To wrap up 2015 with a bang, I’ve compiled a list of the top movies of 2015 that I saw. Some of them were immensely better than others in my opinion. WARNING: THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD OF YOU!
Let’s get this show on the road! Starting with….
7 – Minions
A spin-off-prequel of the much beloved (and frankly, hilarious) Despicable Me, the Minion movie takes us back to the 60’s and the story of the Minions and how they came to serve Gru. Our main Minions are Stuart, Keven, and Bob as they travel thousands of miles in search of a villain to serve.
While it was pretty hilarious, the Minion movie doesn’t have any of the emotional punch that Despicable Me boasted. It’s good for a laugh and has some pretty funny Easter eggs and references to the other films, so all in all it’s sitting at number 7 on my list.
6 – Inside Out
This is one of Pixar’s best movies of the year, I’ll give it that. It’s the story of a girl named Riley told from the point of view of her emotions. The story follows Riley as she grows up and her emotions and personality changed over time.
It’s an excellent family movie overall, but the reason it sits at number 6 is because of the characters. They are stereotypical to the point that it’s painful. There are many other ways that Pixar could have designed and filled out the characters (E.G not all Minnesotans play hockey, not all Dad’s are obsessed with sports, Sadness being a frumpy person and Joy a pixie, etc.). While the story line itself is part of the Pixar magic we all know and love, the characters could have been done better.
5 – Goosebumps
I had the pleasure of seeing this movie in an entirely empty theater with my younger sister right near Halloween. The movie serves to tie the books together in one place, and actually manages to do so rather well. Jack Black is an awesome R.L Stein. (SPOILER: R.L Stein makes a good Jack Black, too)
Possibly the reason this movie did as well as it did, was that it catered to an audience of people who’d grown up reading the Goosebumps series. The series is older than I am. My favorites are The Ghost next Door and The Werewolf of Fever Swamp.
The CGI in the movie is fairly good, and the multiple references to the other books are clever. Slappy is as creepy as ever. The ending, while a bit too convenient for most people, is a pretty good ‘Happy ending’ for any smaller kids who might have been spooked by the monsters.
4 – Cinderella
A live action reboot of the classic Disney film, the 2015 Cinderella is an excellent piece of storytelling, if a bit old. It follows the story line of the first, animated Cinderella movie almost to the detail. The best acting in the film seems to come from Lady Tremaine, A.K.A Cate Blanchett. She plays a very good villain. Lily James sounds like she’s out of breath the entire film, though. Maybe it’s that corset.
Still, the movie is at number 4 because it captures the spirit of the original classic so well while putting a newer spin on it. The dress worn by Cinderella in the film is incredible from a costume standpoint and is just as beautiful as the original Cinderella’s.
3 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Yes, I put a super-hero movie ahead of the others. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to the 2012 movie The Avengers and comes after the events of the Agents of Shield television series. Bruce Banner and Tony Stark (The Hulk and Iron Man) decide that the world needs protecting, but since they won’t be there forever, they should make a super weapon capable of artificial intelligence to protect the planet. Their plan goes about as well as you think it would.
The movie itself is great, but some of the ideas feel slightly recycled and stale, although (SPOILER) Quicksilver being blasted like that did kick you gut a bit in the theater, especially when we witness the Scarlett Witch’s reaction to her brother’s death. The ending was solid enough and the Stan Lee cameo was pretty hilarious (If Thor offers you a drink, say no.) Which is why this movie is at number three.
2 – Jurassic World
I have watched the Jurassic Park movies since I was a little kid and I cannot tell you how excited I was to see this. I even cosplayed as a “Raptor Victim” in the theater. Jurassic World picks up on an *Alternative Dimension* where the first Jurassic Parks went well and actually thrived, and now need to have newer, bigger dinosaurs so people will still be impressed by them.
If anyone had ever bothered to watch old horror films, they’d know that playing God is a very bad idea. Especially when you’re working with large, carnivorous creatures that will not hesitate to eat you. So I like to think that some of the employees deserved what they got, but Owen does seem to be one of the few people there with a stable head on their shoulders.
1 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force awakens was by far the best movie of this year. I’ve said this before, but it felt like you could have been watching on of the classic Star Wars films. The story telling is fantastic and the characters are deep and actually act like normal people (my favorite quote being “… and use the Force!”) and their normal mistakes. BB-8 is adorable and adds a little bit of comic relief to the story.
I’m still not allowed to post spoilers about the movie, but I’m just going to say this. Kylo Ren better keep that helmet on because his face is uglier than the back end of Jabba the Hut.