The Must See Films of the Year: 2012

2012 has provided us with a bumper crop of great films. Sequels, prequels, reboots, continuing franchises, new stand-alone films and even a film about a talking bear. A few were great, others were good and the rest aren’t worth mentioning. There have been grumbles about it being the year of the franchise and worries about the lack of imagination around the Hollywood hills, but there were plenty of new stand-alone films which have performed very well at the box office. The following list is made up of some of the must see films of 2012.


Looper stood out this year as a stand-alone film that was not based on a book nor was it part of a franchise. It stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt in a complex tale involving time traveling hit-men who work for the mob. Reminiscent of The Matrix, and Inception, Looper is a successful action film that doesn’t rely on explosions and shaky camera work for excitement. 

Marvel’s Avengers

More than a sequel, Marvel’s Avengers is the culmination of a whole slew of films, each one starring a different character from the Marvel universe. Fans of Marvel comics found themselves in nerd Heaven when they heard this was going to be made. And it didn’t disappoint either; it was one of the biggest grossing films of 2012. Directed by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the writing was smart and witty and the action was explosive and over the top. A combination that made for a great film and one that appealed to men and women of all ages.

The Dark Knight Rises

The hotly anticipated ending to the Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy was a huge hit in the cinemas this summer. Fans of Chris Nolan’s dark aesthetic watched as Batman resurfaced to protect Gotham from the new super-villain, Bane who threatens to destroy the city. This action film has some awe inspiring set pieces, but its focus on the psychology of the man beneath the mask, made it stand head and shoulders above other action films released this year.


More than twenty years after the release of the Original sci-fi horror film, Aliens, director Ridley Scott returned to the big screen with the prequel, Prometheus. It added to the mythology of the Alien’s trilogy, and in the process exposed viewers to spectacular visuals. A team of explorers travel to a distant planet in search of the origins of human life on earth. Their plans to communicate with the originators of human life soon go awry in this dark sci-fi film. Fans of the original films were not disappointed, and many new fans discovered the Alien universe for the first time.


Ted represented the first foray to the silver screen by Seth MacFarlane, better known as the creator of the popular cartoons, Family Guy and American Dad. A lonely young boy wishes for a friend on one magical Christmas night. He wakes up the next morning to find his teddy bear has come to life. Fast-forward twenty years and their relationship is still just as strong, but it may be causing problems for the now-grown man’s romantic life. Mark Wahlberg plays the grown up man who can’t let go of his teddy bear. Seth MacFarlane provides the voice of the teddy bear called Ted. If you liked the humor of Family Guy, you will love this film. On the other hand, if fart jokes aren’t your thing, then this may not be the film for you.

The Hunger Games

Based on the best-selling novel, the Hunger Games hit the cinemas with a bang. The film is set in a dystopian future where children and teenagers are nominated to fight to the death in the televised reality show, The Hunger Games. This action adventure film pleased fans of the books and gained new fans for the sequels that will follow.

From comic book heroes to time traveling hit-men and talking teddy bears, there was something to please every viewer in the cinemas this year. 


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