Alright before I get on the list and let me tell you this is just a list, with only talking about the top 5 on the list. The reason I will not go into detail about each one and why is because I feel that everyone has their own options, while this is “my” list of top ten movies of 2008, I don’t wish to start a “The Dark Knight” rules all debate. Now on to the list…
NU’s Top Ten Movies of 2008
1. Iron Man
3. The Incredible Hulk
4. The Dark Knight
6. Harold & Kumar escape from Guantanamo Bay
7. Pineapple Express
8. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
10. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
I know what your thinking. “WTF The Dark Knight is number 4?? Yeah, that is right people, while I enjoy it was not nearly close to the best picture of the year. Maybe I simply have different standards than most of the non-thinking world. So to the top five and why I pick them.
1. Iron Man: If you ever thought it was a question as to why then you simply do not know me very well. Iron Man had its flaws. Was it the best movie of 2008? Not by a long shot. Was it the best Comic Book movie of all time? Who knows they are still making them, but it sure does rank up there in the top 5, along with Superman the Movie, Batman and Spiderman.
My main reason is it was simply a fun movie and for the most part out of all the movies that we’re coming out in 2008, it was the one and only movie that I was hyper about. And unlike some movies, it did not disappoint me at all. I loved it. It had hot looking women, Robert Downey Jr stole the movie with the way he played Tony. Just it was an overall strong movie for being a comic book superhero movie. There are very few movies that have lived up to what the comics were about.
2. Taken: What I can say about this movie is it was a downright thrill ride. For those of you who don’t know anything about this movie, the plot is very simple. Seventeen-year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Secret Service to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanese gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him “good luck,” so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend.
The movie stars Liam Neeson and he is one of the best actors of our time. I was overly shocked to how well this movie was done giving that the plot was very simple. If you want to get into depth about the story, it as some unanswered questions and plot holes. But for being an under market movie as it was, it did Shockley well and even was a good solid movie. Something we don’t get very often nowadays.
3. The Incredible Hulk: What can I say about this movie? It was better than I thought it was going to be. There was a time I didn’t really care. The first one Hulk in 2003 was so boring and dull and full of mistakes that I simply didn’t care. But then the trailers came out, so I thought. Umm.. let’s check it out. So I did, I saw it I believe the 2nd day it came out and I have to say that it was downright good. Sadly I only got to see in once in the theaters due to simply not having enough money to see everything I wanted to see. I only saw Iron Man once as well, so. Anyways, the movie is solid. It sets up being not a reboot nor a squeal. In fact, I have no idea what you would call it. It takes elements of the first movie, being we find the story starting in the location where the first one (Hulk) ended. It’s not one of those origin stories, for it’s told through the opening credits and from a few flashbacks, but for the most part, we get the Hulk within a good 20mins of the movie, which was a plus.
The one downside to this movie and the only reason it’s so low on my list here and didn’t make the number 2 spot is more of what I should say, is that some things felt flat and I’m not sure if that was simply bad editing or not. Maybe the whole issues that leaked out about the movie having editing issues, where from what I heard there was over an hour of stuff cut. Over an hour? I’ve heard of movies with 20-30mins of footage not used, either test footage or stuff they cut down or out. Generally, there is much more being there are in most cases 10+ versions of a scene which we never see. But in terms of acting, settings up the next one and the Hulk himself was pure win in my book and should have done better than it did. I guess too many stays away from the 2003 mess.
4. The Dark Knight: I don’t want a debate, I’ve seen so many topics about how this movie owns all others. Okay fine, it was downright good it would almost rival Batman (not Begins) but, it was way too long. The Joker was the best part and yeah he was the Joker we needed and it’s too bad that Heath Ledger died. But still, I think because he died, a lot of people are giving it more credit than its due.
Should Heath Ledger get praise for his role as the Joker? Fuck yes, he did by far the best acting of any comic book character I have ever seen in my fucking life. But The Dark Knight as a movie was boring at the time and hard to watch over and over. I could easily cut 30-40 minutes out and it would still be a damn good movie. The other plus to the movie was Two-Face, which was great because the movie was a Two-Face movie. Face it, people, it was more about him then the legacy of Batman and his rivalry with the Joker.
5. Hancock: Now for being a superhero movie this was so far from being one that it is not funny. The main point I need to make about this movie is that it really is two movies in one. The first half of the movie is the start of movie one and the second half of the movie is the second half of the second movie. Confused? Watch the movie and you will see, you will see a swift change in the plot and the characters, they are still who they are. It was almost like they took the first movie and the second movie and put them together.
When I watch it I can’t help but get a feeling of “I want to know how the first part ends” and “How did the second part start?” It’s hard to explain. But my point as to why I thought it was better than Harold & Kumar escape from Guantanamo Bay which I think was the best solid comedy of 2008 was that I simply enjoy it more than Guantanamo Bay
So for the rest of the list, I thought after saying that I wasn’t going to talk about them I would simply make some points to explain in a short sense why they are where they are.
Harold & Kumar escape from Guantanamo Bay: As I said already, best comedy of 2008 hands down in my opinion. Most of the time sequels to comedies never work, the first one was classic. So this was a shocker in a way that Guantanamo Bay was good. I didn’t see it in theaters, however.
Pineapple Express: When it came out I passed over it. However, my brother shows it to me and I was blown away by how funny it was. Some would say it was the breakout comedy of 2009. But as it goes so I thought it was great but not as good as Guantanamo Bay.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: I’m not a super big fan of the series but I am a fan. In that, I’ve seen them all. This movie would have been in the top 5, maybe even better than Iron Man. However one problem. They messed it up at the end. I blame Lucas on that one, shame. Even know the ending or more so the second half sucked/boring as hell. I simply thought it could have been done better than it was done.
Jumper: I won’t lie, I totally watched this movie online. Simply wanted to see what it was. The trailers didn’t really do much for me. I still have yet to buy the movie on DVD (plan on it) it was very solid, the plot was stupid, the characters and their “problems” were stupid. But the idea was good and I heard that it messed up a lot form the book to the point it was no longer base on the book. Put it simply, when I saw the “jumping” effect I thought DragonBall Z >_>
Hellboy II: The Golden Army: I never saw the first one in the theaters, I saw it on FX and I loved it. So I thought the next one would be even better, so I went and saw it. Boring, Boring, Boring. Some people might find it a great thrill ride. It was the first time a movie put me to sleep at the theater. Which does not count Episode 3 (funny story I might tell someday).