Today is the third day of the Best of the Year week-that-is-a-bit-more-than-seven-days; and today it’s movie time! Like with books, I’ve divided it into two categories; movies released this year, and movies released in previous years. On this third day it’s time for the movies released in 2015. I honestly found it hard to find enough movies for this, because I just haven’t been to new movies that often (though I think/hope that next year will be different, because of my cinema card). Anyway, here are the ten best 2015 movies, in no particular order! Because I haven’t posted reviews of all of these movies, I’ll just give my opinion on them in a few sentences.
Age of Ultron by Joss Whedon
Released on: 22 April 2015
Synopsis: When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, James Spader
My opinion: While I seriously missed some unity between the Avengers in the first movie, I really loved how they felt so much more like a group of friends fighting bad guys together in this one. We met some new characters that completely stole my heart (Maximoff’s! <3) and broke it as well (PIETRO!!!!!!! </3). I just love love loved this movie so much more than its predecessor, maybe also because at the beginning of this year I finally watched all the Marvel movies.
Ant-Man by Peyton Reed
Released on: 23 July 2015
Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, T.I., David Dastmalchian
My opinion: Honestly didn’t know what to think of this movie at first. The trailer looked cool, but a movie about a guy named ant-man? Idk. But then I won tickets for an exclusive screening of the movie and I was blown away by how cool this movie was! I had not expected Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell to make appearances and just this entire movie was beautiful and hilarious! Now every time people are like ‘ew Ant-man? Never gonna watch that’ I will punch them over the head with a hardcover edition of the Order of the Phoenix (which incidentially is one of the two only hardcover editions that I own. Ok technically they aren’t mine, shh).
Mockingjay Part 2 by Francis Lawrence
Released on: 18 November 2015
Synopsis: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julliane Moore, Sam Claflin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields
My opinion: Oh godsssssss, this movie was amazing and intense and I loved every bit of it. I did cry quite often, but not at the parts where I was supposed to cry, I guess. Not during the deaths, but during the moments after, when the other characters also finally broke down. But yeah this movie is definitely among the top of my list because it’s so beautiful, wow.
Crimson Peak by Guillermo del Toro
Released on: 15 October 2015
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Doug Jones
My opinion: I think I am either getting used to horror movies, or they’re not as scary as I thought anymore. This movie had some scary moments, yes, but I had a friend who had already seen it – who warned me about the really scary bits beforehand – and I personally just didn’t think it was that scary. Crimson Peak was a beautiful movie and I love to see it again and again and again.
Insurgent by Robert Schwentke
Released on: 18 March 2015
Synopsis: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Jai Courtney, Mekhi Phifer, Angel Elgort, Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson
My opinion: I already knew it would be different from the book, because of ‘the box’, but honestly I wasn’t bothered at all. The thing that bothered me the most? Shai’s hair. Yeah, I didn’t like her hair at all in this movie. Nothing wrong with a girl cutting her hair so short, but idk for some reason it made her look like a completely different person. Other than that, this movie was really nice and I enjoyed every minute of it!
The Martian by Ridley Scott
Released on: 1 October 2015
Synopsis: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Aksel Hennie, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor
My opinion: I was so anxious throughout the majority of the movie, because everything that could go wrong seemed to be going wrong. But it was a beautiful movie, and in the end everything went alright (which of course always happens in movies). Watching this movie did make me want to read the book, which I will do next year probably.
Kingsman by Matthew Vaughn
Released on: 12 February 2015
Synopsis: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cain, Sofia Boutella, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport
My opinion: This was just an amazing movie full of British humour, violence, cursing and pugs. One of the best scenes in my opinion was also the most violent one (though there is one thing in that scene that I just cannot stand to watch View Spoiler »someone’s neck being broken and just gods thinking about it makes me sick already « Hide Spoiler). But I really enjoyed this movie and I am curious for the sequel!
Cinderella by Kenneth Branagh
Released on: 18 March 2015
Synopsis: When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Cast: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anonzie, Stellan Skarsgård, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi
My opinion: Oh I loved this movie so much! I don’t remember who my favourite disney princess was when I was younger, but we do have a Christmas ornament of Cinderella (and one of the Little Mermaid) from the year I was born in, so maybe I really liked Cinderella. But this movie was so beautiful and the cast was beautiful and ohhhhhhh THAT DRESS! <3
Jurassic World by Colin Trevorrow
Released on: 11 June 2015
Synopsis: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction–a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine–escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jack Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Brian Tee, Katie McGrath
My opinion: Honestly, before watching this movie I had never seen a Jurassic World movie from start to finish. I probably watched parts of it when it was on TV, but I never got myself to finish watching it. So my main reason for watching this one was Chris Pratt – don’t hit me. But after watching this movie – and loving it – I honestly decided to go and watch the others as well. I really like dinosaurs (just as much as dragons), so this movie was just really cool!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Released on: 1 July 2015
Synopsis: High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Katherine Hughes
My opinion: I really liked this because the book wasn’t a romantic cancer story like The Fault in Our Stars. It was a realistic story about a girl who had cancer and a guy that was forced by his parents to spend time with her. I liked how they did become friends after all, and I mainly just liked how this book was a bit of a mess (though it was also a bit annoying at some times) and that the story wasn’t about Rachel having cancer. Her death wasn’t even a big point in this story; though they made it a bit different in the movie. Yeah I really liked it!
And that is the end of my third Best of the Year post. My ten favourite movies released this year! Tomorrow I will be talking about the other ten movies that I loved, the ones that were released in previous years. So stay tuned for that!