These 2008 movies turn 10 in 2018!
Not feeling old enough after checking out our list of albums turning 10 this year? Then read on to see which movies are celebrating a decade of existence this year. Seriously, you’re gonna feel super old.
The Dark Knight
The second movie in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy gave the superhero genre much-needed credibility thanks to a gritty tone and a superb plot. It’s Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker that steals the show though, propelling The Dark Knight to a box office take of over $1 billion worldwide.
Although it wasn’t the most successful superhero movie of 2008, Iron Man undoubtedly set the tone for what was to come. The film’s irreverent tone, helped along by Robert Downey Jr’s wiseguy performance as Tony Stark, and huge action sequences paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which changed cinema as we know it.
2008 saw Pixar take an unlikely leap into post-apocalyptic fiction, although their take on the end of the world was every bit as charming, heart-warming and tear-jerking as you’d expect. Wall-E, a small robot left to clean up the remains of a litter-covered Earth, meets an space robot named EVE and, together, they have to save what remains of the spacebound (and obese) human race from an evil AI.
Gran Torino was one of Clint Eastwood’s last major films in front of the camera, and arguably the highlight of his latter career. He plays Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed and permanently cranky military vet, who foils the theft of his beloved car by a gang before befriending the thief and his family.
Part two of Robert Downey Jr’s big 2008 revival was this smash comedy, which saw Ben Stiller, Jack Black and RDJ portray a group of prima-donna actors who are dropped into the jungle and left to fend for themselves while filming a Vietnam drama. The results are predictably hilarious.
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
Yep, it’s been a decade since George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford brought Indy back and gave us the now infamous ‘nuke the fridge’ scene. Although controversial at the time, Indy’s final adventure (for now) has held up surprisingly well and is actually pretty enjoyable, especially when you consider how much Shia LaBeouf has changed over the past ten years.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly portray a pair of 40-something man children forced to live together after their parents get married. War ensues, with the pair fighting over drum sets and what to watch on TV, until a solid gold business idea brings them together. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, this movie never gets old.
2008 was a glorious year for buddy comedies. In Pineapple Express, ex-Freaks and Geeks pals Seth Rogen and James Franco (then best known for serious roles) play a pair of stoners who are drawn into a major criminal conspiracy after accidentally witnessing a murder.
Cloverfield was announced with one of the most memorable trailers of the century, a home video of a party that’s interrupted by a seriously angry monster. The jury is still out on whether the movie itself lived up to the promise of the trailer, but it remains one of the most popular monster movies ever made.
After years making straight-to-video flicks, Mickey Rourke returned to the big screen in Darren Aronofsky’s brutally realistic portrayal of the independent professional wrestling circuit. Rourke has never been better, delivering a heartbreaking performance that should have won him an Oscar.
Ready to feel really old? It’s been ten whole years since Twilight came out and gave the world R-Patz and Team Edward vs Team Jacob. If you mentioned it to a teenager these days, they probably wouldn’t even know what you’re talking about.
Most people think of Liam Neeson’s reinvention as an action star as a relatively recent phenomenon, but he’s actually been dodging bullets and cracking skulls since for nearly ten years. And yes, you really have been quoting that phone call for ten years – maybe it’s time to stop?
Kung Fu Panda
And finally, everyone’s favorite black-and-white martial arts expert turns ten this year. Happy birthday, Po!
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