This years Biggest Bust was Disneys John Carter which I surprisingly enjoyed, but will admit was horribly marketed and just not well-received by most audiences. Also, unfortunately, starring Kitsch, Carter had a production budget of more than $250 million and managed to earn a pathetic $282 million worldwide.
Kitsch played Civil War veteran Carter who was teleported to Mars and becomes the saving grace for that planets two warring societies. It was a huge investment by Disney and is based on a popular series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
While I thought it had enough redeeming qualities to make it enjoyable to watch at least once, its pretty clear very few others felt it was worth watching at all. Id say watch it once and make your own decision. Regardless, it was a massive failure for Disney and ensured there will be no other movies about Carter in the future. (Probably)
On a more positive note, before getting to the Best Movie so far this year, the Best Acting performance this year goes to Michael Fassbender in a laughably easy decision. Fassbender played enigmatic android David in Ridley Scotts film Prometheus.
David was more complex and fascinating than any of that films human characters and he was playing a robot. The most iconic artificial intelligence in film history is still HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but Fassbender delivered one outstanding performance.
The robot David was everything you expect from a good sci-fi robot and Fassbender gave him more weight and gravitas than any CGI or motion capture trickery could manage. Prometheus is worth seeing for Fassbender alone.
Also, the Best Acting performance by an actress so far this year goes to Jennifer Lawrence for playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. In that film, shes a refreshing female role model to younger audiences and thankfully more interesting than that other female character in young-adult films (Bella in Twilight).
Lawrence anchored Games that very well could have been a fairly lackluster film without her ability to show the various dimensions of the character. With other Games movies on the way (it is based on a trilogy of books) you can bet Lawrence will be catapulted into more limelight if she delivers in the impending sequels.
The movie with the Best Screenplay so far goes to Chronicle which came out early this year and managed to tell an incredibly fascinating tale of high school friends who gain some amazing mental powers.
Written by Max Landis and directed by Josh Trank, the characters were so well written and developed it totally managed to gloss over the awful found footage style. Chronicle lacked some decent dialogue earlier on but once reaching the meat of the story, really excelled in its characterization.
But the Best Movie of the year so far is held by The Avengers at least for the next few weeks as it has dominated the box office and was a huge gamble that paid off in spades.
Tying together all the previous films produced by Marvel Comics own production studio, Avengers managed to surpass expectations and expand and improve many of the films leading into it. Directed and written by Joss Whedon, Avengers brought together a star-studded cast and characters known the world-over in a spectacular fashion.
Its the most fun Ive ever had in a movie theater and had enough action, laughs and serious moments to make it a well-balanced summer blockbuster. Whedon proved that with the right people behind the lens, even a team-up of costumed egos can succeed.
Of course, when the more serious films start hitting theaters later this month, everything changes.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.