A lot has changed in the last decade; back in 2008, the world was a happier place. Brexit wasn’t on the cards, Obama was elected as president of the United States and these epic blockbusters were shown on the big screen for the very first time.
From action-packed thrillers to comedies and tear-jerkers, we’ve rounded up 10 of the blockbuster movies that are turning 10 this year. P.S. sorry if this makes you feel old, we’re crying too.
There’s no denying that Marvel movies have become a huge success over the last decade with Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Thor all leading up to this year’s huge release, Avengers: Infinity War. Starring the incredible Robert Downey Jr, this genius, action-packed comedy will never grow old.
You can’t call yourself a true Disney fan if you’ve never watched WALL-E and felt your heart grow three sizes like the Grinch. Funny, heartwarming and displaying some seriously impressive animation, WALL-E earned heaps of praise from critics across the board as well as clocking up an impressive $62.5million (£30m) on its first weekend.
The Dark Knight
The release of The Dark Knight was a sad time for Hollywood as it saw the final performance of Heath Ledger, who tragically passed away shortly after filming his final scenes. His role as The Joker will go down in history as one of Heath’s finest pieces of work, that will forever hold him as one of the world’s most legendary actors.
One of the biggest franchises of the last decade, tweens across the world went mad when Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series was brought to the big screen for the first instalment of The Twilight Saga. Looking back now, this drama/fantasy flick is probably one of the worst films on this list, but we’re letting it slide because we’re still living for Team Jacob and Taylor Lautner’s impressive transformation.
After finding success in the first two series of Skins alongside Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel got his big break with his leading role in Slumdog Millionaire. This multi-award-winning movie follows the story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik, who competes on India’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Slumdog was a huge success in Hollywood, racking up seven Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and seven BAFTAs.
Kung Fu Panda
If you didn’t fall in love with the adorable Po the Panda on your first watch of this Dreamworks classic, then you seriously need to rewatch this film. Starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan, the Kung Fu Panda films are still as popular now as they were upon their original release date.
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
On some level, all girls can relate to the embarrassing antics of 14-year-old Georgia Nicholson and her problematic love life of trying to win over Robbie (Aaron Taylor Johnson) – be still our beating hearts. From dressing up as a green olive to making her legs “look like giant cheesy puffs” after using too much fake tan, Georgia, her Ace Gang and 17-year-old Aaron Taylor Johnson will always hold a very special place in our hearts.
The release of Milk came at a very key time for the LGBTQ+ community, as 2008 saw an appeals court reject California’s Proposition 8, therefore allowing same-sex marriage to become legal across the entire state.
We feel like we blinked and this unbelievably cheesy/feel-good musical movie turned 10. Which makes us even more excited for the release of this year’s sequel, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again…even if there is a worrying absence of Meryl Streep in the trailer.