Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Best Movies of 2005

My personal favorite movies of 2005:


1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe


The Chronicles of Narnia was clearly the best movie of the year. The storyline is based on the C.S. Lewis classic. Four children ( Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy) enter a closet and find themselves in the world of Narnia. There they must battle the White Witch and end Narnia's hundred year winter. Chronicles isn't just a children's film; yes, it has children characters, but this movie will be loved by adults as well as children. The acting was excellent, all the children played their parts perfectly, and Tilda Swinton deserves an award for her magnificent performance as the White Witch. The visual effects were great ( over 150 different creatures were created to be in this film), the music was magical, and Aslan himself was royal and powerful ( Liam Neeson did a fine job voicing him). The film did carry a subtle Christian message (Aslan death on behalf of Edmond and Aslan's resurrection). Both the death and resurrection of Aslan were emotional and moving scenes. The movie strayed from the book only a couple times, but these were barely noticeable. All together, The Chronicles of Narnia was one of my favorite movies, and I encourage all of you to go out and see it.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe now in theatres, rated PG for mild action sequences and some scary images.


2. War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds is a remake of the 1953 version. War of the Worlds is directed by the incredibly talented Steven Spielberg. ( As a side note, some of the film was shot right around where I live) Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, and Dakota Fanning make up part of the superb cast. ( Dakota Fanning was especially brilliant) The visual effects were absolutely stunning, from the alien tripods breaking out of the ground to the incredible battle explosions. War of the Worlds was very scary and creepy; most of the movie was filmed at night and the fact that Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) had to protect his young daughter made the movie even more frightening. One of the most poignant scenes was when a crowd, traveling by foot towards Canada, approaches a railroad track and pauses in front of it as a train passes. Every single car on the train is on fire, and the expressions of horror made by the crowd are absolutely real and terrifying.

War of the Worlds now on DVD, rated PG-13 for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images. As a personal warning, this film was very violent and a lot of foul language was used.

3. Star Wars Episode III:Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith, the final installment of the most successful franchise in the history of movies, opened on May 19. This Star Wars film was the first one rated PG-13. It was intense, violent, moving, tragic, and awesome all at the same time. Revenge of the Sith is the sequel to 2002's Phantom Menace and the prequel to the original Star Wars. Revenge of the Sith neatly tied together all the loose ends and revealed several key secrets. The movie showed Annakin's transformation from moody Jedi to an evil Sith lord. The movie was very sad ( it had two of my sisters in tears) and at parts light and comical. Following the trail of all Star Wars movies, the acting was pretty bad; Ewan McGregor who played Obi-Wan Kenobi was the only bright spot. The soundtrack and visual effects of this film were absolutely stunning. Revenge of the Sith also did well in the box office, grossing over $900 million dollars world-wide, and was the biggest money-making film in America this year.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith now on DVD, rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images.


4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the remake of the classic, Willy Wonka. But this newer version sticks according to the novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Thus the "remake" is much, much better. Johnny Depp plays a very odd but very funny Willy Wonka. The difference betweens Depp's Wonka and the 1971 Gene Wilder's Wonka is that Johnny Depp plays a more child-like character. Willy Wonka is a creative genius, but is also very playful and insulting ( in a funny way). Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka acted superior and obnoxious. This aspect of the 2005 version made the film very family-friendly. Freddie Highmore did a superb job playing Charlie Bucket, a poor, young boy who wins the chance of a lifetime to see the mysterious Chocolate Factory. Charlie and his Grandpa Joe ( David Kelly) explore this amazing factory and undergo many adventures within ( you know the story). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a very warm, family-oriented movie which was quite different (and better) than the original Willy Wonka.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now on DVD and Video, rated PG quirky situations, action and mild language.


19 Comments:

  • I agree with your choices of Narnia and Star Wars, but did you REALLY like War of the Worlds? I liked it at first, but I wouldn't want to watch it again. It was so dark and depressing, and I can't stand Tom Cruise, so maybe that didn't help. Dakota Fanning was the only good thing in that movie.

    As for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory- I saw that recently because it was a Christmas gift- I must say that I was VERY disappointed with it. Why did Jonny Depp portray Willy Wonka as a girl??? It was very strange- the original was much better. Although I did like Charlie alot (and the 4 other children played their parts perfectly!)- I think he was the same boy in Finding Neverland.

    By Blogger Sara, at 12:54 PM  

  • hm, i dunno about war of the worlds being second best. the ending was like, "and they all died. the end."

    or at least a fancy way of saying that.

    and sara, he was. he played peter in finding neverland.

    By Blogger Book-bound idiot, at 1:37 PM  

  • War of the Worlds was twice as good the second time! Yes, it was dark and creepy, but it was still very good. I don't have a passionate dislike for Tom Cruise, that's why I could enjoy his fine acting. I think I liked the movie so much, because I had seen the older version and was incredibly disappointed with it.

    As for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Johnny Depp did not play a girl!!!!!!!!!! He played a weird, child-like character. The make-up ( that makes you assume he was girlish) was overdone, on purpose. The newer version of Chocolate Factory was sooooo much better because of the acting. Depp and Highmore shined, especially when compared to Ostrum and Wilder.

