I'm surprised that Gravity and 12 Years a Slave haven't been mentioned. The two big films of the year were vastly overrated even though for both the subject content was my sort of thing.
Whilst Gravity was visually spectacular and an interesting idea but it just got ridiculous in parts. Virtually everyone is killed off early on yet she manages to escape a number of similar crises unscathed. I especially hated the end where they tried to nearly drown her once she had returned to Earth.
I read the book of 12 Years a Slave and enjoyed it. The film was actually a pretty faithful retelling of the book, however it was just boring and really slow. I actually didn't find it emotional either as they didn't spend much time at all showing his pre-life and missed out probably the most exciting bit where he attempted an escape.
Other than these I'm not a fan of much Hollywood does. The first Hobbit film was pretty much everything I hate in a film, basically mindless and ridiculous CGI sequences that nobody would ever survive.
Taking 12 Years a Slave first. I thought it was superb. I thought it was riveting from start to finish. And the ending actually had me blinking rapidly in the cinema. One of the best films I've ever seen. It reminded me of Come and See (a film that everyone should see once, but noone should want to see twice)
To be fair though, I haven't read the book.
Gravity was quite good fun, but had some annoying dialogue. Looked nice, although I couldn't get over Sandra Bullock being in zero gravity when her hair wasn't! For zero gravity realism, Apollo 13 rains on Gravity from a great height.
Interesting that you didn't like the drowning scene. Of all the bits of the film, that was probably the most realistic! In 1961 Gus Grissom was almost killed when his Mercury capsule landed in the Atlantic and the escape hatch blew open and water started filling his capsule. He, sadly, was later killed in the Apollo 1 fire. Well worth reading the excellent The Right Stuff on this (and watching the slightly less good film). Anyway, I assumed that the drowning scene was all part of some spiritual rebirth thing. There's some clunky allegorical nonsense going on but the film isn't good enough to carry it off.
I can't bare any Hobbity ####, so haven't seen the Hobbit film. Doubt I ever will. The dire LOTR film was plenty for me.
Edited by Steve May, 26 March 2014 - 09:29 AM.