So we have reached the final list… The best of the best, the cream of the crop this year, the Best Films of 2013. It may have been a big year for some bad movies. But there have also been a lot of gems, including some films that have completely changed my opinions of certain directors and certain actors.
Once again a friendly reminder that this list will include movies that I have personally reviewed! I did not have the funds to see every movie that came out this year so sadly there will be a few omissions. (Wolf of Wall Street could be one) but once again, if I did not see it than I sadly cannot review it.
Honorable Mention Saving Mr. Banks
A movie by no means short of emotion, Saving Mr. Banks is a quite an experience to watch. A must see for anyone who is a Mary Poppins fan. Tom Hanks is a perfect Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is at her best as PL Travers, the writer of Mary Poppins. It will also give you a new found respect for what is already a timeless classic.
Only reason it doesn’t make it on the list is that there are five movies that just edged it out this year.
5. World War Z
This was pleasantly surprising. I was sure that World War Z was going to be a horrendous train wreck of a movie that could possibly kill the zombie movie genre for several years… But then I saw the film… And now it is one of the best films of 2013. Not only is the acting amazing but the writing is very clever.
It takes a macro approach to the zombie apocalypse and shows legitimately how government organizations would react to a massive zombie invasion. It is not a recreating of Max Brooks’ book from which the movie gains its inspiration and it does not try to be. It is a stand alone film that is a compliment to the source material and because of this is one of the best films of 2013.
The second time Tom Hanks has been referenced on this list. Captain Phillips is a dramatic and suspenseful action movie. While the source material is subject to several gray areas, it does not change the fact that this is by all accounts a magnificent and intense movie. With stellar performances from both Hanks and Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips will be remembered as one of the better action dramas in recent years and sheds more light on the Somalian Failed State in Africa.
A thrilling end to the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and just recently The World’s End is one of the best comedy series of all time and some of the most intelligent well written movies I have ever seen. The humor is great and the story is wonderful. Nowhere near what you would be expecting at the beginning of the film. It is a movie that will leave you guessing to the very end with an ending that is bitter… Yet satisfying.
First off I am well aware that this film was originally released in 2012 at the Venice Film Festival. But it did not come to major theaters until 2013 so I feel it applies.
This movie solidified Joss Whedon’s place in my book as one of my favorite directors. Considering that I find a lot of William Shakespeare’s stories are actually really funny, it is refreshing change of pace to see a mainstream Shakespearean story that is legitimately funny. I get irritated that all the movies that come up are his dramas Macbeth, Hamlet, and of course Romeo and Juliet.
It was wonderful to see a black and white version of Much Ado About Nothing that is legitimately funny and does not take itself seriously. With his cast of regulars, Whedon creates what is now one of my favorite comedies.
What can I say? This movie was awesome! David O. Russell is clearly at his best as he succeeds two years in a row. American Hustle is an intelligent and entertaining film. All star performances from Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, and Louis CK. It does a fantastic job of blurring the lines between the good and evil of political corruption.
It is still in theaters now and I encourage everyone to see it. At this point, I have to say that this is clearly the movie of the year.
Thank you for reading. 2013 has been one hell of a year and I am looking forward to what is to come for Tanner Reviews. If you enjoyed this review than please like and subscribe for more from me.