Top Hollywood Movies of 2012: Genre Hopping Fun!

With the new year quickly approaching, it might be interesting to focus on a summation of the best Hollywood movies of 2012. This past year saw some outstanding and innovative films spanning across some unusual genres. Les Miserables, starring Anne Hathaway, is a musical adaption of a Victor Hugo novel while science fiction intrigues like Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, delighted and stimulated audiences earlier this year. Although the Academy Awards are a few months away, critics are talking oscar buzz with these films and some others exciting films, some of which will be chronicled shortly.

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name came to artistic fruition in 1862. Today it is hailed as on the best slice of life novels of all-time and perhaps one of the best overall novels of the nineteenth century. Transliterated as “The Wretched,” the novel (and film) focuses on the tough lives of peasants following the 1832 June Rebellion. Nonetheless, the film itself is a musical drama disseminated by Universal Pictures and starring big names like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. In terms of critical reception, Peter Travers for Rolling Stone Magazine raves that Les Miserables is a musical feast for the eyes and ears and has ample humor and pathos to keep the whole family entertained.

Looper

In the same vein as a Ridley Scott science fiction flick or a Arthur C. Clarke novel, Looper gives us a futuristic story about time travel. The film takes place in the year 2074 and its premise is thus: assassins, known as loopers, are sent back into the past (present) to take out dangerous people. For instance, a criminal organization might decide that a neo-Hitler is simply too hostile and corrosive, and subsequently call for his assignation before his tumultuous rise to power. The film’s chief twist, though, is that the criminal organization in question, unbeknownst to them, has called for a hit of the assassin. The movie invokes time travel problems like the grandfather paradox and is expertly acted by both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis; the latter plays the older version of the same character. You can’t miss this science fiction gem!

The Master

Hailed by some critics as the revival of Joaquin Phoenix’s waning career, The Master is actually a much more nuanced piece of art. Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman costar in a film with many themes: disassociation, disillusionment, betrayal, love, and loyalty all coalesce. The film revolves around the dislocated troubles of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character who helms a philosophical movement known as the “cause” in the film. Loosely based on the real-life scientology epidemic, which actually follows the same timeline as the partly fictitious “cause” in The Master, the film chronicles how people respond to power, desperation, and loyalty. Already, the film has generated best supporting actor Oscar buzz for a revived Phoenix. The story can’t be missed.

Summing Up

This article has made a compendium of the top hollywood movies 2012, spanning many genres and ideas. From science fiction to drama, this year in movies proved both eclectic and riveting for audiences everywhere!