We’re only a day away from 2017, so its only right for me to give you my top ten movies from 2016.
There’s been so many great movies this year, some of which I haven’t seen. No fault of my own, unless you blame me for staying in the UK. But unfortunately such films like Silence, Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester By The Sea and La La Land won’t make it to my list as they’re yet to hit screens my side of the Atlantic.
With my hands tied on that matter, here is my top ten.
10) Jungle Book
I’m always scared when Disney announce a live-action movie based on one of their iconic animated films. But the 3D retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s book is fantastic. Directed by Jon Favreau, the Jungle Book is a beautiful, funny and a great film for all the family. Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli gives a cracking performance, especially since the film was mostly shot without other actors on set. The voice cast also nails it, with Bill Murray’s Baloo and Christopher Walken’s King Louie taking the plaudits.
9) Hunt for the Wilderpeople
“I didn’t choose the skuxx life, the skuxx life chose me.” Taika Waititi crafted a “majestical” coming of age comedy. The grumpiness of Sam Neil’s character thrown in with the little city hoodlum, philosopher Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) made for one of the best comedy on-screen duo’s this year, as the two adventure through the rough terrain of the New Zealand bush whilst being hunted down by the system and co. It’s clever, funny and has a lot of heart.
8) Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Cut
Director Zack Snyder brings something different to the superhero genre that’s a welcome change. There’s an edge, a bit of darkness that not everyone likes. But it seems like everything has to be fun, or Marvel-esqe for it to be accepted. The performances of Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are perfect as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Theres more depth to these characters unlike some other superhero movies out there. To me it’s like the old comics from the 80’s that brought adults back into the fold with their darker ways. Snyder manages to mix a few of DC Comics best storylines and mash them into this epic three-hour event.
7) Deepwater Horizon
A heart-breaking true story of survival during the “BP Oil Spill”. Mark Wahlberg gives his best performance in recent years. Director Peter Berg does what he does, bringing a lot of heart and soul to the table. The special effects are great, with the story staying true to the actual events. It toys with your emotions, even though you know whats going to happen your still on the edge of your seat hoping that everyone gets off safe.
6) The Accountant
It’s a very well done popcorn movie, that was one of the most enjoyable cinema experiences of the year. Gavin O’Connor gives us a well crafted R-rated action thriller that’s compelling. Ben Affleck portrayal of the autistic accountant/assassin Christian Wolff is superb. With the story playing out over two parts of Wolff’s puzzling life. It’s almost a superhero movie. Possibly why I loved it so much.
5) Captain America: Civil War
Civil War is Marvel’s best film since the start of the MCU back in 2008. It’s the conclusion of all that’s happened in the previous 12 films leading up to this. The addition of Spider-Man and Black Panther upped the ante, both of whom I can’t to see more of. Its moving, you feel for both Cap and Iron Man as the divide between the two isn’t something that’s going to be easily fixed. There’s some amazing action sequences, with the best being the battle at the airport between Team Cap and Team Iron Man.
4) Everybody Wants Some
Director Richard Linklater made a movie about bros being bros. It made me reminisce about how good times were with my football (soccer) team at school. There’s something great about the bond between team mates over a season, and Linklater manages to cram that feeling into a film set over a period of three days. Its warm-hearted, fun with pure 80’s nostalgia.
It’s been a long time since an alien invasion movie was any good, but the wait was worth it as Denis Villeneuve managed to make a film of Earth’s first contact with Extra Terrestrial’s one of the most beautiful, heartfelt films with a human story at its center. Amy Adams gives an all-star performance, pulling all our emotional strings. It’s thought-provoking, and spreads a message that the world needs to work together for greatness. Theres no better time than now for this point to be made.
2) The Nice Guy
If you want to make a buddy cop film, you get in Shane Black. He knows his stuff to well, and he shows off his talent by getting the best out of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Their on-screen chemistry is crazy good and it’s a crying shame we won’t get a sequel due to its box office performace. It’s charming, funny and brings back the gold old days of buddy cop movies.
1) Hell or High Water
A modern day western with a fantastic story at its core. Two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) pulling off bank heists to save their family ranch from forclosure, whilst a grumpy soon to be retired Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) hunts them down. Everything works well, from the beautiful cinematography, to stellar cast performances by Pine, Foster and Bridges. Director David Mackenzie elevates a superb script from Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) to another level. A must see!
Remember all films are subjective, so if my list isnt like yours, it doesnt mean it’s wrong. Same goes with yours, we just have different tastes.
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