Best Films of 2005

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  • Batman Begins - With an ace team of filmmakers and an inspired cast, the stalwart Dark Knight get a terrific reboot as a dark, brooding (and serious!) hero. By far the most gritty, intelligent and faithful adaptation of the classic hero to date, it satisfyingly reboots the series for a new generation.
  • Brokeback Mountain - A surprisingly powerful, textured romantic tragedy that's beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, and one that will stay with audiences long after the credits roll.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - One of eccentric director Burton's best films, a fabulous adaptation of a popular children's book that makes for a visually splendid fairy-tale. With its smart humor, engaging direction and great decor, this new Charlie is sure to take over Willy as the one-and-only adaptation of Dahl's work.
  • Constant Gardener, The - Powerful, mature, smart, and brilliantly executed, this is a gripping, gritty, and uncompromising political thriller that has a statement to say and knows how to say it.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - The latest adaptation of the Harry Potter series shows that the series has matured well since its inception, and remains a giddily joyous fantasy adventure brimming with teen angst and imagination.
  • A History of Violence - Meant as a crime and social drama, the film works equally well as a suspense thriller and a character study. With its deliberate build-up and viciously violent scenes, the film will likely polarize viewers but will definitely elicit a reaction from its audience.
  • King Kong - Clever, vividly realized, and nothing less than spectacular this new revisiting of the classic 1933 version of King Kong captures the imagination and makes for a magnificent epic, easily living up to its moniker as the Eighth Wonder of the World. 
  • Kung Fu Hustle - In what seems to be an insane combination, the film channels the Shaw Brothers, Buster Keaton, West Side Story and The Matrix into a film that delivers spell-binding action, riotous comedy and sentimentality in one improbable jumble of spectacular mirth. Frantic, funny, and immensely enjoyable it was hands down the most entertaining action movie of the year.
  • Munich - A film that works on many levels - as thriller, drama, and political message - and succeeds on each one, creating an immediate, powerful and relevant commentary on the war on terrorism.
  • Sin City - Technically and artistically, Sin City is meant to be an extreme amalgam of B&W film noir, the film creating a nihilistic, dangerous place where vice is the blood flowing in the streets and violence is a normal occurence. It's an impressive example of comic-medium adaptation with tales that are tough, gritty and relentlessly grim, but are so over-the-top that they're just damn entertaining.
  • Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - The final chapter closes on an amazing pop phenomenon bringing things full circle in a much darker and grimmer tale in tone both visually and story-wise than what cane before, but as sprawling space opera, there isn't anything better.
  • Syriana - An ambitious, complex political thriller that tackles the subject of America's oil interests in the Middle-East, it's a thoroughly engaging look at what goes on behind today's headlines, and it delivers a cynical, well-targeted commentary on the oil industry.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Taking the plunge from shorts to full-length family adventure, this animated tale is both clever and imaginative and a splendid way for movie audiences to discover the plasticine magic of Wallace & Gromit.
  • Why We Fight


Other films not seen / reviewed but definitely worth a mention:

  • Capote
  • Tim Burtonís The Corpse Bride
  • Downfall
  • Hidden Blade, The
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Hustle & Flow
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Tsotsi

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