Friday, November 16th, 2012

David Edelstein's Enduring Fixation On Keira Knightley's Jaw, Documented

• "But it's hard to hate her too much when she wriggles into a fetching halter, paints herself green, and picks up a bow and arrow, determinedly setting that long fish jaw."—Review of King Arthur, July 7, 2004

• "… Domino is perpetual motion in a vacuum. It's not the fault of This Year's White Girl, young Keira Knightley, who sticks out her long jaw…"—Review of Domino, Oct. 13, 2005

• "…working that long jaw like an impudent guppy…"—Review of Pride & Prejudice, Nov. 11, 2005

• "Keira Knightley's magic inflatable jaw!"—Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, July 6, 2006

• "Knightley, a heroine with gumption whose thrusting jaw takes her out of the insipid-ingenue class. She’s like some kind of fish herself…"—ibid.

• "… played by Keira Knightley with her long neck and strong jaw…"—Review of The Duchess, Sept. 14, 2008

• "Sabina is played by Keira Knightley in a style that would seem over-the-top from across the Roman Coliseum, let alone in close-up spitting out her Slavic consonants and overworking her long jaw."—Review of A Dangerous Method, Dec. 2, 2011

• "She's played by Keira Knightley in a style that would seem big from the third balcony, spitting out her consonants and working her long jaw so hard it hurts to look at her."—Another review of A Dangerous Method, Dec. 2, 2011

• "… she has a terminal case of lockjaw…"—Review of Seeking Friend for the End of the World, June 21, 2012

• "… she squints her eyes and works her big jaw, her fanged upper teeth threatening to swallow the camera." —Review of Anna Karenina, Nov. 11, 2012

Peter Martinowski lives in New York.

10 Comments / Post A Comment

GiovanniGF (#224)

To be fair, A Dangerous Method did pretty much revolve around her jaw.

BadUncle (#153)

Though in a world heavy-weight jaw cage match, Keira would lose to Ann Coulter's deadly mandibles.

Honestly, Edelstein's the one coming off a bit unhinged.

joeks (#5,805)

Well, you know, God doesn't care how big your jaw is. Yes, you could go to a dentist and you could, whoo — you could grind off about, I don't know, 30%, maybe more. Yeah, I wouldn't miss it.

freetzy (#7,018)

I can't think of a single word that better describes her physical appearance.

Yes she had a Craaazy jaw in A Dangerous Method. Like almost the jaw from Alien. But otherwise, a normal, healthy human jaw.

MichelleDean (#7,041)

But does he find her hot? That is the burning question which animates every Edelstein column I've ever read.

Mr. B (#10,093)

And nary a mention of her magnificent cheekbones.

flapadactyl (#12,522)

Not the first or last to become obsessed with a jawline. Long ago on Ye Olde Internette there was a man who found himself drawn to document Amy Grant's Mandible:

cherrispryte (#444)

But what if I think her jaw is really sexy?

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