Another year has gone, and it has been a busy one for movies. We’ve had blockbusters that have set new records and little indie gems that have redefined the various genres. We’ve also had quite a few disappointments that just haven’t lived up to the hype.
Most of all, the year in movies has grown the divide between professional critics and everyday movie goers. There’s an increasingly different viewpoint on what makes a good movie; whether it should be technically sound or simply be entertaining or both.
Keeping that aside, though, each year some movies deserved to be watched and re-watched. And 2016 has been no different.
*This list is ranked in no particular order
The story of a suicidal man learning to love life with the help of a corpse that occasionally passes gas isn’t one that you’d see often. In fact, the charm of this movie lies in its novelty, which is combined with its joyous cinematography. If you’re looking for something different at the movies, this is it.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrK1f4TsQfM
Beating Moana for the best animation movie of the year, Zootopia has something for everyone. The kids loved the characters and the beautiful animation while the adults could appreciate deeper themes like segregation, friendship and doing what you love in the movie. Its exceptional animations gave it a place in our list of Top 10 movies.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzvH6_e2a-U
Civil War completed a satisfying trilogy of Captain America films by taking our star-spangled hero and placing his morality at the centre of everything. It had the drama of broken friendships, signature Marvel comedy, amazing CGI and probably the best action sequence in a superhero movie.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKrVegVI0Us
A movie that portrays every gut-wrenching teen emotion that you experienced in the past, The Edge of Seventeen is all about growing up and why it can be so damn difficult sometimes. Hailee Steinfeld gives a performance to be remembered in this coming of age dramedy.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB6Gecy6IP8
Ten years in the making and Deadpool is a triumph in every way. Unapologetically sassy, rudely funny and faithful to the source material, it will pave a new road for future comic book movies. It was an R-rated blast that needs to be seen to be believed.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vN6DHB6bJc
Director Mel Gibson takes you to probably the most realistic war zone you’ve ever seen on the silver screen while telling the story of a young man who saved lives without ever carrying a gun. Hacksaw Ridge is nothing if not an exciting story of the human spirit.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BqgHYLvHIE
Fewer things are more compelling than human drama, and director, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, tells us about the maturing of a gay black youth, the difficulties he faces and the self-doubt that he has to live with. The performances in this movie are undoubtedly Oscar-worthy.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NJj12tJzqc
We go to the movies to laugh, to cry and to meet characters who will stay with us well after the movie is done. Manchester by the Sea has rich well-developed characters, whom you watch as they deal with death and past grief. Something that we all know about.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsVoD0pTge0
Possibly one of the best musicals ever made, La La Land is beautiful cinema taken to its peak. There’s an old-school romance about this film that just sets it apart. Not to mention the dazzling soundtrack and stunning performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bynVcygySE
An invasion movie like you’ve never seen it before; Arrival isn’t just a movie about aliens coming to earth, it is about making the first contact the aliens make. Amy Adams give a picture-perfect performance as a language expert who finds an innovative way to speak alien. And this movie’s ending is truly something to behold.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFMo3UJ4B4g
How many of these top 10 movies have you seen? What are some of your suggestions about the best movies of the year? Let me know in the comments below.