The first annual Shadow Awards are here!
First up is the awards for the movies of 2011. I can only judge what I have seen, so you won’t see say… The Adventures of Tin Tin or some shit in these awards.
Here is the list of really important spoilers in my mind. If you are one of those people who get pissed when they read movie sites or forums and movies get spoiled, just save me the headache and skip the post.
There is a pretty big Sherlock Holmes spoiler at the very very end of this post. They whole thing is in BOLDED RED to warn you. It is after the Conan the Barbarian poster. If you have not seen the newest Sherlock Holmes DO NOT READ IT. You have been warned.
There might be a small Rise of the Planet of the Apes spoiler if you have not seen it. It is the award after “Biggest Bad Ass.”
There is a pretty big Transformers: Dark of the Moon spoiler if you have not seen that. It is the award after “Best Single Scene.”
After the jump, the 2011 Shadow Awards for the 2011 movies. If you agree or disagree, let me know in the comments!
Best Movie, Best Comic Book Movie, Best Prequel: X-Men: First Class
– I love the X-men. And this movie delivered an X-men movie that was excellent, probably the best of the series and 100x better than the last two offerings (Last Stand, Wolverine). Two great leading actors played Magneto and Xavier and Bacon played a great Shaw. The movie broke all the comic book no-no’s in changing comic book mythos and messing with timelines, and yet the changes were better than anything the comic book came up with. The story integrated history with a great story with a good mix of action and character development. In a year with some great movies, First Class stood above all.
Worst: The Twilight Saga- Breaking Dawn Part 1
– This movie was just as shitty as the rest. Even my wife thought some of the parts were stupid. Lousy acting, predictable, little to no action, and the same old shit copied over from the previous three. I can’t believe these movies make so much money. Who could have known that a movie about vampires with super-powers and Native American’s that can turn into giant wolves could be so boring and shitty?
Biggest Surprise: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
– I saw the previews and trailer for this movie constantly and each time thought, “that movie looks dumb and shitty as hell.” All the other Planet of the Ape movies were dumb (yes, even the originals) so I assumed a prequel of one would be even worse. How wrong I was. This movie was good and Cesar was played stunningly. Thank goodness I had a free ticket for a movie and this was one of the few movies left in the season.
Most Disappointing: Green Lantern
– DC finally gets someone on the big screen other than Batman and Superman and the movie was just meh. I went in exciting as the Green Lantern has a ton of potential movie wise and I happened to like Ryan Reynolds in his two other comic book movie roles (Blade Trinity and X-Men Origins: Wolverine). But instead of getting an epic movie about space cops with super rings, we get an average, all over the place mess of a movie which was extremely average. Average plot, average acting (terrible in some spots), average special affects, average villains, and average action scenes. The thing is, a second movie with Sinestro as the villain (as the after credit scenes alluded too) would be much improved, but after all the money they lost, I don’t see it seeing the light of day.
Best Sequel, Best Action Scenes: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
– Michael Bay can do only one thing but damn he is good about it. This movie finally delivered the robot fighting action I wanted and delivered it for basically 2 hours straight lol. The war in Chicago was just plain awesome and the other smaller actions scenes delivered as well.
Best Actor/Actress: Andy Serkis as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
– Yes, I am giving the award to a CGI’d, mocap suit chimp. The performance was that good. Serkis was able to capture all kinds of emotion in a CGI’d ape that had maybe 5 words the whole movie. The performance was awesome and rivals or surpasses his performance as Gollum in LotR.
Best Original Movie: Thor
[Original movie is defined as a movie that is not a prequel or a sequel. — Shadow]
– This just narrowly edges out Captain America, mostly because I like Thor as a hero more. Another great movie from Marvel and a movie I never thought would do as well as it did money wise. This movie was carried by Thor and Loki, who were played perfectly by their respective actors. Can’t wait to see both again in the Avengers.
Bloodiest: Conan the Barbarian
– Here is what I wrote in my review of the movie and all that really needs to be said.
