2013 has been a quiet year for quality film in comparison to 2012. However, I have managed to bring together a list of my favourite five films of the year.
As suggested in my worst five films list, this is completely based on my opinion and there maybe a number of quality films that have missed the cut simply because I have not yet had the pleasure of viewing them. Nevertheless, here are my favourite five films of the year:
5. Despicable Me 2
It is perhaps slightly odd to find an animation film in a list like this. However, I went to see Despicable Me 2 just a few days after seeing the third instalment of The Hangover and it is safe to say the former offered far more laughs (granted The Hangover Part III was poor).
Wreck-It Ralph just missed out as the animated inclusion on my list but Despicable Me 2’s vast range of comedy made it impossible to leave off the list.
Despicable Me 2 takes a significant step forward from its predecessor, with more chaotic comedy coming from those Minions (voiced by directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud) playing a key role.
Hugh Jackman is brilliant in this chilling crime tale. The audience are constantly on edge and enthralled in Prisoners with Jake Gyllenhaal adding an impressive cameo.
Prisoners expertly portrays the vast emotional struggles of child abduction and its dark and disturbing themes are certainly an absorbing feature throughout.
Tied in with it’s complex and intriguing storyline, Prisoners perhaps loses its face towards the end and is longer than warranted, but it definitely is a tense thriller for the majority.
To say Philomena pleasantly surprised me would be the understatement of the year. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are both excellent in this heart-breaking story of a Catholic woman who is in search of her son after he was taken away as a result of her teenage pregnancy.
Philomena shares some harsh realities of life as a Catholic schoolgirl and the true story is well adapted.
Coogan shows a very versatile aspect of his acting capabilities, of which we may perhaps have not seen before, as well as Dench who is of course well established in the acting department.
Ron Howard can comfortably add Rush to his list of impressive films as this sports drama looks at one of the fiercest rivalries in Formula One.
Don’t let the sport aspect deter your interest. Rush has the perfect balance of driving and drama and both are impressive pieces of filmmaking.
One of the best features of Rush is the sound that is generated. The noise of the cars on the big screen, alongside Hans Zimmer’s exhilarating soundtrack make for a thrilling listen.
Impressive performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl also feature in this fast paced joy ride of a film.
1. Captain Phillips
Quite comfortably my film of the year. Based on the true story of the Somali pirate hijacking in 2009, Captain Phillips has your heart racing from opening to closing credits.
As well as Tom Hanks arguably putting in his best performance to date, all cameo roles – in particular head pirate Berkhad Abdi – are highly impressive.
Director Paul Greengrass expertly adapts and portrays the tale of the hijacking and unsurprisingly Hanks delivers on every emotional front in his acting performance
I will certainly be upset if Captain Phillips fails to win a number of awards come February, as it is by far my film highlight of 2013.
So Captain Phillips is officially my favourite film of 2013. As I have already mentioned, there may be a number of films that I have yet to see that could quite easily make this list such as Mud and 12 Years a Slave.
Do you agree with my list? What were your favourite films in 2013?