So, the decision is in. The film of the year for 2011 is… (Drum roll please….)
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, directed by our very own British director Rupert Wyatt, whose previous work includes bazaar soap opera, Hollyoaks. The film was small, a small intimate portrayal of an epic tale which is well and truly established in film lore. No-one anticipated the film’s success but it has proved that the years biggest blockbusters can and probably must have a heart.
But as usual the decision wasn’t clean-cut and there were a few honourable mentions for this, a great year in film.
In no particular order, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS was certainly considered as this was the best comic book adaptation of the year, and the best X-Men film since 2002’s X2. And even though TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON 3D was not the best in the series, it was far from the crime against cinema that many critics have suggested. Then there’s SUPER 8, J.J. Abrams’, Spielberg homage which shows not only that Spielberg was one of the best things to happen to 70’s cinema when he was in his early prime, but that there’s still a market for such quality in the mainstream.
Finally, BRIDESMAIDS set the bar high for both comedy and female led films for women. This was funny and a measured comedy in a time where “gross out” rules.
But, what didn’t make it…?
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, whilst being a well made and interesting Sci Fi film, its future will no doubt be a well-regarded small-time film, most likely seen at midnight and hailed as a great film that must be seen, but rarely repeated…
The finale of the Harry Potter, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 3D, was a suitable conclusion to the decade long franchise but failed to ignite 2011. There was little originality or unpredictability but that’s not to discount this as a good feature. I wish that I could say the same for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1. Running off the back of Harry Potter’s two-part finale, this was the biggest let down of the year.
Too many plot contrivances and dropping the details and nuances of the story so far, this, though entertaining, was not only the weakest of the series so far, but far from the best film of the year.
Overall, this has been a great year for film and 2012 promises to be even better…