Top Ten of 2011

Posted: December 22, 2011 by Micah in Randomnicity
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As promised here are my top ten movies from 2011… It occurred to me that I really should have done the top 11 of 2011 but that would have just been more work for all of us and really who wants to do more work huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

 10. Captain America

Captain Americas shield: looks awesome in posters... makes no sense as a weapon.

Everyone’s favorite shield slinging hero starts off the list at number ten. A movie that I figured would be dumb and stupid and star a guy wearing a ridiculous costume turned out to be fun and meaningful and star a guy wearing a ridiculous costume. Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones carried a cast of genuinely likeable characters through a cool setting in a movie that turned out to be a lot better then I thought it would be.


9. Rango

Rango also wins my award for best singing owls... granted it was a fairly narrow field.

A movie that I, much to my shame, never reviewed on this site but actually really really liked. A surprisingly hilarious movie that featured the vocal talents of Johnny Depp, the movie about a small iguana… chameleon?… Lizard thing was without a doubt the best animated movie I have seen in a long time (and yes ladies that includes your bejeweled, chocolate covered, copies of Tangled).


8. X-men First Class

James McAvoy one of two reasons this movie was great. Also one of two reasons Professor X is cool. The other reason? Patrick Stewart.

As I put this list together I realized that this was a really good year for comic book movies. Aside from The Green Lantern (reviewed here) the comic book movies from this year were all fairly impactful, well put together, well cast films, that left us wanting more. X-men: First Class didn’t have the best script ever but Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy were more than enough to cover for it. Not even the presence of Kevin Bacon or January Jones trying to claim the “I will put my face in this expression and never change it” award from Keanu Reeves could completely ruin X-men: First Class.


7. The Ides of March

I've seen horror movies with posters less unsettling.

Another movie I haven’t reviewed yet, Ides of March features Oscar worthy performances by Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, and Evan Rachel Wood. It’s got a great (albeit slow-moving) script but the acting really pulls it through and brings it home. My only real complaint about this movie is it has virtually nothing to do with the actual ides of March, something I found slightly perplexing.

 6. Real Steel

Hugh Jackmen + Giant Robot = Epic win. Any other questions?

ANOTHER movie I haven’t reviewed yet Real Steel features robots that punch each other… and we’re done. Okay so seriously, Hugh Jackmen does a great job in a movie that was actually surprisingly heartfelt considering the whole robot punchy thing.

 5. Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows

Robert Downey Jr: Fighting crime as a man in a robot suit, and a man in tight Victorian pants. What more could you ask for?

Robert Downey Jr: Fighting crime as a man in a robot suit, and a man in tight Victorian pants. What more could you ask for?

            Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law work there magic once again in a really smart, really fun to watch, detective story. It certainly wasn’t a perfect movie but if you’re in the mood for a fun movie that will keep you entertained and make you think, you really can’t do much better then Sherlock Holmes 2. Though I must warn you this movie has some of the most violent tree dismemberment I have ever seen. If you’re a squirrel, be warned.

4. Unknown

Qui-Gon Jin is chasing you with a gun. Step. Back.

What you thought Liam Neeson wasn’t going to be on this list? Are you kidding? Unknown was another movie that really kept me thinking the whole way through it and had an awesome ending that caught me very off guard. If you like watching awesome actors punch people in the face in awesome ways while sipping awesome sauce, this movie is for you.

3. Thor

Thor: yes, he has a hammer.

And here we are at last! The top three!! And leading the top three is the best comic book movie of the summer: the ever loving, well-built, mass of muscle that is Thor. Directed by Kenneth Branaugh and starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, Thor was shockingly brilliant, and incredibly well put together from the ground up. The main character was likeable, the action pieces were great, and the story rang incredibly true. Massive props to Thor for taking a super hero I always thought was fairly lame and making him not only cool but also a genuinely likeable character. You win Thor, you win.

 2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Now THAT is a scary monkey.

Winning even more than that last movie won though, is the movie with a really long title that from here on out I’m only referring to as Planet of the Apes. James Franco did a great job portraying the main human character but honestly the guy who stole the show all the way was the always brilliant Andy Serkis (who played the main ape: Ceasar). Serkis somehow made me care about the survival of a monkey more than I cared about the survival of most of the actual humans in this movie.

And number 1….

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter: Making "P's" into lightning bolts for over a decade.

An epic conclusion that made me laugh, and almost cry (which is saying something). A movie that didn’t just tug on my heart strings but actually took out my entire heart and let it float majestically toward the heavens in the padded claws of a golden falcon. Sure you can say I was influenced by the fact that the other seven movies have been a part of my life for years, but why shouldn’t that be a factor exactly? In the end it was a wonderful send off to characters that I felt like I knew personally and as “The End” scrolled across the screen after the final shot of the movie I felt like I was saying goodbye to friends and family. And so, for it’s unparalleled use of  golden falcons, this years best film award goes to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Thank you all so much for reading this blog this year! Here’s hoping we’ll all be here for another one! God bless, Merry Christmas, and a happy new year

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