This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish 🙂
I had loads of fun putting this list together. I got to give myself an excuse to re-watch some of the older movies in my hard drive, as well as put on hold some of my assignments, which is practically hitting two birds with one stone. I know, I know, I should quit procrastinating and learn to sort out my priorities (the right way), though I’m a pretty effective multi-tasker, and bottom line is, I got to accomplish everything I had to before the deadline. So go me!
I’ve never been a huge fan of movies, not half as much as I am when it comes to TV shows, and not even close to how I am when it comes to books. For this reason, I found this task pretty challenging. Determination is key, however– so without further ado, I proudly present to you my top ten list!
1. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Based on Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Logan Lerman wasn’t a blank slate, and was able to thoroughly embody the character’s struggles and personality (though I probably relished in the fact that for once he didn’t have to portray someone uncannily good looking). The chemistry between Charlie and Sam was undeniable, and Patrick was effective comic relief. In that way, it wasn’t too overbearing and provided a balance between conflict and entertainment.
2. Tuck Everlasting
Based on Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting
I cried incessantly. I felt like I could completely empathize with the characters, and I found their struggles believable, as well as their earnest desire to find the impossible happiness that could last forever. It wasn’t too depressing though. The dispiriting scenes were given recompense with lighter ones.
3. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
This was clearly the movie of the year. The graphics and special effects were top notch, the actors were superb, and the battle scenes were beyond epic. It was pretty lengthy, but not a single stagnant moment passed me by. This was an amazing finale.
4. The Social Network
Based on Ben Mezrich’s the Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale Of Sex, Money, Genius And Betrayal
Before I did my research, I didn’t even know this movie was based on a book. The movie however, was phenomenal. Jesse Eisenberg sounded so professional, and Andrew Garfield pulled off what is probably the greatest stint in his acting career to date. The arguments were fascinating, the emotions were raw. This one was certainly entertaining.
5. The Notebook
Based on Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook
I was a pool of tears by the end of the movie– I was weeping into my pillow, sniffling at every other scene. And it was great, because I didn’t give. The romance was strange, but filled with hope, and I was inspired with a new confidence to strive for the people I truly want to care for. That sort of divine-like intervention doesn’t come to me too often.
6. Angels And Demons
Based on Dan Brown’s Angels And Demons
I know that a lot of others didn’t care much for this movie, though I found it highly entertaining, intriguing, suspenseful, and above all astounding in its sagacity. I was surprised by most of the revelations and was kept on my toes for the better half of this movie. I was surprisingly pleased.
7. Les Miserables
Based on Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
If not for the cringe-worthy Russell Crowe pitch issues, this movie would been deserving of the greatest highlight for the 2012 Box Office. The pain could be heard in the characters’ voices, and it was impressive that the actors were singing that well on air. I was obviously also digging the soundtrack. Just so you know, It’s currently my jam.
8. The Last Song
Based on Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song
Miley Cyrus could not have been any less platitudinous than the uncarved block. Her performance was drab, and I felt no (Nicholas) spark between her and Liam in this one. It progressed too languidly for me as well, and I found that by the end of it I had lost all patience. I didn’t even get to finish this one.
9. Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Based on Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief
What was the director even thinking. I don’t even want to believe he was actually thinking. The movie was inconsistent with the book on so many levels- Annabeth wasn’t blonde, which totally confused my image of her, the quest was altered in bothersome ways, and the lines were too colloquial and failed at any attempt on humor. I just tried to concentrate on Logan Lerman. It almost worked.
Based on Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight
I felt nothing while watching this movie– I could’ve sworn I was turning into a vampire. It was just a lifeless, monotonous, humdrum, repetitious, cloying, unexciting movie. It was almost as blank as Kristen Stewart’s face.
So what do you think? If you have any opinions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment and tell me!