As we look back at 2016. we take stock on what a shitty year it was in oh so many ways. The last few days of a year also means that you’ll be seeing lists of the best movies of the year all over the web, and I’m no exception.
Overall I thought 2016 was a pretty good year for movies. In some ways it was actually a better year than 2015, even though we still got a mountain of sequels and other franchise installments. And the few original films we did get, didn’t really click with general audiences.
Anyways, some of my top 10 choices may surprise you, and what’s not on the list may surprise you too. For instance, I only saw one animated movie this year, so no “Finding Dory” or “Sing” on this list. Before I get to my top 10 movies of 2016, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1. I ranked the movies after watching them at least twice. Meaning my earlier reviews may not always apply.
2. There are some movies I haven’t seen, so don’t be shocked if “Assassin’s Creed,” “Passengers,” “La La Land,” and other big movies are missing.
I think that about covers it all. So now, without further ado, here are my top 10 movies of 2016:
10. Eddie The Eagle
Sadly, “Eddie the Eagle” came and went without making much of an impact at the box office. That’s a shame, because Eddie was the feel-good movie of the year, with wonderful performances from Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.
“Eddie the Eagle” takes a lot of liberties with the real story of Eddie Edwards. But this does not diminish how fun this movie is. Heck, even my mother in law liked this movie, and she hates sports.
“Arrival” is one of, if not the smartest sci-fi movie in years. It features a unique first encounter story, compelling performances by Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.
The story can be a bit confusing, my mother in law still doesn’t get it. But if you pay attention you won’t be lost, and there are a few clues sprinkled throughout to tell you what the heck is really going on in the film.
8. The Jungle Book
After months of avoiding this movie, I finally decided to watch it this week. I didn’t expect to like “The Jungle Book” because how could it possibly live up to the hype?
But I didn’t just enjoy “The Jungle Book,” I actually loved it. How is it possible that the live action film is better than the animated original? Even Bill Murray was funny, and I’ve never been a Bill Murray fan.
The one thing in the movie that could have used a little work was Christopher Walken’s singing, ’cause eek, it was bad.
7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
If you haven’t seen Dawn of Justice, skip the theatrical version and go straight to the extended cut of the movie. Yeah, it’s a bit long at 3 hours, but every subplot will make sense, and even some other scenes will fit in better with the overall story.
The extended cut is a far superior cut to the mess that Warner Bros. released last March. But regardless of the version you choose, the fact remains that the best parts of this movie are Battfleck and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I’ll keep this one short: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the best prequel in the Star Wars series, and one of the best films in the series period.
5. Captain America: Civil War
Despite Civil War having very little in common to the comic book series, I loved this movie. With this one film. Marvel repositioned their entire movie universe for the next phase.
And even if you’re not a Marvel fan, the introduction of a new Spider-Man and and Black Panther, as well the airport battle sequence are worth the price of admission.
I’m still a little freaked out about the Vision wearing sweaters and cooking, but that’s a whole different story.
4. Doctor Strange
It’s not secret that Marvel has a formula to its movies. So for a newbie to come out of nowhere and shake things up is very exciting.
This was an origin story but it didn’t feel weighed down by that. This movie was funny, exciting, and even heartbreaking at times. “Doctor Strange” is one of the best movies Marvel had done, right up there with the first Iron Man and the Winter Soldier.
3. Suicide Squad
Could “Suicide Squad” have been better? Absolutely.
The script could have been sharper, the Joker should have been the only villain, and the plot needed some major editing before shooting began.
However, there was plenty of good stuff in “Suicide Squad too. For one thing Will Smith finally made me care about Deadshot, and Battfleck played a bigger role in the movie than I thought he would.
But the best part of this movie? My girl Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Come on, did you really think this movie wasn’t going to make the list?
This box-office-record-breaking film proves that cursing, an R rating, and breaking the fourth wall can successfully capture audiences. And it can also revive ailing careers.
1. The Legend of Tarzan
Surprised? Yeah me too. But I’ve seen “The Legend of Tarzan” four times now, and every time I see it, I like it even more and more. This is the best live-action Tarzan movie I’ve seen, and I’ve seen plenty of them.
I also enjoyed the fact that Jane was a badass too, not just a damsel in distress. But I suppose it helped that Margot Robbie played Jane in “The Legend of Tarzan.” It should be clear by now that I’m willing to pay any amount to simply watch her walk across the screen.
As of yesterday morning, Denzel Washington’s “The Magnificent Seven” was in my top 10 list. Then yesterday I decided to watch “The Jungle Book,” and loved it. But I wanted to make sure before I bumped something off the list, so last night I watched it again, and it was clear “The Jungle Book deserved a top 10 spot.
So with all due respect to Denzel and the rest of the Magnificent Seven, you simply couldn’t compete with an entire movie of CGI animals that proved once and for all tat Scarlett Johansson is sexy in any way shape or form.