Amazingly, some high-profile films turned ten years old in 2022!
From the end of a supernatural saga with Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 to the beginning of one of the most popular movie franchises ever created with The Avengers, movie fans are about to take a trip down memory lane and, perhaps, get some inspiration for their next movie night with these films from 2012.
The Hunger Games
Based on the Suzanne Collins novel of the same name, Jennifer Lawrence brought the character of Katniss Everdeen to life in the first Hunger Games film.
Stepping into the arena as a tribute for the 74th Hunger Games, fans watched as Katniss began to rebel against the capital, refusing to be the last person standing. The franchise would go on to make three more films, all based on the dystopian book series.
Daniel Craig was back in action as 007 James Bond in the epic film Skyfall. In 2012, Bond fans watched as the secret organization known as M16 was exposed, attacked, and agents began to run and hide as they were attacked from all sides.
The spy film wound up winning two awards at the Academy Awards, including Best Original Song (“Skyfall,” by Adele) and Best Sound Editing.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
With the original Lord of the Rings trilogy in the past, 2012 saw the return of Middle Earth to the silver screen with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Following the original story of Bilbo Baggins as he journey’s to the Lonely Mountain, the high fantasy movie was just the start of a tale fans had no choice but to follow.
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy came to a conclusion with the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises. With Christian Bale in the role of the title character, fans watch as he brings Batman back to Gotham to defeat a new villain — Bane.
With Catwoman and Robin at his side, superhero fans couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the legendary trilogy.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Andrew Garfield took up the role of the beloved superhero Spiderman in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man.
While Garfield only went on to make two movies in this particular section of the multi-verse, his battle with Dr. Curt Connors, aka the Lizard, was extraordinary, and Emma Stone’s portrayal of Gwen Stacy is not soon to be forgotten.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
In 2012, Stephen Chbosky’s young adult coming-of-age novel The Parks of Being a Wallflower made its way to the silver screen.
Starring Logan Lerman as Charlie and Emma Watson as Sam, the film brings viewers through the trials and tribulations of high school, as told by Charlie and his anonymous pen pal.
This Is 40
Starring the comedic duo of Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, This is 40 hit theaters in 2012 and was met with a whole lot of laughter.
The concept has Mann and Rudd, a couple about to hit 40 years of age, dealing with, well, married couple things, namely raising their daughters while still trying to keep their relationship fun and full of adventure.
No one knew what was about to happen when The Avengers was released in 2012.
While solo films were already out in the world, The Avengers brought the six original superheroes, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Thor, together for the first time in the epic Battle of New York to defeat Loki.
The Broadway film adaptation of Les Misérables hit theaters in 2012, bringing with it an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Fantine.
With the star-studded ensemble cast, Les Mis was one of the must-see films of the year, praised for the theatrics, singing, and era-specific costumes.
Silver Linings Playbook
Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradly Copper, Silver Linings Playbook was the rom-com of the year. The film follows the story of two people, Pat and Tiffany, as they find each other when they need it the most, helping each other get over great losses in their respective lives.
For her performance, Lawrence won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
When a princess from the Scottish Highlands doesn’t want to conform and accidentally wishes her mom and brothers into bears, what do you have? You have the Pixar movie of 2012, Brave.
Merida is the first Disney Princess created by Pixar, and, fans can only hope, she won’t be the last!
In 2012, Danial Day-Lewis starred in the title role of the period war drama Lincoln, his second to last film before announcing his retirement from acting. Moving and heartfelt, his portrayal of the former president won Day-Lewis an Academy Award for Best Actor.
That wasn’t the only Oscar the film won, though. It also walked away with an Academy Award for Best Production Design.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
The supernatural saga Twilight came to an end on the silver screen in the 2012 movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Bella finally turned into a vampire, Jacob imprinted on her and Edward’s daughter, and the Volturi were out to destroy their coven.
It was quite the epic finale of the beloved tale.
After its release in 2012, Argo wound up with a whopping 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. Following the story of Tony Mendez, Argo dives into a fictional telling of how the United States government extracts civilian prisoners from enemy territory.
The film was a hit, winning the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
21 Jump Street
Based on the hit series from the 1980s, 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, was nothing short of spectacular. A buddy cop film, Hill and Tatum join forces, attending a high school undercover to find evidence of a drug ring.
Hilarious, thought-out, and fun to watch, 21 Jump Street received positive reviews from both critics and viewers.
