With the year more than half way done, it's almost time to start worrying about what presents to buy for our loved ones. But for now let's look back on our favorite films of the year 2016!
Who would have thought a sequel/pre-quel of an 'OK' early 2000's found-footage film would be one of the best films of the year. 10 Cloverfield Lane is good, really good. Most films that come out early in the year are not so lucky. Unfortunately most of the people I talk movies with haven't seen this gem yet. Hopefully once Oscar season roles around, 10 Cloverfield lane will pop back up again.
Hello, My Name Is Doris really surprised me. I hadn't seen much about this movie other than an 'ok' trailer, so I went into this film thinking it would be one of those films that critics love but us lowly fans just don't get. Boy, was I happy that wasn't the case. Hello, My Name Is Doris hit home for me, I related to Sally Field's character, Doris, instantly. Now I'm not saying I see myself in Doris, rather I know someone who resembles Doris, and seeing the ups and down that Doris had to go through made this film jump out to me.
I found Hush on Netflix and decided to take a chance. It had a %100 rating and (at the time of me writing this) still holds that score. And even though I don't feel that it's a perfect film, it is very well done and has that 'It's so simple and perfect' feel to it.
Let me start off by saying I love Disney films, more like I'm obsessed with them. Like any other kid who grew up in the 90's, I grew up in the golden age of Disney animation. So I was overly optimistic when I saw that Disney was going to make a live-action version of the classic film, The Jungle Book. I heart this film a great deal. The voice cast is spot on and they even managed the one obstacle, that lots of critics questioned if they could accomplish, by keeping the classic musical number in the film without losing its way.
Zootopia...where do I start. This film has everything. Memorable characters, great story, laugh out loud moments and maybe the most important element Zootopia brings is that its real. Underneath its furry shell, Zootopia tells a story that is all too real and relevant in today's world. Dealing with racism and inequality. Trying to understand others feelings and concerns while trying not to look like a jack-ass in the process. Definitely a film I will add to my growing Disney collection.
Captain America: Civil War / Finding Dory / The Conjuring 2 / The Mermaid
I was excited for Suicide Squad the moment it was announced that there were plans to make the film because I loved reading the New 52 Suicide Squad comic, and I couldn't wait too see this band of villains on the big screen. People may have been dissapointed with the movie, but I loved it. I'm a sucker for good music and the soundtrack was great, and every song that played in the movie I couldn't help but dance a little in my seat. As far as the story goes, I liked the little bit of back story they put in for the characters, but obviously it wasn't enough, but I can let that slide since if they did fully flesh out the characters the movie would be way too long. The antagonist in the movie was sadly forgettable, even though I think the Enchantress looked really cool, she didn't do much as far as villains go, I would have preffered The Joker to be the main bad guy. The visuals were awesome, and the action scenes were high energy and really entertaining to watch. Overall I really enjoyed this movie, regardless of what I heard from critics or other viewers. I can't wait for the next Suicide Squad film.
Swiss Army Man
I have to say, I'm biased when I say this was such a great movie, I love Daniel Radcliffe in just about anything he's in. I'm also biased when I say I loved the visuals of the two stars in the forest, they shot those scenes in Humboldt County, which is where I spent my college undergrad years surrounded by beautiful Redwoods. Paul Dano plays the stranded Hank and Daniel Radcliffe plays a washed up corpse, and the two traverse through the forest in search of help and out of the forest. Throughout their time together Hank uses the reanimated corpse to do things like chop wood, start a fire, and shoot things which is why the name of this movie is Swiss Army Man, this corpse does it all! I love the scenes where Hank and the corpse enact scenes from their imagination and it's like the two are in their own little world. This movie was much more than I expected, and I urge everyone to see it, and maybe you can tell me what you think of the ending, which is up to interpretation. Great movie, with great actors, and I definitely would add this to my collection.
Finding Dory was such a fun movie, I enjoyed it more than Finding Nemo. The whole story is about Dory finding her family that she lost a long time ago, and being a fish that has short term memory loss makes the adventure a little difficult. Luckily she gets help from friends, old and new, to help her find her parents. The new characters in the movie are great and fun to watch and the flashbacks of Dory as a baby are just too adorable. Watching this movie was a little emotional, especially at the end because you're rooting for Dory to find her parents and you want her to succeed. The movie was cute, funny, and exciting, and I definitely would love to watch this movie over and over again.
Me Before You
Ok, just hear me out on this one. This may be a total "chick flick", but what's wrong with that? You have Emilia Clarke play as the adorably quirky Louisa who likes to wear playful and bright outfits, how cute is that? I was pleasantly surprised to see her in this role because I first knew Emilia as the bad ass Mother of Dragons, and she's the total opposite in this movie. Louisa is hired to take care of Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, and he's not the friendliest person due to him hating his current situation. Louisa's cheerful mood eventually gets Will to open up and enjoy life, and of course feelings start to develop for one another. It has a simple and predictable story but it's executed well and I couldn't help but watch these two together, they definitely have great chemistry between them.
Nerve is definitely a wild ride as you watch these players do dares for fame and money. I had heard not so great things about this movie, but it looked so cool, of course I had to watch it. Emma Roberts plays a Vee who seems to always be the sidekick to her best friend, and in order to prove not only to the world but also herself that she is anything but a boring sidekick she joins Nerve as a player, and craziness ensues. Another movie with a great soundtrack and some high energy scenes that makes you feel for the characters and what they're going through. I like that this movie can be percieved as a social commentary on how people on social media nowadays have their whole lives on the internet and total strangers can easily obtain your personal info, and also that trust in technology can be dangerous. It gave me something to think about after the movie was over.