With the box office grossing over $10,000,000,000 last year (that’s 2010 for those of you still lagging behind) it was considered by critics overall as a “year of mediocrity”. Fair enough.
Let’s take a look at the top five rated movies worthy to remember. Thank goodness there were at least five… Look for this amongst the Oscar nominations.
- Social Network – Critics have agreed that this film succeeds in being current with trends and contemporary ideas and at creating a solid base in portraying the impact social networks have had on our society today. It is keen because it reveals how we have grown, or fallen back, from being relational to ideal in trying to fulfill social roles. We have been influenced by demographics and corporations.
- The King’s Speech – The movie opens with Colin Firth portraying Prince Albert at the Empire Games. Stuttering his way through his speech, his wife steps in to help him by hiring a speech therapist from Australia. It may not sound like enough of a story line to make a great movie, but critics claim the audience is identifying with the lead role and engrossed with the dialogue and history this movie brings.
- Black Swan – This story may seem familiar as it is created off of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel with their strong performances make this movie a success.
- Winter’s Bone – Jennifer Lawrence playing Ree brings this performance home and makes this movie one of the year’s best. With a mentally absent mother, Ree raises her brother and sister in the back country of the Ozarks.
- The American – This film awards us with a good story line and good casting, including George Clooney. He doesn’t kill; he creates the specialized weapons that do. Then someone wants him dead. For some this plot may be hard to follow.