We finish off the CurryPopTart Best of 2008 list with the Top 10 Films of 2008. 2008 was a pretty solid year for film with a good mix of Hollywood blockbuster’s and critically acclaimed independent film’s. If you have not yet seen one of the film’s on this list, you should do so immediately, this is the cream of the crop:
(1) The Dark Knight
Batman films have always been the highlight of the superhero genre, but The Dark Knight takes it a step further breaking into the main stream as not only a great superhero film, but a great crime film as well. Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker was much hyped and as a rarity was able to surpass it’s expectations. The film is giving “Titanic” a run for its money, which is no easy task these days. There is a lot of Oscar talk surrounding this flick and it surely was the best movie of 08.
(2) Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. seems to be a common thread in the top 10 list this year. Iron Man is his true big break in getting back in Hollywood’s good graces and something tells me he won’t have to worry too much about job security for the future. Downey is a perfect Tony Stark and Jon Favreau does a great job of bringing the Iron Man story to the big screen, yet still keeping it fresh for today’s audience. Iron Man is the second best comic book movie and one of the best of ’08.
(3) Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire has been winning awards left and right and deservably so. The story is about a poor Indian kid played by newcomer Dev Patel, who finds himself as a contestant in the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.” After winning 10 million rupee’s he is questioned to how a teenager from the ghetto could possibly know the answers to these hard questions. The story is told through flashbacks of his life growing up in the ghetto and that his real life experiences are what helped him get the answers right. There is also a love story intertwined in the plot and a lot of social commentary on India’s lack of a middle class, as it is very wealthy and very poor with no in between. Slumdog Millionaire is a sleeper pick for 2008.
(4) Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder was a return to form for Ben Stiller as this has been a passion project of his for over the last 10 years. The script was written by Stiller and rising superstar writer Justin Theroux about a war movie that gets a bit too real. Robert Downey Jr. steals the show playing an African American seargent and cameo’s by Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey really added some extra humor. With some deeper Hollywood undertones in the film, Tropic Thunder was a delight to all comedy fans.