Many excellent movies came out in 2010. It was a great year for animated and action films, but there were also some good comedies and dramas. Superheroes and villains alike had their day in the limelight. Some of these movies will win awards, and some won’t. In no particular order, these are the best 10 movies of 2010.
“Red” was just as funny as it was action packed. The movie follows Frank Moses, a Retired, Extremely Dangerous black-ops agent who has a hit put out against him. Knowing that a phone agent Sarah Ross, whom Frank has a crush on, is also in danger, he kidnaps her, because that is how all great romances start. With the help of his friends, Frank uncovers a government plot that goes deeper than anyone could imagine, and decides to put a stop to it. It has a lot of fun explosions, as all action movies should, but always keeps you laughing at the same time.
“Toy Story 3”
“Toy Story 3” reunites us with our favorite toys as they have to save each other from an evil stuffed bear who’s in charge at a children’s daycare. Feeling that Andy doesn’t want them anymore, Andy’s toys have themselves donated to a daycare, and don’t listen when Woody tries to tell them it was a mistake. At first, they like daycare, but they soon find themselves prisoners, and they have to work together to get to safety. It’s a sweet story, and a bit of a tear-jerker, but just as fun as “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.”
“Inception” is not a movie that you can only watch once. Things become clearer upon rewatching, but not every question has an answer that can be learned, but the movie lends itself to many theories. After a job gone wrong in the dreams of Saito, he approaches Cobb and his group to ask them to plant an idea in the mind of Robert Fischer, a soon to be business rival. Cobb has his own subconscious issues that endangers him and his team as they go deep down in the subconscious of Fischer, but the reward is too sweet for him to pass up. “Inception” is a very interesting movie that is definitely worth a couple of viewings.
Dave Lizewski doesn’t just ask why regular people don’t become superheroes in the movie “Kick Ass;” he actually becomes one. However, once he does become a superhero, he finds himself in a world of hurt. He soon finds himself allied with other superheroes as they fight against one of the nastiest villains that ever existed. “Kick Ass” is a fun movie because it not only answers a question many comic book fans have asked themselves, but it shows us the consequences, and always keeps us on our toes.
Some villains are just evil, but that doesn’t mean they’re heartless. It’s just business. This is the case of Gru in “Despicable Me.” After another villain by the name of Vector steals a shrink ray Gru needs for his plans, he adopts three little girls as part of a scheme to get it back. While he fully intends on abandoning the girls after he’s done with them, they warm his heart and start to interfere with his plans of evil. It’s a fun to see a villain’s heart just melt, making “Despicable Me” a fun movie to watch.
“The Social Network”
“The Social Network” is the story of the lawsuits behind Facebook. While it is a dramatization, it is still interesting to see how Facebook got its start while Mark Zuckerberg was attending Harvard and how some of the troubles the website faced came to be. However, there are moments where we can see the glamor, and it’s not difficult to understand why someone would do anything to maintain that lifestyle. With as many Facebook users as there are, “The Social Network” had to be a good movie, and it does not disappoint.
Anybody who’s been to high school knows how quickly a rumor can ruin your life, but clean cut teen Olive Penderghast has to learn it the hard way in “Easy A”. Olive tells a lie to get out of going on a camping trip with her best friend Rhiannon, but the lie spirals until Olive lies about losing her virginity. When the lie gets spread around school, the formerly unknown Olive enjoys the boost in popularity, and even finds a way to profit from it. However, her life soon parallels “The Scarlet Letter” as her reputation takes a dive, she loses her friends, and horrible lies become associated with her. “Easy A” is one of the better teen movies to come out in years and is easy to associate with if you’ve ever gone to high school.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is the ultimate geek movie. It’s based on a comic book, and references movies, video games, and television. Scott Pilgrim has had his heart ripped out, and since then just can not commit to a serious relationship, something his friends mock him for, especially when he starts dating a seventeen-year-old. However, Scott soon finds himself falling in love with Ramona Flowers, but starting a relationship with Ramona does not come easily. If Scott wants to be with Ramona, he must defeat her seven evil exes – but that doesn’t guarantee that he’ll still end up with her, as Scott manages to sabotage himself. “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is a movie that geeks will definitely enjoy, but fans of action movies that are also comedic might also enjoy it.
Sometimes, if you’re told you’re bad, you’ll actually believe that’s what you are. In “Megamind,” this is the life the titular character leads simply because he believes it’s his destiny, and he’s spent his entire life fighting against the super good Metro Man. However, once Metro Man is defeated, Megamind finds he prefers challenge, and not power, so he tries to create a new superhero but finds that superheroes aren’t made as he accidentally creates a villain. This leads to Megamind’s internal quest to find out who he really is. “Megamind” is a well-done movie that has an interesting take on what makes a hero and what makes a villain.
“The Next Three Days”
If your wife is rotting away in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, what would you do? John Brennan decides that he’ll break his wife out and flee the country in “The Next Three Days.” After interviewing a man who’s broken out of prison multiple times, John meticulously plans how to get his wife out. However, things don’t often go according to plan, and John finds himself improvising in order to save his entire family. “The Next Three Days” is a great dramatic and action-packed movie, and let’s face it – prison break movies are just fun.
These movies were the best 10 movies of 2010. If you’re wondering what fairly recent movie to watch, you won’t go wrong with the ones on this list. Whether you like comedy, drama, action, or animated movies, this list has you covered.