2015 is about to become nothing more than a memory, and like most memories that you wish to drown in the sweet and savory of regret better known as alcohol. However, 2015 was very promising in movies! Here is my top 10 movies released this year!
Most of the movies listed I never had chance to review but definitely stuck in my head, which any reviewer would say that would be a plus alone.
At number 10 slot goes to Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper starring Bradly Cooper as Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle. The story tells the real life hero Chris Kyle and the struggle our soldiers have after the war. The movie did an amazing job showcasing the after effects of war, in not just the soldiers but their families who are left behind.
Bradly Cooper continues to surprise me as an actor. Although, the movie did an awesome job in highlighting the issue of war, I found lacking in the attachment in the character development. You felt bad for the characters and what they go through, however from films such as, Saving Private Ryan or even Forest Gump, you weren’t as effected as you thought you would be. I would say, I applaud them in focusing on Kyle’s story and the realism of PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder).
American Sniper is a good movie, with action, great acting and the realization you get after of what our soldiers goes through even after they come home.
At number 9 is overall based on sympathetic reasons. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Fast and Furious franchise, you couldn’t help but feel sadden about the sudden death of Paul Walker and the impact it had on the film. The film did it’s job in action pack car chases and fight scenes. You know going in that you’re in for a good feel movie (minus Tokyo Drift). Furious 7 created a good movie for all ages to enjoy but ultimately created a goodbye for Paul Walker.Whether you’re a fan or not you couldn’t help but get chocked up at the final scene.
Furious 7 continues to prove that car chases never get old.
Number 8 goes to an independent film, Little Boy, that blew me away! Little Boy is a great family movie, that has drama, humor, hope and heart. Jakob Salvati, blew me away and you not only saw that he gave everything to his role but you felt what he was feeling. Actors definitely need to take note from this kid! The movie reflects the powerful relationship between father and son and what you are capable of when you have hope.
The movie was inspiring and a great story that your family would enjoy together.
It never ceases to amaze me how brilliant Pixar is! My number 7 goes to Inside Out! No matter your age, or how tough you think you are, Pixar can make anyone feel the ultimate feels! The concept of little creatures in your head that control your emotions is beyond genius! You follow Riley, a young girl who is moved from her home and has to adapt to her new life. Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) help Riley figure out her way when things seem lost. You watch the movie and relate to each and every character.
Inside Out isn’t just a family movie but a movie adults can relate to…and can watch with their kids.
The books united us and the movie did more that I won’t mention. At number 6 goes to an adaption I was eager to see in the big screen. Fifty Shades of Grey was definitely a hit or miss for some, as for me…was a hit! No pun intended. As a huge fan of the series, I was both nervous and excited to see it brought to life on the big screen. The movie was very good in keeping important parts from the book we all loved and added a few that made the story a bit more interesting.
Fifty Shades of Grey, to me, is a love story of two very different people with very different views in relationships. For me, it made me question the possibilities. No, not S &M lifestyle! Would you help the person you love out of darkness, when they lived in it for so long?
Woman felt empowered and men got laid after. Win, win.
At number 5 goes to a 90’s favorite, Jurassic World which made dinosaurs cool again! Jurassic Park in the early 90’s, made everyone believe in the dinosaurs and if we were to coexist with them we would die. Chris Pratt, played a raptor whisperer and helped Bryce Dallas Howard’s character when a modified dinosaur breaks free.
The movie had action and dinosaurs and most importantly Chris Pratt. Jurassic World returned us to the little kid inside us and we couldn’t be happier.
When a franchise, you have been following, ends there is an emptiness that you feel that at that moment you feel you might not recover from. At my number 4, belongs to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The last film brought tears, tears and more tears. Jennifer Lawrence continues to prove that she’s a rare actress in a franchise that can do more than one genre. The script followed the books, which most lacked. The movie from beginning to end was action packed and made you sit at the edge of your seat.
A franchise, although over, will forever stay with us. For that, you say…you did your job well!
Marvel gives you a movie you are already a fan of. This time Marvel made you love a new character that you didn’t think you would like! That my friends is magic! Ant-Man completely changed my views in Ant-man and made me love him! Paul Rudd as Ant-Man was outstanding! Paul Rudd, is someone known for his humor blew your mind in his action sequences. Any doubts you had about this film going in, is completely gone after. You leave not only rooting for Ant-Man but actually adding him to your list of favorite superheros.
Marvel, I’m telling you! Avengers: Age of Ultron brings our favorite superheros back to fight their biggest threat yet. Avengers was mind blowingling amazing! Yes, a new word was created for this! For a film to top their first one is rare. For a superhero movie to achieve that proves how great this one truly was. Every scene is better than the last and brings more heartfelt, humor, drama, action each time! You continue to not just root for the heroes but feel attach to them somehow. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, kill it as the characters to a point where you can’t imagine them recasting. Avengers is a film that can be watch multiple times and still enjoy it like the first time.
You know what my number 1 is going to…Star Wars!! Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought us back the a galaxy far, far away and man did we miss it! J.J. Abrams gave life to Star Wars again and us fans couldn’t thank him enough! The film brought us new characters but also bring back our favorites in a way that fits to a new story in the franchise. J.J. kept what we loved about Star Wars but gave it an update but still felt similar. The cinematography was so beautiful, pace was just right and the humor was placed just right and not forced in. The new actors were fantastic and I can’t wait to see them grow in this film and what they will bring.
The Force Awakens made a non-fan, enjoy the film, which hasn’t been done in a Star Wars film before. I’ve seen Star Wars Episode 7 a total of 4 times and let me say…it’s better each time I go! Star Wars was resurrected, brought our characters we love back, made us love new ones, and continued to take us to a galaxy we loved seeing.
So there you have it! My favorite movies of 2015 and I must say not too shabby. 2015 you brought tears, laughter, enjoyment and we thank you!
So I want to know what are your top 10 films of this year? And Happy New Year guys! Thank you for sticking with me another year!