Top 5… Movies I saw from 2011

Every week I’m going to the try to post up a “Top 5” movie related list. What better way to kick this off than with my top 5 films from 2011 (that I saw).

There’ll be some really amazing films that I missed so can’t comment on, but on the ones I actually caught here are my favourites.

5. True Grit

Jeff Bridges mumbles his way through this film magnificently, Matt Damon is smarmy and a bit of a chump but it is newcomer Haille Steinfeld who totally steals the show. The Coen brothers are on top form at the moment.

4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I almost didn’t go and see this film after seeing the trailer that made it look awful. But it was when some of my favourite film critics went to see it and raved about it I knew I had to give it a go and I was truly shocked. Andy Serkis deserves at least a nomination at this year’s Oscars. But are they brave enough to let him?

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Ten years and eight films later and this saga is finally at an end. This was a brilliant film even though I could tell so much from the book was missing. I’d love to hold out hope for a director’s cut to fill all the gaps but I suspect I’ll have to make do with hearing all about it from the book fans.

2. The Fighter

There I was, sat in the cinema on the edge of my seat, throwing air punches, willing Mark Wahlberg to knock his opponents out. This was a phenomenal film and deserved even more praise than it got. The greatest moment though came right at the end when you got to see the real life Dicky Eklund and I realised how brilliant Christian Bale’s Oscar winning performance really was.

1. Black Swan

From edge of my seat to behind the sofa. I love Darren Aronofsky and think all of his films are incredible (although I’ve not yet seen The Wrestler and need to watch Pi again) but when I heard he was doing a film about ballet I was a little apprehensive. The outcome was one of the freakiest and most cringeworthy experiences I’ve had since his previous masterpiece Requiem for a Dream.

Honourable mentions
  • Real Steel (only just missed the top 5)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • 50/50
  • Battle: Los Angeles (don’t judge me)
  • The King’s Speech
  • Contagion
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  1. Since I have seen most of the films on this top 5, I shall now take a bit of time to comment:

    True Grit: Absolutely loved this, I was gripped from the first 5 minutes of the film! All three of the main characters are very strong throughout, particularly Hailee Steinfeld, who looks like someone to keep an eye out for in the future, holding herself very well against Bridges and Damon.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: I enjoyed this film (I’ve not read the books), however it did seem to lack the kind of build up that I was possibly expecting from it, mostly because I’d heard how it ended.

    The Fighter: The best performance I have witnessed from Christian Bale from the films that I have seen him in. He did seem to overshadow Matt Damon throughout the film, but was this art mimicking real life? ;)
    All the more prominent when you watch the titles at the end.

    Black Swan: My first experience of a Aronofsky directed film, and I was blown away with the, sometimes, brutal cinematography, which makes you to sit up and take notice, whether you are male or female! I said after watching it that I wouldn’t see it again, however the more I let this film be, the more I want to watch it again just to experience those ‘WTF’ moments again!

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