Comic book-inspired movies reigned supreme this year
As the end of the year draws near, we all feel the need to look back to see what we've achieved. For moviegoers and those in the movie industry, now is the time to see who was hot and who was not in the heart and minds of movie fans.Popular movie website IMDb (Internet Movie Database), which is in many ways one of the leading authorities in movies on the web, has just listed the top 10 best films of 2013, based on the opinions of fans.
The way these movies are rated is by combining the number of positive reviews from the users of the site with on page views. IMDb boasts more than 160 million unique monthly users and also claims that the rankings have nothing to do with box office figures or critical assessments. Think of it as sort of a “People's Choice” top.
The most popular film of 2013 was, according to IMDb users, “Man of Steel,” a reinterpretation of the comic book character Superman, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane.
On the second spot is another comic book-inspired movie, “Iron Man 3,” the last part of the Iron Man trilogy, under the direction of Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle.
In third place, we find the adaption of the popular novel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” also a sequel in the franchise. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence and features new Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence as fierce freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen.
Another book adaptation finds its way at the number 4 position, Max Brook's “World War Z,” a movie about the zombie apocalypse and its effects. The film is directed by Marc Forster and stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale.
At number 5, we find “Fast & Furious 6,” the latest movie in the series which sees the band of racers take down an organization of mercenary drivers operating in over 12 countries. Justin Lin signs as director and the film stars the late Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez.
The rest of the top is made up as follows: on 6th place the J.J. Abrams sci-fi “Star Trek Into Darkness,” on 7th place the Louis Leterrier con film “Now You See Me,” on the 8th place the apocalypse comedy “This Is the End,” on 9th place the second part of the Thor trilogy “Thor: The Dark World” and, finally, on the 10th position, Baz Luhrman's adaption of “The Great Gatsby.”
With almost half of the entries being from the comic book universe, and the other half adaptations from popular books, it's easy to see the recipe for a successful movie in 2013. However, it's probably safe to say that none of these movies is going to pick up any Oscars or any other prestigious awards. But it is interesting to see where the taste of the masses lie.
What your opinion on these movies? Are these actually the top 10 worst movies of 2013?