Haven't seen much in the way of movies this year. Not at the theater at least. Best movie overall:
The King's Speech-- the choice of music in this one stuck with me. Oh. And it was flat-out great.Best Surprise:
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil-- I had no expectations for this film. All I knew was that the title was something I would probably enjoy and it had the guys from Reeper and Firefly in it so it couldn't be all that bad, right? I had never seen the trailer or anything so this thing was like a ball of awesome fell from the sky and landed at my feet. Based only on a title did I watch this movie and lo, I beheld greatness.Best movie that has stuck with me:
The Muppets-- everything it should have been and more.
And damn it if the songs weren't catchy. "Am I man or am I muppet" is still continually stuck in my head and Vault always has the first song stuck in his head. This movie had me on the verge of tears for almost the entire thing. A small feat, yes, but it doesn't happen as often as it used to. I have a soft spot for forgotten inanimate objects that come to life. I suppose it's because of the Velveteen Rabbit (one of my first books as a child) but the Muppets ding that same place in me and the whole thing is bittersweet. It is a great movie, it works but it's futile and I think that's why it gets to me. Not because I particularly missed the muppets but because they were real and they've been waiting, stagnating this whole time (like the Velveteen Rabbit waiting in his toy box and hoping that he would be noticed again) and, despite a movie, no matter how well it does, no matter how popular they become again, it will happen again and they will all lie forgotten. They were dead to the world for a long time and the world went on without them.They don't care, though. They'll try again in 20 years or 50 years. The point of the muppets is their indomitable spirit, their hope. I don't have that anymore, if I ever had it to begin with, and I think I grieve for it when I see it in other things even imaginary ones. And mangosteen Rainbow Connection. That song gets me every time. It is very clear that I'm not a muppet because I've always taken it the wrong way. "Somebody thought of that and someone believed it. Look what it's done so far." I've always taken that to mean, "Look what you've done by giving everyone false hope! Everyone is wishing for things that they will never see. How sad is that?". It's only in the past few freaking DAYS-- yes, DAYS-- that I've finally realized the thing that made that song depressing was ME because I can't see hope. Even as a kid that song struck the complete wrong chord with me. I saw it as an exercise in futility! What the hell is wrong with me?The Rom/Com that went somewhere weird (not necessarily in a bad way):
No Strings Attached-- I'm not saying this movie was great, only that I enjoyed it and was surprised that they turned it from a silly cookie-cutter into something with a little more weight to it and I think that helped make it the best Romantic Comedy of the year for me. You know. Unless you could Bridesmaids as a rom/com. Which I don't. But I could. Best Terrible 3D Movie:
Drive Angry-- this is what terrible 3D movies should be-- fun, stupid, and full of Nicholas Cage. Whom I dislike greatly.Most disappointing:
Red Riding Hood; Dylan Dog; Priest-- Take your pick. RRH was dull and boring with terrible male actors and a story that was more focused on being the next Twilight Team BS (wolf or human? Which side?!?) than actual story. The visuals were beautiful. Particularly the trailer...
Dylan Dog, oh you poor sad comic movie. Why did you have to be so suck? It did pick up eventually and there was still some fun to be had in it, but this movie was a large disappointment.
Priest-- I guess it wasn't so much disappointing as just bad. I had low expectations for it and they were not exceeded by any means. Again, though, some very nice visuals. Too bad you could give two starfruit about the characters and therefore didn't care a whit about the movie.Worst Rom/Com:
Something Borrowed-- I have seen a lot of terrible romantic comedies in my day, but this one takes the terrible cake. Everything else up here has something of merit to it. Even Priest had pretty things to look at and retarded-ass moments you could laugh at. I can't think of a good thing to say about this movie except maybe that it ended. I guess I could applaud the director's choice to go with something as unpalatable as a friend sleeping with her best friend's fiance and make that the premise of the film. It takes some doing to make that work and still make the main characters likable. It didn't work here, but you tried. I guess. The shoe-horning in of John Krasinski stuck out like a sore thumb and provided nothing but a reminder that I could be watching the much funnier Office tv series, not to mention that he's a much better, nicer, cuter guy than the philandering asshat our heroine is pining over, but, hey, he's what got me to watch the movie so, job done, I guess.