mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Top Ten Movies of 2005

As the year comes to a close, we always see a lot of end-of-year essays, reflections, and lists. In particular, movie critics usually come up with their top ten movies of the year. Well, if they can do it, I can too.

We'll just ignore the fact that I only saw 13 movies this year. :-)

[Warning: There might be minor spoilers in the discussion. If you want to be safe, just read the titles, which are in boldface.]

10. Fantastic Four
A lot of critics panned this movie when it came out, probably for not being Batman Begins. But not every superhero movie has to be relevant, as long as its a fun romp. And Chris Evans nailed the character of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, perfectly.

9. The Producers
I never caught the musical on Broadway, but I did see the original movie in a revival house many years ago. Lane and Broderick play off of each other well. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Will Ferrell's performance, as he's not an actor I usually care for.

8. Sky High
This portrayal of superpowered children in a special school for their needs was light, fluffy, and amusing. Even if it was a ripoff of PS 238, a comic book by Aaron Williams that you all should be reading. I just wish they had put Lynda Carter in more scenes.

7. King Kong
Like Will Ferrell, Jack Black is not an actor I seek out. But he was perfect in the role of Carl Denham. And although many people have been impressed by the CGI rendering of Kong, I was delighted by the almost perfect recreation of New York City in the 1930s. The only flaw was that they weren't allowed to recreate the Columbia Pictures sign in Times Square. Replacing it with a Universal Studios sign was a good fix. And did anyone else catch the quick reference to Fay Wray?

6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
An adaptation with additions that enhance the original source material rather than chip away at it. And Tilda Swinton made me believe in the pure evil of the White Witch.

5. Serenity
I know there are some people who felt that this movie was a complete washout, but I disagree.

4. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Nick Park's work has been entertaining me with its delightful whimsy ever since I discovered it. This full-length feature had something for people of all ages. And it didn't hurt that Nomi and I got to see it in a special screening with Nick Park taking questions after the film.

3. March of the Penguins
I kept seeing the cast list as "Morgan Freeman, and emperor penguins," and so I wanted to see Freeman leading the penguins on their march. But at least we got his wonderful narration. Best scenes, though, were over the credits, when we got to see the inquisitive penguins investigate the camera crew.

2. Batman Begins
Probably the best Batman movie ever made, and one of the best superhero movies ever made. If the tag of the 1977 Superman film was "You'll believe a man can fly," the tag for this one should have been, "You'll believe that a rich kid who sees his parents murdered in front of him actually would put on a bat suit and fight crime, as opposed to either going into therapy for the rest of his life or just handing his fortune over to support law enforcement." But I guess that would have been a bit too long.

1. Good Night, and Good Luck
Without a doubt, the best movie of the year. In fact, major film critics such as Dan Kimmel agree with me on this one. Given what's been going on in the country over the past few years, everyone who cares about civil liberties and our personal freedoms should see this film. It's happened before; it's happening to a lesser extent now; and it can always happen again.

And the three that didn't make the list? Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
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