My countdown of the best movies of 2011 continues with Nos. 6 and 5.
Numbers six and five were very close. In fact, they switched a couple of times. Even right down to when I typed this out.
"Thor" was a movie I was slightly unsure of. I was never a huge fan of the character, but I'm a Marvel geek so I was going to see it no matter what.
And you know what? It's a really good movie. Kenneth Branagh was the perfect person to direct this film due to his Shakespeare background. But, he also amazed me with his aptitude for special effects.
The film also had one of the best casts of any film in 2011. Chris Hemsworth, while somewhat unknown at the time, felt like he was born to play the role. And people like Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston all were standouts.
Especially Elba and Hiddleston. You know a movie is good when you walk out of it and are talking about how good the supporting cast was.
An added bonus, we got to see a tiny bit of Hawkeye.
5. "Captain America"
Was it the amazing "Avengers" footage at the end of the film that pushed this past "Thor?" Perhaps. But, the strong story also helped.
Origin stories are sometimes hard to get past because there is just so much background to get through. But, this background only made me like the character more.
Iron Man and Thor are harder to relate to because of their origins. But, Captain America was an everyday Joe. People get that.
The film also had great effects and a pretty awesome performance by Tommy Lee Jones. Well, that, and Nick Fury showing up at the end too.