I was just doing an online poll (www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/) of the top 5 movies of 2008. The site provides a long list of films released in Australia in 2008 (which means some more recent films may not have made it – eg ALL of the best picture nominees for this year’s Oscars), from which users would first pick a shortlist. And from that shortlist, the top 5 would be selected.
I was surprised. 2008 will always be remembered as the year Obama became president and the world economy went to hell. But it also had some very decent films. Very memorable ones.
So without further delay, here’s the 5 films I ended up with, in no particular order (drumroll please):
- There Will Be Blood (5 stars)
- Taken (4.5 stars)
- The Dark Knight (4.5 stars)
- Iron Man (4.5 stars)
- Burn After Reading* (4.5 stars)
* I had picked Lust, Caution first, but switched at the last minute. I suppose Lust, Caution was the better film, but I enjoyed Burn After Reading more, so there.
The results were totally unexpected. There Will Be Blood was a classic, so that was a no-brainer. I don’t usually rate action films that highly, but Taken was the best action film I had seen in a really long time. I surprised myself by having 2 superhero movies in the list, but these (The Dark Knight and Iron Man) are undoubtedly 2 of the best superhero movies ever made. Burn After Reading is the type of movie people either loved or hated, and I think to some extent it depends on the mood you’re in at the time of viewing. I was in one of those moods, I guess, so I found it absolutely hilarious (though I may not get the same result on a second viewing). Plus I’m a big fan of the Coen brothers and Fargo is one of my favourites of all-time, so there was also a little natural bias.
I should say that this is really more a list of my 5 favourite films of 2008 rather than necessarily the 5 best films. Nevertheless…
What were your top 5?