As I sat down to write my list I was amazed at my choices, not because they were not incredible films but because they are different from every other year I have put this list together. Thinking back I think it was the year of the action movie, I have yet to see Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Mis, Silver Linings Playbook and these seem to be films getting a lot of pub for being quality films so like any other list this may change.
I cannot believe I am putting this film in my top 10 but I did enjoy this film despite Shia LeBouef’ having a main part in the film. I have yet to see a film with Jessica Chastain that I did not enjoy and she does not disappoint here.
I was a bit disappointed with this film but that was based on my expectations, I was hoping to get blown away with Skyfall and although it fell a little short for me it belongs here. I enjoy Craig’s portrayal of Bond and Bardem was a great villain.
8. The Dark Knight Rises
Once again I was not blown away by this film but I certainly think it deserves its’ due. As Nolan wrapped up this series he had a lot to contend with and considering the 2nd film in this series was incredible there was no way he was going to be able to match it. As a trilogy this Batman series is among the best of all time in my opinion and I think it deserves a nod in my top ten list at 8.
I thought this was a pretty good action/sci-fi film that was well acted and well written. Of course with sci-fi you tend to have some holes but I thought this film was more enjoyable than the other sci-fi picture with holes which was Prometheus. Solid performances by Willis and Levitt made this film a good watch.
6. The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
Just saw this film last week so it is fresh in my mind. There will be many that will not enjoy this film but when it comes down to it it was a well thought out well done film. The Hobbit was also shot in some high-end film which took some getting used to but to use the word crisp would not be overstating it. Peter Jackson starts this film slowly but by the end you are hooked on the characters and adventures and cannot wait for the other two films to come out. I was shocked that my 5, 8, and 10-year-old sat through this, at times slow film, without issue and were excited about the film.
5. Django Unchained
This is another film I have just had the pleasure of seeing and I was fully immersed in this movie and its’ diverse characters. I may at some point move this one up as I continue to think it over and over in my head and have the opportunity to give it a second watch. Django was a love story and western rolled into intelligent dialogue with plenty of gun play. That being said I had a couple of issues with the film that I may overlook or understand better in due time but for now it sits at number 5 on my list.
I am a sucker for movies based on true stories and this one does not disappoint. Affleck puts together a quality film here with a perfect balance of action and suspense, never mind the dynamic duo of Arkin and Goodman for some quality laughs. I think this film should be on everyone’s list for 2012.
3. Moonrise Kingdom
I have been on the bandwagon of this film all year and continue to recommend it to those who have not seen it. Wes Anderson creates a world you want to live in and in a time you wish you could visit. Moonrise is a quietly funny film that is laden with nostalgia. This is a must see even though a few that I recommended it to thought it was just okay.
2. The Avengers
My expectations were lofty for this film and I still left the theater completely satisfied and blown away at how well done this film was. On every front I felt The Avengers delivered and I was particularly impressed with how the Hulk was used in the film. Where other films misused or misrepresented the Hulk this one delivered in perfect form. The pace of the film was perfect and the action was incredible and unrelenting and I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd film in this series.
1. The Raid: Redemption
I walked into this film not knowing what to expect and I left the film wanting more and more. This was the only film I saw this year where the action was so intense that people were grunting and groaning in the theater. Placing an action movie in the number one slot is so difficult for me because I am normally not an action junkie and tend not to like action movies all that much, well needless to say The Raid: Redemption has changed my opinion. This film was non stop and unrelenting and as violent as it was the fight scenes were so well orchestrated that it was poetic. There was no other film that I felt as satisfied and blown away by more than this film and that is why The Raid: Redemption gets my number 1 slot in 2012.