With 2017 upon us, now is a better time than ever to look back and see what anniversary milestones some beloved (or not so beloved) films have achieved. Some have aged better than others, but they've all stuck with us somehow to earn their place in our culture. Here is a list of 8 films that came out in 2007, turning an alarming 10 years old this year.
8. Bee Movie
It's easy to forget that this offbeat Dreamworks comedy buzzed its way into theaters ten years ago. With Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Ray Liotta, and many other stars, one would think this movie would have been a recipe for success. But then you watch it and remember that it's a movie about bees. Well, Dreamworks, better luck this year with The Boss Baby. At the very least, Bee Movie is good for a few laughs, but it's not something people are seriously looking to revisit any time soon.
Juno is a film that took everyone by surprise back in 2007 for its unique, charming depiction of teenage pregnancy and its captivating performances by Ellen Page and Michael Cera. This is a film that hasn't aged a day in its quality, despite hitting its one decade anniversary this year. Since Juno, director Jason Reitman has gone on to direct Up in the Air (2009) and Labor Day (2013) among other films, and he will be releasing his newest comedy-drama Tully later this year.
6. The Simpsons Movie
Fans rejoiced when it was announced that the Simpsons were being allowed their own feature film, and the end result lived up to expectations. It seems like just yesterday that the film introduced classic images of Spider-Pig and Homer's silly motorcycle antics, famous scenes which are still being quoted today. While many accuse the show of dropping off in quality during recent years, The Simpsons Movie is a testament to the cultural legacy of these characters, and it's become a classic of feature-length animation.
5. Spider-Man 3
Following up on the success of Spider-Man 2, Tobey Maguire donned the Spidey suit one last time in this final film of the sequence which became the highest-grossing movie of 2007. The film offered new villains in the form of both Venom and Sandman, a screenwriting decision that left many fans uneasy with the story, which was described as claustrophobic. However, many fans were pleased with the film and found Maguire as engaging as ever while portraying Peter Parker. We've seen Spider-Man in 3 new films since the movie's release with both Amazing Spider-Man films and the latest portrayal in Captain America: Civil War, proving that this is one popular hero with Marvel fans.
4. There Will Be Blood
It's hard to believe that Daniel Plainview, one of the most iconic characters in the recent history of cinema, turns 10 years old this year. There Will Be Blood is an epic, unrelenting film that solidified Paul Thomas Anderson's place among the greats. With some powerful performances and a screenplay that refuses to pull its punches, this movie has secured its place among the greats in cinematic history. If you've still never seen this visceral drama about a tyrannical oil tycoon, it's well worth a watch, and it leaves a legacy that will continue to last for years.
3. The Bourne Ultimatum
The final film of the original Bourne trilogy, many believed it was the last time we would see Damon live out a Bourne adventure. These movies have become a pinnacle of the action movie genre, and The Bourne Ultimatum lives up to the reputation of its predecessors as a satisfying, exciting piece of cinematic adventure. The film was the 7th highest-grossing movie of 2007, and it stands out for many fans as one of the finest Bourne films.
It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since Michael Bay dropped the first movie in the Transformers saga, a wildly popular franchise upon release that seems like it just won't end. With another Transformers film dropping later this year, it'll be interesting to see if Bay keeps with the same formula or decides to shake things up with his precious toy-inspired blockbusters. I would predict the former. Regardless, these movies have carved out an interesting place in our culture, and the special effects are still impressive, despite the lack of quality these movies have shown.
1. No Country for Old Men
One of the most memorable films of 2007 and of this millennium has been the Coen brothers pseudo-Western masterpiece No Country for Old Men. The film was a heated rival with There Will Be Blood, serving as its main competition at the Academy Awards. The two films were famously filmed in the same location only miles apart. Out of all the films in 2007, this one is perhaps most worth seeking out. A thrilling cat-and-mouse drama with heavy themes and smart direction make it a clear standout, and it's hard to believe a film of this quality was made 10 years ago.
Good or bad, these films have all acquired some reputation that makes them worth remembering 10 years later. The question moving forward is which films are securing their legacy now.
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