Kaitlyn’s Top 5 And Bottom 5 Movies Of 2016
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the riskiest movie that Disney and Lucasfilm have made so far. There was so much riding on this as we find out whether or not people would care about a Star Wars movie Star without the Skywalker family in it. The company formed to be its own Rebel Alliance in Hollywood within Disney, and they are obviously willing to risk it all.
4. Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War is a movie I could probably write a novel about. I didn’t even get a chance to mention how this is the best Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland) that has ever been put to screen, or that T’Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is amazing and that I wish his solo outing was out tomorrow. The Russo brothers and writers Chrispher Markus and Stephen McFeely understand these characters probably better than anyone else working right now. I hope the Russo’s take those two with them to Avengers: Infinity Warbecause there isn’t a better creative team working in the MCU right now. Captain America: Civil War continues the Marvel tradition of excellent movies that has built a great foundation to these coming movies.
3. Loving [not reviewed at WPR]
Loving isn’t just moving and heartbreaking in the sense that it tells a real story it’s also a movie that doesn’t go for cheap shots. There aren’t the grand gestures that usually happen in movies about court cases. In fact, when the Loving family is asked if they want to go before the Supreme Court Mr. Loving says “no” and tells his lawyers “to tell the court that I love my wife.” Poignant, well acted, and all too relevant Loving will stay with you.
2. Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings is probably going to join ParaNorman as one of those movies I can’t shut up about. It deserves every inch of praise it is getting, and while I loved Finding Dory and Moana looks fantastic this will likely end up the best animated movie of the year and deserves all of the awards next year.
1. Moonlight [not reviewed at WPR]
Moonlight is the best movie of 2017, hands down, without hesitation. This is the story of a young man told in three parts that gives you a whole new way of looking at the world. You will learn from this movie, you will gain a new perspective on life and the human condition from this movie, and it will stay with you. This is one of those movies that’s going to matter ten, twenty, fifty years down the line.
5. Collateral Beauty [not reviewed on WPR]
Collateral Beauty has all of the ingredients of a good movie right down to its amazing cast but this is the worst kind of emotional movie. It tries to tell the audience how they are supposed to be feeling instead of letting them get there organically. There isn’t a single person here that isn’t phoning it in. What a shame.
4. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has done the impossible and brought two of the biggest names in comics to the big screen. The story that they are ultimately featured in is a mess, though, and the flaws are far too large for me to ignore. The women in the movie are either plot devices or damsels in distress, the big fight between Superman and Batman could have been solved with a thirty second conversation and ultimately DC/WB seems more concerned with having their characters present rather than creating a world for those characters to exist in. The credits rolled and all I could say was “whatever” because that was the word that summed up my thoughts.
3. Alice Through The Looking Glass
Alice Through The Looking Glass wasn’t bad enough to make me legitimately angry, but I also know that it’s going to make a ton of money so I’m probably going to have to sit through another one in several years. I’m mostly hoping the cast didn’t sign three movie contracts since contracts seem to be the only reason half of them are here.
2. Gods of Egypt
Gods of Egypt is a bad movie that felt like it was trying to be camp and failed miserably. Camp isn’t something that you can force and it is painfully obvious that Gods of Egypt was trying to be a PG-13 version of 300. That movie was at least visually interesting, but after watching this movie I’m wondering if I can file with someone to get those two hours of my life back.
1. Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is a movie I have written two length reviews about because this is one of the most frustrating movies I’ve seen this year. I knew that Batman v Superman was going to be bad but this is the DC movie that I’ve been looking forward to. With a story that makes no sense, even by comic book standards, and a script that decided skipping an opening and second act was a good idea, there is a lot more here to dislike than there is to like. The metaphor to describe the current slate of DC/WB movies is as follows; Batman v Superman was like a sucker punch to the face while Suicide Squad was a kick to the shins. While one is objectively better than the other it doesn’t make either of them good