Top 20 Best Movies Of 2012 …So Far13.07.12 # Top Ten # 18 Comments
3rd. The Amazing Spider-Man
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Dennis Leary, Martin Sheen
Director: Marc Webb
Released: 3rd July 2012
Rebooted origin story that sees Peter Parker set out to understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner, a man destined to become The Lizard. This is the second best Spider-Man movie after ‘Spider-Man 2′, and in (some ways) better, thanks to a more serious tone and more interesting physical-realisation of the hero, both in how Spider-Man moves (the decision to go practical really pays off) and how he fights with webbing more inventively. Garfield finds a satisfying new spin on Parker (even though the actors look too old for high-school), the overall story plays out in a swift and satisfying way and the Lizard is a lot of fun to watch.
2nd. The Raid: Redemption
Starring: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah
Director: Gareth Evans
Released: 23rd March 2012
Indonesian action movie (directed by a Welshman) about a SWAT team who become trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. Site Reviewer Dalmatian Jaws says – “A masterpiece. I’m not a huge martial arts fan, but this one had me in the palm of its hand. Theater gasped and applauded more than once during the movie, it was great.”
1st. The Avengers
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston
Director: Joss Whedon
Released: 4th May 2012
SHIELD assembles a team of superpowered individuals to form The Avengers, as Earth faces an impending invasion… Bringing together the leading characters from many, very different, active franchises and placing them in an ensemble has never been done in cinema. It was a risk, and a huge challenge. But Marvel knocked it out the park. Making Joss Whedon director was the first masterstroke, since his background as a Marvel writer, and director of successful ensemble movies, proved to be invaluable. Watching The Avengers battle each other is geek heaven (so that’s what would happen if Hulk fought Thor), and that’s only the first half of the movie. All players are on top form and Loki, miraculously, proves to be foe enough as a villain. Essential viewing.
What have been your favourites from this year so far? Let me know in the comments.
Want to know which movies are still to come in 2012? Check out this post for details.