Thursday, July 21, 2011
2011 First Half
The two best movies of the first half of 2011 (through June) are The Tree of Life and Midnight in Paris, two movies that actually work really well together, as long as you see the former proceeding the latter. The Tree of Life earned a second viewing from me (and easily could a third, fourth, and fifth). It's a movie that really amazes me, the kind you can't get out of your head even if there's nothing specific about it that's swirling in it. Another big surprise this year was Super 8 and X-Men: First Class, two exquisite summer blockbusters. Though it's plot didn't quite add up to a logical conclusion, Source Code provided the kind of intelligence and discreet excitement the public needed counteract the onslaught of silly entertainments thrown at moviegoers throughout the year. A siege Western as critic called it, or a profound, religious experience, Of Gods and Men, like Tree of Life, shows new ways that a movie can concern God. It's really good. I'll close out the first half highlights with Fast Five, a movie that was too wild and extreme to be anything but awesome.