Friday, 30 December 2011

Ross Bishop's Top 11 Movies of 2011

As 2011 draws to a close I thought I’d look back at the movies of the year, and list my top 11 films of 2011. These are my favourite movies of the year, so may not technically be the “best” films of the year. Also as I don’t do this professionally I’m not privy to advance press screenings so my list consists of films that were released in the UK during 2011 and I’ve actually managed to see. So here we go...

11. Thor / Captain America – 8.5/10
I equally enjoyed the new Marvel franchise entries and thought both were on par with the first Iron Man, so it was a great year for comic book movies. 

10. The Fighter – 8.5/10
Great performances from all involved made this true story a joy to watch.

9. Sourcecode – 8.5/10
A great film with a clever premise which is thought-provoking and entertaining at the same time.

8. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - 8.5/10
David Fincher is quickly becoming one of my favourite directors, and this new thriller fits nicely with Seven, Zodiac, Fight Club and The Social Network.

7. Rango – 8.5/10
Wiping the floor with Cars 2, Rango is the animation of the year and if you didn’t know better you’d have thought this was the film Pixar released.

6. X-Men: First Class – 9/10
A great comic book film made stronger by the James Bond styled 60s setting that works as a self-contained film, whilst fitting in nicely and setting up the existing films in the franchise.

5. The Adventures of Tintin – 9/10
The film Indiana Jones IV should have been, this is Spielberg doing action/adventure right!

4. Black Swan – 9/10
A shocking and suspenseful film that had me gripped from start to finish. Always happy when I leave a cinema pleasantly surprised that a film was way better than I was expecting.

3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes – 9/10
I’m not really a Planet of the Apes fan, but I was excited for this after seeing the first trailer. The final film gave us a character driven blockbuster that tells an original story of how the Apes began to take over the world (and hopefully will see how they get to total domination with a few sequels). This film also contains the best CGI of the year.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2 – 9/10
A great end to the franchise and probably one of the best in the series, tying up all the loose ends and delivering an emotional and spectacular time in the cinema.

1. 127 Hours – 10/10
Easily my favourite film of the year, primarily due to a great performance by James Franco and masterful direction by Danny Boyle. This was actually the first film I saw in 2011, so this was the film to beat and no movie really got close enough to surpass it.

Worthy Mentions
A few other films that almost made the list and therefore deserve a mention, but I couldn’t quite squeeze into my top 11 movies of 2011. Cowboys & Aliens, Super 8, Real Steel, The Inbetweeners Movie, Fast Five and closing the year Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Worst Movies
Three films that I was extremely disappointed in...

Cars 2 – Pixar’s first dud, really disappointed this film even got made and as expected of a very low quality (apart from the CG itself). Hopefully this is a bump in the road and not the end of Pixar’s golden run, next year’s release Brave needs to pull the quality back up so not to leave the Pixar brand tarnished.

Green Lantern – an abomination of cinema, appalling story and structure, awful editing and the completely wrong tone set from beginning to end.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strangers Tide – not necessarily a bad movie, just a bland and uneventful one, considering this film made over a billion dollars it’s even more annoying they decided to spend hardly any money on CGI special effects (one of the main things I loved about the previous films).

There were probably worst movies (I’m looking at you Breaking Dawn), but as I pay for the cinema, I only go to see films I want to see.

What were your favourite films of 2011?

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