What is The Best Film of the 2010’s?

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What is The Best Film of the 2010’s?

Ben Keane

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When the 2010’s decade of films is looked back on in the future, it will likely be remembered for the unrelentless chain of superhero films, remakes, and seemingly non-stop sequels that came out every year. However, there are some truly outstanding films that came out this decade and with just one year left, let’s take a look at five movies that could all very well be considered the best film of the 2010s.

 

Inception 2010

“Inception” is likely the popular pick as it is already considered a classic by many. However there are a few aspects that hold this movie back thematically. For starters, it is really confusing, to the point where it might not make any sense at all. It takes at least three watches to really understand the the plot of the film, but what makes it so good is the fact that even without understanding how the dream state works, this movie is still extremely entertaining. The action is simply magnificent and everyone in the film is truly doing a great job, especially Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio. It also has one of the best scores of all time By Hanz Zimmer which elevates the film even further.

Best Scene: The spinning hallway scene is a marvel of modern practical effects and one of the best action sequences of all time.

Standout Performance: Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb.

 

Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

Despite being a sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road” is one of the most unique films of the decade and deserves all the praise it could possibly receive. It is truly hard to pinpoint a single flaw with this film and should be considered one of the greatest action movies of all time. It’s a non-stop chase sequence that doesn’t stop to give needless exposition yet still builds an intriguing world to surround our cast. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are perfectly cast as the film’s protagonists and there are truly no other characters I’d rather see drive a big rig across the desert while all kinds of colorful characters attack them in unimaginable ways. The score is of course amazing but more so are the absolutely mind blowing practical effects used throughout the film.

Best Scene: During the film’s final climactic chase, a group of guys swinging down from poles attached to their cars try to attack our protagonists. It’s already exciting watching it, but once you realize it was practically done you want to lose your mind at the sheer love put into this film by George Miller.

Standout Performance: As much as I’d love to give it to the flaming guitar guy, the obvious answer is Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. Theron gives us one of the best action stars ever and outshines Max in a movie with his name in the title.

 

Get Out 2017

Three words: Modern horror classic. “Get Out” was completely unprecedented. Jordan Peele was already a household (last) name because of his work on “Key & Peele,” but “Get Out” established him as a potentially brilliant director. Who would’ve thought? “Get Out” is masterfully blends social commentary with thrills and the film is easily the best thriller of the decade. However, it’s the details that really define this film. All the hints of the eventual twist in the film not only make it worth rewatching multiple times, but make you think you should’ve seen the twist coming from a mile away. There are also some truly terrifying moments in the film and the third act is absolutely tremendous.

Best scene: When Chris snaps a picture of a black man he knows to have gone missing, the calm man then start bleeding from his nose and screams “Get out!” at Chris over and over. It’s perhaps the film’s most unsettling moment and finally let’s the audience see what might be going on.

Best Performance: Lakeith Stanfield is one of the best actors working today and deserves way more credit than he gets but his role isn’t big enough to warrant this award. Instead it’s Daniel Kaluuya as main character Chris. He absolutely kills it as a charming lead who starts spiralling out of control as the film goes on.

 

Moonlight 2016

The greatest tragedy to ever happen at the Oscars is the “Moonlight” or “La La Land” debacle. They are both great films in their own right and the fact that their legacy will forever be attached to the famous mix-up is not fair. Still though, “Moonlight” will one day be remembered for much more. It is easily one of the best coming-of-age stories ever told on the big screen and another film on this list without a clear flaw. The film follows Chiron, a young, impoverished black boy living in Florida. There are three separate time spans covered, one with Chiron as a small boy not yet familiar with the idea of sexuality, the next with Chiron in high school as he comes to grips with the fact that he is gay and must hide it from his peers to avoid further bullying than he already gets and finally with Chiron as an adult who has become a prominent gangster still hiding his sexuality from the world. The performances from everyone involved are beautiful, especially Mahershala Ali as Juan, a father figure to young Chiron. Jharrel Jerome is also fantastic as a 16 year old Kevin, the one man Chiron has ever shared a moment with. The cinematography is mesmerizing and by the time the credits role you’ll surely be crying your eyes out.

Best Scene: Juan teaching a young Chiron how to swim. It is the single shot everyone sees and immediately knows where it’s from and the scene single handedly won Ali his Oscar.

Best Performance: Ali is the obvious choice as he won best supporting actor at the Oscars for his performance. However I’ll give the nod to Ashton Sanders as a teenage Chiron. Sanders performance is moving and the face acting he does can’t be stated with words. He also does the best job of the three actors who play Chiron at making the audience relate with the character and the high school section of the film is largely regarded as the best of the film.

 

The Social Network 2010

David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin is a match made in heaven. Fincher is one of the best directors of all time and Sorkin is the undisputed best film writer ever. The best compliment one can give this film is that it’s a sequence of conversations, but Sorkin’s script and Fincher’s direction make it one of the decade’s most rewatchable movies. It has been pointed out that the biopic about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg does not exactly portray the story in an accurate way, but when a story is told this elegantly, you just have to let it slide. There is not a single bad performance and despite the jumps from Zuckerberg’s days at Harvard to two different lawsuits where he reflects on the events of the past, the story never once feels messy or muddled. The score fits the movie perfectly and even JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE gives a great performance.

Best Scene: Eduardo smashing the computer. Watch it right now.

Best Performance: All of the leads are doing a great job, especially Armie Hammer as two characters, but Jesse Eisenberg is the best part of this film. He does an amazing job at making Zuckerberg, who we are showed is a terrible person, still feel sympathetic despite his wrong doings.