2016 was a very hit and miss year for films, some were fantastic others not so much and quite a lot of them were just okay.
To start us off with something positive here is a countdown of my favourite Films that came out this past year that I got to see in the cinema so that does mean I can’t include some of the fantastic films I saw at home like Park Chan Wook’s sensational I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK or Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic wonder Crimson Peak.
Top 5 Films of 2016:
This film was superb, it delivered a clever storyline with beautifully realised characters and utterly gorgeous cinematography. The overall message of the film was rather brilliant as well, as it could be argued that the misunderstanding that the humans have between the Heptapods Alien race is a direct commentary on human to human misunderstanding due to culture and language barriers, thus calling for a more respectful and globally minded world.
And for these aforementioned reasons Arrival was hands down the best film I saw this year, I loved the plot of the film so much that immediately after seeing it I bought the book Stories of your Life and Others by Ted Chiang to read the short story the film was based on.
Rogue One breathes life into the rebellion mission to recover the Death Star plans that was briefly mentioned in A New Hope. I am so glad (like many star wars fans) that this film actually happened because it was a brilliant entry into the Star Wars saga and gave us all too briefly some really awesome characters, like Donnie Yen’s badass blind warrior monk Chirrut Îmwe. Another thing of note was the film’s portrayal of hope and that each character became a hero in their own right.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s films are always beautifully shot and The Revenant was no exception, the snowy and punishing terrain of 19th Century America was utterly stunning and seeing the film in a comfortable cinema I even felt myself feeling quite cold because of how immersive the camera work was. The Highlights of the film were Dicaprio and Hardy in their respective roles who were brilliant and the fight scenes with the Indians and that infamous bear were so rawly and beautifully shot.
The Jungle Book:
Okay, I’ll admit that I went to see this film because I was curious as to how it was going to be executed (being live action and all) and to see if it was actually going to be any good as my thinking before going into the cinema was that it possibly would be a little rubbish and unnecessary but I ended up loving it which surprised me. The visuals were stunning, Mowgli was adorable, Idris Elba’s was quite the formidable Shere Khan and rest of the voice cast were brilliant such as Ben Kingsly as Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo and Christopher Walken as King Louie. Plus I absolutely love Scarlett Johanson’s version of Trust In Me.
Tom Ford you talented bastard! This film was quite the harrowing watch and much like Amy Adam’s character Susan we get pulled into the second narrative which is the manuscript her previous husband Edward sent her, as the film progresses its clear that this disturbing novel is Edwards revenge for her past actions. One thing I loved about this film was the stark contrast of the narratives, Susan’s world is sophisticated almost to the point of being clinical whereas the world of the novel is dirty and savage.
The Disappointments of 2016:
WTF was this film! I expected so much from this film from the first couple of trailers it looked really interesting but the final product was just so messy and quite boring. The best thing about the film was Jared Leto’s Joker but with the way the plot was he had no real reason to be in the film.
Batman Vs Superman: The Dawn of Justice:
One word…Martha. DC just really suck at making their shared movie universe blend together well, this film was utter nonsense for the most part, and ironically the best part of the film is Wonder Woman who is barely in the film.
The Films I Missed at the Cinema:
Park Chan Wook’s latest film looks so damn interesting and beautiful, but when is it showing in cinemas!! I found out after it happened that there was a film festival in London that was showing a retrospective of Park’s work that included this film and I was so mad that I missed it!! I’ve read on several websites that it may or may not be being released in February or April!! Damn I wish more people would watch foreign cinema so that more films got wider and definitive releases!!
The Childhood of a Leader:
Like with The Handmaiden, The Childhood of a Leader was perhaps a little bit too much of a independent film to get a wide release so I wasn’t able to see the film when it came out in cinemas which is a shame as I was really looking forward to seeing the film on the big screen, oh well I’ll just have to wait for the Blu-Ray.
The Light Between Oceans:
Truthfully I could have gone to see this film but I was just too busy and a little lazy so I didn’t but I’m sure I will check it out at home at some point and cry my eyes out in private.
Okay, so that concludes my look back at the year of 2016 in Movies but we would love to hear what films you thought were the Best and Worst and the films you didn’t get the chance to see this past year so drop us a message in the comments section down bellow!!