In addition to the Mental Health Month Challenge I have decided to undertake a more light-hearted challenge this month that I discovered on Heck Yeah Tumblr Challenges. Each day in December I will be issuing an award in celebration of everything 2012, continuing today with…
Best Movie of 2012
Of all the awards that I’ve issued in this series, this has been the hardest. When I had a life beyond homelessness and mental health I was an avid cinema-goer. I would, without fail, visit the cinema to watch virtually every new independent, multiplex and world movie release there was. There were times that I spent entire days watching three or four movies as I’ve had a deep passion for film for as long as I can remember.
But since 2007, I simply have not been in a financial or mental position to do this. Thus, the number of 2012 film releases I’ve seen are few and far between, severely limiting my choices for this award. What few were left I had to think long and hard about, as I came away from most movies I saw this year a tad disappointed – but as I’ve said in the past, this is more to do with social media’s obsession with hyping everything out of all proportion that nothing (The Dark Knight Rises included) could live up to.
In the end, I decided to go with the film I had the most fun watching, and although The Amazing Spider-Man came mighty close, a criminally good one-take scene, a brilliant ensemble, Scarlet Johansson’s hair and the undeniable genius of Joss Whedon won through.
~ The Avengers ~
I have been vocal in the past about being disappointed with this movie and I stand by its nomination in my most overrated of the year award, but as I explained in that post overrated doesn’t necessarily mean bad. Aside from a weaker than expected first hour, an annoying discrepancy involving Banner’s sudden ability to control the Hulk and lack of screen time for Cobie Smulders, there is an awful lot to like about this movie.
Joss Whedon did a fantastic job of brining several major characters (and actors) together and Marvel should be praised for playing the long game over the last five years. The visual effects were, on the whole, excellent and the movie benefited immensely by not taking itself too seriously, something that has unfortunately effected a lot of superhero adaptations in the wake of Nolan’s Batman films.