    By Blogger MVB, at 1:44 PM  

  • I thoroughly enjoyed both Narnia and Star Wars!! I could see both about another dozen times, I think...ok, well, maybe not a dozen- but at least three. ;)

    Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory was ok. I wouldn't see it again, but then again maybe that's because I don't like the book either. I haven't seen War of the Worlds, yet, but we were going to see it soon. I hope its good!

    Has anyone seen the movie The Brothers Grimm? I think that is what it is called. Some friends said it was excellent, but we haven't seen it yet and I'd like a second opinion.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 7:57 PM  

  • "Depp and Highmore shined, especially when compared to Ostrum and Wilder."

    Okay, Highmore shined, but NOT Depp. The way he acted wasn't funny- it was weird!!! He acted like a girl and talked like a girl-was Willy Wonka that way in the book? Gene Wilder was much better- I didn't like Johnny Depp as Wonka because he was too bizarre! Some parts with him were funny- like when Charlie (when he was inadvertently shining Wonka's shoes)said that Wonka had a funny haircut. I mean, I liked the movie, but the original was far better.

    "the ending was like, "and they all died. the end."

    Exactly! All the alien movies end like that!!!!

    By Blogger Sara, at 9:02 PM  

  • Gene Wilder was obnoxious and annoying. He was terrible. He wasn't funny, just rude.

    I guess you just don't understand the comedic style used in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Yes, he was like that in the book. And Johnny Depp was nominated for Best Actor of the Year for his role as Willy Wonka, so most people thought he was excellent.


    The aliens died because they weren't immune to earth's diseases... Very cool...

    Alien movies are too under-appreciated.

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:17 PM  

  • 1. Narnia was quite good but probably not the best of the year. Can you really say that all the performances were perfect? Peter with a sword was frankly pathetic. My four year old brother displays far superior swordsmanship. The "Head of the Secret Police" charging blindly and impaling himself on a sword weakly held out at arms length made thing even more laughable.

    Don't get me wrong this was a very good movie I'm just pointing out flaw.

    2. I didn't really like War of the World and I'm a sci-fi nut. It was an "okay once" type movie.

    3. Star Wars Episode III was lamentable. While they did the best they could with the lame plots from I and II it really didn't work. The 30 second change over from super jedi to sith was unbelievable and cheesey. Also if the Jedi were such wise mind readers why couldn't they figure out Plan 66 or whatever it was.

    4. All I can say is a yuck. A childrens movie with a main charachter modeled on Marilyn Manson and Michael Jackson is DISGUSTING!

    By Blogger Rabenstrange, at 11:00 PM  

  • Hmm. I think my previous comment was a little mean sounding. Sorry about that.

    I meant it in a good natured, argue over movies, kind of way.

    Nice blog by the way.

    By Blogger Rabenstrange, at 11:01 PM  

  • Thanks!

    1. Yes, that was definitely the worst part of the movie, the way Peter held his sword. What movie would you say was the best movie of the year?

    3. Wow! Star Wars was really good. I thought the plot was excellent. Oh well.

    5. Once again, wow! I can't believe how much hatred there is for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Depp did not come off as a woman at all to me... Just a weirdo.

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:25 PM  

  • The ending for War of the Worlds was the same as the original and I believe for the book as well. And I didn't think Depp was 'girly'. He was odd, but he's supposed to be.

    By Blogger Clive Dangerously, at 11:29 PM  

  • This has nothing to do with your post, but since you were waiting for the homeschool blog awards announcement SOOO patiently, I thought I'd let you know that we announced the winners.

    By Blogger Kristin, at 9:07 AM  

  • Wahoo! Thanks, Kristin.

    Clive, I'm glad their's someone who agrees with me! :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 9:20 AM  

  • "Gene Wilder was obnoxious and annoying. He was terrible. He wasn't funny, just rude."

    No, he wasn't! And I liked his singing in the movies- Johnny Depp was way too strange. All I can say is that Depp did a good job acting really weird like that. And he did look and act girly. :D

    "The aliens died because they weren't immune to earth's diseases... Very cool..."

    Yes, but it happened too fast- all of a sudden they just dropped dead. That's the way it happened in Signs too- the aliens just left for apparently no reason at all. Or was there a reason? I forget- I haven't watched Signs in awile.

    By Blogger Sara, at 2:57 PM  

  • "Has anyone seen the movie The Brothers Grimm? I think that is what it is called. Some friends said it was excellent, but we haven't seen it yet and I'd like a second opinion."

    Hi Lindsey! I haven't seen Brothers Grimm, but I found a Christian review for it on Plugged In Online, a Focus on the Family site. Here's the link- Brothers Grimm is on the DVD section on the front page. Hope it helps! :D
    http://www.pluggedinonline.com/

    By Blogger Sara, at 3:27 PM  

  • The reason all the aliens in Signs so quickly was because the world found their weakness!!! Of course the aliens in WOTW died suddenly! The bacteria slowly wore away at their insides and then they just died! That's how the story went!


    In the book, Willy Wonka was really weird. In the movie, J. Depp played a very weird Willy Wonka. That's how it went! :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 3:32 PM  

  • *Sigh*, whatever. :) To each his own opinion.

    By Blogger Sara, at 9:59 PM  

  • Even if they're wrong...

    By Blogger MVB, at 4:14 PM  

  • And of course that would be me, right? :p

    By Blogger Sara, at 4:37 PM  

  • Of course....

    By Blogger MVB, at 11:24 PM  

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