Top Ten Films of 2012 – Article Extract (Courier #13)

28 Mar

9) 21 Jump Street 

One of the many comedies released in 2012, 21 Jump Street manages to stand out from the crowd with its genuine humour and style; traits which most comedies nowadays severely lack. Of course, comedy is one of the most subjective genres but this film has a wide-ranging thanks to top performances by Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and even Ice Cube, as well as plenty of smart and witty jokes thrown in. The story holds well and sets up many humorous situations as perennial underachievers and cop buddies Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) head back to school to take down a drugs ring. However, being back at school leads on to some comical consequences, particularly when Jenko and Schmidt try the drug themselves. Competing with Ted for the crown of ‘funniest comedy of 2012’, this film is wild, outrageous and utterly hilarious!

8) Argo

Ben Affleck’s latest directorial effort, Argo, is worthy of a place on any list of top films of 2012. After the plaudits that Gone Baby Gone and The Town received, the pressure was on. However, Affleck delivered; Argo is a genuine thriller managing to be gripping and tense throughout. A bearded Ben Affleck is as comfortable acting as he is directing and pulls off the throwback to the ‘70s perfectly, down to the last governmental suit. Based on the true story of the 1980 CIA-led operation to rescue six Americans out of revolutionary Iran, the dramatization is slick and works well even if you know what happens. The film doesn’t over-complicate things and boasts a fantastic supporting cast, including Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston. The ending in particular sets hearts racing and keeps you at the edge of your seat. This real film, about a fake film, is as dramatic as they come.


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