Saturday, 29 December 2012

Ross Bishop's Top Ten Films of 2012

It's been a momentous year in cinema, one that I doubt we will see repeat itself ever again. In 2012 we had five of the biggest movie franchises releasing new films. We had new James Bond (for the 50th anniversary no less), Batman (the concluding part in the Dark Knight Trilogy), a rebooted Spider-Man, returned to Middle-Earth with The Hobbit and the ultimate assemble piece with The Avengers.

So 2012 was always going to be a big year, but where did these films fit into my Top Ten Movies of the year...

Please bare in mind, this is a hobby so I haven't had the opportunity to see every single film that has been released in 2012, I also haven't had the chance to see a couple of films that were released towards the end of the year yet (The Life of Pi and Jack Reacher) which may also need to be included. If so, I'll update this post once I've seen them.

10. The Amazing Spider-Man (8.5/10)
This definitely isn't the best superhero film ever made, but I'm a huge fan of Spider-man and I think the reboot did an admirable job of bringing the character back to the big screen. I also think Andrew Garfield is the best Peter Parker so far which contributes a lot to the overall success of the movie.

9. Seven Psychopaths (8.5/10)
I was a huge fan of In Bruges and although this is a very different film, I still think its great fun with great characters, clever dialogue and an interesting premise.

8. The Hobbit (9/10)
Although I don't think it's technically better than any of the original Lord of the Rings films, the first of the prequels to return to Middle-Earth is still truly epic and great fantasy tale. The fact I can't wait for Part 2 shows how well this sets The Hobbit trilogy up.

7. The Dark Knight Rises (9/10)
I'll be honest if someone told me The Dark Knight Rises wasn't going to be in my top 5 at the start of 2012 I wouldn't have believed them. But here we are, it's an epic end to the trilogy overall and a solid film, but there's no denying the film has problems that prevent it from being truly great. This is the first film I've seen from director Christopher Nolan that relies too much on coincidence and convenience, which frustrate me because so much of the movie is excellent. Despite my gripes (mainly due to my own high expectations) this still fits comfortably into my top ten.

6. The Flowers of War (9.5/10)
A truly shocking story based on true events during World War II. I wasn't expecting this film to have quite the impact it did, but I was engaged from start to finish and truly love this masterful film.

5. End of Watch (9.5/10)
Exceptional acting. Perfect filming. Great characters. One hell of a buddy cop movie. Easily one of the best films I've seen this year. I was on the edge of my sit for the whole film and couldn't stop talking about it for days after. Go. See. This. Film.

4. The Raid (9.5/10)
Some of the best action and fight choreography in a film ever made. A high concept that delivers and hits hard from the get go. If you like action films, you owe it to yourself to watch this.

3. Looper (9.5/10)
One of the most clever and thoughtful films of the year (if not the decade). It ties up all the plot threads but leave enough up to the viewers interpretation that you can get lost talking about it for months if not years. A very special film.

2. Skyfall (9.5/10)
James Bond's 50th anniversary was celebrated with the best film in the series (and by the looks of it the most successful). It mixes up the typical James Bond structure, tells a smaller and much more personal story but in doing so successfully delivers 007's most impactful adventure.

1. The Avengers (10/10)
Whether or not this would be the best film of the year for anyone who hasn't seen all the previous films leading up to it is debatable, but for me this was the most fun I'd had at the cinema with a movie all year. I laughed, I cheered, I was amazed, I was surprised, I was excited and couldn't imagine a better way of bringing these huge characters to the screen in this amazing assemble movie.

Bring on 2013, you have a very tough act to follow...

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