Today’s verb is watch. “What movie did you see this year that you would recommend to a friend?”
Oh, wow. I actually think this year was good for movies. Of course, I’ve been pretty honest in the past about how I don’t discriminate much when it comes to movies. I really like a lot of movies, except for horror and excessively bawdy comedy. So to limit to one movie will be hard. And since movies come out all year long, there are some from early in the year that I want to talk about. Maybe, I’ll break it down a little.
For my friend who is an adult, but is still sort of a teenager (or me): The Hunger Games
For a movie based on a book, this was a very good adaptation. The filmmakers stayed true to almost everything in the book and really made the tension between the Tributes palpable. And don’t even get me started on Rue. I was A. Mess. I was sobbing in the fetal position, next to my cousin, who was doing the same. So heartbreaking.
For a friend who like books and movies, but is more into the quiet indie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I loved the book. I thought the movie played on the humor a little more and really brought Charlie, Sam, and Patrick to life. Logan Lerman is adorable. This was one of those films that made an impact, just as the book did. And I know more of my friends would love it.
For my couple friends: The Avengers
This movie was just so fun! I was skeptical at first, because there are so many super hero films coming out each year. But this really started the summer blockbuster season off well. It was fun to see all the characters interacting with each other. I also liked that the story wasn’t complicated so I wouldn’t have to bother E by asking him what was going on. This is a great date night movie because the guy gets action and comic book heroes, and the girl gets laughs and a closeup shot of Chis Evan’s behind! I don’t know what could be better.
For my friends who know that Disney isn’t just for kids: Wreck-it Ralph
Leave it to Disney to make you feel that creativity is not dead. Wreck-it Ralph was not only a great story about friendship and trying to do the right thing, it was a fun step back into the old days in the arcade. E was so impressed with all the little cameos from famous video games, and the attention to detail in every aspect of the film. Just like in Toy Story, when we found out what the toys did and cared about when Andy was away, we find out how the video games interact with each other when the arcade is closed. This is just a fun movie. I don’t know how anyone would not enjoy it.
Honorable mentions: The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall. What’s the point in recommending movies that I’m sure most people saw?
And if this prompt was asked on December 26th, the movie I would hands-down, no questions asked recommend would be: Les Miserables
This is going to be amazing. Everyone who has seen it has loved it and I am trying to plot Christmas between two families to land at the movie theater on Christmas Day. I’m sure everyone else is too. It’s going to be amazing. And I’ll be sure to blog about it. If you need convincing, check out the trailer, this video about production, and the international trailer. Now tell me you don’t want to see it. Ohmahgah! Christmas is going to be awesome this year.
What movie would you recommend? Are you able to choose just one?