Well, we’ve officially reached the halfway point for 2013 so I thought I might mold today’s Two Cents Worth to that theme. I’d love to hear from all of you as to what is your favorite and least favorite film from 2013 so far. Not necessarily the best and worst films of the past six months, but your personal most beloved and most hated.
For my most hated, there are a lot to choose from. Between Scary Movie 5, Movie 43, A Haunted House, and oh so much more, it’s been a great year for awful movies. Still, for me nothing can top the massive reeking pile of garbage that was The Big Wedding. You can follow that link to my review if you want to read my full synopsis, but at some point this movie’s repulsiveness defies words. At the end of the day, though, it’s not the awkwardly sexual and painfully unfunny script that earns the film it’s place as the worst film of the year so far; it’s the fact that there are so many people I love that get dragged along with it. DeNiro, Keaton, Surandon, Williams, they’re all sucked into the blackhole of this terrible, terrible film.
Now that all that’s out of my system, I can go into my favorite movie of the year. As a disclaimer here, I haven’t had enough time to see the vast majority of this year’s limited releases. As such, titles like Mud, Before Midnight and Sound City aren’t counted in this category. Picking from the year’s nationwide releases, however, there are a few that rise above the pack. Out of everything that’s come out this year, though, I’ve got to say that the one I enjoyed the most in every respect was Star Trek: Into Darkness. As a devoted albeit late-blooming Trekkie, Into Darkness was one of my most anticipated movies of the year and when I walked out of the theater I was not even remotely disappointed. I won’t deny that it has a lot of flaws and I can understand how certain call-backs to the original films might not connect with some people, but I absolutely loved how Abrams made use of the alternate timeline mechanic to produce a Star Trek film that manages to strike a balance between entertaining modern audiences and respecting the legacy of the original films.
Now it’s time for you to give me your Two Cents Worth: What have been your favorite and least favorite films of the year thus far?
P.S. Click Here for my full ranking of every film that’s come out this year