I was never a Deadpool comic reader. I had only heard of “The Merc With A Mouth” in passing from time to time. It wasn’t until the test footage of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool was released that I became 100% on board with the concept. To say that this was a role that Reynolds was born to play would be a massive understatement.
From beginning to end, Deadpool provides a hilarious blend of action, violence, gross-out comedy, and 4th-wall-breaking comedic brilliance that makes this movie one of the most uniquely entertaining you’ll ever see. The story doesn’t suck, either…which really helps this move along.
In a year where the majority of superhero movies failed to live-up to the hype (I’m looking at you, Batman vs Superman and X-Men: Apocalypse), Deadpool exceeded expectations to provide the best movie of the year.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I think it’s fair to say that this movie has exceeded expectations, both critically and financially. The way this movie is selling tickets, it just might end up being the #1 movie of the year at the box office both domestically and internationally.
But set that all aside…Rogue One is an incredible movie reminiscent of classic war movies like Saving Private Ryan (seriously). The battle sequences are spectacular, the acting is above-par, and the characters are likable and entertaining. You can really tell that director Gareth Edwards was a massive Star Wars fan growing up.
If you are a Star Wars fan, you’re probably going to end up having this movie in your Top 3 list…it’s that good. If you’re NOT a Star Wars fan, though, I’d still dare say give it a shot. It’s a stand-alone movie that is a prequel to the original Star Wars: A New Hope but doesn’t require a viewing of that film in order to understand what’s going on.
At the end of the day, selling LucasFilm to Disney has been one of the best things to ever happen to Star Wars. It’s also one of the best things to ever happen to Marvel, too, because the next top movie of the year is…
Captain America: Civil War
Of course, after finishing the initial blurb up top about how superhero movies disappointed in 2016, I’m jumping right into another superhero movie. No apologies, though…Captain America: Civil War was Marvel’s way of showing DC and Fox how a superhero movie is SUPPOSED to be done. Combining multiple storylines and characters in a way that was both believable and intelligent, Civil War was able to provide a movie experience that did not disappoint. And honestly, have you ever seen a more believable “giant” on screen than Ant-Man at the airport?
The Jungle Book
As a huge fan of the original (both as a child and again as a parent), I was a little hesitant to give The Jungle Book remake a chance. I’m so glad that I did, though! This movie is as good a live-action adaptation as you’re ever going to find. The CGI is so flawless that you forget you’re not really watching wolves talk to a tiger. And aside from a couple of diversions, the original’s storyline is almost completely followed in this movie. DEFINITELY a must-watch.
I might get some flack and eye-rolls for this choice, but I think this movie was massively under-rated. The CGI was flawless, which is important because the majority of the movie was based on CGI-based characters and backgrounds. There were slower moments, to be sure, but for someone like myself who had never played the original game this movie was a very unique fantasy tale. My son absolutely LOVED this movie, so why should I disagree just because it wasn’t the biggest box-office hit of the year?
The Big Short
I honestly wouldn’t be able to explain this movie to you, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t find it extremely entertaining. I thought the acting was awesome (it’s really an all-star cast here), the characters were compelling, and the story itself was easy to follow…it was just the details of the story that didn’t make much sense at first. Trust me…you’ll have to see it to truly understand. In a year where there were massive big-budget movies, this was a really welcome choice.
What were some of YOUR favourite movies in 2016? I’ll be recapping my faves in television and music as the week continues!