Before beginning part 3 of my year-in-review opus I’d like to acknowledge how truly great a year we’ve had this year in regards to movies. For as many films and performances that will be nominated for awards, there will be just as many that have a right to feel snubbed. There were so many quality indie, genre, and franchise films that even the stingiest of movie watchers could easily find one movie they really enjoyed. This year was so great that they didn’t even abide by the normal January-February as dumping grounds mentality, releasing movies like Haywire, The Grey, Chronicle, and Wanderlust, which are all vastly superior to the normal dreck that’s usually released at the beginning of the year. Even some of the more disappointing movies of the year were at least interesting to discuss, like Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises.
Some Romances Are Stronger Than the Bonds of Time
Safety Not Guaranteed received quite a bit of love as the indie darling of the year. So much so that I assumed it would end up being this year’s annual indie movie that makes my top 5. Turns out, I didn’t like it nearly as much as everyone else. A lot of that had to do with my expectations being way too high, but the movie is far from flawless. As much as I like Mark Duplass his character is essentially a male version of a manic pixie dream girl and serves the purpose of being an eccentric person whose love saves the main character, Aubrey Plaza, despite being completely unrealistic to real life relationships. Jake Johnson has his own clichés to fight against as the guy who is a jerk but is funny enough where the audience doesn’t hate him. Then they find out his jerkiness is based around his unhappiness so they start to love him and he goes through a predictable character arc. Despite my complaints I still think the movie is good, just not as good as every other person seems to think.
Looper was writer/director Rian Johnston’s third feature film which starred Hollywood’s newest big man on campus Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis, or was Bruce Willis an old Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Time travel being used as a way for mobsters to have people killed with no evidence left behind? Awesomely brilliant idea, especially by having Jeff Daniels as the guy who traveled back in time to run it. Having numerous people have slight telekinetic powers? A little jarring and way more unbelievable than the idea of time travel for some reason. There was also a romantic sub-plot with Emily Blunt which felt a little forced, but since JGL and Blunt are so good, they made it work. That’s how the movie feels as a whole, though. It definitely has its problems and plot holes, but overall it’s so original and well-made/acted that it’s easy to forgive them.
And the Winner Is: Looper - but speaking of time travel let’s go back in time a few decades ourselves.
While I’m sure there were other people looking forward to it, I was the only person I knew who actually wanted to see The Amazing Spider-Man. People I know, forums I frequent, and podcasts I listen to all shared feelings that ranged from disdain to apathy for the reboot. It’s hard to blame them. It feels like just yesterday that we were all severely let down by Spider-Man 3. Add in the sheer volume of superhero movies we’ve received every year since, and it’s not surprising that the movie-going public could be experiencing some backlash towards the genre. Since people were actually wanting to see The Avengers, and seemingly can’t wait for Dark Knight Rises, their vitriol has to stem from something. That something happened to be a reboot no one was clamoring for.
|How would you rank it amongst the best crime movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #625
Released on Friday the 17th
|How would you rank it amongst the best action movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #1249
What do your fellow Flickcharters have to say?
willhunting – “Aren’t these pretty much the same movie? Either way, The A-Team was actually damn fun. Just turn off your brain and enjoy. I was afraid of how Rampage was going to do but I thought he did great. Every character, even the bad guys are enjoyable in some way. ”
Avenger7 – “The A-Team is what The Losers was trying to be but failed. The Hannibal character said it best with one line of dialogue, “Overkill is underrated” and in this case, it’s probably true.”
(From The A-Team vs. The Losers discussion)