Every year Hollywood tries to find new ways of filling seats in movie theaters by dangling moviegoers with the tantalizing prospect of big name actors, dazzling special effects, and/or most importantly, a good story. While many major movies were released by Hollywood studios this year, it is tough (and expensive) to see each and everyone. Here is a short list of the top five movies (in no particular order) that we saw this year.
1. The Muppets
Looking at the selection above might have caused you to do a double take. The Muppets was definitely an ode to fans that was written by fans that would appeal to the masses. The movie encapsulated everything that was and is good about the Muppets, while making it accessible to a new generation that doesn’t have a clue as to what The Rainbow Connection is. The Muppets is a must see for all ages. The Muppets as one of our top movies of 2011? Can you picture that?
2. Source Code
Not too much to say about this movie other than this, GREAT MOVIE!!!
3. Super 8
In many ways nostalgia is a running theme of this list with Super 8 fitting in quite snugly. Super 8 conveyed a sense of a film era gone by. It effectively mimics the rich storytelling and character development that was a hallmark of many sci-fi classics of the 70’s and 80’s to draw viewers in. We marveled at the fact that the creature revealed is really a very insignificant part of the movie, and at its core Super 8 is really the story of a father and son dealing with grief.
4. Real Steel
Real Steel is a movie that was released in the wrong era, but that is a good thing. In true mash-up style, Real Steel is best described as Rock Em Sock’em Robots meets Rocky meets Over The Top. It’s an underdog story, it’s a father/son story, its a sports movies. Real Steel is an example of a film done in classic (and good) 80’s style with the resources of 2011.
5. Captain America: The First Avenger
When Chis Evans was first announced to play the roll of Captain America, all hopes were dashed for this movie. Upon seeing the movie, we were pleasantly surprised. Evans’ performance as Cap effectively erased all traces of Johnny Storm from our memories. Captain America: The First Avenger expressed an emotion and heart than hasn’t been seen on a “superhero” movie since Spider-Man.