It is that time of the year again where everybody thinks they are a movie critic and know what movies deserve awards and which ones don’t. Seeing that we are in the spirit of the Oscars, I have decided to share my top 5 favourites, and top 5 worst movies of 2015.
In my previous post, I shared what I thought be the worst movies to come out in 2015, now I am going to share what I thought were the best movies to come out in 2015 (Note, in order to qualify for this list, I must have seen the movie, so there are possible contenders missing from this list because I haven’t had the opportunities to see them such as the new Star Wars). So here are my top 5 movies of 2015…
5. Inside Out
I am usually not a fan of pixar movies or Disney movies, but damn, did this one surprise me by making me have feels for feelings that have feeling... huh? This was truly an unique story that was beautifully told. It was filled with humour and emotion. The animation was good and the artwork was interesting. So Pixar won my heart with this beautifully crafted story about emotions.
4. The Martian
Who would have thought a movie about a man trapped on Mars could be so entertaining and interesting? I knew nothing about this movie before I saw it and I was completely amazed. I am not a fan of Matt Damon but even I have to admit he showed some major acting chops in this movie. I also loved how sciency this movie was and that it basically was full on hardcore NASA porn. I am sure NASA geeks everywhere were staining their underwear while watching this movie.
The thing that was so brilliant about this movie was the writing. It was the perfect blend of science, suspense and humour.
3. Beasts of No Nation
This is a movie I won’t easily recommend for the fact that it is dealing with a heavy subject matter. It is extremely intense and doesn’t hold back, and this is why it was created and released only on Netflix. This is movie isn’t for the faint hearted.
Beast of No Nation is a story about children soldiers in Africa, in the perspective of a child soldier. This movie transports you to a violent world of complete chaos and despair, but one that is completely real too. You get taken on a journey where you witness this innocent, joyful and optimistic boy become a soldier with dead eyes and pain. It is an extremely hard movie to watch, but at the same time, it is completely fantastic. The cinematography is beautiful, and the writing is superb. This movie also contains some of the best acting you will see. Idris Elba who is honestly one of the greatest actors to be born gives another brilliant performance, and Abraham Attah does a fantastic job at being the lead.
This movie is filled with violent killing, rape and drugs and is therefore not for the faint of heart. But if you can handle this subject matter, it is definitely worth the watch.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
I was never much of a fan of the Mad Max movies, the only one I really enjoyed was Road Warrior, but this one completely blew my mind away.
When I first watched this movie, I was expecting much. Heck, I wasn’t even looking forward to this movie to be honest; but never in my life have I been so glad to be wrong. This movie was just pure chaos, action, and fun. I honestly haven’t had as much fun watching a movie as I did for Fury Road.
It was a perfect blend of actual stunts and action and computer graphics. This was also a movie that didn’t take itself seriously and sometimes that is just needed in a movie. In my opinion, this was the perfect Mad Max movie. This what I always wanted Mad Max to be like when I watched the original trilogy, and I am so glad I lived to see it become a reality. George Miller is a genius, and that is shown here.
Mad Max might not contain the best acting or dialog, but it was well played by the actors. Tom Hardy definitely suited the role of Max, and Charlize Theron surprised me with her role as Furiosa. The Doof Warrior was also fucking epic.
Mad Max: Fury Road is definitely my pick for the funnest movie of 2015.
THIS. MOVIE. IS. JUST. PURE. FEELS!!!
I am not a person that easily cries, especially for a movie, but damn, someone clearly was chopping up onions near me because I was emotional as fuck during this movie.
Imagine being trapped in a room your entire life and then discovering the outside world for the first time, well this is what has happened to Jack in this movie. This movie tells the tale of a son and mother (who was kidnapped and then imprisoned in this room for seven years) and their escape from the room, and their re-entry and entry into the world.
This movie is told from the perspective of five year old Jack, and is beautifully narrated. This adds a sense of child-like innocence to the dark subject matter this movie covers. You also witness what I consider to be some of the best acting I have seen my entire life, by Brie Larson who plays the mother and Jacob Tremblay who plays five year old Jack.
Another aspect that this movie my favourite is the writing, this story was so well written that it seemed real. When Jack and Ma have fights it honestly looks like and sounds like a real fight between a young child and their mother. The problems that the two characters also fight are what I consider to be the most realistic problems that two people in the situation would experience.
I could go on and on about this movie, but even then it wouldn’t do this masterpiece any justice. This is a must watch by anybody that truly enjoys cinema and great story telling.
Well that is it for this list.