So it’s the end of the year – just about – and this blog and you have seen a fair amount of film reviews. I mean a fair amount of REALLY GOOD and HELPFUL film reviews. Therefore, it’s best to look at the Top 10 films of 2013 (released in the UK in 2013 – there are possibly one or two that were released in 2012 in the U.S. but 2013 in the UK).
10) We’re The Millers
A hilarious comedy that sees a man try to find a fake family so he can get go to Mexico, get some drugs and bring them back to his boss for money. Just like any family trip film, things go wrong but this take is different to an extreme level. Not to mention most people will like the fact that Jennifer Aniston plays a stripper in this film.
9) The Heat
Making it to No.9 is another comedy but this film sees Sandra Bullock, who plays a worked up and very bossy cop, team up with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a lazy yet out-of-control cop. A typical film where two opposites have to work together in order to solve a crime; it’s clever and funny.
8) Thor: The Dark World
The sequel to the first Thor film, which is set after Avengers Assemble, sees Thor return to Earth and save the world from some evil dark elves. Superhero movies over the last few years are an in-thing – thanks to the X-Men films – and this film is able to balance, action, romance and humour just right in order to become a great superhero film.
7) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I loved the first film and this is a perfect sequel (even better than the first) to it. Here, Katniss is forced to go back into The Hunger Games with Peeta and face tributes who have already won The Hunger Games before. The film takes a darker turn than the first yet it’s just as gripping and tense.
6) Cloud Atlas
It was released in the U.S. in 2012 but the film came out in February this year. Cloud Atlas looks at six separate lives from different times in different universes and how they are all somehow linked to one another. I read the book first and the film is just as brilliant. You may have to see it twice to love it or understand it but the film with an incredible cast (such as Tom Hanks and Halle Berry) is worth seeing, even if it is nearly three hours long.
5) The Way, Way Back
Though it is a short film, this coming-of-age film is incredible. It follows a young male teenager and how over the Summer holidays as he tries to get away from his mum, her boyfriend and their friends he finds himself working at a water park and makes friends for life and discovers who he is.
4) Django Unchained
It was obvious that the latest Quentin Tarantino film was in the Top 10 – it feels like it was in the cinema ages ago but yes it was released in 2013. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who after being freed by Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and with his new friend goes in search for his wife and tries to take her away from the evil Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). With a great cast, this witty, clever, hilarious and well scripted film is at No. 4.
3) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I believe with this film people will either love it or hate it. As it is in the Top 10 it is obvious that I love it. Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is an average man who works for Life Magazine and regularly ‘zones out’ and daydreams. However, when one of the photos he has to work with is missing, he travels to various countries in search of the photographer who took the photo. It’s an incredible and beautifully shot film that sees a man discover who he is and goes on an adventure as after trying to put some information about him on a dating website, he realises that he hasn’t had one or done anything meaningful or spectacular in his life. An adventure is something we all want.
A surprise hit because no one heard much about it until it came out. This film sees a desperate father (Hugh Jackman) try at extreme lengths to find his missing daughter and her friend after they go missing. At the same time Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) – not Loki from Thor – is the man who has been given the case yet as he tries to find out his has kidnapped the girls, he discovers more problems along the way. A tense thriller that has surprises, twists and turns and goes beyond the average crime thriller.
1) The Great Gatsby
Finally, at No.1 is The Great Gatsby. One of the films that people were most looking forward too. With a superb cast, this film sees how Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) has been trying to find his first true love and how he has been trying to win her over. What is incredible is that Baz Luhrmann has been able to create a new way of telling the story; the film which is set in the 1920s/1930s has a great ways of having modern dance music mix perfectly with the typical jazz you would have heard a lot in the 30s. The visuals are incredible, but it’s the acting, the music and the way the story is told – what with the romance, the action, the amazing script, the funny moments and the emotional-provoking scenes – that make this film No.1.