1. The Dark Knight Rises
If someone asks you which one is the real movie in 2012, your answer is surely The Dark Knight Rises. Yes indeed, no other movie could be competitive with it! It is an endless 4-year wait to see the release of this most-anticipated movie after the tremendous success of The Dark Knight. As the ending movie of Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises is proven to never let us down.
In the movie, Bruce Wayne will end his career as Batman in a totally unexpected way. After the death of Harvey Dent, Batman has disappeared in Gotham until the coming of Bane. However, in a fight against Bane, Batman is serious wounded and jailed in a well where he learned the strength of fear. When he is free, he needs to stop Bane and his crazy nuclear plan. Excellent in plot and profound in meaning, this film puts the Dark Knight franchise up there as one of the best superhero film series ever.
It would be shocking to hear someone who had seen this movie yet say it wasn't good. There are three great and surprisingly suspenseful movies this year about known historical event. Argo is absolutely one of them, just besides Lincoln, Zero Dark. As a terrific, nail-biting thriller, Argo is grounded on the true story of how an extraction specialist from the CIA tried to get U.S. diplomats out from 1970s Iran. Ben Affleck directed this film brilliantly. Truthfully, Argo is the only movie this year that kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end.
3. Life of Pi
Personally, I was never a fan of Yann Martel's book. The ending of the book feels too cruel and despair. However, I adore Ang Lee's adaptation for Martel's bestseller, which leaves the film ending more open to interpretation and hope. Possibly you got the same thought as me. From those playful and diorama-like scenes of Pi’s youth in India and his religious awakening, the movie captivates our imagination and never let go. Undeniably it is the best 3D movies in recent history, and even better then Avatar. The flying fish, the crazy island, that whale rising from the sea are giving a feast for our eyes. Its ideas about the power of the mind and the human capacity for survival make us inspiring never before.
4. The Avengers
If you are a fan of comic book characters, The Avengers is a no-brainer. This all-star movie put the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and Captain America together, making up a dream team called The Avengers to against the alien army troops. As an innovative superhero movie, it won over 1.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office and broke the records created by The The Dark Knight, The Avatar and Harry Potter. Absolutely, it is the best movie of 2012 and set a model for all other superhero movies.
5. Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom is also a quite impressive film in 2012. This film is completely different from the other movies in my list here. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. Director Anderson is trying to return us to a simpler life and leaves us away from the inner battle between the fantasy we wish we lived in and the reality we can't escape.
6. The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey
Though it is only been in theaters for less than two weeks, director Peter Jackson's The hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has already crossed the $500 million mark worldwide at the box office. It is widely seen the most expected film at the end of 2012. The film was truly spectacular in many cases, it brought many of the scenes that I has imagined in the book to life and even refined my perspective on them. The film atmosphere was spot on, the acting was excellent, the visuals are stunning and Bilbo was done excellently by Martin Freeman. So to speak, Peter Jackson has done a great job in capturing the soul of the Hobbit.
7. Les Miserables
I am pretty sure you will soon stand up and applaud Les Miserables after watching it on the theatre. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper is attempting to breathe new life and perspective into this Victor's classic 1862 novel. Set in the tumultuous era of nineteenth century France , this movie tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. It is completely a perfect vision of the epic tale and lives up to its title one of the best movies at the end of 2012.
James Bond made a vibrant return after taking years off. After being abandoned in a secret mission, James Bond shows his loyalty to Madame M by voluntarily taking the mission to save the world from another conspiracy. As the latest member of the most successful spy movie series ever, Skyfall comes with great cinematography and an entertaining villain. There are so many highlights in the highly acclaimed movies, like the innovative and cool hi-tech products, the background of James Bond, all of which make this 007 movie become a classic of all time.
The first time Lincoln comes out on the big screen. This film is Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner's warm, literate portrait of the 16th president in the last few months of the Civil War and of his life. Daniel Day Lewis is Abraham Lincoln, who gives an unbelievable performance. Sally Field's performance as Mary Todd Lincoln was incredibly emotional and also fully realized. This movie highlights the flaws and beauty of democracy and prove that with strong leadership and a passionate people, we can make change. Great movie to help us realize who we are!
10. The Hunger Games
It is generally known that the success of The Hunger Games is totally out of expectations. Being a low-budget movie, it soon enjoy great popularity after released on March and wins over 408 million dollars in domestic box office. Based on the novel written by Susan Collins, The Hunger games mainly deals with the suffering of a girl name Katniss and a boy name Peeta in a fighting to death match. The victory of the movie also boosts the great selling of original books. It is a wonderful movie that should top on the year's best movie list.