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2012 has been a fantastic year for film, so as we head into the New Year, and what looks to be full of more releases that have us, audiences, excited, its time to look back on 2012 and summarise the top 5 films it brought us.

5 – SKYFALL

Bond was not ready to lose this game of hide and seek.

Bond was not ready to lose this game of hide and seek.

Bond is back and he couldn’t have done it in a more explosive manner. After the not-so-impressive Quantum of Solace, we were in dire need for a Bond that could quash the rumours that Bond was a dying franchise. Cue Daniel Craig at the top of his game, Javier Bardem providing a fantastically creepy villain and Judi Dench with a show-stealing performance. The action was terrific, yet it gave way to a rare emotional side, as we got an exclusive insight to Bond’s past.

It wasn’t all good though. The plot (Silva wanted to kill M for revenge), seemed a little basic and something Bond really should be better than. Also, Bond going rogue has been done to death and it would have been nice if the writers tried something different. It had a 50th anniversary feel, which was suited for this particular instalment of Bond, but I feel that the next Bond should move away from this tone.

Best scene: The opening scene, which throws Bond right back into the action, instantly cementing this film into one of the top action blockbusters of the year.

4 – THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

When it comes to visually stunning, the Hobbit wins hands down. The landscapes are beautiful and with the memory of the Lord of the Rings, we are instantly plunged right back into the world we loved so much. The cast is full of great actors, but the show is stolen by Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins, overcoming the more established actors with the smaller details, showing off the awkward Englishness that suits the Hobbits so well.

It does feel slow at parts; the movie does take a while to get going. And as the action progresses, the film does seem remarkably similar to the Fellowship of the Ring. It starts in Shire, goes across large fields, a quick break in Rivendell, across a snowy mountain and a finale in some mines. Despite familiarity, it does bring new charm to the movie, like Sylvester McCoy’s Radagast and a bigger focus on Dwarf traditions.

The extras' make-up artist went OTT.

The extras’ make-up artist went OTT.


What does make this film exciting are the amount of storylines going on. We have the foreshadowing of the Necromancer, the spiders of Mirkwood and not to mention the ongoing characters of the Pale Orc and Smaug the Dragon. There is so much packed into the film, yet it works.

Best scene: When Bilbo meets Gollum. We instantly forget the marvellous set-pieces and we are just treated to a prolonged duologue between the two characters, packed with humour, menace and the talent of those two actors.

3 – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

The amazing Dark Knight trilogy comes to a terrific close, tying up the amazing character arcs and answering the question: what will happen to the Batman? It has seen criticism: the plot is a little questionable and Bane’s voice is something of a ‘love it or hate it’ issue. However, putting all that aside and just taking in Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, we realise how artful it all is. Major details are dropped subtly and characters that would have been ridiculous under every other director, are made modern and realistic.

It’s the feeling that the film conveys. The right quote or tone of music and it is impossible not to smile or feel your heart beating with excitement. Also, our heart is constantly being pulled and it is hard to be on the verge of tears, as the film closes.

Best moment: When Bane breaks the Bat…

2 – LOOPER

This film deserves extra credit on the list, because it is the only original screenplay and gives us a refreshing, new Sci-Fi universe to get to grips with. This film also snuck out of nowhere. I heard of Rian’s Johnson idea about hit men that kill people from the future and it seemed intriguing. I was planning to go and see for Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, if nothing else.

Then critics started giving it five stars and calling it the next Matrix. I saw it and could only agree. It was the underdog of the year and has proudly earned its place as my second favourite film of the year. It boasts fantastic performances, never does the obvious thing with its characters and has the audience guessing until the end.

The costume department sadly let the side down.

The costume department sadly let the side down.


Best moment: The ending. It’s such a shock choice of events and then it closes on nothing more than silence. It is a beautiful piece of cinema.

1st PLACE – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

It was tough to call this one. The top three all got into this top spot at one point before I finally settled on Avengers Assemble. It wins, because, quite frankly, it had the most to go wrong. There are far too many characters, clamouring for the spotlight, not to mention several films to tie into. And writer and director Joss Whedon hits the nail on the head. Several times.

Its humour is excellent, reminding the audiences that, even if films like Dark Knight do well with the gritty crime feel, a superhero movie can be fun as well. So Whedon gives us all of our favourite Marvel characters and makes them fight alien hordes. I particularly like the banter between the characters, each hero always managing to find the perfect comeback, never letting one hero become cooler than the other. It is all equal footing and with a team like the Avengers that is near impossible to do.

Best moment: Alright, listen up. Until we can close that portal our priority’s containment. Barton, I want you on that roof, eyes on everything. Call out patterns and strays. Stark, you got the perimeter. Anything gets more than three blocks out, you turn it back or you turn it to ash. Thor, you gotta try and bottleneck that portal. Slow ’em down. You got the lightning. Light the bastards up. You and me, we stay here on the ground, keep the fighting here. And Hulk? …Smash.

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