I have never considered myself a big movie buff…ever. While I haven’t changed this year, I have actually seen enough movies this year to justify being even partially excited about the upcoming award season, especially the Oscars. Until then, the best of the year in movies are being revealed in lists from critics and blogs all over the internet. Having had seen and reviewed a lot of movies this year, I feel like I can come up with such a list of my own.
While I’m not a huge fan of movies, I do typically enjoy what is put in front of me. This year, I’ve been able to develop a bit of a critical eye when it comes to what I’m watching. I know when I like something or when I don’t. I’ve been able to narrow down all of the films I’ve seen this year down to the ten best movies of 2011 and they are as follows:
Puss In Boots
Creative qualities and witty lines that make up the basis of a familiar storyline with one of the Shrek franchise’s most memorable characters, Puss In Boots.
In a year void of a good Pixar film, DreamWorks delivers well to fill that with the year’s top animation. (read my review here)
While the promotion leading up to the release of this anticipated J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg production was a bit misleading, the end result was a good film showing the value of friendship despite growing tension based on the odd events occurring.
“Super 8 is a beautifully filmed movie with gentle visual movements despite the growing apprehension of the events building up around them.” (read my review here)
Taking the original well-known and beloved characters from their heyday and placing them in today’s culture without sacrificing the unique personalities each character is known for. The Muppets win at providing an account of “where are they now?” using them as the celebrities they once were presented in the same form that made them popular in the first place. (read my review here)
Provides evidence for how nostalgia and holding on to the past can influence actions of the present and future.
The Beginners intimately tells the story of the final memories of Oliver’s father’s lively final years and his coming out to him at age 75. (read my review here)
The Debt gives many different levels of imprisonment, both in the common sense of the word during the capture of a Nazi doctor, and the resulting forms of being prisoner to secrets and lies that get carried through time. (read my review here)
One of the more spectacular images on film this year are presented in the detailed visuals of Hugo.
“You’re no longer merely watching the movie on the screen, you’re experiencing it firsthand.” (read my review here)
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The end of an era. The final chapter of the final part in 7-part epic story of Harry Potter. While not as strong as the first half of the Deathly Hallows, this film gives a more-than-suitable conclusion of the tales in Hogwarts. (read my review here)
Hanna is a sharp film with an interesting style of presentation. Purposeful comedic scenes, suspenseful chase scenes, sensitive moments between Hanna and her father Erik and great action. A fascinating and captivating movie that follows Hanna from her home in the middle of a Finnish forest to civilization. (read my review here)
For a film to walk so many fine lines with the issues involving race and history, The Help tells its story with tact without pushing the focus too far in either unwanted direction. (read my review here)
Hands down, Bridesmaids the funniest film of the year and deserving of a place amongst the funniest films of all time. Kristen Wigg is one of Saturday Night Live’s strongest actors in years and her first major role outside of the late-night scene proves that she’s more than a wonky five-minute character. In addition to Kristen as the strong lead, there’s also an equally strong supporting cast. The one-two-three punch, scene after scene, provides constant laughs, not only the first time seeing the movie, but the second, third and fourth time. (read my review here)