Movies of the Year So Far

I am not much of a movie watcher. Sometimes, I have phases when I spend 2-3 weekends catching up on some movies I’ve been wanting to watch for a long time. That happens roughly once a year though.

Almost all my movie watching happens on flights where there is practically nothing else to do. And the rest happens when I am back in Singapore and find myself popping into the theatre (or cinema, as the blessed Brits would call it) ever so often.

With that background, a few movies of the year so far.

Sherlock Holmes II. I really liked Sherlock Holmes I. I absolutely loved Sherlock Holmes II. I watched the movie twice and both times, I came out with the feeling that there wasn’t a single scene wasted. The cast was brilliant, the plot was great and the way humour and action dovetailed made for a really enjoyable experience. Favourite movie of the year so far!

Hugo. I don’t like 3D movies but I did find myself wondering what this movie would have looked like on a large movie screen because, if there was one word I would use to describe the cinematography, it would be ‘magnificent’.

A friend used the word ‘sincere’ when describing the movie. I couldn’t have said it better. It was wonderfully sincere and a great cast didn’t hurt.

We Bought A Zoo. Loved this. I am a sucker for this sort of a movie. Tough life changing set back faced, crazy challenge taken up, difficulty after difficulty and finally, some success.

Matt Damon did a great job playing an often dazed widower who is faced with managing his unruly teenage son and has just bought a zoo with the money he had in an attempt to escape urban life. The challenges are many and it makes for a fascinating tale, adapted from the real life story of Benjamin Mee in Dorset, England.

The Descendants. I didn’t like it as much as the hype around it, I must admit. Then again, hype tends to do that to you, doesn’t it? I did go in with very high expectations. All in all, George Clooney was very impressive playing a helpless dad unable to manage his two daughters following the paralysis and eventual death of his wife. There are many complications to the tale and is a compelling watch.

Puss in Boots. Wonderful entertainer. Story of a renegade cat who ends up redeeming himself falling in love along the way. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek never sounded better.

Tintin. Not up on the list and that’s saying something. The technology used to make this movie is evidently mindblowing as the characters look life like. That said, the story line differed quite a bit from the original story line and when it comes to Tintin, I prefer the original any day.

Ides of March. George Clooney makes some top class movies. This is a story around 2 Democratic candidates contesting the primary in Ohio and the inside story of the team behind one of the candidates (Clooney).

He has a fantastic cast working with him and this is again one of those movies that makes a deep impression. And the hype behind Ryan Gosling is not unfounded. He can act.

50/50. I recognize this is not a movie that released this year but i just saw it last week. It was a very nice movie revolving around a young man dealing with the fact that he is diagnosed with cancer and that his chances of survival are 50/50. A really sweet movie.

That’s the round up from my side. What are some of the best movies you’ve watched of late?