Forget the latest movies – we thought we’d take a look back at the noughties for a little spot of Brit-themed nostalgia and give you a lowdown of five of the best films of the last decade.
There are many things that can mean a film qualifies as British, from boasting a British director, an overwhelmingly British cast, or that it was shot on British soil. For whatever reason, though, many films have qualified as thoroughly British and have dominated cinema times in British cinemas.
Three films that just fell short of a place in the top five are Children of Men, Dead Man’s Shoes and Layer Cake to the leave the way free for this special quintet to hog the limelight.
Casino Royale (2006) – After the overly showy likes of Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough, the Bond film franchise was in dire need of some class. Fortunately, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson realised and went back to Bond’s roots with Fleming’s classic Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’ and brought the plot up to date with the likes of the Bourne Identity and other latest movies in the action genre – and sexed Bond up by bringing in new boy Daniel Craig for a fantastic mix of power, aggression, intensity and British charisma.
Snatch (2000): With what had already defined his trademark, Guy Ritchie brought a bunch of wise-cracking Cockneys to our screens with the critically acclaimed Snatch. He had set himself a high standard to maintain with Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, but he never even looked like failing in his quest with this number, especially since he had Brad Pitt on board.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – Danny Boyle was the name on the lips of every film fan a few years ago when he swept the board at the Oscars following the runaway success of Slumdog Millionaire, a film that evokes a real range of emotions. Boyle picked up a startling eight Oscars and a clutch of other gongs and awards as the inspirational story of a group of friends trying to seek a better life for themselves in India tugged hard on the heart strings of all cinemagoers.
28 Days Later (2002) – Another iconic film on Boyle’s glittering CV is 28 Days Later. British directors are far from prolific when it comes to producing nail-biting horror movies, but Boyle made a mockery of that theory. The opening scenes are particularly striking as a survivor of a deadly virus walks around the streets of deserted London only to then discover he is anything but on his own. The choice of three alternative endings on the DVD adds further twists and turns, while the sequel 28 Weeks Later was good yet failed to hit the heights of 28 Days Later.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) – The words ‘British’, ‘romcom’ and ‘zombie’ had probably never been used before in the same sentence before Shaun of the Dead’s release – and perhaps never will again! In a way, that’s the beauty of Shaun of the Dead in that it’s brilliantly random and memorable for all the right reasons, unlike so many other Brit flicks. Some of the leading lights in UK comedy come together in a raucous mix of gore, guts and gags.
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