My Top 5 Movies of 2015 – A review of the Year, Part 2

Top 5 Movies Of 2015

So, following on from my worst 5 movies of 2015 and concluding my movie review of 2015, here are my top 5 films.

I always believe that the only real way to pick the top movies you’ve seen in a year is to round them all up and go with your gut feeling, that instant recall when you see their title. I don’t try to over think it, read back over reviews, pondering my thoughts and minutely comparing details. It means that my list may be missing films of better technical quality, narrative, or performance, but that’s not what makes the best films of the year for me. I want those films that by simply mentioning there names have put me back there, feeling that tickle of excitement and passion that I did when I saw them.

So, in no particular order they are:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars may be an obvious inclusion but I am actually torn whether to laud it or not. It’s currently smashing box office records, an amazing fact as it’s only been out for less than a week. I’m sure the fact that it’s so fresh in my mind though has swayed my opinion, and it truly was a close call between it and ’71. The reason it won out though is because while ’71 was tense and visceral, making my heart race often and leaving me panicked as the story unfolded, I don’t think it will ever have that same impact again. Now I know the story I feel it’ll lose it’s power. Star Wars, on the other hand, has reignited a world I want to spend time in. The film is made by the performances of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and BB-8, and ignoring a few flaws, it managed to create a cinematic experience that sums up exactly what the big screen experience is all about for me. I saw it only days ago and already I want to watch it again.

2. Jurassic World

My love of movies started as a result of Jurassic Park and, in a year that has seen a lot of other big name franchises explode back into life, it was, without a doubt, easily my most anticipated film. While it suffers in relation to the original by attempting to recycle too many ideas and sequences the simple idea of bringing dinosaurs back to life connected directly to my inner child and I was back as the 10 year old boy falling in love with cinema over again.

3. Suffragette

I knew that is was a darker portrayal of the suffragette movement, there weren’t any Mary Poppins style sashes and “Sister Suffragette” songs here, but I didn’t expect storytelling with the punch it packed. Suffragette is a character driven powerhouse that, honestly, left me feeling apologetic to be male and shocked by the bigoted and misogynistic world that once existed.

4. Kingsman: The Secret Service

I am not really a fan of Colin Firth, and the idea of him playing a stiff, upper class spy, even with the dilution of an east end Taron Egerton, very nearly put me off. And then I heard that it was the “anti-spy” film, a serious toned spoof on the genre so I gave it a go. What I found was a rude, violent and totally unexpected film, that while a bit misjudged in places, more often than not, had me truly creased up in laughter.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

I’m not a comic box franchise fan, aside from the X-Men movies I haven’t really read any, or watched many, and originally, when I saw the trailer, I hated the look of Guardians of the Galaxy so much I actually bypassed the film on the big screen. Big mistake. While it’s a CGI fest of simplistic storytelling, the characters are so charming and emotive that I fell completely on board with it. It is easily the first comic book movie I’ve truly enjoyed and I’d go as far as to say that I can’t wait for the sequel in 2017!

As I said, I simply go with my first memory of the film, which means that plenty of other exceptional films have just missed out this year. I must, therefore, also praise: ’71 (as previously mentioned), Black SwanBridge Of SpiesEdge Of Tomorrow, Ex MachinaMoulin Rouge, Pride and Still Alice for being right up there, and giving me masses of enjoyment this year but just failing, just, to quite match the lasting impression of my top 5.

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