December 7, 2012 by thedavidryan
Best and worst movies of 2012 – a review
It is without doubt that 2012 featured some of the most hotly anticipated releases in recent memory. Undeniably this year had it all, what other year could you look forward to Avengers assembling, the conclusion of The Dark Knight legend and the return of the world greatest secret agent 007? Movie audiences were treated to some of the finest film making of this young millennium; however, they were also subjected to some utter drivel. I’m looking at you Keith Lemon!
This is a list of a few films in no particular order, that I was able to catch this year and it features movies that stood out for all the right and wrong reasons. So without further adieu allow me to share with you some of my many highs and the occasional lows in 2012 cinema:
The Dark Knight Rises
No comic book movie has been as widely anticipated as The Dark Knight Rises was this summer. Capitalising on the massively successful The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan and co released the hotly anticipated follow up. The Dark Knight Rises featured a variety of awesome action, jaw dropping special effects and the caped crusader (Christian Bale) dishing out heaps of Gotham justice on the mega monster Bane (Tom Hardy). The Dark Knight Rises was an amazing wrapping up to what had been an unparalleled resurgence of popularity for the Batman franchise and it was a movie that many viewed as their favourite of 2012.
Ted was the first big screen release from Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane and was a huge comedy hit that was definitely worth the wait. Featuring hilarious set pieces and the usual pop culture gags that have made Family Guy such a success, Ted enlisted the talents of Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis to star opposite the cuddly yet foul mouthed Ted. Instantly quotable dialogue and a fantastic cameo appearance from Flash Gordon himself; ensured that Ted was one of the standout comedies of this year.
The names Bond, James Bond. Yes, 2012 was the long overdue return to the silver screen of Britain’s greatest secret agent. Skyfall was the first Bond outing for American Beauty director Sam Mendes and featured Bond’s most character driven picture to date. Dramatic action, beautiful women and new gadgets saw Daniel Craig at his very best opposite unhinged bad guy Javier Bardem in the UK’s highest grossing movie of all time. Bond was back with a very loud bang.
An unexpected hit with the critics but a giant flop at the box office saw Judge Dredd’s new lease on life probably curtailed for the foreseeable future. With that being said however, Dredd 3D was a devastatingly violent action story that introduced new audiences to Judge Dredd and attempted to erase old audiences memories of Sylvester Stallone’s awful 1995 take on the Judge. The future of the Dredd series remains unclear, but here’s hoping the ultimate Mega City One badass is allowed another chance to show that he is the law!
21 Jump Street
Channing Tatum isn’t funny. WRONG! As 21 Jump Street showed, Channing Tatum is surprisingly very funny, and when he teamed up with the consistently good Jonah Hill in this 2012 release about two foolish cops going back to high school, he proved he has the comedy credentials to join Hill in the Frat Pack comedy crew. Genuinely laugh out loud moments made this comedy a massive hit with cinema audiences across the world. Side splitting performances from Rob Riggle and an out of the blue cameo from Johnny Depp, guaranteed 21 Jump Street was the comedy knockout of 2012.
Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America all in one movie? Yes, DEAR GOD YES! Marvel pictures finally assembled the Earth’s mightiest heroes as they took on the evil Loki as he battled for world domination in this smash runaway success. Grossing a mind bending $1,511,757,910 at the box office, Avengers Assemble was the first big blockbuster of the year filled with action, excitement and all kinds of awesome which firmly laid down the comic book marker for the following Dark Knight Rises and Amazing Spider-Man movies.
This year Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returned to the genre he helped define. Unfortunately it was with the ‘is it an Alien prequel or not?’ film Prometheus. Despite having well rounded actors on board and an attractive opening sequence the movie lacked any real imagination or interest and when an emotionless android (Michael Fassbender) has the most charisma on screen over anyone else; you know you’re in trouble.
Men in Black 3
Will Smith time travelling in 3D. NO! Like so many three-quels, Men in Black 3 lacks the charm and imagination of the original Men In Black. MIB3 is a lazy, paceless lump of special effects and zero laughs. Don’t get me wrong I love Will Smith; you know when he does that gay accent in interviews, love that. However, he is caught up in an unnecessary addition to the fledging MIB franchise and it is only a great performance from Josh Brolin that enables the movie a small slice of credibility.
Man on a Ledge
While Man on a Ledge wasn’t a terrible movie, the disappointing thing was that the intriguing opening promised so much and had the potential to be a cool slick heist movie but no, Jamie Bell is neither cool nor slick, as anyone who saw Jumper already knows. The cool idea of the movie is quickly defused and it becomes an extremely average and flat picture where I found myself screaming “JUST PUSH HIM ALREADY!”. Man on a Ledge is the type of film which is destined for bargain bins everywhere.
Keith Lemon: The Film
Saving the very worst of 2012, to the very last. Keith Lemon: The Film was the massively disappointing movie debut of Leigh Francis’s alter ego, as the down and out Yorkshire businessman who hits the big time with his own version of the Apple iPhone. This movie sucked harder than my wife (zing) and featured a who’s who of British Z-list ‘celebrities’ making pointless cameo’s in a truly dreadful film. I love Keith Lemon and I am a huge fan of Leigh Francis’ work so going in I couldn’t fathom how this movie could possibly be bad. Boy oh boy was I wrong and unsurprisingly it was panned by critics and audiences alike. I have never walked out of a cinema showing before, but ten minutes into Keith Lemon: The Film I was dying to leave just as much as Lemon was dying on the screen.
So there we have it my best and worst movies of 2012. By all means let me know your list and if you agree or disagree with mine in the comments section. Also you can follow me on Twitter here