Hollywood Movies - Year 2013 in Review
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hobbit: Desolation of the Smaug
Star Trek: Into Darkness
2013 hasn't been an epic year in films. It's not as though I have to scrape through a pile of brilliance, rack my brain, nitpick and then come to a conclusion. The year actually started off terribly with films like Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, Oz and the Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but, thankfully, it got better from then on. It wasn't a great year for Superhero films either, with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The Wolverine and Thor 2 being just about average.
So without further ado, here is the TOP 10 List of Hollywood films that released in India this year. Unfortunately, few of the best films didn't!
Honorable Mention: World War Z - While this film doesn't make it to the list, Brad Pitt's zombie film gets a mention because of it's decent story-line, good screenplay and grandiose vision. With a handful of thrilling moments, it was a fun watch and definitely worth the 3-D price!
It's the J Law-era folks and whatever she touches turns to gold. While the first movie of the franchise was not really up to the mark, this movie saw a more confident Lawrence keeping you glued to the screen. The pacing was much better this time and it ended on a very promising note!
#9: Frozen / The Croods
This wasn't a great year for Animation either, but 2 films stood out and beat even the cuteness of the Minions! While "The Croods" was a fun little goofy film for the family, "Frozen" was a delightful fairy-tale from the Disney stable. If you have missed them, then a DVD viewing is recommended.
#8: The Hobbit: Desolation of the Smaug
Peter Jackson's epic continues and, in fact, gets better. While the visual packaging being as brilliant as ever, this film makes it here simply because it is entertaining. The screenplay picks up and there are more thrills this time around. Definitely the best Adventure film of the year!
#7: Pacific Rim
Wow, what a surprise this was. Guillermo del Toro packaged a 'creature feature' like never before and made a modern day-"robots vs aliens" -film that was both visually spectacular and thrilling at the same time. All in all, the perfect summer blockbuster made for the big screen.
If there was one suspense drama, this year that both tugged at your heart and kept your pulse racing, it was Prisoners. With some wonderful acting by Hugh Jackman, this film was deliberately slow and made you think. The moral dilemma and imminent danger throughout makes it well worth the watch.
#5: Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks was back and how! With one of his best performances in over a decade, he infused life into this pirate drama. Though the film meanders and floats around in the middle, it's Hanks that completely bowls you over with his skill.
#4: Star Trek: Into Darkness
J.J.Abrams is taking the epic Star Trek series to infinity and much beyond! His vision is spectacular and his story telling flawless. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan, this movie had all the thrills and spills you expect from a sci-fi extravaganza. And the chemistry between Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto just puts the cherry on top of the scrumptuous cake!
#3 The Conjuring
Finally, Hollywood came up with a more than decent Horror film. Director James Wan, geared with old-school horror tricks, gave everyone the heebie-jeebies in 2013. Excellent atmospherics, a real-life inspiration and a solid performance by Vera Farmiga made this film un-watchable, in the right sense!
Thrill found a new benchmark with this sports drama by two-time Academy award winning director Ron Howard. Inspired by the real life rivalry between Formula 1 greats James Hunt and Niki Lauda, this film had some brilliant race sequences and an equally racy off-circuit rivalry. If you missed this on the big screen, tough luck, 'cause you missed out on the ride of a lifetime!
Unquestionably, the best space-adventure film ever made. Alfonso Cuaron created the most spectacular 3-D ride, that told the story of 2 astronauts in real time! With Sandra Bullock giving her best performance to date, this film was not just a movie, it was an experience like never before. Gravity is a benchmark film technically and is a triumph in immersive film-making. Sadly, if you haven't watched it in I-Max 3-D, you will never understand the depth of it's astronomical brilliance!
That's it for 2013. Do you agree with the list? Did I miss out a good one? What is your Top 10? Do let me know in the comments section. Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance. Let's hope for an epic 2014 at the movies.
Article written by Virindersingh Vilkhoo
A hopeless FILMantic, a sit-down comic, a cereal killer, chicken lover, who Copys for a living, really! Read his MoViews @ http://www.flicksonic.com