It’s the end of the year so that means it’s time for best-of lists! So if you haven’t spotted my top ten list on HeyUGuys Movie Bloggers Top Ten – a list you should check out because it’s interesting to see what a load of different bloggers love – here is my top ten and my thoughts on each film. Now please note, all of these were released in the UK in 2016 because as you’ll notice, a couple of these films came out last year in America. If the film title has a link, it goes to my review of it. These are kind of in order but really the only one that has a definite spot is my number one film of the year, nothing has beaten it.
13th is a powerful and important documentary about the American prison system and racism in America. It’s shocking and frustrating at times because it shows how racism is almost encouraged through laws, still it’s riveting film everyone should watch.
9. Midnight Special
Midnight Special really surprised me. It’s definitely one of those films that benefits from going into it knowing as little as possible. It’s a beautiful film full of love and hope and a special kind of magic.
Spotlight was so stressful but so good! Just seeing the time and effort this group of ordinary journalists to share the truth about something so horrible is inspiring
7. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One was a bit of a surprise because it was kind of slow to start as it introduced all these new characters but the final act it just edge-of-your-seat stuff.
6. The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys was just so much fun! It was mad and hilarious and Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling made an unexpectedly great double act.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Creed. I really got into it, I cried and I even almost cheered in the cinema. I’ve only seen the first Rocky film but that doesn’t really effect your enjoyment or understanding of Creed.
4. Captain America: Civil War
This was such an interesting and ambitious film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s still got the humour but the stakes are higher as characters take sides. I went in being Team Cap, and came out being more Team Iron Man, but the great thing was there’s a lot of grey areas as well.
3. Zootopia or Zootropolis as it’s known in the UK
This was one of my favourite animated films of the year. It surprised me with how relevant it was to today and it was a lot of fun as well as having a good message.
2. The Magnificent Seven
I had so much fun with The Magnificent Seven. It looked and felt like a proper old school Western but it also had a diverse cast and its female lead was a total badass that could rescue herself.
1. Star Trek Beyond
This is my favourite film of 2016. I watched it five times in the cinema and I can’t wait to watch it again now I got the Blu-ray for Christmas. Star Trek Beyond is so much fun and it’s exciting but it’s also got a lot of heart and is full of hope and people working together. I just love it so much, and you can read why here.
What were your favourite films of the year?