The summer blockbuster season has essentially come to an end and it is time for a quick retrospective look at the cinematic offering so far this year. Like most years, there has been the pleasant surprises and the painful disappointments, gems we dug and duds we didn’t. Post your thoughts and rankings in the comments below!
This is a bit of a down year for me as far as my movie watching goes but there is no doubt that we have been blessed with some ample amount of decent entertainment both on television and at the movie theater. Two movies in particular are likely to stay with me. I was completely smitten by Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, a whimsy, sweet and darkly humorous love story with a star-studded cast. As shown last year with Midnight in Paris, there is absolutely nothing wrong with loving whimsical movies.
And there is Beasts of the Southern Wild, a thoroughly singular cinematic experience powered by Quvenzhané Wallis, the 6-year old actress (at time of filming) who will may soon be known as the youngest Oscar nominee to date. Not too many sets of eyes were dry by the end of the movie (including our own Red Georges) and that’s something worth noting.
And what about Joss Whedon and what he brought to the table with The Avengers? He has essentially shown that comic book movies don’t have to be so “dark and gritty”, that there is hope after the end of Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Speaking of which, I’m not going to lie: I initially loved The Dark Knight Rises but after seeing it a second time and delving more into it, I can’t help but be slightly disappointed by how flawed the movie is.
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- The Raid: Redemption
- The Avengers
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Miss Bala
- 21 Jump Street
- The Bourne Legacy
- The Grey
- The Hunger Games
For the remaining of the year, my most highly anticipated films are: To The Wonder, Django Unchained, and Les Miserables.
Your turn! What are your favorite movies of the year to date? The most underrated? The most surprising? The best performances, scenes, moments, etc… What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year? Discuss in the comments.