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My top films of the year

While I didn’t manage my target of watching 100 films in the year, I didn’t do too badly. Seen a lot of films I’ve been meaning to see and plenty of great stuff in the cinema. For that reason I’m going to cheat and do two lists of my top films of the year. Yes, cheat!

One’s a top 10 cinema releases and the other is a list of my top 10 small screen films I’ve watched from the comfort of my own home.

Both have been pretty tough for me. I reckon it would have been tougher had Les Miserables and Django Unchained been released over this way this year. Though, that’s all here-say!

Enough babbling, here are my lists:

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100 movies: Watchmen

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

Watchmen Watchmen (14/04/12)

In an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

This film is heavy. Heavy in terms of the context and the characters. While watching, I found that there was a whole lot to get through and to just think about. But it’s all put together really well. Especially if this girl here who hasn’t read the comic could take something away from the film.

It is a world I took a little while getting used to. A cross between a film noirish world with comic book heroes but all set in the 80s. Zack Snyder pulled it together surprisingly well.

Like I said before, there’s a lot to get through in the film. There’s the interpersonal stuff going on between the characters and the massive wider scale issue of the possible total wipe out of humanity. Tying the two of those together was almost successful, for me. Though there were times when I got lost or just confused as to how things were getting tied together. That happened more in the beginning of the film, so was probably more to do with the fact that I was still trying to get into the film.

The action sequences in the film were pretty damn breathtaking. Beautifully choreographed and were really enjoyable to watch. Some of the best I’ve seen. They packed a punch!

The core message of the film is, like I said before, heavy. I’m not sure if it’s been as well communicated as it has in the comic book. I know there was some uproar from comic book fans when this film was originally released. A lot of people didn’t seem happy. As there was so much going on, would this film had been better off it was split. To give more time for more development of the characters and just give it more room to breath?

Despite feeling bogged down while watching, I enjoyed it. Great visuals and a rather more dark comic book film makes for a nice, welcome change.
Rating: 4/5

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