Leslie's Films in 2013 Review Part 1: Krypton, Gods, Lots of Beer & Zombies (Again)

So yesterday I took into consideration the general blah-ness I felt towards pop culture in 2013 and pulled out some of my personal highlights for television. Today we hit up movies. Yet another area where mediocrity seemed to be the norm. We didn’t see nearly as many movies this year as previous years and there are some we missed completely that may have turned out good. Here is part 1 of my highlights for films in 2013.

Movie I Was Honestly Surprised to Enjoy As Much As I Did: Thor: The Dark World


I was completely indifferent to the first Thor film. It was okay, but I enjoyed Captain America more (which is saying something, since I was indifferent to that one too). Perhaps it was the Tom Hiddleston’s dance tour that got me jazzed for it or maybe it was genuinely more enjoyable, but The Dark World had a spark that the first was missing. The plot was super silly, but it works for a movie about Asgardian gods.

Movie that Contributed to my Confusion towards Crushing on Zombies: Warm Bodies


I’m not sure what it says about me that I have never had a fangirl crush on Nicholas Holt until they put him in zombie makeup. This was the year’s other great book-to-movie adaptation. It’s a strange little film for a strange little book.

Best Movie that Wasn’t: Man of Steel


This was the very best movie of the year until Krypton blew up and cardboard not-Matt-Bomer went on his walkabout of heroism. The visuals, the technology, even Russell Crow – that was the movie I wanted, the war that led to Krypto’s demise. Everything after Clark lands on Earth was rehashed back story, stupid, nonsensical plot points (seriously, with the dad and the dog thing?) and explosions for the sake of explosions.

Movie Where I Felt Someone Had Spiked My Drink: The World’s End


What did I just watch? This was completely bonkers and yet tonally different from the other two films in the trilogy. Perhaps it’s Simon Pegg playing the slacker instead of the straight man, but something about this movie left me flabbergasted and I felt like I was the one drinking 12 pints. Nearly six months later and I still haven’t decided if I liked it or not.

 

Tune back in tomorrow for more highlights (and not so highlights) of film in 2013. What movies are on your favorites list?