2010 in Film: A Droids Perspective
Now that we’re officially in the new year it’s time to take a look back at 2010. After browsing through the list of films I’ve seen in 2010 (85 in total), I was surprised to see that, all things considered, it wasn’t too bad of a year. While there weren’t too many films I consider ‘classics’, I’ve enjoyed a substantial amount of the years releases in one way or another. That said, it’s not all rainbows and lollipops, as there were still far too many absolute stinkers, which I will get to in a minute. But first, the good news. Here’s my list of the best and worst films of 2010 along with a few other categories for your debating pleasure. Let the arguing begin!
The Bestest Most Enjoyablest Film of 2010 (Not in the Top 10)
This film is the perfect summer blockbuster. Philip Noyce takes a ridiculous premise and does a runner, flatly ignoring plot holes and instead ramping up the action and thrills with Angelina Jolie along for the ride as Evelyn Salt, a maybe or maybe not Russian spy. Huge fun.
Other worthy candidates are Solomon Kane, Unstoppable, Robin Hood, The Sorcerers Apprentice and Knight and Day.
The Biggest Surprise of 2010
From the director of Night at the Museum and the Pink Panther remake comes an action comedy that actually includes action and comedy! Needless to say this film took me by surprise, especially after watching Date Night soon after witnessing the horror of ‘The Bounty Hunter’.
Special mention to The A-Team, which was a film I fully expected to loathe, but was pretty damned entertaining.
The Most Overrated Film of 2010
I will preface this with that statement that I don’t think any of these films are “bad” per se. They’re just nowhere near worthy of all the accolades they’re getting. Hence the “overrated”.
The Social Network
A well acted, directed, written, made, produced, edited, scored, shot, marketed, released, instantly forgotten borefest about a completely unlikeable douchebag involved in various acts of douchebaggery. Could not care a less.
The runners up in a very close race are Somewhere and The Fighter, both okay films, particularly The Fighter, but whoa nelly are they getting their nuts unjustly caressed.
The Best Performance of 2010
James Franco in 127 Hours.
Wow. Just wow. Franco nails this performance as the reckless adventure seeking Aron Ralston, who somehow conspired to get his arm trapped under a rock and has to do the unthinkable to survive. Franco elevates the film into “great” territory with a likeable, intense, fascinating performance. Simply brilliant.
Some other terrific performances that deserve a mention are Natalie Portman for her searingly intense portrayal of a ballet dancers decent into madness in Black Swan, Tahar Rahim in A Prophet, Woody Harrelson as Defendor, Jim Sturgess leading the years best ensemble in The Way Back, Jackie Weaver as the den mother of a family of criminals in Animal Kingdom and although I hated the film, I have to concede that Ryan Reynolds in Buried was excellent.
The Worst Performance of 2010
Sigh. I wish this was true. But as embarrassing to themselves and their entire nation as the English cricket team performing the sprinkler dance is, it’s not a patch on this bloke. Easily the worst performance of 2010. And he’s helpfully carried it over to 2011.
That’s great Mitch. How about less time trying to fit your fist in your mouth and more time learning how to bowl six straight deliveries you useless twat.
The Worst Film of 2010
Iron Man 2
I originally gave this 1 1/2 Changs, which is far, far too generous in hindsight. What was I thinking? It’s a colossal failure in every respect. It’s not entertaining at all. In fact it’s irritatingly dull. Not even a leather clad Scarlett Johansson can save it. Utter garbage. I’m hereby unveiling my new rating for Iron Man 2, and this rating applies to every film on this list.
The rest of the dreck that round out the Bottom 10, in order are Cop Out, The Bounty Hunter, Splice, Legion, Predators, A Nightmare on Elm Street, MacGruber, Killers, Resident Evil: Afterlife.
Good lord, what a terrible list that is.
The Best Film of 2010
The backlash against this film began pretty quickly. “It’s a smart film for dumb people” they said. I say it’s a two-plus hour therapy session masquerading as a brilliantly constructed action adventure. I don’t care. Let the naysayers have their Sofia Coppola’s, and I’ll have Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thrill ride. It’s a terrific film start to finish and most importantly, holds up on second viewing and then some.
The runners up, which are all excellent films, are A Prophet, Black Swan, Bitch Slap, Animal Kingdom, 127 Hours, The Town, The Way Back, Centurion, and Defendor.
And thus ends another year. Not too shabby from the looks of that list.
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