MOVIE REVIEWS - 2011
2011 saw the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the release of THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
The X-MEN movies recieved a reboot with a prequel movie that cast James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Eric Lensherr and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven.
The HARRY POTTER film series came to a close with DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART TWO, while Tom Cruise scaled new heights in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL; achieving the best critical and Box Office performance for the enduring Spy-Fi sereis.
The TRANSFORMERS were back with DARK OF THE MOON, while the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN found themselves upon STRANGER TIDES.
The most impressive of all the franchise films was the reboot effort RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Tim Burton's previous effort to re-energise the franchise was an uneven effort that failed to engage audiences. This time around, writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver moved the story to a contemporary setting and changed the focus of the story, examining how Apes came to make the evolutionary leap that placed them on an equal footing with humans.
The change worked a treat and the film is a great example of how to reimagine a franchise.
The most imaginative film of 2011 was Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
Allen himself has been the subect of much controversy in recent years, but his films continue to delight, enthrall and, sometimes, frustrate. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is a wonderful film and was fully desrving of its Oscar & Golden Globe wins for Best Original Screenplay.
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