Movie Monday: My Top 5 Movies Of 2012

I have seen some very good movies this year, and some very bad ones too, but lets not focus on those but let’s look at what was good.  Some of these movies may not have been released this year, but if I say the movie for the first time this year then it is eligible.

I’m going to start at the top;

  1. The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble here in the U.K.):  This is by a long stretch my favourite movie of the year.  It had everything, action, drama, plot, great characters, humour, breath-taking CGI.  Joss Whedon put an amazing movie together here and I’d go as far to say this is close to being my favourite movie of all time.
  2. The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to this Batman Trilogy was not perfect, but it was close.  It felt rushed in places and some of it felt a little strained but that is easily forgotten as the drama and the enormity of the plot gains pace.
  3. Dredd: I have a dirty confession here, I actually quite like the Stallone version but I can see the cheese factor of the movie.  This version felt a lot more raw and I loved the fact that it was a simple storyline and not Dredd trying to save the world. I’ve never read the comics that the film is based on, but I doubt that each episode has Dredd saving the world or something as grand.  It was just two cops trying to solve a crime, and stop a wider crime wave.
  4. The Hunger Games: I have just started reading the book, but I saw the movie when it first came out and it did really impress me. The changes that I have noticed have not bothered me and I’m looking forward to the next movie, although I am disappointed that Director Gary Ross will not be returning to direct the second film. Dredd only just pipped it to the 3rd place.
  5. Rise OF The Guardians: This is a late comer to the list as it only came out a few weeks ago and gets in by the spirit the movie had. It’s a really great family film which I think deserves its place here.

I’ve got a couple of honorary mentions here.  The first is The Rocky Horror Picture show, Dead Silence, Sinister, Ted and The Women In Black.  All good movies which I wanted to mention as they left a lasting impression on me.

Movie Monday: Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians is primary the sorry of Jack Frost being chosen to join the Guardians Of Childhood by the Man In The Moon along with Father Christmas. Not your normal St.Nick but a tough Father Christmas. Not tough in the sense of a nasty piece of work but you in the sense of wielding swords to defend his fellow Guardians and more importantly children. Another Guardian is the Easter Bunny. Again he is a tough six foot tall Easter Bunny who is as strong as Father Christmas and as dedicated to protecting children. The Sandman and the Tooth Fairy are the final members of the chosen Guardians and both would defend children as passionately as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny.

The Easter Bunny is not too impressed with Jack Frost being chosen as a Guardian and Jack Frost is not too happy with it either as he has been an outsider since he became the spirit of winter and as no children believe in him like they do the others he can’t been seen so he has lived a lonely life. Eventually he is persuaded to co-operate for the moment and the Guardians go out to stop the Bogeyman (Pitch) from destroying children’s belief in them.

This film is based on the books written by William Joyce, The Rise Of The Guardians, books.

I enjoyed this a lot more then I was expecting, and I was really looking forward to watching this one. It has the spirit that it needed to have to make this work. It is funny and energetic and very easy to follow the story. It was a little predictable in how the story played out but that did not bother me too much because the film as a whole worked very well. The animation was beautiful, it sounded amazing. Th main characters were voiced by Chris Pine as Jack Frost, Hugh Jackman as the Easter Bunny, Isla Fisher as the Tooth Fairy, Alec Baldwin is wicked as Father Christmas and Jude Law does a good turn as Pitch the Bogeyman.

I (not quite) dragged Tracie to see this and she was a little unsure about it. She just did not see the appeal of it but she loved it and is planning to buy them in the new year.

This is a fun film with lots of spirit and heart.

This is definitely being brought when it comes out on DVD.

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