The 2008 series: Film

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The good

Early in the year Brad Pitt starred alongside Cate Blanchett in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, it’s strange, but beautiful.

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was the year’s highest-grossing film, featuring the late great Heath Ledger (Ledger won countless awards posthumously, including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor).

Step Brothers. Need I say more? Ok: “This is going to sound weird, but for a second, I think you took on the shape of a unicorn”. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this go and watch it immediately.

This was also the year that Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan created the visually striking Slumdog Millionaire. Main theme Jai Ho was sampled by The Pussycat Dolls - the track dominated the radio for the entire year. Well, you know. Some things come at a cost.

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The bad

Although it was the second highest-grossing film of the year, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull fell flat. What was once a classic action adventure film turns into a CGI free-for-all, with aliens. Huh?

As if we didn’t have enough superhero films from 2008 (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Dark Knight), Will Smith tried his hand at unlikable Hancock. Described as ‘superhero comedy drama’, it failed to fully accomplish any theme strongly enough, leaving us disappointed.

Quantum of Solace. How can you follow a film like Casino Royale? The answer? You can’t. It missed the mark, but if you’re a diehard Bond fan, you’ll forgive it.

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And the ugly

A favourite with all the mums and grans out there: Mamma Mia! The narrative, as you might have guessed, is played out using ABBA’s hits. There’s a lot we could talk about, but the biggest issue we have is Pierce Brosnan’s singing. HE WAS JAMES BOND.

Twilight. Stephenie Meyer’s awful book became an awful film: bad effects, a weak storyline and the entire franchise sends out a pretty unfortunate message to women. We’re not alone, Robert Pattinson himself (the guy who plays main character Edward) hates it too.

Maybe this section needs a subcategory: Adam Sandler films. The renowned shouter made not one, but two trashy films in 2008. You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and Bedtime Stories. We won’t bother detailing every tragic aspect, just save yourself the time and don’t watch either of them.

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Team Crocstar’s film highlights of 2008:

  • I enjoyed Gran Torino: “Clint Eastwood is just really cool, isn’t he?”

  • Tom’s fave was In Bruges: “It’s just a f*cking good film, isn’t it?”

  • Abi loved Step Brothers: “It’s so quotable, isn’t it?”

  • Lucie preferred WALL·E: “It’s just really cute, isn’t it?”

  • Aaron rated Quantum Of Solace: “He’s a brilliant Bond, isn’t he?”

  • Matt’s guilty pleasure was Pineapple Express: “It’s just funny, isn’t it?”

  • Christine’s film of the year was Slumdog Millionaire: “It’s just beautiful, isn’t it?”