After declining numbers in the past few years, 2012 was a very good year for the movie industry. Only one of the top ten highest grossing movies of the year was a re-make, The Amazing Spider-Man. Three movies, Brave, Madagascar 3 and The Lorax, were animated, and the top five were all either the beginning, continuation or ending of a franchise.
The St. Thomas Blog top ten movies of the year however were:
1) Skyfall – In the 23rd Bond outing Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem faced off in a more realistic Bond that still mirrored some of the classic Sean Connery lead movies.
2) The Avengers – The combination of the Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor franchises with Black Widow and Hawkeye’s under the umbrella of S.H.I.E.L.D. Quite possibly the best super hero movie to date.
3) Argo – Based on the true story, Ben Affleck both directed and acted in the thriller about the rescue of several embassy workers in Iran. A lot of effort was made to make it look as realistic as possible.
4) The Dark Knight Rises – The final installment of the batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan delivered all that it promised. Joseph Gordan Levitt and Anne Hathaway both starred and possibly setup their own spin off series.
5) The Cabin in the Woods – Leave it to Joss Wheadon to take a tired genre and turn it on it’s head. The ‘college kids in the woods’ horror movie quickly becomes something else until the movie appears to unleash every possible nightmare at once.
6) Lockout – Escape from New York in space is a good description for Lockout. With Guy Pearce doing his best wise cracking Snake Pliskin impersonation and Maggie Grace as the trapped Presidents Daughter, Luc Besson created a fun science fiction action movie.
7) Dredd 3D – The movie that many hoped would wipe the soiled memory of Sylvester Stallone’s poorly made version. Karl Urban takes Judge Dredd off the pages of the comic books and places him in a violent, bleak future that needs men such as him.
8) Haywire – Possibly the movie that will be remembered for introducing Gina Carano as the female action hero to replace an aging Angelina Jolie. Nicely paced movie that didn’t over-reach and had enough fight scenes to keep anyone happy.
9) This Means War – Two of the current hot actors, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, fight over Reese Witherspoon. What makes it complex is that the two guys work for the CIA and happen to be best buds. All is fair in love and war.
10) Safe House – Denzel Washington pairs up with Ryan Reynolds in South Africa. The guard / prisoner dynamic quickly changes as it becomes evident that not everyone is who they appear to be.
A not-special-in-the-slightest mention goes to Battleship. Possibly one of the dumbest ideas of a movie made into one of the dumbest movies of the year.