Top 10 British Films Of 201117.12.11 # Top Ten # 8 Comments
Director-star Ralph Fiennes shifted Shakespeare over to a still crater-pocked Serbia for this muscular, militaristic adaptation of one of the bard’s lesser-known works. Fiennes’ co-stars included such luminaries as Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave, although thespian dialogue was forced to compete for screen-time with the frenetic action.
4. Kill List
Like Mike Leigh directing The Wicker Man, this creepy tale of two hitmen caught up in an increasingly bloody and esoteric conspiracy was only let down by a cruddy ending.
The first film directed by actor Paddy Considine, the distinctly dino-free Tyrannosaur started the year with success at Sundance and just kept on rolling, with it recently claiming top honours at the British Independent Film Awards. A bleak relationship drama, it stands as both a depressing and affecting behind-the-camera debut for Considine.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Barring an utterly unforeseen turn of events, the final Potter is likely to turn out to be 2011’s biggest film in terms of box office takings. And, like a once-controversial sportsman departing the stage at the twilight of his career, suddenly no critic had a bad word to say about HP now he was on his way out (and not a moment too soon ahead of Daniel Radcliffe finally completing his transformation into a werewolf).
1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brilliance, sheer acting brilliance from Gary Oldman as George Smiley, the deposed spymaster recalled in order to winkle out the mole threatening to fatally rupture MI6’s intelligence network. Indeed, this period adaptation of John le Carré’s espionage novel could boast excellent performances all round, as well as a peerlessly chilly sense of cold war atmospherics, courtesy of director Tomas Alfredson.
What do you wager were the best British films of 2011? Do leave your thoughts in the comments, there’s a good chap.
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