Movie Review: End of Year Movies12/27/2013
Back in October, I listed a handful of movies that were on my radar. Now that's it's the last weekend of the year, let's do a quick rundown of the movies I've seen in the last two months and how they fared.
12 Years a Slave - October 18: This wasn't initially on my radar because it seemed like too sad a movie, but I had to watch it after the great reviews. It was such an awesome story that deserves some awards this season. I couldn't believe it was a true story played beautifully by Chiwetel and the gang. It's one of two movies on here with both Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender. Rating: ♥♥♥♥
The Counselor - October 25: So many great actors in this movie, which is why it isn't a total disappointment. Even though the story line was a bit pretentious and boring, there were some memorable scenes by Cameron Diaz. Sadly, Brad Pitt does not eat in this film. I was almost 100% certain that he eats in every movie he's in. There's even a website dedicated to what Brad puts in his mouth, lol. Rating: ♥♥
Thor: The Dark World - November 8: Baby Pitt is the coolest. I see movies just because he's in them. I do the same for Ryan Gosling, JGL, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence. Is that weird? Thor was a great action movie, was pretty funny, and Loki is great. Everyone likes Tom Hiddleston right? Rating: ♥♥♥
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - November 22: I've read all the books and I saw the first movie, and I'm happy to report that the second movie was so much better than the first. It stays true to the book and it is a lot darker, which is what I like. I even felt like I was seeing the story for the first time because I had forgotten how book 2 ended, so that made the ending even better. Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Out of the Furnace - December 6: Set with a great cast of Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson and more, this film is well acted and really shows the struggle of the American economy after war. Bale and Harrelson really make the movie pop with intensity and intrigue, but I didn't know what to make of the last two minutes of the film. What am I supposed to take from this? Rating: ♥♥♥
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - December 13: Yes, it is a weird pronunciation of the dragon's name, but that's how it's supposed to sound. I really enjoyed this second installment of The Hobbit, even though I think it was probably 20 minutes too long (almost 3 hours). If you didn't like the ending, it's just sticking to the book, much like The Hunger Games. And ladies, Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas. Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - December 18: I don't know if I'm in the majority or the minority when I say this, but I thought the original Anchorman was one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen. The same can't be said for the sequel, but it does have its moments. I like Ron Burgundy and Brian Fantana, but didn't get many laughs from the rest of the supporting cast. Rating: ♥♥
American Hustle - December 20: It started off slow but eventually picked up with the help of a great cast and some beautiful costumes that transformed you back to the 1970s. Although it was quite funny and entertaining--Bale's elaborate combover, Lawrence's arsonist ways--I do feel like it didn't live up to its trailers. And I really want to know how the ice fishing story ends, but I think that's a mystery that will never be solved. Rating: ♥♥♥
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - December 25: The main thing that made me want to see this movie? Hearing Of Monsters and Men playing during the trailer. Ben Stiller is Walter Mitty, a man whose constant daydreaming keeps him from living life to the fullest. An unexpected assignment gives Walter the chance to find what he's been missing. I can tell you that the main difference between Walter Mitty and American Hustle is this: I expected Hustle to be an A+ movie, but it turned out to be more B-. Mitty was expected to be C average, and ended up being B+, so keep that in mind when you're reading reviews. Even though I'm giving them the same amount of hearts, expectations made Mitty a more enjoyable film. Rating: ♥♥♥
Tell me your thoughts if you've seen any of these 2013 movies!
♥♥ - don't see | ♥♥♥ - rent it | ♥♥♥♥ - watch in theaters
Still on my radar: The Wolf of Wall Street & Her