My top 5 movies of 2011

It’s the end of the year, so you know what time it is? That’s right, it’s time for my 3rd annual top 5 movie blog post.

Looking back to 2009 I was a big fan of comedies, as all of my choices gave a good laugh or two. In 2010 I’m sure I watched funny movies, but I moved on to more dramatic/thriller kind of movies for my top 5 picks. After watching 37 movies this year, let’s see what top picks are. When you’re done scrolling let me know your favourites:

5. 50/50

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, 50/50 is based on a true story of writer Will Reisler who blends the seriousness of a life-threatening cancer story, with comedy.

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2It was a long journey but the story of Harry Potter was finally settled, and they couldn’t have finished it in a better way. I found as the cast got older and the storyline became darker, the movies became more entertaining.

3. Bridesmaids

BridesmaidsI hadn’t really seen a comedy that made me laugh til it hurt since The Hangover, but I was expecting Bridesmaids, starring Kristen Wiig and a great cast would at least compete for the title – and it matched it.

2. The Help

The HelpAs I mentioned in my review earlier this year, I was worried the movie version of The Help, wouldn’t live up to the book version – thankfully it did, and then some. This is a great story to open up the discussion of race relations, but also one with strong female characters played by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and (though on the evil side of strong) Bryce Dallas Howard.

1. Super 8

Super 8When I first saw the previews for Super 8 I wasn’t all that excited to see it, but once I watched it I couldn’t take my eyes off the movie, and it shot to the top of my list. I’ve seen a few people saying this J.J. Abrams directed movie is an homage to producer Steven Spielberg’s films like E.T. for the most part, but I could also feel a hint of Hook and Jurassic Park – simply for the use of the children.

Hanna’s Saoirse Ronan brings it

Hanna

Hanna” has big name stars in Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana, but it’s Saoirse Ronan, a 17-year old actress from New York (moved to Ireland at 3), that steals the show as the film’s title character.

Previously starring in “The Lovely Bones“, Ronan continues to impress with her presence on screen, this time as a 16-year old raised near the arctic circle by her father (Bana). From the outset we see she is a capable hunter, as well as smarter and stronger than the average teenager, and similar to every teenager, she wants to know more about the world. She asks her father to go back to society, after living in seclusion her entire life, and while reluctant, he realizes she is ready, and gives her the mission she’s been training for under his tutelage – to find and murder the woman responsible for killing her mother.

“Hanna” is an action-packed film, and in my mind is very similar “The Bourne Trilogy” among others; so while not all that original, it was still exciting to watch and I didn’t want to turn my eyes away, much in part to Ronan’s performance. Adding to my enjoyment of the movie was the amazing score by The Chemical Brothers that perfectly set the tone for every scene in the movie.

There are a couple down sides to the movie which included Cate Blanchett’s distracting (southern?) American accent and more importantly the ending, which seemed a bit over dramatic and staged to close the movie “properly”; this took away a lot for me.

If you’re looking for a movie with a lot of action, a great soundtrack as well as an up-and-coming leading actress, then you’ll enjoy “Hanna”, which opens on April 8. I give it a 4/5.

Here’s the trailer:

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