Cameron J. Czaja's Best Films of the 2010s

Happy new year everyone, and happy new decade as well, as we are officially in the twenties. Normally, I’d be posting a review of the latest film, but since we’re now in a new decade I figured I would do something different and post my top five films from the 2010s. Unlike my previous reviews, I won’t go too much into detail about the films, but I’ll explain why I loved them and why you should watch them yourself if you haven’t seen them already.

Silver Linings Playbook – The beginning of this film is a tough watch for me as it deals with mental illness and it hit close to home. The reason it’s on my list, however, is because I was able to relate to the protagonist, Pat (Bradley Cooper), as he always looks for the silver lining in situations (hence the name of the film) and is able to accept things he cannot change.

The Descendants – The location and music in this film alone is enough for me to love it as it takes place in Hawaii, which was one of my favorite places I lived growing up in the military. Aside from that, one of the reasons why I fell in love with this film is that it shows how a tragic moment in a family helps strengthen a bond that was weakening due to life and other obligations. While the climax of the film is saddening, it’s the very last scene that I enjoyed because it’s subtle but effective, showing how strong a family can become.

Rango – For those who have read my previous reviews, you know that I’m a big fan of animation and this film happens to be my favorite animated film of the 2010s. It’s a smart, gritty, and a well-made animated film that feels like it’s made by people with ambition rather than a committee looking for a quick buck. For those who aren’t familiar with this film, the biggest theme in it is identity and finding your place in the world. As a Christian I believe that’s something we tackle every day as we try to discover what God has in store for us.

Avengers: Endgame – If there’s any fanboy pick for this list it’s probably this one because I’m a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film delivered on all my expectations. The reason I chose this film however is because it was able to pull off the impossible by giving us a epic conclusion from a twenty-two film story arc that no one had ever done before. Also, the more I think about it, it’s probably one of the greatest pro-life movies I’ve ever seen.

Inception – If there’s any film that I love it’s this one as it’s a completely original blockbuster that not only makes you think, but has things in it that you’ll rediscover in repeat viewings. It also has sone of my favorite themes in media, which are redemption and forgiveness. The way it’s played out here is not only subtle, but very well done, which makes me appreciate the film every time I watch it. It is currently my favorite film of all time.

Well there you have it, my top five films of the 2010s. I’ve seen a lot of films this past decade, but these five particular ones stuck to me in a way that gives me hope of Hollywood making genuine films. I just hope the 2020s will be as great, if not greater.

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