Hey everyone, it’s time to count down my top 10 BEST movies of 2016, and before we begin I want to spit some things out. I have not seen every single movie released in the year of 2016. For example, I wanted to catch “Office Christmas Party” by the end of the year, but I couldn’t, however I do have plans to see it Monday. Although do you really think just from the advertising alone that the movie would be top 10 best list material? I don’t think so. Also, this is a subjective list, so these top 10 picks are MY opinion, not your opinion, nor are they opinions of other people besides you except for me. I am not saying that these are movies that you should like, these are movies that I just personally liked. Everyone should have their own opinion and it is what makes us unique. So let’s start off with the top 10 best movies of 2016 with number 10!
#10: “Sausage Party”
If you have watched a good portion of 2016’s movies you’d probably agree that the animations KILLED IT this year! This entry to the list proves that wholeheartedly. I went to see this movie twice in the theater, and I enjoyed it both times. “Sausage Party” takes a idea that is NEVER used in the film industry and makes a movie out of it that is definitely worth seeing. What exactly is that concept? Making a raunchy, disgusting, R rated animation. That’s right, it’s rated R, think twice before letting your children watch this.
Next up is “Zootopia”, an animation you CAN let your kid watch. I have to say that when it comes to recent Disney animations they’re pretty good (except Frozen). Out of all the ones I’ve seen recently, it’s probably the funniest. Why? It’s basically spoofing real life. This movie is about a bunch of animals gathering together living in a single city and a bunny who wants to become a cop. Throughout we get a hilarious ride that is relatable, charming, with likable characters and beautiful animation.
#8: “Kung Fu Panda 3”
Coming at #8, we have YET ANOTHER ANIMATION, this genre is a goldmine this year. Specifically this spot goes to “Kung Fu Panda 3”. Fun fact, this movie was actually released in January and usually when it comes to movies, January, along with February are usually the most disliked months for new releases. This movie is a huge exception in my book. In fact, I heard that it was supposed to release in December of 2015, but it was moved to January so it didn’t have to compete with “The Force Awakens”. All irrelevance aside, “Kung Fu Panda 3” in my opinion, may be the worst of the trilogy, but it doesn’t change the fact that this has gorgeous animation, masterfully crafted fight sequences, a compelling story, and a well chosen cast. I don’t own the Blu-Ray for this film, but when I do, I’ll be one happy man.
#7: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
You probably saw this coming, “Rogue One” is my #7 spot! This is not my favorite “Star Wars” film, it has problems indeed, but the high amount of positives outweigh the low amount of negatives in this movie. It made the original “Star Wars” a better movie, it had possibly the coolest space battles in the entire saga, and it had what could be one of the greatest endings to a movie I’ve ever seen. If you’ve seen this movie, you’d probably agree with me on this ending. If you are a “Star Wars” fan and you haven’t seen this movie, go see it now, it’s worth your money.
#6: “Patriots Day”
Coming in at #6, is “Patriots Day”. Peter Berg directed two films this year, this movie and “Deepwater Horizon”. I enjoyed “Deepwater Horizon” very much to the point where it almost earned a spot on the list, but this film was just better. This movie captured the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon investigation very well and being someone who happened to live near Boston at the time, and still living near Boston today, this film hit me. Also, I have to say, Mark Wahlberg deserves an Oscar nomination for this film in the category of “Best Actor”, I would love to see that.
Coming in at #5 is “Deadpool”. After leaving this movie both times I saw it in the theater, I couldn’t help but quote it so many times. In fact, I enjoyed the movie so much that I actually took the chance to meet Brianna Hildebrand at Comic-Con, the girl who plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead in this film. There is so many quotable lines from this movie, and it is probably the R-rated comic-book movie everyone was dying to see. Also, I will say that the opening credits to this movie, are some best I’ve seen in all of movie history. I think Screen Junkies said it best, this film is like a “really expensive longer episode of “Family Guy””.
At #4 we have the movie I reviewed most recently, and that’s “Arrival”. Sometimes if you explain this movie to someone, it might sound like something they already heard or seen before, but trust me, it’s not. The story of this film is told in such an excellent fashion, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner deserve Oscar nominations in my opinion for their performances in this movie and I believe the movie itself deserves a nomination for “Best Picture” because it is that good. This movie shows how important language is to making someone think in certain ways, I loved seeing everyone interact with the aliens, and it had me thinking the whole way. I can’t wait to see this movie again, and I highly recommend you give this a watch!
#3: “The Jungle Book”
From the director of “Iron Man” we have the live action remake of “The Jungle Book”. When I first saw the movie I loved it, then I bought the Blu-Ray and watched it again, it was great the second time. The biggest standout for me in this movie is the visual effects. Every piece of CGI in this film was crafted so beautifully that I would go as far as to say it is probably the best CGI I’ve ever seen in a movie. All the animals and environments looked incredibly real and stunning. Also, Bill Murray is in this movie, and if you see this movie, you’ll probably avoid yourself from remembering him at the end of the year for having a terrible cameo in the “Ghostbusters” remake. Not to mention, for a child actor, Neel Sethi does a pretty good child performance in this film and I wonder he’ll be in anything else notable in the future.
#2: “Kubo and the Two Strings”
All right guys, it’s time to go back to animations and this my favorite animation of the year, “Kubo and the Two Strings”! I loved this movie from beginning to end and the concept of this movie was extremely unique (for the most part) and very well executed. I loved all the characters in this movie. It was charming, it was funny, it was animated well, and I hope this movie wins “Best Animation” at the Oscars. I heard this movie didn’t do the best job at the box office and that’s rather unfortunate because this is one of those films I would force you to watch before you die. This film was made by Laika who also made “Coraline” which was released in 2009, and I love that movie, but this movie was a masterpiece compared to that.
#1: “Captain America: Civil War”
It’s that time, to reveal my favorite film of the year, and that film is “Captain America: Civil War”! I went to see this film on premiere night and just from the trailers alone I had REALLY HIGH expectations for this movie and damn were those expectations met! This film had a really epic superhero throwdown. Spider-Man was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was funny, Tom Holland did a phenomenal job with him, I can’t wait to see how he does in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. Although personally I do think the best superhero role this year belonged to Wonder Woman in “Batman v. Superman”. This film also shows that when it comes to superhero films, the Russo Brothers know how to direct one. They did awesome with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in my opinion, but with this movie, they did a different kind of awesome. Everything was moving at such a fast pace throughout, the camera was in the right places at the right times, and the action scenes were amazingly well executed. In my opinion, this is the best film the MCU has done so far, it is one of the best comic-book movies ever made, and it is my favorite movie of 2016.
Anyways, later on I’m gonna have my top 10 WORST movies of 2016 posted. Yep, throughout 2016 I must admit I have seen some crap alright, and I’m going to show you that crap soon, at least I get to take that crap one more time and literally annihilate it for the good of mankind. Stay tuned for that and more reviews, Scene Before is your click to the flicks!