immense credit, this vivid transformation is sold with gusto and selfish revenge. Cranston’s undeniably finest performance and one of the finest roles on TV.
The One And Only Ivan (Disney+)
A gorilla (Sam Rockwell) agrees to help a baby elephant (Brooklynn Prince) escape an overzealous circus owner (Bryan Cranston)’s captivity.
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: Bryan Cranston reveals several facets in this cuddly and immensely sweet exclusive Disney+, enabling himself to be hammy and boastful while endearing a crowd, gentle and loving when he’s with his animal friends, but also insistent and demanding when something isn’t what he needs. The role could have been less dynamic with a less capable actor, but Cranston brings honesty and sensitivity to his prominent role, especially when he’s sometimes the only live actor on-screen. Although the movie often seems unsure how far to push the darker side of the character, Cranston brings vivid, winning humanity to this animal-centred Disney production.
Little Miss Sunshine (Starz)
A broken family begins a cross-country road trip when the youngest child (Abigail Breslin) joins a beauty pageant’s finals.
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: Little Miss Sunshine is just like the Little Engine That Could, chugging to an epic box office smash with her modest Sundance debut and finally a Best Picture-nominated triumph. Although the main cast, including Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Steve Carell, and an Oscar-winning Alan Arkin, earned most — and rightly so — acclaim, Bryan Cranston also played a small but pivotal role as Stan Grossman, whom our patriarchal leader (Kinnear) believes will carry his next step as a motivational speaker. It’s a minor part, but Cranston plays a major part in the dramatic undercurrent of comedy.
The Lincoln Lawyer (Amazon Prime/Netflix)
A charismatic lawyer (Matthew McConaughey), who is doing business from his Lincoln Continental sedan, defends a rich man (Ryan Phillippe) only to assume that his client is guilty of more than one crime.
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: The Lincoln Lawyer is a brisk, commendably enjoyable starring vehicle for Matthew McConaughey though it’s not too far from the lines of your usual procedural court drama-thriller. While it’s undeniably his show, the supporting cast is remarkably powerful, with talents including Marisa Tomei, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, and Bryan Cranston onboard. As a detective with a deep disdain for our Lincoln-loving criminal defense attorney, Cranston brings sharp personality to what could have been a job in less trustworthy hands, resulting in a remarkable turn.
A Hollywood (Ryan Gosling) moonlights as a getaway driver. But problems come with his neighbour (Carey Mulligan).
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: In this intense, extensively stylized combination of high-speed adventure and attention to arthouse cinema, Drive has become one of 2011’s coolest, most acclaimed accomplishments, driving Director Nicholas Winding Refn deeper into cults. With a cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac and a shockingly horrific Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston doesn’t have as much moment to shine as he did in many other ventures that he secured once Breaking Bad’s popularity grew, but his car shop owner plays an emotional aspect in the buried warm heart of our sullen, cold exterior lead.
A successful-but-unhappy lawyer (Bryan Cranston), living on the edge of madness, decides to separate himself from his own life.
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: In what’s known one of his finest recent portrayals, Bryan Cranston delivers a dependably dedicated, darkly dysfunctional lead performance in Wakefield. Playing a man collapsing from his fraught mental health, Cranston is given a challenging position to pursue, especially as the character can sometimes be unpleasant. But the award-winning actor is up for the task, delivering an amusingly nuanced, dreadfully human powerhouse performance that again highlights his towering talents.
In comparison to all these series, Trumbo is available for Streaming, The Infiltrator on Crackle, The Upside on Showtime, Sneaky Pete on Amazon Prime, and Cold Comes The Night is also on Crackle.
All The Way (HBO Max)
After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson (Bryan Cranston) spends his first year attempting to pass the Civil Rights Act.
Why That’s a Good Choice for Bryan Cranston Fans: Playing the lead his former president’s Tony-winning portrayal, Bryan Cranston acts like Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s All The Way. While its boisterousness can make an unstable transition to television, it still retains the magnitudes of Johnson’s ferocity and tenacity, making it easy to see why it was such a triumphant Broadway success. It’s fair why Cranston took this job shortly after Breaking Bad. It’s amazing success, detailing the film itself.