BOTY ’12: Released movies
1. The Avengers | 25 April |
Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders. IMDB.
Honestly, honestly? I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as I hoped I would. I got goosebumps while watching the trailer, actual goosebumps on my arms. But when I watched the movie I nearly fell asleep. Why is it in my ‘best of 2012’ list? Because still, the trailer was so amazing, and the movie was nice as well, but just way below my expectations. (And again, I have so few movies to choose from that I had to pick movies from my 3-star section and yes that is how I came to pick a movie I didn’t enjoy that much). I liked seeing the different heroes, but they just didn’t feel like a team – they didn’t feel like the Avengers to me. Yeah may be a bit weird, but it’s still one of the best movies I’ve watched this year (makes you wonder which other movies I watched huh?)
2. Brave | 18 July |
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Cast: Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane. IMDB.
Oh wow, really, wow. Disney and Pixar did their best one again! I actually wanted to watch this movie in the cinema, but no one wanted to come with me, so I just waited until I found a good version. I love Scottish accents, I love Disney’s movies and I just loved this story – Merida literally just transformed her mother into a bear (not knowingly though, but yeah she did technically do it). And the story around it, it was just great!
3. The Hobbit | 12 December |
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home – and the gold within it – from the dragon Smaug. Cast: Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett. IMDB.
One word? Wow. Two words? Oh wow. I guess you could say this was the best movie I’ve seen this year. I loved all the indiviual dwarves, loved how they all just looked so different from each other. I loved Bilbo and Gandalf and their journey through Middle Earth on their quest to reclaim Erebor. There was only one flaw, but that wasn’t in the movie itself, it was the fact that it was in 3D. I don’t like 3D, and watching this movie (especially the escape from Goblintown) was dizzying. They did have a lot of the elements from the book, and some parallels to the Lord of the Rings, which I loved, and gods yeah I want to see this movie a thousand more times.
4. House At the End of the Street | 8 November |
After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, Elisabeth Shue. IMDB.
I still don’t like horror movies that much, but I did really want to see this one. (Mainly because Jennifer Lawrence played the main part, and the trailer was really cool). It turned out to be a very thrilling movie. Luckily for us, there were only two other people in the cinema when we went to see it, so we could laugh/cry/scream all we wanted (seeing as they were talking too). It’s not really what you expect, but it’s a great movie nonetheless!
5. The Hunger Games | 23 March |
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks. IMDB.
This was the movie I had been waiting for ever since it was announced. I went to see it on the day it came out, and it was really cool! Some differences with the book, of course, but that didn’t really matter in my opinion. The only thing I didn’t like was how sometimes the camera would shake, as if to make the watcher think they were running along with the characters, but that only made the movie look cheap and it really made me get a headache. So I hope that for Catching Fire, they will drop that whole shaky camera vibe and just go with something different!