Top 10 Favourite Movies of 2013

Posted: December 29, 2013 in Movie reviews, Top 10s
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Well as the year is coming to an end I think as far as movies go it’s been a good year. I saw a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of great movies this year, so making a top 10 for this wasn’t easy. But from narrowing down my choices I believe I have found 10 that stand out above all others.

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10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games Catching Fire

Whilst I enjoyed the first Hunger Games it wasn’t without its problems (mostly the shaky cam and editing). The sequel Catching Fire does more of what the first movie wanted to do. It expanded upon the world and kept me more engaged. Jennifer Lawrence is once again great as heroine Katniss Everdeen, and this movie definitely upped the ante with the action as there’s less shaky cam and more dangerous scenarios present here. Despite a bumpy start the Hunger Games has established itself as a pretty good franchise that is on course to be the next Harry Potter.

9. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues

You know who I like? Will Ferrell. His performances in comedy movies boast good charisma and laughs aplenty. Anchorman is the movie where he got his best reputation for, but they then made a belated sequel. There’s no way they can capture that same charm and hilarity a second time right? Uh wrong. This movie’s plot felt like it had more to work with this time and whilst a lot of the jokes are seen as offensive it’s in a topical way portraying what it was like in the 70s. I can’t guarantee everyone will like this style of humour, but I found it rip-roaringly funny, and I just dare you to say that Brick Tamland isn’t funny. Go on.

8. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

Whilst Peter Jackson had huge success with The Lord of the Rings trilogy the idea of adapting a 300 page book into three 3 hour movies seems ludicrous, and part 1 of the Hobbit fell foul to mixed reactions because of its deliberately slow pace. The second part however I found far more enjoyable. For one most of the boring stuff was got out of the way in part 1 and there’s more action and adventure to be had here, so it doesn’t feel like it drags as much. The real highlight though is the appearance of Smaug the Dragon, and let me just say he’s AWESOME! His design kicks ass and having Benedict Cumberbatch voicing him makes him all that more badass. Yes it is still too long and it might appeal more to those who’ve read the book beforehand, but I still enjoyed this movie a lot.

7. Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek into Darkness

Is it just me or has this been a great year for sequels? Yep, following on from the 2009 Star Trek reboot the sequel Into Darkness delivers the same thrills but has numerous improvements. The action set pieces are all great like before but here the relationship between Kirk and Spock is explored better. Other characters such as Simon Pegg’s Scotty were also given more to do, but best of all is the villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s sinister, he’s threatening and of course dat voice, all great qualities. Not just a good year for sequels but also a grand year for Cumberbatch (ignores The Fifth Estate).

6. Frozen

Frozen

I had good expectations for this movie because I really like to see snow/ice worlds in movies and games, so Frozen looked right up my alley, and it was. To start the visuals were outstanding and created beautiful looking snowy landscapes. Princess Anna and Elsa are both really likable, and Olaf the snowman (a character who could’ve easily been annoying) was fun comic relief. This movie also boasts some really catchy songs, the highlight being ‘Let it Go’ sung by Idina Menzel. Frozen proves that Disney can still make good animated movies, and I’d say this one ranks up with the best from their Renaissance period.

5. Rush

Rush

I’ve seen several movies this year based on a true event, but my favourite by a country mile was Ron Howard’s Rush. A movie based on Former F1 champion James Hunt and his rivalry with Niki Lauda. Whilst I’m not really a Formula 1 fan the movie is so engaging you don’t need to be. Thor actor Chris Hemsworth is fitting as the role of James Hunt but Daniel Brühl here is the real star as the bitter but more level headed Niki Lauda. The racing scenes are always thrilling and the back and forward banter between the rivals was also entertaining. Whether or not you’re a Formula 1 fan check this movie out.

4. Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Controversial? Maybe, but I don’t care. I thoroughly enjoyed Iron Man 3. Iron Man 1 was a great movie, Iron Man 2 was weaker, nothing needs to be said about how awesome Avengers Assemble was, but Iron Man 3 may be my next favourite. Robert Downey Jr is just as witty as you would expect, however there’s less Iron Man screentime. It very much feels like its Tony Stark’s movie, but that’s OK as this time he can kick ass in and out of the suit. Sir Ben Kingsley is great as The Mandarin and the villain plot surprisingly relatable to the real world. The action scenes are all adrenaline fuelled and fun, but even without action it’s fun. In one word the movie was fun.

3. Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Something like The Hobbit too much for the average movie-goer and you just want a good old fashioned action romp? Well look no further than Pacific Rim. Guillermo Del Toro visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth pays homage to giant monster movies like Godzilla. What we have here is giant mecha fighting giant monsters. Yeah it’s silly stuff but here it works. The action scenes are all well shot and give you an epic scope of what’s happening plus it’s backed up by good performances, particularly from Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam. This movie is also under no false pretence and not trying to disguise itself as something deep (see Man of Steel), but it still treats its audience with more respect than the Transformers movies. Plus if you can’t enjoy the giant mecha fighting then one wonders if you can enjoy anything at all.

2. Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck it Ralph

OK I’m kinda cheating here as this movie is officially a 2012 movie, but I couldn’t not put Wreck-it Ralph on this list. Besides it first came out in the UK in 2013 so it counts. The movie follows the story of video game villain Wreck-it Ralph and his journey to be a good guy. The world it creates is fascinating and a lot of the jokes and references to other games are really funny. Not only that but the movie has some surprisingly heartfelt moments as well as lovable characters. Heck this movie even made Sarah Silverman lovable, that in and of itself is an achievement. Wreck-it Ralph was a joy from beginning to end, but what could beat that?

Before we get to number 1 here are some quickie honourable mentions: Captain Phillips, Django Unchained, Monsters University, Oblivion, The World’s End.

1. Gravity

Gravity

For my favourite film of the year I decided to go for the one that real astronauts have been calling the closest feeling to space you’ll get, Gravity. First off this movie looks stunning, you get a feeling of isolation in space and there are plenty of long shots allowing you to take in the open scenery. Sandra Bullock gives a powerfully human performance here (yep the same actress dumb enough to sign up for Speed 2) and what also makes the movie enjoyable is how unpredictable it is. You never quite knew what was going to happen and it always kept you on the edge of your seat. For those reasons I can easily say Gravity was my favourite movie of 2013.

And those are my 10 Favourite Movies of 2013. Next up we take a look at the other end of the Spectrum (no pun intended) and the worst movies of 2013.

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Comments
  1. Jaynewis says:

    Very interesting. My favourite film of the year was Sunshine on Leith. Not sure I’ve seen enough to compile a top ten.

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