January 1, 2016 // No Comments
As we enter 2016, it’s time to look back at the good that came out of 2015, and I think I can safely say this was actually a pretty good year for Disney. Not everything they put out ended up on this list, but with exception of The Good Dinosaur and Tomorrowland, everything they had a hand in could have ended up on this list.
It was also a good year for spy movies, as the rush to cash-in on Spectre actually ended up producing some damn good films and even the not-so-great ones were still better than Spectre.
All in all, 2015 was a good year, but what were my favourite movies of 2015?
We’ve been dying for a movie like Krampus for years. A throwback to movies like Gremlins, this movie takes aim everything wrong with the attitude we take at the Christmas season whilst delivering a lot of laughs and scares. Krampus goes for the throat whilst simultaneously paying tribute to all the Christmas classics of the 80s. Easily the best Christmas movie in years.
9. Mad Max: Fury Road
One of the best trailers of the year turned out one of the best movies of the year. Using practical effects, bare-bones story-telling and a heaping spoonful of enthusiasm, Mad Max: Fury Road was one of this year’s biggest hits and with good reason. Few movies felt as fun as this one and in a year where many franchises tried – and failed – to make their comeback, Mad Max: Fury Road did so with swaggering confidence that made a guaranteed instant classic.
8. Inside Out
Pixar might not be the giants of quality they once were but Inside Out is still one of the most important movies that PIxar has ever made. A stunningly realistic portrayal of depression and how it affects us, Inside Out is a fun movie that every parent needs to see and make sure their child sees as well. In a time where mental health is still not completely understood, Inside Out is too important to ignore.
The movie everyone was terrified for this year pulled it out of the bag with the most unique entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Playing out more like a Judd Apatow comedy featuring superheroes, Ant-man is a laid-back experience that is instantly quotable and served as a giant little note to end the second phase of the MCU on.
6. Ex Machina
Almost certainly the smartest movie I saw all year, as well as the bleakest. The story of a man who’s brought to a remote location by a genius to test whether or not his latest creation – a robotic woman – can fool him into believing it be human. The atmosphere is rich and the performances are stellar, Ex Machina will leave you staring at the credits thoughtful and just a little bit different to when you started.
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
The sequel to the 2012 hit delivered everything you could’ve asked for: character development, new characters, bigger action, the lot. It was a fun ride from start to finish and James Spader’s turn as Ultron was one of the best performances all year in my opinion. A movie that I could sit and analyse for hours, or one I can sit back and enjoy the ride. Bring on the Civil War.
4. Fast & Furious 7
This movie has a sequence in which Dwayne Johnson drives an ambulance into a predator drone. He then proceeds to get out of the car, shoot the predator drone with a handgun then rip out it’s machine gun so he can shoot down a helicopter. A helicopter that is currently firing on Vin Diesal and Jason Statham as they duel using wrenches atop a collapsing building.
Sometimes you just want some good, pure, stupid, okay?
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I am so, so happy that this movie is on my best of list. The Star Wars franchise is one that I loved and then lost interest in because of the prequels, so for me to not only like this new movie, but to love it so much I want to dig out old Star Wars stuff and watch the old movies, is important. It’s a great movie that has re-ignited the love for the franchise in hundreds of people. It deserves to be any best of list for that alone.
Easily the best spy movie this year, whilst at the same time being the funniest comedy this year, Spy was the surprise hit of the year for me. With excellent comedic performances, quotable lines and a plot that wasn’t completely generic, Spy ended up being a better Bond movie than Spectre and whilst it wasn’t alone in that, Spy did it with such smooth confidence that it just gets better on each re-watch.
1. Big Hero 6
I cannot put into words how much I loved this movie. I have seen it 7 times and I expect I’ll see it another 7 times this year. I love the characters, I love the story, I love the visuals and I love the themes. I have a soft-spot for ‘boy and his dog’ narratives, but combining this with a ‘you can do more’ message, and Big Hero 6 was the right combination of elements to hit my heart in all the good ways. Are there better movies? Yes, but no other movie has stayed with me like this one. It’s now one of my new favourites, and my best movie of 2015.
And with that, we’re done with 2015!
Plans are to move the movie reviews to a separate site in this year, and I expect I’ll be watching a bunch of stuff soon enough. So I hope you’ve enjoyed these reviews and these top ten lists.
Thanks for your support,