Released in 2012 and becoming a cult classic soon after, Spring Breakers was nothing like viewers expected unless they anticipated the movie being about four college girls going on spring break only to be roped into the underworld of crime, violence, and gangs!
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, this film was ahead of its time!
Remember the song “Thunder Buddies?” Well, that’s all thanks to the 2012 comedy film Ted. Starring Mark Wahlberg as John and Seth MacFarlane as his crude yet loving talking teddy bear Ted; this movie was a classic in its time.
As of 2022, Ted is the second highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time.
Set two years before the American Civil War, it seems like most people flocked to theaters to see the revisionist Western film Django Unchained. Starring Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz as the unlikely duo of Django and Dr. King Schultz, the film follows their adventures as they try to free people and find Django’s wife.
The film was met with praise, winning Waltz the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and director Quentin Tarantino an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Aca-what?! Pitch Perfect was released back in 2012, meaning the Barden Bella’s, the epic riff off, and the catchy music is a solid ten years old.
The film quickly became a hit and even paved the way for two sequels and a spin-off television series starring Adam DeVine’s character, Bumper.
Rise Of The Guardians
The 2012 film Rise Of The Guardians brings together the dynamic team of the Easter bunny, Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, and the winter sprite Jack Frost as they band together to take down the evil boogeyman, Pitch Black, before he engulfs the world in nightmares and darkness.
Speaking of the movie, Olly Richards of Empire wrote, “It’s gorgeously designed, deftly written, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny. For child or adult, this is a fantasy to get lost in.”
Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd starred in the 2012 comedy Wanderlust, following the story of a married couple who wants to escape their hectic lives in New York City and opt to live in a counterculture commune.
With an all-star cast and comedic writing, the film was a hit and received mostly positive reviews!
Men In Black 3
Agents K and J worked together one last time in 2012 in the film Men and Black 3.
Time travel, aliens, and the addition of actor Josh Brolin made the third installment of the trilogy better than the second and, because of the first film’s popularity, still had people wanting to see what the two agents were going to get themselves into this time.
The Cabin In The Woods
A satirical horror film, The Cabin in the Woods was almost funny in the way it made fun of horror movie tropes throughout the plot, including going into the spooky basement and touching ancient artifacts.
While horror comedies are hit or miss, this particular film received positive reviews and scored a solid 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.
A found-footage teen comedy, Project X was the secretive “who knows what’s actually going to happen in this film” movie of 2012. Following three friends who want nothing more than to be remembered, the movie is all about an epic party that goes from tiny to an all-out freefall of debauchery.
In fact, the plot of the movie is said to have inspired more than one large-scale party to erupt across the country!
Many people thank 2012 as the year a whole lot of abs came to the silver screen, all because of the film Magic Mike.
Starring Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, and Alex Pettyfer, viewers are transported into the world of an all-male venue and everything that happens inside its four walls.
Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Colin Farrell found themselves starring in the 2012 black comedy film Seven Psychopaths. The film follows a budding screenwriter who is experiencing a bit of writer’s block.
Thankfully, his quirky friends make a habit of stealing rich people’s dogs, only to return them for the reward money. Too bad they snatch a gangster’s, making the subsequent events perfect material for a screenplay.
The Woman In Black
Fresh off the final Harry Potter movie, actor Daniel Radcliff hopped into the horror film The Woman in Black in 2012. A ghost story at its finest, Radcliff plays the role of lawyer Arthur Kipps, tasked with taking care of documents left by a deceased woman.
Little does he know that he’s walking into a haunted mansion with a vengeful ghost terrorizing the local village.
Matthew McConaughey showed his acting chops in 2012 with his dramatic performance in the coming-of-age drama Mud. Playing the role of a fugitive living in the forest, McConaughey’s performance as the title character was widely praised by both critics and viewers.
In fact, the film even went on to earn a solid 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Life Of Pi
An adventure-drama like no other, Life of Pi, transported viewers into a tragic shipwreck where the only survivors must learn to trust one another. The thing is, the two survivors are a 16-year-old boy and a massive Bengal Tiger.
Trapped on a boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for 227 days, the film had viewers on the edge of their seats as they watched and hoped both man and beast made it out alive.
Who doesn’t love a film about young love and two kids running away into the wilderness to be together? In 2012, Moonrise Kingdom followed the story of Sam and Suzy, two 12-year-olds who decide to leave civilization to be with one another. Of course, their parents were worried sick, especially when a storm was on the horizon.
BBC named the film one of the best of the 21st century.