It’s a toughie. My favourites are a toss up between Super 8, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 and The Adventures of Tintin, but the most compelling films and best films I saw were Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and We Need To Talk About Kevin. All are awesome films for different reasons, so i’ll explain induvidually. Super 8: A very entertaining, old school film. I had an awful lot of fun watching this, and the performances by the child actors were fantastic. The film felt very much reminiscent of The Goonies, and that is always a good thing Harry Potter: A stellar end to a stellar series. I’m not sure what else I can say tbh, it was just so well made and put together and concluded. Tintin: I’ve raved a lot about this film already, see The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn thread Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Some excellent performances by the cream of the crop of British acting (which is always a good thing!) and if Gary Oldman gets snubbed an Oscar nomination I think I may cry. Very tense, very engaging, I really loved this, even if I forgot to turn my phone off and it started vibrating during the film We Need To Talk About Kevin: Oh my goodness, what a tense and beautifully made film. And Tilda Swinton needs an Oscar nomination. This is quite a phenomenal piece of cinema, and I’m sort of gutted I only saw it recently.
But there were so many! Hugo, War Horse, Arthur Christmas, Chico and Rita, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Attack The Block and Rise of the Planet of the Apes all deserves mentions!
Oh, The Artist, by far. It was a stunning film to watch. It was also something new and fresh. It had drama and comedy. Great costumes, story, and music. Not to mention the acting! I did have a couple of problems with it, but overall it was fantastic, and I defintely reccomend it.
My second and third place goes to Rango and The Muppets.
Voted Hugo. I really do think I came away from that movie the most emotionally satisfied and all-around impressed with of all the movies from 2011 I saw. The Help and Cars 2 are my other choices. But yeah, the voting list really could stand to be longer…
There are still a few indie/foreign dramas I haven’t seen from last year (A Separation, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Skin I Live In, Pina, Melancholia) and a few major “artsy”/Oscar bait films (War Horse, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) but here’s my updated list.
The best movie from 2011, in my case of opinion, is Cars 2–which I still believe does not deserve all the hate it continues to recieve today. The idea for that movie was all for the purpose of story, not money. Enough said.