Top 5 Movies of 2013 (so far)

2013 is hitting the fall season where many of the best films come out, so I figured I would do a list of my top 5 films of the year thus far. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen too many films this year but I still want to do this list and by the end of the year, I plan to have seen many more films and do a full top 10 list (I could do a top 10 now, but some films that I don’t really love would be on it because of the lack of films I’ve seen.)

5. Star Trek Into Darkness

I am not a Star Trek fan by any means, not for any particularly reason, I just never spent the time to watch it but I do enjoy J.J. Abrams take on the franchise. I found the sequel to be shot better, acted better, and pretty much improve on all of the problems I had for the first film in 2009. I know that many Star Trek didn’t like the film due to the fact that it copies plots that have already been done, but since I didn’t really have a knowledge for it, the emotional depth of the story was great for me. It isn’t perfect by any means, sometimes the plot feels a bit thin but the performances, especially Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, and Zachary Quinto carry this film all while having an entertaining film.

4. Monsters University

It makes me so happy to have loved this film. Pixar managed to craft a prequel that helped rather than hindered an already great movie. This movie avoids so many different stereotypes in terms of it’s themes as well, it does things that most family films would be very afraid to do. On top of that, it is just awesome to see Mike and Sully again in a film, the dynamic between them not liking each other at first is interesting and wholly entertaining. The movie has some of the best animation I’ve seen in awhile especially in a notable sequence towards the end of the film that I won’t spoil. Essentially, I’m just happy that a prequel managed to not suck.

3. Much Ado About Nothing

A Shakespeare adaptation of his best comedy by Joss Whedon? Count me in. I decided to actually read the play before going to see the movie, which isn’t really required by any means but made me love the film more due to how perfectly it was adapted. The movie is unbelievably hilarious in a vast majority of the scenes and it uses the modern setting with Shakespearean dialogue to it’s advantage by having technology use in the film at moments for comedy. The performances are incredible especially Alexis Denisof who provides the most laughs and Nathan Fillion as Dogberry is some of the best casting I’ve seen in a long time. You don’t need to enjoy Shakespeare to enjoy this film, it’s still hilarious whether or not you do.

2. The Great Gatsby

I already know I’m in the minority of absolutely loving this film, but as a big fan of the book, I think it’s near perfect. Trust me, when it was announced that they were putting modern music in this film, I was pissed. I thought it was stupid and would be awful, oddly, it never bothered me or felt out of place. In fact, it might have worked better than just having a standard soundtrack with the obvious use of jazz music due to the 1920s setting. The movie also uses an excessive amount of CGI, which I would normally criticize in most movies, but it manages to provide it’s own meaning, in that it represents the fakeness of the 1920s. People thought everything was so perfect, but it truly was not and the CGI emphasizes that. On top of that, the performances are all near perfect. Dicaprio was born to play Gatsby. Joel Edgerton ended up being the perfect Tom Buchanan. Tobey Maguire was perfect as Nick Carraway. Carey Mulligan was the only one I felt a bit off about in the film, but it wasn’t awful by any means. Overall, I found this to be a visually-stunning, well-adapted version of the book that manages to adapt nearly everything from the book to a tea.

1. The Place Beyond The Pines

Easily one of the more unique films of the year for me this year. It’s hard to talk about this movie without spoiling, so my explanation for loving this film may be short. Besides the fact that the cast is great (Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, etc.), it tells a unique story very much littered in the aspect of family generations and what they end up meaning. The movie is told in three unique arcs that I won’t explain for obvious reasons. The ending is one of the more unique and ambitious choices of the year for me, I didn’t expect it, and it left me thinking for awhile. I wasn’t even entirely sure I loved the film when I got out of the theater and I still need to rewatch it for sure, but the more and more I think about it, the more I realized how much I enjoyed this film. It also has a haunting soundtrack that only helps the themes of the movie. On top of that, the movie has beautiful cinematography that make it a joy to look at.


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