This is the third part of the end of year review I started running some days back. If you missed it, find here and here
Movie of the year
Aisha: Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yes, I am aware that I should be ashamed of myself for letting lights and graphics hypnotise me.
Afam: Cloud Atlas. I was so moved by it. It was a massive project that should have had more money, and it had a kick ass score. The cloud atlas sextet rocked my world. It's still rocking my world. I wrote about it on my blog.
"It is quite possibly the best movie I have ever seen, and undoubtedly the best movie of the current decade. Once it's begun it assumes the form of some great crusade. It surges through you like a bursting rapid and connects dots that you didn't know could be connected. The feeling is quite profound. It is the perfect combination of a eureka moment and another moment of intense sadness. Upon completion, you'll be left with the most overwhelming feeling. You will not understand how they managed to turn it out as one movie when it was truly 6 connected only by dialogue, recurring characters and a truly remarkable sound track. It is a grand sweeping effort. Even if you disagree with me about its quality, I am sure that you will agree that it is the best value for money that one can ever hope to gain from a film."
That says it all really.
Faridah: Undoubtedly The Great Gatsby. Sandra Bullock's Gravity could compete, but it didn't have people talking the way Gatsby did.
Mayowa: I have seen the Mandela biopic and I loved it. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris deliver stellar performances and it seems sort of apt that the movie's coming out when it is. Now You See Me was great in the mindfuck process and was another opportunity to check out Isla Fisher. Seeing as I got to see everyone's answers, I was remembered of how impressed I was with Best Man Holiday. That was a movie that transcended the obvious race rigid cast. Tyler Perry should take notes.
Georgette: I watch so many movies it was hard to even remember. However, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire put me through so many emotions. It was excellent! It came in a close second to Fast& Furious 6- that was such an amazing film. It literally had me on the edge of my seat. I went to go see it with a couple of friends and we were laughing, screaming or gasping throughout. Total Nigerians. The Great Gatsby was a phenomenal film. I know a lot of people didn’t like it, but I loved it. This one had to be my number one. This is coming from a person who studied the Great Gatsby in immense detail for a year and a half. It was excellent the way the movie mirrored the key themes in the book, adding bits of storyline in to ensure that the story made sense to the audience. The graphics were great and that soundtrack was just amazing; modern twist on the Roaring Twenties.
I’ll give an honourable mention to The Butler and The Best Man Holiday. I followed their promos for months on end, literally watching every preview clip and cast interview I could find. I was just so excited to watch the both of them and especially The Best Man Holiday because I watch and re-watch the prequel so many times so I expected so much. Both of them were good but they did not knock my socks off.