10. The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
There’s nothing too special about “The Five-Year Engagement,” as it’s just a retread of the old “love amidst obstacles” formula. Still, there is some comedy and heart to be found here. This makes for a fairly enjoyable watch even if it isn’t the most stimulating.
9. Passengers (2016)
The premise of “Passengers” fares far better than the actual execution. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are perfectly enjoyable, but they can’t overcome a plethora of missteps and plotholes.
8. Wanted (2008)
Many loved the stylish action film, “Wanted.” This author was not one of them. The movie was a bit of a disjointed mess, but it did give Chris Pratt a brief role in a pretty big movie. Not bad at all.
7. Jurassic World (2015)
Disjointed and poorly-paced. Plenty of action, but the film has a sadistic edge, which is quite disturbing. On a positive note, Pratt shows that he’s fully capable of being a leading man. Hopefully, he’ll get some better scripts.
6. The Magnificent Seven (2016)
While it certainly isn’t as good as the original, “The Magnificent Seven” is fairly good. The acting is superb and there’s plenty of action. Well then, what’s missing? A splash of subtly and a little better character development.
5. The Lego Movie (2014)
Honestly, I’m not sure anyone was ready for how complex and existential “The Lego Movie” would be. Mark this one in the “nice surprise” column, with Pratt in the lead. This was pure fun for kids and adults.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Equal parts action, comedy and kitsch, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a massive hit last year. The movie was offbeat and darkly inspiring. Chris Pratt in the lead was magical, as was Bradley Cooper as a CGI raccoon. And that soundtrack…
3. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
The story of how Osama Bin Laden was hunted and killed, was one of the most riveting and controversial films of the current decade. The movie is a tense and dramatic trek through true history. Few remember that Chris Pratt played a Navy SEAL in this one.
2. Moneyball (2011)
Moneyball is the true story of how advanced statistics forever changed Major League Baseball. The film is truly one of the best in the last decade. Brad Pitt is solid as always, and Jonah Hill turns in a superb performance as well. At the end, we learn that the film was about much more than merely baseball.
- Her (2013)
A man in love with his phone’s operating system sounds like one of the worst comedies ever. But add in Spike Jonze, and you have one of the best films in years. Chris Pratt has a brief role as a secretary. Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams are amazing here.