It’s been a pretty draggy year for the film industry. 2011 reminded us that CGI is the way of the future, and remakes are going to be a norm. Sequels will drive the film industry and everything else will either be animated, in 3D or a chic-flick. In Part 1, we’ll share the best and worst movies of 2011. 

Best Movies of 2011

1. Real Steel

I’m pretty surprised myself but Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon isn’t exactly the best 2011 movie for me. Genially taking its place is the heartwarming underdog action flick Real Steel. Charming robots, lovable characters and nifty visuals mold this film into a hearty gem, with robust acting to backbone its familiar plot. This is a true classic with heart and heaps of soul; a must-watch for everyone!

2. X-Men: First Class

It’s gotta be X-Men: First Class. Not only is it a wonderful prequel, but I daresay it’s even better than the original X-Men trilogy! A lot of it has got to do with the inspired casting of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Professor X and Magneto respectively. Their chemistry is almost tangible and their performances brought a whole new dimension and freshness to the franchise. It is a gem of a movie with a wonderful period setting and show-stealing cameos. (Wolverine, anyone?)

3. Attack The Block

Attack The Block is the best movie of 2011 because it is paced beautifully, because it is written smartly and because it is shot with so much style and energy. This is Joe Cornish’s feature debut film and he has premiered big. The cast are a bunch of unknown young actors but the performances that they deliver are top-notch. And because they are unknowns, there’s a raw realism to their interactions. Attack The Block is a movie that speaks to the current moment. The reason why it is the best movie of 2011 is because the film gets across vital pieces of information quickly, without slowing things down at all. In simpler terms, the film does not drag down to a dead stop. From the Carpenter-esque score by Basement Jaxx to the slang that the kids use, Attack The Block is thoroughly entertaining and never stops moving. It’s a film that has a heart.

4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Probably the year’s best Sci-Fi flick, the reboot of the Planet of the Apes series delivers with quickly-paced action sequences and strong characters (most notably, the star of the movie, Caesar the ape). Hopefully the following sequel will do it justice.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Though it falls short of some book fans’ expectations, the Potter franchise comes to a close with an emotionally satisfying and riveting second part of the final movie, earning praises from both critics and fans. Looks like the odds are in the movie’s favour for next year’s Oscars.

6.  Water for the elephants

Robert Pattinson shines (not literally) in this film and surprised everyone with his versatility as an actor. The film tells a tale of forbidden love that is original, bold and dangerous. The broody tone of the film brings out the sinister side of a circus where everything isn’t as perfect as it seems. A heartwrenching love story, it is touching and at the same time charming. Definitely something I can watch over and over.


The Worst Movies in 2011

1. Dream House

Dream House is probably one of the worst movies I’ve ever set my eyes upon. Even with a stellar cast involving Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts, this anti-climatic rip-off couldn’t be saved for nuts. The only saving grace being the precious younger daughter of the family, Dee Dee (played by Claire Geare), who provided some much needed amenity. This Shutter Island wannabe is poorly scripted and crafted; an absolutely predictable “thriller” involving shallow twists and equally spurious “scares”.

2. Abduction

Blatant Bourne Trilogy rip-off with a wooden performance from wolfboy Taylor Lautner. His first acting gig outside the Twilight movies was such a major dud, I’m now seriously concerned for his future beyond the vampire series. Shame though, I much prefer him to Edward.

3. Shark Night 3D

Like a Sy-Fy tv movie doubled its budget, Shark Night 3D is the worst movie of 2011.  Okay, what do we expect from a movie like Shark Night? Some gruesome and bloody shark attacks right? Well, there’s just not enough of that in the film. Sure, the sharks did look pretty good here but the film lacked the jokey satire that it desperately needs. It’s too cheesy and it does not have the fun that it’s meant to have. The worst thing about this movie is Sarah Paxton, who seems as lost as the movie itself. Overall, with a bad script and an even bad bunch of characters, Shark Night 3D is a boring waste of time. It’s so bad you might just probably laugh at it.

4. Green Lantern 

Don’t bother. Just…don’t.

5. Cars 2

Cars 2 had dazzling visuals and the same lovable characters as its predecessor which unfortunately did not compensate for its lacklustre storyline. The first Pixar movie to be certified ‘Rotten’ at, the flick is a prequel that disappointed both Pixar fans and critics alike.

6. Breaking Dawn Part 1

Lacking depth, the first installment *coughcopyingPottercough* of the Twilight series’ conclusion is difficult to take seriously and might satisfy fans but not earn any new ones. Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Edward Cullen is wooden as always.

7. New Year’s Eve

Weak screenplay and cheesy script does no justice to the star-studded cast of this romance comedy. How theses individuals lives play out is mundane and predictable, and one would leave the theatre disappointed as the plot is seemingly non-existent.

8. Contagion

Nothing about this film was great. Well maybe except for the end. The film chronicles an epidemic and it is extremely detailed and draggy with unfortunate camerawork, boring characters and an over-reliance on scientific facts in an effort to spice it up. I found myself playing Angry Birds while a toothless Jude Law was yapping on screen. You’re better off with Dora the Explorer.

Look out for Part 2 where we discuss the best and worst sequels of 2011.