Overall, 2012 was a good year for movies. A lot of highly anticipated movies came out this year and a lot of movies that were just blah. Movies ranging from the record breaking “Avengers” to the final ending to “Twilight”. I’m here to give you some of my favorite movies you should have seen in 2012.
I’m jumping into the deep end and starting off with “The Avengers”. Marvel has been building up to this movie since “Iron Man” with Robert Downey Jr. With the great direction of Joss Whedon we were able to finally realize that you can put a superhero team on the big screen. Take notes DC Universe because you could have had Joss but you decided against it. For those nerds out there Amazon has re-released the preorder of the briefcase with the tesseract and all the movies coming out in April 2013. You can also check out my review for “The Avengers” here.
With my second movie I’m switching gears with “Wreck-it Ralph”. Hands down, one of the best animated movies I’ve ever seen. It could have been because of all the video game references and characters or it could have been the great storyline. Visually the movie looked excellent in 3D. I’ve always said that animated films are the only films you should see in 3D. I was excited when I saw the trailer for this and the movie didn’t let me down. You can read my review for it here.
When a movie can keep me on the edge of my seat the whole time it deserves to be on this list. I usually try and get some back story regarding films that are based on true events but I didn’t for “Argo” I read nothing and that was a good thing. I was unaware on what was going to happen next or who was going to die. Intense would be a word I would use for the movie as a whole. Ben Affleck has a unique way of telling stories and he just keeps getting better and better. I have yet to be disappointed with one of his movies he’s directed.
We have a few movies that are filmed or referred to about Kansas. “Looper” is the most recent starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a younger version of Bruce Willis. It’s a pretty good time-traveling storyline with some great acting too. JGL does a great job at impersonating Willis throughout the entire film. You see what actually happens when the future meets the past. My favorite scene from the movie is when a futuristic person is trying to escape and the past person is being tortured and what happens to the past version of them happens to the future version. What I mean is the movie is showing you the future person and he instantly loses his tongue because his past self just had it cut out and the same with fingers, ears…you get the picture. The film was amazing and also had great acting.
Keeping with the sci-fi theme I should mention how great “Prometheus” is. The great Ridley Scott finally went back to his roots and his “Alien” franchise. “Prometheus” is a prequel to his “Alien” movies and looked amazing on the big screen. I loved the story and loved the android David. There are a few Easter Eggs that Ridley put in for the “Alien” fans. For instance the ship they start going through looks exactly like the ship from his first film. From what I heard from my friends and other people who have seen this, you will really like this film or absolutely hate it. I, for one, loved it and can’t wait to see where he takes it next.
It would not have been the same year without Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”. Sure I was a little harsh on it when I first wrote my review, but after writing my review and seeing it multiple times, I’ve changed my mind. I still won’t say it’s the best Batman movie but it does rank up there. What Nolan did with the entire Batman franchise will probably never be done again, ever. People will keep saying that their movie, “it’s a lot like “The Dark Knight””. Nolan had a plan when making the franchise and he did it. Sure he left it open for anyone else that might want to tackle it but it was a great ending.
Speaking of franchise movies, James Bond came back in 2012. “Skyfall” is the third Bond movie for Daniel Craig that he’s settled in to it quite well. But, it’s not Craig who is the star of the movie, it’s actually Judi Dench who plays M. What’s nice about the “new Bond” since Craig has taken over is they aren’t using gadgets and everything like they have been. Now some might be saying, “that’s what makes Bond awesome”. With all the secret agent movies that have come out with all their gadgets, to me it’s made James Bond less interesting. I’m glad there are less gadgets and more hand to hand combat and more detective work. We need a change and Craig’s Bond is exactly what we need.
Last, but not least is “Django Unchained”. Like I mentioned in my review that you can find clicking here, is Tarantino has mastered the art of film making and storytelling. Jamie Foxx and the entire cast are amazing in this movie. This movie had everything from laughs to great action with your typical Tarantino flash of gore. If you aren’t a fan of his work then don’t go see it but if you are a fan, you are in for a treat. He brings in people from his past movies and even adds a couple like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Sit back and enjoy Tarantino’s version of the pre Civil War era.