Oscars Guide 2013: The best and worst of 'Best Picture' nomination
February 15, 2013, 6:52 pm
Of the nine films nominated in the Best Picture category, here is why you should watch some and give the others a pass.
A favourite this awards season, Ben Affleck's 'Argo' is just the kind of movie that is needed in this day and age. Based on a true incident when six Americans were miraculously rescued by CIA from Iran during the peak of Iran hostage crisis, 'Argo' gives an amazing glimpse of a society that can work towards if everyone is willing to give it a shot.
David O'Rusell's 'Silver Lining Playbook' seems like an unlikely choice in the Best Film nomination list. While other nominees are primarily drama, 'Silver Lining Playbook' is romantic-comedy. Many of the critics have panned the film and called it too superficial and frothy. Will it get an Oscar nod or not is something we will have to wait and watch but its lead actors- Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are being considered as strong contenders to clinch the trophy of Best Actress and Best Actor category respectively.
Katheryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thrity' is based on how American troupes raided Osama Bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan and eventually killed the world's most dreaded terrorist. The war docu-drama is a very detailed film- something which is needed when one is making a film based on real life incident. The film is seen through the eyes of Maya (Jessica Chastain), a female CIA officer handling the case. It also gives out a powerful message of how a woman calls the shots in world full of men.
If you have an appetite for Quentin Tarrantion style of action, then 'Django Unchained' is the film for you. Featuring the talented Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx, the film is an out and out western film. If you can withstand the gore, then this one is a must watch.
French film 'Amour' narrates the story of an 80 something musician couple deeply in love. The film deals with a very serious issue- that of mercy killing. A poignant story of love and sacrifice, 'Amour' is filled with some dramatic moments and can be a bit slow with the narrative.
The real star of 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' is the little Quvenzhane Wallis who makes a the otherwise depressing film a delight to watch. Pundits are betting on this film to be a surprise winner of the Best Film category.
'Life of Pi' should be watched to experience the visual extravaganza that filmmaker Ang Lee has put together. A cast-way kind of story, 'Life Of Pi' talks about survival, companionship, and human instinct during the times of adversity. A philosophical film, this one is bound to make you cry and smile at the same time.
Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables' may have had a lot of hype around it before its release, but the musical opened to very mixed response from critics. Many disliked for its length but others gave it a thumbs up. Some even said that the only highlight of the film was Anne Hathaway (she has been nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role-female) and her part lasted in the film for only fifteen minutes. Watch it only if you have an appetite for detailed drama.
Steven Speilberg and Daniel Day-Lewis working together in a film on the life of the first president of America. It can't better than this. 'Loncoln' has all the ingredients that one needs to make a film a fine piece of work. A biopic on Abraham Lincoln, the film has been appreciated more so for the brilliant performance by Day-Lewis and Sally Field. You don't want to miss this one.