Ladies and gentlemen, the year is coming to a close. For a whole year, you and I were watching movies, whether they be old or new. Because of the large amount of movies I’ve seen this year, I decided that it would be appropriate for me to compile a Top 10 list of 2012’s movies.
Before I begin, note that I haven’t seen every single movie to be released this year. This list is my opinion based on what I have seen in 2012. This is completely opinion-based, and as always I want to hear your opinions in the comments below. Alright, let’s get into it.
10. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Please, don’t shoot! I know, this is ridiculous. When I went into the theater to watch this film, I expected nothing. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. But I was pleasantly surprised. I’m a history nerd, and so when there were historical references made, I was grinning because they were subtle. This movie was historically accurate, a bloody good time, and the definition of guilty pleasure. Come on, do you think I want to tell the world that I enjoyed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter? Of course not. But I’m being honest. I no longer have shame saying it. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is my Number 10 Movie of 2012.
Flight is this year’s second best thriller. The story was dark, serious, and very real. You root for the main character, as he has to overcome many obstacles. The plane crash scene is ridiculously intense, and is definitely the best plane crash scene I have seen in a movie. The whole film was very cohesive, the acting was top notch, and Denzel does a great job in establishing his character. Flight deserves the Number 9 spot on this year’s Top 10 list.
8. The Hunger Games
I consider the Hunger Games to be a prequel to Catching Fire. An appetizer. As a fan of the books, I wasn’t disappointed. It wasn’t a knock-my-socks-off film, but it is the gateway to a greater movie. The universe of the Hunger Games was established and prepared for Catching Fire. Best made movie of 2012? Nope. But it entertained me and left me wanting more. The Hunger Games deserves my Number 8 spot.
7. The Grey
This movie, in my opinion, has been overlooked by the major critics. It wasn’t simply a kill fest in a frozen wasteland. The Grey had a deep meaning, powerful scenes, and a great cast. Neeson plays a badass once again, but this time around, he has battle scars. He isn’t in the best shape mentally. The conflict from every angle kept this movie feeling gritty and real. The movie’s messages and style impressed me, and so The Grey deserves my Number 7 spot.
6. The Amazing Spiderman
This movie had its flaws. Its dropped plot lines and sometimes jumbled story could become very apparent at times. Still, the Spiderman franchise has been revived. Peter Parker has been established in a new light, moving from a pouty Toby McGuire to a shy, humble Andrew Garfield. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have amazing chemistry in this film, and I honestly think that their scenes on screen together are the best of the movie. The villain wasn’t very original, but this film succeeded in retelling the Spiderman origin story. I look forward to the next movie for sure. This franchise reboot was a sure success, and so it earned its Number 6 spot.
5. Cabin in the Woods
I hate horror movies, and this movie makes me so proud of that fact. It mocks the horror genre without parodying it like Scary Movie or Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. (which was actually a hilarious movie) Instead, it makes fun of it in the most subtle way, while creating a mysterious and complex plot unbeknownst to the audience. This movie has a sense of mystery and grandeur that it retains throughout the film. If you haven’t caught this flick yet, don’t watch any trailers or read about it, rent it out, and enjoy yourself. Cabin in the Woods earned its Number 5 spot.
4. The Avengers
This movie could have crumbled easily. With so much talent on screen, The Avengers could have crashed and burned. Fortunately, it didn’t. The Avengers managed to give each hero his time in the spotlight, and it established the cohesion between each team member, all while telling a great story with hilarious banter and great chemistry between all parties involved. This movie was definitely one of the best of the year. I loved this movie, and so it deserves the Number 4 spot on 2012’s Top 10 list.
This movie got everything right. Everything. I could praise the film, but it wouldn’t make sense to do so. Everything was correct. This movie thrilled me, impressed me, and never failed to surprise me. Bond has a slick feel to him again, and he doesn’t come across as sketchy in the slightest. Craig embodies Bond in a way that hasn’t been done since Casino Royale. This is the best Bond film of the franchise, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. Skyfall deserves every bit of love it gets, as it is the Number 3 film on my Top 10 List.
2. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan has succeeded in concluding the Batman trilogy in a smart, intense, epic way. The Dark Knight Rises was a purely epic film, highlighting who Batman is and what he stands for. Nolan managed to create a grand-scaled movie, spanning the course of months and featuring a full takeover of Gotham, all while retaining plot twists and character development. Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan collaborated once again to create a score that captured the tone and depth of the movie. The Dark Knight Rises earned its Number 2 spot, and is one of 2012’s finest.
This movie surprised me and thrilled me at every turn. The fact that this really happened still amazes me. The suspense that this film created and the tension it established sent my heart rate flying through the roof. I was so invested in the story that I wouldn’t leave my seat for any portion of the film. Ben Affleck embodied his character and made it so that Argo was about the story rather than his character. Because of that, as well as many other smart directorial decisions, Argo is the Number 1 movie of 2012.
What should I have added? What didn’t deserve to be in my list? What is YOUR list? Let me know in the comments below.