A little slow on the uptake but I finally have time for a quick look at the films I enjoyed most in 2013.
Bear in mind these are not the films that I deem Oscar worthy or I am claiming they are technically the best films I saw in 2013, they are purely what I enjoyed and had the most fun with this year. After all, I am no expert! (Links will take you to my previous full review).
Without further-ado, from 10 to 1 here are my Top 10 Films of 2013.
Number 10 – This Is The End
An absolutely absurd movie yet I couldn’t help but laugh all the way through. I loved all of these actors coming together and exaggerating their characters to the point of hilarity. If there hadn’t been SO MUCH cock in this film it might have scored higher. But I have to give it credit for making me actually clap my hands with excitement in the finale. Got this on DVD and sure it will be viewed many times in years to come… now if only I can find a friend who agrees with me…
Number 9 – Trance
I really enjoyed Danny Boyle’s Trance and thought James McAvoy was excellent. The twists and turns of the film really had me hooked and I have definitely thought about it since. I am not sure it’s a film that lends itself to multiple viewing, but will watch it again when I get the chance. Deserving of a Top 10 place in my brain!
Number 8 – Star Trek Into Darkness
Benedict Cumberbatch really gave a thrilling performance as Khan in this sequel, and I pretty much fell in love with Zachary Quinto as Spok – which is no mean feat if you have seen him as Sylar in Hero’s! This sequel actually beat it’s predecessor for me so here it is defending it’s Number 8 spot in my Top 10!
Number 7 – The Way Way Back
This film may come as a surprise sitting in the Number 7 spot, but The Way Way Back really surprised me at the time too. Sam Rockwell is just tremendous and it was great seeing Steve Carrell in darker role. Despite going a little slowly in the middle, I felt for these characters and really look forward to seeing it again.
Number 6 – Iron Man 3
I thought Iron Man would be higher on my list, but I enjoyed this film for different reasons than anticipated. I found Stark’s vulnerable side compelling and felt Pepper’s character came out of her shell much more. Plus I enjoyed the twist on The Mandarin himself, and we got see plenty of action to boot!
Number 5 – The Great Gatsby
Oh Leonadro DiCaprio you just get better and better with every film. The perfect Gatsby having read the source material, and you know what, despite my dislike for Toby Maguire I could just about stick him for the sake of the story. I had fond memories of the book from school, and I love Luhrmann’s style. I thought it was a perfect combination of light, dark, extravagant, subtle, modern and classic. I got the DVD for Christmas and have already re-watched as I am sure I will do again and again.
Number 4 – American Hustle
I can’t criticise O. Russell on his direction here, and unlike most, really enjoyed the story as well as the fantastic characters. Top performances from the whole cast, for me most significantly Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale. I can’t wait to see it again and it’s only been a few weeks since I saw it! Deserved of a spot in the Top 5 for sure, and for it’s many Oscar nominations!
Number 3 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I didn’t get chance to review the new Hunger Games but it would have been a sterling review if I had. The first film did not impress me and I couldn’t understand the hype at the time. But Catching Fire really blew me away, I wasn’t even aware of the running time I just wanted it to continue! Fell head over heels for the whole cast and the story had me transfixed. Cannot wait for the third in the series and I have officially joined the bandwagon!
Number 2- Saving Mr. Banks
What a fantastic story that was told in Saving Mr. Banks, and an absolutely beautiful performance from Emma Thompson. I am surprised she isn’t nominated for an Oscar in all honesty. I found this film really touching and very emotional in happy ways as well as sad. I was really intrigued by P. L. Travers and Walt Disney’s relationship as well as their characters individually. This will definitely be a film I watch again, when I am feeling reflective and a bit melancholy, but for all the right reasons.
Number 1 – Rush
Number 1 film for me of 2013 though is Rush. The story, the characters, the visual experience, all of it was absolutely thrilling and I am so glad their story was told in such a brilliant way. It is on the top of my ‘to buy’ list and I am glad it made it to number 1 in my Top 10 as well as some others I have had the pleasure in reading. Bravo!
Honourable mentions go to these films which didn’t quite make the cut but none-the-less I still very much enjoyed…
I also saw the following films in 2013 which would have been in the running but technically can’t be counted as they were released at the back end of 2012 boo!
Maybe not a conventional list as Gravity didn’t get a mention, and I haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave or Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. But I am pretty satisfied that 2013 was a good year for film. Excited to see what is in store for 2014!
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