Friday, 25 December 2015
My Top 10 Movies of 2015
Due to there being a lot of great movies this year there are of course some honourable mentions. Jurassic World was a fun and enjoyable movie despite many flaws. An entertaining film and nothing more really. Marvels Ant Man was a huge surprise too in which was another entertaining movie from the juggernaut studio. Jake Gyllenhall's performance in Southpaw was incredible in which was another great movie of 2015. It did follow the standard boxing movie routine but did feel pretty fresh as it narrowly missed out on the list. A shout out also to The Gift which I thought was very good and felt pretty unnerving. It also brought us Jason Bateman portraying one of the least likeable characters we seen this year. Many spy films were released his year with Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Spy and Kingsman missing out. John Wick was another of my favourites but also just missed the cut. Now that the honourable mentions have been credited, lets start with number 10!
The list starts off with Marvels main blockbuster this year, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel to Avengers brought in the big bucks as it grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. I had a great time with this and was overall satisfied with Age of Ultron. I do understand some of the criticism that does come in it's direction as it does look to set up other Marvel projects in which will be their phase 3. However as a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe I really enjoyed this film. Possibly due to the recent films building these characters and making me care for them helped do so. The introduction of the new characters such as Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were all welcome and good inclusions. The great characters as well as the phenomenal action makes for a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I didn't have huge expectations for Steve Jobs. I thought it would be a solid film. However it was much better than that. With Michael Fassbender as Jobs, he gives an incredible performance which may very well gain him an Oscar nod. As someone who doesn't really know much about Steve Jobs, I found myself thoroughly invested in this movie and actually learned quite a lot. This really is solely a film with a lot of talking but the combination of Aaron Sorkin's writing being magnificent and the actors performances allowed this to be very interesting and kept my attention for the whole time. Other performances from Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels were also great but Fassbender is the clear star. Right now I feel that Fassbender could be in nearly anything and I would be captivated by him. One of the best today and his performance makes this film incredible.
Although not being a particular fan of the scary/horror genre, I found a great deal of enjoyment from It Follows. This film could of quite easily been very silly due to it's plot and what the story is based around. However It Follows is a very creepy film and makes you wonder how you would act if in this situation. We get to see our main character constantly breaking down and feeling the effects of paranoia due to what is constantly happening to her. The score from this film helps this mood be conveyed and it does an incredible job in doing so. I enjoyed this film a whole lot more than I expected to and would highly recommend It Follows. A very eery and unsettling movie that movie fans will enjoy from start to finish.
Damn you Pixar you did it again. Once again the animation studio have done an incredible job of making a fun, entertaining family movie, Once again they also made a film with a much deeper meaning so that it can relate to adults as well. Another great from Pixar as they continue to show how animation should be done. Amy Poelher as Joy was a perfect casting for the voice as all of the different emotions were great. The story for this was great and both kids and adults will get huge enjoyment from this film. It's incredible how Pixar can make you laugh so much and then in one second hit you with something hard so you get the emotional side as well. A great movie to add to the long list of incredible movies from Pixar. Even though it ripped off The Numskulls comic from the Beano.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks are back in work together for the fourth time. Whenever one of the greatest directors and greatest actors team up it cannot be missed. And Bridge of Spies should not be missed. A very intriguing tale during the Cold War as we follow Hanks character James B Donovan as he negotiates to trade a Russian spy in return to bring an American pilot and student back home. The dialogue in this has to be great as it is indeed a talking film. Thankfully the dialogue is magnificent and makes you so intrigued in what is happening. Bridge of Spies is an incredible film telling the story of an American hero unbelievably well. Tom Hanks brings a great performance which makes you care about Donovan as he faces all of the struggles to accomplish his mission.
Ex Machina is a great sci-fi thriller featuring only four characters. Doomhnall Gleeson is invited by his employer Oscar Isaac to participate in a test in order to test his newly created Artificial Intelligence played by Alicia Vikander. Gleesons character starts to develop a liking to the A.I and he must decide where his loyalties lie- with his employer or with a machine. This was actually director Alex Garland's first outing which is incredible as he has made one of the best films of the year. A very interesting and intriguing film with great performances given by Isaac and also by Vikander. Oscar Isaac's charisma in Ex Mahina steals the show as he plays one of the more interesting characters of recent times. Filled with great dialogue which it needs as you would really not care about the characters if what they were saying wasn't interesting. A great film with a very interesting plot with many twists.
By Angus McGregor