TOP TEN BEST (Well, more watchable) AND WORST FILMS OF 2013 . . . So far

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At last, here it is. After much deliberation, debate and decision making, the verdict on my top 10 best and worst films of 2013.  I tried to make sure to include films that were released this year, but as release dates are all over the shop in different countries, it’s not guaranteed. Apologies for any mistakes in advance. Just let them all out at the same time, it will cut out piracy or at least make people see them before they realize how terrible they are, which has been the case for most of the films this year 😦

Main things I look for in a good film are good performances, story, writing, entertainment and more importantly, would I watch it again? (Or all of them) Which has been the toughest question to answer these days.

AND SO WE START WITH THE BETTER LOT OF THE YEAR SO FAR . . .

 

  1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Les Miserables
  4. Monsters University
  5. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  6. Saving Mr Banks
  7. The Heat
  8. The World’s End
  9. About Time
  10. Star Trek Into Darkness

 

Criteria for the worst; bad acting, bad writing, poor execution, anger factor, how badly do I want to burn this film? Too much? Thought so.

AND NOW THE ANGER-INDUCING, MIND-NUMBING WORST FILMS OF THE YEAR . . . SO FAR

  1. Old Boy
  2. Only God Forgives
  3. Dark Skies
  4. Spring Breakers
  5. Scary Movie 5
  6. Free Birds
  7. A Good Day to Die Hard
  8. Diana
  9. Stolen
  10. The Counsellor

 

 

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG REVIEW

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The desolation of the competition so far.

A visual cinematic feast for the eyes. Jackson unleashes a beast of a blockbuster. They’ve done it again darker and moodier than ever.

Brilliant storytelling, a great cast and breath-taking visual effects. Film of the year? Saving the best ‘til last? If we got anything to go by with the films this month then definitely.

Now I haven’t read the Hobbit (What?!). However, I was familiar with the original LOTR trilogy and found Jackson faithful in his adaptation. There does appear to be a divide in the critical reception of the Hobbit trilogy. Some found An Unexpected Journey inconsequential. Personally I enjoyed it and saw it as a great indicator of things to come.

Jackson expanded the story and enabled a bigger exploration of the mythology of the Tolkien universe on a much more extravagant scale. From speaking with fans of the book, this installment remarkably remains very faithful, complimenting the source material.

The film carries on from the last with the company being pursued by Orcs. The ring is already starting to take a hold on Bilbo and Gandalf is forced to do some investigating at Dol Guldur.

The cast are back and in fine form. Not to mention some additional characters to the ever-expanding line up and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Hitchcockian cameo from Peter Jackson. The return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas, provided an extra story line which broke up the action. His exchange with Gloin delivered a perfect in-joke for any LOTR fan.

Martin Freeman’s mannerisms and traits were spot on yet again. We were also introduced to a new character Tauriel played by the stunning Evangeline Lilly, who soon becomes embroiled in a love triangle between Kili and Legolas (Yes, Lost fans. Kate is at it again).

Others have found Jackson’s new method of 48 frames per second manic, and at times, nauseating. Undermining the animation and making it appear cartoony. I didn’t find this to be the case. If anything it helped differentiate the trilogy and bring forth a new cinematic style.

The barrel escape was a fantastically riveting and brilliantly executed sequence. This film made me regret the decision to see this in 2D. The special effects and detail on Smaug (performed with perfection by Cumberbatch) was incredible. The minutiae was superb. The golden coins falling like rain off the monster’s metallic skin.

Despite being breathtaking, funny and suspenseful, the pace did test me. And I’m not surprised at a whopping 2 hours 40 minutes. Is there a rule that every LOTR film has to be three hours or something?

I was a little disappointed that more wasn’t made out of the dwarf company. When they were allowed to shine, they delivered. I know it’s difficult with such a big cast BUT the majority of them were either pushed into the background or forgotten about altogether.

Apart from that, an astounding piece of work. I was baffled when I first heard that The Hobbit would be made into a trilogy. I remember ranting about the money hungry production companies for trying to milk a great piece of fiction from a great author. BUT now I cannot wait to see what Jackson has in store for the third and final installment.

4/5