Top 10 British Films Of 201117.12.11 # Top Ten # 8 Comments
Before we can delve into my top 10 British films of 2011, we really need to clarify what we mean by the term ‘British film’. A movie made in Britain, set in Britain, and/or with lots of Brits in it? That’ll do nicely. Anything to add? Just that Submarine and Wuthering Heights are not absent from this run-down through any oversight. They are absent because they were both knackers.
Okay, so hard to make much of a case for this medieval actioner as a great film, but equally it was not without merit. A decent supporting cast – Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti and Derek Jacobi – was enlisted in this fast ‘n’ loose retelling of the 1215 siege of Rochester Castle, and there was gore galore on display too in the myriad battle scenes.
2011 saw Michael Fassbender’s star only continue its ascent, and with the X-Men: First Class leading man having made an important breakthrough in 2008 with his turn in Steve McQueen’s Hunger, it was only fitting he reteam with the same director now fame has come his way. And this fresh collaboration with McQueen, in which Fassbender plays a sex addict, might yet help lift the actor’s career up to the next level still, as having been garlanded for his performance at the Venice Film Festival, he is now tipped to gain his first Oscar nomination.
8. The Inbetweeners Movie
A staggering UK box office smash in the summer, the antics of Will, Simon, Jay and Neil turned out to be rather less amusing when removed from their small screen roots and then spread over the course of 90 predictably-plotted minutes. But though it was largely left to the likeable cast to overcome a script lacking in wit, the cash yield means a sequel is now as certain as night following day following night.
7. Attack the Block
While not as strong a debut as many sought to claim, this first film from Radio 6 mainstay Joe Cornish still hit close enough to the audience sweet spot that it was a genuine disappointment that those Die Hard 5 director rumours proved to be nothing more than web-fuelled scuttlebutt.
6. Jane Eyre
An nth take on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, this one could only muster a mediocre title figure, in the shape of Alice’s Mia Wasikowska. This shortcoming was, however, more than made up for by a terrific Rochester, played with dash and humour by that man Fassbender.
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