Here is the list of my favourite movies on 2016. Theres a few movie I was yet to see since they do not come out until January in Australia so they could not make the list. Let me know what you think.
Hunt for the Wilder People
This movie is hysterical. The clever humour in this film will have the audience in tears. The dynamic between Ricky and Hec works extremely well and the film is brilliantly shot to show the beauty of New Zealand as well as New Zealand style of humour. There are so many quotable and laugh out loud moments throughout the film that make this one of the best movies of the year. This movie will appeal to a mass audience who will laugh from start to finish.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This is being considered one of the best Star Wars movies ever and though it appeals to me as a Star Wars fan the film is still a well-made movie. There is a great deal of moments that appeal to Star Wars fans that link Rogue One to A New Hope together. Though Rogue One does have a large number of deep cuts for Star Wars fans it can still be enjoyed by the general film going crowds and should be seen on the big screen. The final battle sequence at the end of the film is one of the best seen in a Star Wars film yet.
A highly entertaining film, with great music and likeable characters. Moana is a great film for young and old. Disney demonstrate they are culturally aware by casting a predominantly Polynesian cast and explore a different dynamic where the princess does not seek love to find happiness. Her mission is to help her people and fight against the evil that is destroying life across the ocean. Great amount of humour and a great soundtrack by Lin-Manuel Miranda that will get stuck in your head.
Another smaller film that flew under most people’s radar but should be seen by more people. Great movie set in the 1980s Ireland with plenty of 80s music and fashion. The story of a young group of boys who form a band so one member can get the girl is a simple concept that creates an entertaining film. The high point for the movie is the drama and how it does not create drama for the sake of it everything has purpose.
Captain America: Civil War
The Russo Brothers did an amazing job on Captain America Winter Soldier and had a tall order to fill with Civil War, which they knocked out of the park. Though this movie is practically an Avengers movie, it is still at heart a Captain America story as it looks at a Soldier who believes he is doing the right thing over the orders he has been given. The movie also does a great job at introducing a new Spider-Man that audiences have taken too strongly. One of the best scenes is the Airport sequence where both sides of the Avengers fight against each other in an almost 20 minute sequence that sees the heroes do battle. It was visually stunning and had great performances. Captain America Civil War is one of the best comic book movies in recent time.
Deadpool exceeded all expectations as a comic book movie with its graphic violence, clever and immature humour, and excellent character portrayal from Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. The re-watchable aspects of this movie are incredible, as you can still laugh and enjoy it every time. Despite being a comic book movie this is hardly a movie for children and earns it’s MA 15+ rating in Australia for violence and adult content. Deadpool is a fantastic and well-made film that shows respect to the source material with the way it was shot and the characters were brought to life. It has the best Stan Lee cameo of all the Marvel films that is a bonus.
Hell or High Water
An incredibly engrossing movie with a great cast that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish. This is a well-made, well-written movie that high lights the other side of the financial crisis in America where many people are suffering whilst others turn to crime to get the money needed. The dynamic between the two brothers is fantastic and Jeff Bridges shines as the cop who is chasing them. If you have not seen this film make sure you see it when it is released on Blu-ray.
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop motion animated movie that leads more towards mature audiences than with children, but everyone can enjoy the movie. The movie follows the story of Kubo a young boy who seeks magical samurai armour to defeat the evil spirits that are hunting him. There is great voice work throughout the film and amazing animation that when you think about how stop motion works becomes even more impressive. There are some dark moments that make this movie more tailored to an older audience; which is why I think this movie is rated so highly.
The story telling mixed with the fresh take on an over crowed genre (especially since Independence Day: Resurgence came out the same year) this film elevates itself to a new height. The film takes a realistic approach to what would most likely happen if aliens were to invade by exploring international relations, military intervention and scientific exploration. Adding in a brilliant Third act to closes the movie out on a strong note this is definitely a movie to see, in particular to see in a cinema to really appreciate the visuals and sounds. This movie should be seen in cinemas to fully experience the imagery and scores.
(In no particular order)
Eye in the Sky
The Nice Guys
The Jungle Book