And this was truly one of the bloodiest action movies I have seen, right up there with Ninja Assassin, Punisher: War Zone, and Rambo (the last one). People were decapitated, smashed into rocks, eaten by monsters, ect and they had no problem showing the blood flow from these people. But that is to be expected and wanted in a movie about a Barbarian and a big sword.
Biggest Bad Ass: Thor in Thor
– There were a ton of bad asses to choose from this year, from Theseus to Conan to Captain America. But in my mind, Thor stands out due to his pure power and his “I don’t give a fuck” attitude. He goes to Jotenheim and slaughters tons and tons of frost giants after 2 showed up in Asgard and after being called a princess. When confronted with the ENTIRE ARMY of Jotenheim, does he try to flee when Odin arrives? Fuck no, tells his dad “let us finish them together.” When thrown to Earth and powerless, he decides he wants his hammer back, beats up the top secret agents in SHIELD to get to his hammer. When he gets his powers back, he destroys the Destroyer with ease and goes to Asgard to beat Loki’s ass and destroy the Bifrost bridge. Not bad Thor… not bad.
Best Single Scene: Caesar yelling “No!” in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
– I didn’t think they were going to make any of the apes talk in this movie. Then out of the blue, Caesar yells “NO!” at “Malfoy” and I was completely and utterly stunned. It was perfect timing and just an all around awesome scene. Caesar had had enough and wasn’t going to take being treated like an inferior being anymore. It made you want to stand up and go, “Fuck yeah! Fuck humans they suck!”
Most Surprising Scene: Sentinel Pride killing Ironhide in Transformers: Dark of the Moon
– I didn’t see this coming at all when I saw the movie. It is one thing for Sentinel to really be a bad guy… but it is entirely different for him to show it by disintegrate my favorite Autobot. At least in the scene right before Ironhide kicks some Decepticon a
Most Disappointing Scene: Harry Potter vs. Lord Voldermort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
– If I ever get around to re-watching this and doing a proper movie review, I would write a lot more on this issue. But I will make it quick. This scene should have been THE scene of the whole movie as it was THE scene in the book. To change any of it from the book is downright ludicrous and stupid. To change it to something that is worse and makes little sense is a crime. For one, the duel made no sense for most of it because the snake was still alive so Voldemort was immortal and couldn’t be killed. For two, Harry Potter was in no shape, way, or form in the same league as Voldemort in dueling skill. For three, parts of it were only in there I think so it would look cool on an IMAX screen. This scene on one hand was cool, as I wanted in the book for them two to duel for real, but in order to do that you would have to change a lot in the book because Harry would get slaughtered in 5 minutes. But on the other hand, it disappointed me so much and made me pretty bitter when I left the theater. There will be a LOT more on this in the future.
Best Trailer: The Avengers
– The trailer itself isn’t mind numbing. What it means is. There is actually going to be an Avengers movie after setting it up with 5 other movies. This has never been done before and when it was first hinted at happening, I don’t think anyone thought it could actually happen. The trailer itself is definitely above average, with a great mix of humor, questions, and action. But what it represents is so much more.
Best Poster: Conan the Barbarian
– A jacked Conan with his sword standing on a pile of skulls that he most likely killed during a sunset? Sweet.
Best Fight: Holmes vs. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
– This is probably an odd choice to some. A more obvious choice would be the Gods vs. Titans fight in the Immortals or Sentinel Prime vs Optimus Prime vs Megatron in Transformers. Hell, this fight didn’t have a SINGLE PUNCH THROWN. What made this fight the best in my opinion was how unique it was. What started as chess turned into a battle of who could brag the most which turned into a what I call a “mind fight” between the two which turned into the real fight with resulted in them both going off the balcony. The “mind fight” was so damn cool and unexpected as I did not expect Moriarty to counter Holmes signature “think before do” fighting style seen earlier in that movie and in the first Sherlock Holmes.