MOVIE REVIEWS - 2012
2012 marked the start of the Marvel juggernaut, as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow & Hawkeye came together in one film to battle Loki and the forces he has amassed with the assistance of Thanos, pulling the strings in the background.
Weeks later, Christopher Nolan brought his Dark Knight trilogy to an end, with Batman forced to emerge from retirement to save Gotham one last time.
In between, a Spider-Man reboot launched with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Slightly more serious in tone than the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, this new film was Sony's attempt to position itself for Box Office success with one of the most iconic comic book herores ever created.
Jennifer Lawrence became a bona fide superstar with the unexpected success of THE HUNGER GAMES.
Quentin Tarantino delivered, arguably, his best film since PULP FICTION with DJANGO UNCHAINED. The presence of Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samule L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and Christoph Waltz delivered performance dynamite and the film was both a critical and box office success.
In spite of all of the blockbuster movs with mega budgets, visualeffects overload and huge all-star casts, the most authentic genre film to release in 2012 was DREDD.
Starring Karl Urban in the title role, the film was directed by Pete Travis, but the credit for the film's success lies in Alex Garland's screenplay. Since DREDD was released, Garland has become a highly-regarded filmmaker in his own right. His screenplay for DREDD captures the essence of the comic book character without overwhelming the story witht he whole 2000 A.D. mythology.
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