Seeing as how I’ve seen roughly five movies this year, this list should be pretty easy. Luckily, the movies I’ve seen would probably be in my top five anyway. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
5. Safety Not Guaranteed
I remember seeing the newspaper clipping somewhere on the internet and thought it was hilarious. That’s why, when I saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I needed to see it. The movie itself is much different than I thought it would be. This is a charming film that chad me captivated from the beginning. The two leads, Aurbrey Plaza and Mark Duplass establish a chemistry that grabs the viewer and never lets go. It’s their on-screen dynamic that drives this movie. Team that up with Jake Johnson as the love-to-hate hate-to-love Jeff and Karan Soni as the shy but quick witted Arnau and you have yourself a quirky and funny movie that just makes you feel good.
Do yourself a favor and see this movie. Honestly, the trailer didn’t wow me that much. I thought it looked cool, and the idea of an assassin hunting his future self is a neat idea. But, it just seemed like one of those typical sci-fi movies that focuses too much on CGI and not enough on plot. Looper doesn’t just buck the trend; it kicks the trend’s ass. Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt both delivered excellent performances and Jeff Daniels gave me chills. But it wasn’t the acting that left me shocked. It was the way Looper makes you think. It was the way Looper makes you squirm in your seat without getting overly gory or violent. The cinematography helps tell the story in ways few movies do.
3. The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight trilogy is my second favorite trilogy next to The Lord of the Rings. The first movie established a new Batman. He’s dark. He’s gritty. He talks like he needs a throat lozenge. I loved it. The Dark Knight delivered something that I haven’t felt in a movie before, and I don’t think I ever will. The Dark Knight Rises caps off an amazing set of films, and Christopher Nolan has been cemented in my mind as one of the best film makers of this generation. Not nearly as good as its predecessor but every bit as plot driven, The Dark Knight Rises has its place in comic book movie history. Michael Caine gives powerful performances time and time again in this movie. I loved how it ties everything together and leaves the viewer satisfied.
You know a movie is good when you leave the theater feeling like you are the person in the film. James Bond is my favorite character of all time. He’s smooth, cool, unforgiving, and relentless. In Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig captures the essence of Ian Fleming’s vision perfectly. It’s Skyfall that takes James Bond and elevates it. Skyfall was a worldwide hit, recently hitting the $1 billion mark globally. The movie is literally nonstop action. Even the dialogue gets your heart going. Judi Dench gives perhaps her best performance as M and the banter between 007 and his superior is top notch. There is nothing dull about the movie. Had it not been for a few very noticeable mistakes (obvious CGI during a few scenes and revealing continuity errors), this would be my number one movie of 2012.
1. The Avengers
What a massive undertaking this movie was. Think about it. You are given the reigns to the sequel of, essentially, four different movies. Everyone thinks they deserve the most screen time because they are a star. You have to manage all of this and, at the same time, create a quality film. How did director Joss Whedon not fold under the pressure of all these Hollywood giants? In case you forgot, here are the big names in the movie: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson. On their own, each one of these people could drive a blockbuster movie. Whedon managed to keep everyone in check. That in itself deserves recognition. Watching the movie in IMAX with a pair of 3-D glasses was probably the best movie experience I’ve ever had. Think of how much you enjoyed Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, or Thor. You have all those superheroes in one movie! It doesn’t get any better than that. That’s why this was my favorite movie of 2012. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store.