I am honestly not trying to be contrary when I say that I quite liked Prometheus. Or that I didn’t see what all thus was about with regards to The Avengers. The former was by no means the best of the year and the former wasn’t the worst film that I saw. I just couldn’t understand the virtriol/awe respectively. The Amazing Spiderman was being forgotten by everyone who watched it as they watched it. It wasn’t a bad film by any means – it was just a very quick reboot to a franchise that wasn’t quite ready for it, everyone could still taste Tobey Maguire.
I also didn’t get The Descendants. Which is a shame because I love a bit of Clooney.
Like many people I was pretty excited about The Dark Knight Rises. And I wasn’t let down by it one jot. For me it was the film of the year and the best one of The Dark Knight trilogy – as it came to be known (because it was called that). I think some people were a bit put off it because the guy playing the villain hadn’t committed suicide in the build-up to its release. I thought Tom Hardy was fucking smashing as Bane but he didn’t get anywhere near as many plaudits as Heath Ledger received for The Dark Knight. Plus I really enjoyed doing impressions of him for several weeks.
I did agree with everyone that Magic Mike was a deserving success story. I fucking loved it. And anyone who says I was just getting an eyeful of some male strippers is wrong: I really liked the film, it had a lot of heart and some great performances. There was no denying that Channing Tatum did alright from 2012. Between this and 21 Jump Street CT showed that he was more than just a really good looking lad with a ripped body. I’ll be honest: I didn’t see him in the romantic coma-dy The Vow, though.
21 Jump Street was up there with the funnier films of the year. I think Ted would maybe win the prize for funny film of the year. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t really get much kudos. I think this is because sometimes he is quite shit in some really bad films. But, more importantly, he is fucking brilliant in some stuff. I’m thinking Ted, The Fighter, Boogie Nights and The Departed. They stand up with the best of most peoples – well if you don’t include the proper top echelons of the acting world.
It was important for the Bond franchise that it returned with a bang, 50th celebration and all that shit. Skyfall let no-one down. Apart from some people who didn’t like it. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time can you? The best thing I heard someone say about it was that it all went a bit Home Alone towards the end.
I am pretty sure I will love Argo but I haven’t got around to seeing it yet. Ditto Sightseers.
2012 all got a bit Harry Potter for me at the end. Romping through the child-wizards teenage years certainly provided some entertainment for yours truly as the winter nights drew in.