Top 5 Best Movies of 2016 (SO FAR)
As we enter July, we are reaching the halfway point of 2016. We have seen so many films this year, both good and bad. And now that we are halfway through the year, it is a good time to reflect on the movies we've seen so far this year. We have had many surprises and many disappointments. In just six months, we learned that you can make an R-rated comic book film successful, that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn't the best movie, that 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn't really have much to do with Cloverfield, that an all CGI Jungle Book can be good, that Finding Dory doesn't live up to the original, but that The Conjuring 2 is almost as good as the original, that first person action movies don't really work, that X-Men: Apocalypse isn't as good as X-Men: Days of Future Past, and so on and so forth.
So before we learn the answers to more questions in the second half of the year, let's reflect on the best films of 2016 so far. This is my personal list, but feel free to leave your own lists and opinions in the comments section.
**You can read our list of our least favorite films of the year so far here.**
#5 10 Cloverfield Lane
I remember back in January when the trailer for this unexpected Cloverfield sequel dropped, and the Internet broke trying to figure out what the hell this movie was. I really liked that first trailer, and I too wanted to find out exactly how this fit in with the original, and why it was such a secret. Well, in reality, 10 Cloverfield Lane has practically nothing to do with the original, but it is a fantastic movie. Director Dan Trachtenberg kept the film at a perfect pace, allowing for conflict among just three people to slowly and surely unravel. John Goodman gives a powerhouse performance that may still be my favorite supporting actor performance so far. The film is suspenseful, gripping and is just a great drama.
#4 The Jungle Book
Who needs a live action Jungle Book? That was the thinking back when Disney announced this film. But after seeing the movie, it turns out we needed it a lot more than we thought. This will easily go down as the most technologically outstanding film of the year, if not of all time. The use of CGI is absolutely breathtaking, and it takes the technology to new heights. Jon Favreau directs this film excellently, giving us a very human story among these perfectly cast voice talents. Neel Sethi steals the movie as Mowgli, giving as fantastic performance for a kid who was simply surrounded by green screen all day. The Jungle Book delivers not just on its promise of groundbreaking CGI, but it also gives us a great story, and makes it very hard for Warner Bros. to top with their upcoming Andy Serkis directed feature.
Zootopia was a film I had very little interest in until I saw the Rotten Tomatoes reviews. It still holds a 98% on the site, which is what drew me to the film. And I walked away in love with it. It's an incredibly creative movie, employing a lot of the wit in its world-building that Pixar is known for. The voice talent is very well cast, and it's a really funny movie. But what takes Zootopia to the next level is its very timely message about racism and discrimination, and what that does to a society. That extra layer is what takes the film from being good to great. It still stands as the best animated film I've seen this year (The Jungle Book included), and it's going to be very hard for anything to top it. Although, Ice Age: Collision Course definitely has a shot.
This is a movie I have been wanting to see and have been anticipating for so long. This film had the best marketing campaign I had ever seen, and really set the bar high. So my expectations were through the roof going into Deadpool. And very rarely does a movie actually deliver on your expectations. It's funny, action packed and just plain cool. It shows that you can do R-rated comic book films, and they'll still make bank at the box office. I've been flip flopping this movie with my number one, but I ended up puting it at number two purely because it doesn't have as strong of an action sequence that my number one has. But that doesn't diminish at all how awesome of a movie Deadpool really is.
#1 Captain America: Civil War
I think everyone knew this was going to be number one. As soon as we knew that the third Captain America movie was going to be an adaptation of the popular Civil War storyline, with Robert Downey Jr., along with all the Avengers and Spider-Man... how could you not sh*t your pants with excitement? And this movie delivers on everything. The comedy, the action, the dramatic beats, the introduction of Black Panther and Spider-Man... everything! The only thing that slows this film down a bit is its weak villain and that entire subplot. But you can overlook that in order to see just how awesome of a movie this is. If it wasn't for the airport scene, this might've fallen to number two behind Deadpool, but that one sequence lets this film take the cake as my favorite film of 2016 so far.
What do you think? Do you agree with my list? What have been your favorite movies of the year so far? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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