There isn’t really such thing as a “best” movie. The “best” movie is different for every person. We are all unique. We all have our favorites. So this list that you are about to read is simply my favorite movies of the year 2012. Let’s get started.
10. John Carter (review here) – John Carter was an extremely fun and epic adventure that had an unfortunate marketing campaign. The marketing campaign didn’t do much to show what the movie was actually like, but hopefully, someday, people will see the movie for what it is.
9. Superman Versus The Elite – This is the one movie on this list that I did not review in 2012. It went straight to Blu-Ray/DVD so I didn’t even think to review it. In 2013 I may give more consideration to those movies that don’t make it to the theater. Anyway, this is a story that questions whether or not Superman can be cool in this day and age. Personally, I think it proves that he can be cool. His way of thinking might not always be thought of as cool, but sometimes it is the way to get things done right.
8. The Avengers (review here) – This was the movie that brought all the Marvel Studios heroes together under one roof. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America were all here under the guidance of Nick Fury. This was a really fun and, at times, funny action movie. Joss Whedon used these characters very well and it is exciting to see where the characters are taken next.
7. Les Misérables (review here) – This is an emotional musical journey. There is both hope and despair filled within this tale told entirely through song. I feel I will repeat watching this one perhaps more often then some others on this list. It isn’t perfect, but it is fascinating the whole way through and different from other movies this year because it is a musical.
6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (review here) – This is a grand adventure worthy of every step taken in it. It is like coming home to family coming back to the land of Middle Earth. Familiar faces and new ones alike are a joy to watch on screen.
5. The Cabin in the Woods (review here) – This is the other Joss Whedon success of the year. This time he did not direct the movie, but he did co-write it. This one is for horror lovers or anyone who ever questioned the similar plots to horror movies. This is more of a funny film than any kind of scary one. It is more of a comedy tribute to horror movies than an actual horror movie. Whatever you call it, it’s great!
4. Dredd 3D (review here) – This was the best pure action movie of 2012. Dredd, with his awesome multi-ammo gun and his sidekick Anderson with her psychic powers make for a great team. If this one had made more money there could easily be sequels on the horizon. One can dream though can’t he?
3. The Dark Knight Rises (review here) – The batman story finally gets an ending. It’s an ending he deserves. Also, Bane is the most quotable person of 2012 without question. A great villain matched with a great hero makes for a really great movie. Sure, you have to suspend your belief a little bit in this movie, but if you just watch and really believe it is something truly special to behold.
2. Life of Pi (review here) – This is a movie I feel everyone can get something out of. Even if you walk away hating the film I think that would show something about yourself that you may not have realized before. This is a movie to really take in and let it wander in your mind for a while. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I saw it and am still questioning my thoughts on the film. All I know is that it is great film-making that very nearly hit the top of this list.
1. Wreck-It-Ralph (review here) – Wreck-It-Ralph is just pure joy unleashed on screen. Maybe it’s not as universally appealing as a movie like Life of Pi, but it is definitely more fun. It’s also heartwarming and very clever. This is the best Pixar movie of the year that wasn’t made by Pixar. Funny thing is that the Pixar movie we did get this year, Brave, is much more like a typical Disney princess film. This Disney movie was more like Pixar’s Toy Story films. Weird, but true!
That’s it for 2012. On to 2013!