2011 was a somewhat mixed year for film. Filled with a lot of blockbuster disappointments (mostly transformers 3 that is), a lot of off screen controversy (Lars Von Trier … mostly) and a lot of gimmicky 3D, well most of the time there was 3D anyway. But this has left room for some surprisingly good British films to make their mark e.g Submarine, Attack The Block and the superbly cast Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It’s also seen powerful live action Perfomances with Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin. A great performance by Andy Serkis in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is provided by the power of grayskull … *ahem* … motion capture. And hey even Brad Pitts role in Moneyball made me believe he is a good actor again.
So apparently it wasn’t all bad and now It’s time for me to pick my top 5.
And Trying to think of all the good films you’ve seen this year is a really hard thing to do.
1) Conan: The Barbarian
A film that immersed me in it the second I saw it.
The director (Nicholas winding Refn) did a great job with using more artistic film like camera shots in the action sequences and he got Ron Perlman to act so he must of been doing something right. It also included a brilliant 80’s GTA soundtrack that fits perfectly in with the films bloody violence and tense cinematic driving scenes.
Cool, Stylish and car chases that would give Bullitt a run for it’s money. Drive is a great film but wouldn’t of been as great if it wasn’t for Ryan Gosling’s ultra cool turn as the mysterious stunt/getaway driver. Carey Mulligan may have been slightly miscast however.
Brothers to the end.
Brilliant and believable performances by Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte makes this a fantastic film.
In my opinion it’s better than The Fighter. It doesn’t matter that it isn’t a true story because what matters most is that you actually care for the characters in it and that you’re on the edge of your seat throughout.
Plus you can only pretend so much when your filming a cage fight. Especially with all the injuries the actors received.
3) Troll Hunter
A very creative and well done idea about Trolls living in a remote part of Norway.
I don’t see many foreign films and maybe I should see more but this film certainly stood out. Linking a fairy tale with the real world is an interesting idea that was expertly done. Just the fact that pylons were supposedly built to keep Trolls out was a great way of pulling me into a film that should of been total nonsense and turned out to be totally awesome … nonsense.
4) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Mark strong, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham … Do I need to say more? Cause I think that’s reason enough of being in my top 5.
Sure there’s a thrilling story full of betrayal and general spying. But with that amount of acting talent in a film if you were put something adequate in front of them it would always turn out to be great.
A film that will leave you with many unanswerable questions at the end and that can only be a good thing.
This one is a personal favourite of mine. I know there were faults with it but come on it’s the God Of Thunder!
As well as giving a huge stepping stone to newcomer Chris Hemsworth’s career. It also has a great cast and the film is masterfully improved by Kenneth Branagh’s directing skills.
The film is funny as well. Making fun of all the outlandish costumes and the silliness of it all because it knows it can’t be a serious film like The Dark Knight for example.
It was never going to be a masterpiece but it was a really enjoyable cinema experience and I can’t wait when The Avengers comes out this year!
Thor still should have slept with Natalie Portman when he had the chance though.
By the way these aren’t necessarily in order of 1 is best to the 5th best they are just 5 of the best films of 2011.
Also this is just my opinion so if you don’t like it then prepare to get pwned by the thunder from Thor’s hammer. Just kidding.