It has been a decent year of films so far; not magnificent but not too bad either. We just crossed the halfway point of 2016 and here are my favourite films of the year so far…
I’ll write about the films in descending order. But before I do that, there is one film that deserves an honourable mention. That film is Eddie the Eagle. This would be my pick for the feel good film of the year. Every year there are one or two films that you just can’t help but smile at while watching it. Eddie the Eagle is one of those films.
Taron Eggerton and Hugh Jackman put in very heartfelt performances. I knew nothing of the real life story that this film is based on, but their performances reel you in by lifting the spirits and pull at the heartstrings at the same time. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check this film out.
5. Midnight Special
This independent film tells one of those stories that do not require too much set up. A story that just drops us as the audience into a situation without any background information. The context reveals itself as the film goes on. And I love this film for it. There is no spoon feeding of any kind; Jeff Nichols as the director assumes that the audience has the requisite patience to stick with the story. And if you do, it is worth your time. You will notice that I am talking about this film in very vague terms but thats because this is one of those stories that you have to experience all by yourself. You may not like it but if you can bear it, you will love it. I did.
4. The Nice Guys
This is another film that not many people went to watch at the cinema, which is unfortunate. Over the last few year, you hear people complain about not enough original, non-franchise films being made anymore. They complain but when a good film does come along, unfortunately it isn’t supported enough.
The Nice Guys is one of those films. It came and it went through the cinemas in a matter of 2-3 weeks and you don’t hear many people talk about it. This film should have been talked about a lot more. It is a sequel to the cult classic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in spirit. The same type of humour, the same type of tone and feel, all coming from the same director.
This film is set in 70s where two private eyes investigate what seems to be a porn star’s suicide. The main attraction of this film is the chemistry between Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling and the comedy that comes from it. Once again, a film that is not to be missed.
3. 10 Cloverfield Lane
At least a sequel in tone if not a direct sequel to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a taught and brilliantly crafted bottle thriller. No fanfare preceded the release of this film; no extravagant marketing campaign, no big stars going across the world to effectively drum up some business. A trailer was was dropped on the internet only 2 months before the release date.
I found this to be an outstanding film with powerful performances; John Goodman being the star man. The less you know about the story going into it, the better your experience will be. The twist(s?) leave your jaw on the floor and keep you wanting for more. There is no real resolution at the end and the film is entirely open to your interpretation about why the characters do what they do; this is a positive in my book.
2. Captain America: Civil War
One word: Airport!
Who would have thought that Marvel would make you pick a side between Team Cap and Team Iron Man? But man do they do a good job making you choose. In part down to the directors Anthony and Joe Russo, also in part down to the performances by almost everyone in the film and the biggest part of all, the airport scene.
I was filled with a pure sense of wonder and cinematic joy while watching it. You will see things you’ve never seen before. Quite possibly the best action scene I have seen in a comic book film.
Captain America: Civil War is tied with Avengers Assemble as my favourite Marvel film so far. They nailed the drama, they nailed the action, they nailed the humour and most importantly they balanced all of that while giving all the characters their due. This is the 13th outing from Marvel in their cinematic universe and they have absolutely knocked it out of the park…an unprecedented feat.
By now, I would bet most of you would have guessed that Deadpool will be at the top of my list. I would also bet a lot of money (if I had any) that this would top the lists of many, many other people.
We don’t often get a perfect marriage between the actor and the character. We got that perfect marriage here (lets just actively forget the first time he played the character). Ryan Reynolds put in a performance that he will be defined by for the rest of his life. Deadpool is a great shit talker…Ryan Reynolds is a great shit talker.
This film is absolutely fantastic. I have never seen more perfect opening credits; it had me hooked right from the first second. The action was great too! This is a R rated film; not just kind of rated R…but right to the extreme R rated. Deadpool is the funniest comedy of the year, some of the best action of the year and also one of the best love stories of the year. It is hard for movies like to this find a balance and Deadpool did an absolute masterful job. It knew exactly when to be funny, when to be meta, when to be serious and when to be Deadpooly (this should be a word).
There you have it guys; these are the best films of the year to far for me. Have you seen them all? What do you think of the list? Are there a few titles that you think should be on this list? Let me know. Tweet me or find me on Facebook.