Top 10 Movies of 2013
2013, like any other year, was a mixed bag for movie lovers and critics, some great movies and some really forgettable ones, and a host of others in between those extremes. While many a hit movie did not sit well with the critics, at the end of the day, it’s the audience that counts. Let’s take a look at the top 10 movies viewers gave a thumbs-up to:
- Gravity – High on technology, this 3D space thriller was a blockbuster. Despite its simplistic and fanciful story line, the movie rode on the visual treat it offered the viewers. The real stars of the movie were the superlative visual effects, cinematography and production design. The story revolves around two astronauts in space, played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
- 12 Years a Slave – Based, in part, on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, it’s a brilliantly made movie that depicts slavery in all its brutality. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave is a story about racial exploitation and more importantly, human quest for freedom.
- Iron Man 3 – This super hero flick benefitted from the popularity of the first two installments of the series. Though the movie features some well directed action sequences, the plot leaves a lot to be desired. What works for the movie, however, is the charisma of Robert Downey Jr. and the sharp and witty dialogues written by Shane Black, who is also the director of the movie.
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Catching Fire, a sci-fi action film, is the second installment of the Hunger Games series. Rated highly by critics and viewers alike, the movie tries to capture the simmering anger and rebellion against the Capitol and stays away from the action-filled screenplay of the first film.
- The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug – The latest offering from the Tolkien’s trilogy is a treat for the fans of Tolkien’s wonder world. Even those who did not enjoy the first film are likely to be impressed by the visuals and the attention to detail. Action, adventure, thrill, the movie has it all. It’s an out and out entertainer for those who enjoy this genre.
- Thor: The Dark World – Another one from Marvel Studios, the movie is based on the evergreen theme of the superhero saving the Earth from shadowy enemies. Starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor and the beautiful Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, the movie stands out among other Superhero movies for the protagonist’s sense of humor.
- Despicable Me 2 – This animated comedy adventure is a sequel to hugely successful Despicable Me, that released in 2010. It’s a truly entertaining film, fit for family watching.
- Superman: Man of Steel – 2013 has been good to superhero films. Starring Henry Cavill as Superman and directed by Zack Snyder, the movie failed to impress critics due to over-abundance of violence and a lack of humor and sweetness to balance it.
- World War Z – Starring Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a United Nations employee who goes on a world-wide hunt searching for a zombie apocalypse, World War Z is entertaining and rides on the strength of Pitt’s performance.
- Frozen – A Disney production, Frozen is a beautiful animated film about a land that’s frozen in eternal winter. It combines adventure and music to bring the tale alive.
Some of the other movies that may not have done as well on the box office as the ones listed above but deserve to be mentioned here are The Pacific Rim, Elysium, Now You See Me, American Hustle, Delivery Man, etc. The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and releasing this Christmas, is another on to watch out for.