As many of you know, movies are not as much my thing as books.
That said, I do try.
My movie-watching is limited – but, in my defense, I am interested in movies and have compiled a whole list of movies I want to watch for various reasons.
However, the movies I do watch, I have watched many, many times. Which means that I can parrot large portions of it on command, tell you all sorts of things you didn’t even want to know about it, and have basically dissected the poor movie within an inch of its life.
For some movies this means I grow to hate them more with each viewing. For others, it means my love for them grows deeper daily.
Today I want to talk about the second group. Because I know you must be wildly curious.
10. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
The attention to detail, superb casting, and breathtaking music make this movie one of my favorites, not to mention being a bit of a private obsession – I watch it every time I get a chance.
This movie never gets old.
So why is it in last place, you ask?
I may or may not be just slightly embarrassed to call such a cliched chick flick my favorite movie.
Because obviously I have more class than that.
9. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Admittedly my least favorite of all the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, The Desolation of Smaug is essentially three hours of fire and heat and boredom.
I have also had a terrible cough every single time I’ve watched it so far, so that didn’t do much to improve my opinion of it.
8. The Battle of the Five Armies
Combine the superb acting of Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Lee Pace, and breathtaking animation that makes this whole movie look like a watercolor painting come to life and you have The Battle of the Five Armies.
7. An Unexpected Journey
This absolutely delightful first chapter in the Hobbit trilogy is as good as any of its Lord of the Rings predecessors.
Martin Freeman was born to be Bilbo, I firmly believe, and though a rather too-large portion of the movie is spent running away from orcs, I love it just the same.
6. The Return of the King
All three of the movies that make up the Lord of the Rings trilogy are nothing short of classic, but The Return of the King, for me, is somewhat exhausting. Watching Frodo and Sam toil toward Mount Doom at such a painstakingly slow crawl is torture and the battle scenes are starting to blur together.
Don’t get me wrong. I love this movie. Always have. Always will.
It just, sadly, isn’t the best in the trilogy.
5. The Two Towers
Many people consider The Two Towers the best movie in the original trilogy and I can see why.
Eowyn, a favorite character, is introduced, Gollum becomes a major character, and the battle of Helm’s Deep is about as epic as anyone could wish.
4. The Fellowship of the Ring
Call me boring, but I like this one the best. I love seeing the Fellowship whole and together. I love the Shire. Aragorn’s introduction is all that could be desired. Frodo’s pain at losing Gandalf is heartrending. It breaks my heart every time to see him slowly lose faith in the other members of the Fellowship.
The Return of the King is all about Frodo and Sam creeping closer to Mordor.
The highlight of The Two Towers is Eowyn and the Helm’s Deep battle.
I like the variety of The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s about the Shire and Frodo, Gandalf, the Fellowship, Aragorn, Boromir, and friendship.
3. Little Women (1994)
One of my favorite books, this movie comes the closest to doing it justice.
It has its flaws, but it captures Jo’s restlessness and Marmee’s passion, Meg’s romance and Amy’s childishness, it accurately portrays Jo and Laurie’s friendship and the closeness of the sisters and the happiness and beauty of family. In my book, that’s all that matters.
2. Amazing Grace
This breathtaking movie about William Wilberforce’s passion to abolish slavery is one of the best movies I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
Not only is the filming and casting fantastic, but this movie means something. It is not purely entertainment. It has the potential to change lives.
1. Finding Neverland
Best. Movie. Ever.
Have you watched any of the movies on my list? What’s your favorite movie? Why?