With 2017 now upon us, we quickly reflect on yet another year of movies that has gone by. 2016 was certainly a year full of shocks and surprises that were both good and bad. This is FanNews Top 10 2016 Movies.
10: “Bad Moms”
“Bad Moms” was released at the end of July 2016 and was directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starred Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kirsten Bell. “Bad Moms” is the story of three mothers who try to be the best mothers they can be however are pushed beyond their limits and end up indulging in some much needed freedom.
“Bad Moms” is a movie which if you are not a parent might not really be for you. You can watch this movie if you are not a parent however you will not appreciate the story as well as someone who is. The movie goes into the everyday struggles of raising children and how sometimes parents would like nothing else but to just have a break from it all and what makes this movie good is that it is told in both a funny and meaningful way.
9: X-Men: Apocalypse
“X-Men: Apocalypse” was released at the end of May 2016 and was directed by Bryan Singer and starred James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters and Oscar Isaac. This was the third movie in the X-Men beginnings storyline and was the story of the world’s very first mutant resurfacing and seeking to end the world as it is known.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” continued with the familiar plot formula as its previous films by examining where our current characters are along with the introduction of new mutants and the eventual bad guy. What made this movie stand out more was that firstly they went even deeper into the complicated back story of Michael Fassbender character, Magneto, which many would, probably, sympathise with after what happened to him and his family. The second stand out moment was the scene with Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, saving the residents of Xavier’s school as it exploded.
8: Warcraft: The Beginning
“Warcraft: The Beginning” was released at the beginning of June 2016 and was directed by Duncan Jones and starred Travis Finnel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper. “Warcraft: The Beginning” is the story of the Orc horde invading the planet Azeroth to which a war ensues between human and Orc.
“Warcraft: The Beginning” is based upon the “Warcraft” video games and novels. The movie itself certainly did split opinions amongst viewers. The reason we included it in our list is because it was film that was based on a highly popular video game however you didn’t need to know anything about it. There are certainly plot points in the movie that if you are a fan you will understand but this was happening in a subtle way that if you knew nothing about Warcraft and had never played the game before you could still watch the movie.
7: Sausage Party
“Sausage Party” came to screens on August 2016 and was directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon and starred the voices of Seth Rogan, Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill. “Sausage Party” is the animated comedy about food discovering what really happens to them after they are bought in store.
“Sausage Party” to us was one of the better surprises of the year. When the trailer was first released it appeared to be another children’s animation film. Then the ratings of R in the US and 15 in the UK started to paint a slightly different picture. After several more trailers it started to become much clearer that it may not be a child’s movie. Being honest there is nothing overly special about “Sausage Party”, it is a good movie to watch as a one off however we do advise that it should not be watched with your children. For us the reason it makes the list is because of all the confusion it caused by appearing to be a children’s movie when it is very clearly not.
“Zootopia” was released at the beginning of the year in March 2016 and was directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore and starred the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman and Idris Elba. “Zootopia” is the animated story about a bunny rabbit from a small town coming to the big city as a rookie cop and along with a con artist they must unravel a major conspiracy.
This for us was our standout animation of the year. The movie had something for both children and adults, something which we had not seen in a while and what made it really stand out most of all for us was the message being delivered to the audience. “Zootopia” makes our list as its not only a fun family movie for all to see but of the highly relevant message it delivers.
5: Captain America: Civil War
“Captain America: Civil War” came out at the start of May 2016 and was directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo and starred Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. “Captain America: Civil War” was the story of Captain America and Iron Man’s disagreeing over how the Avengers program should be run and how that disagreement almost destroyed them.
When this came out on the big screen we were certainly unsure how the audience would receive it. It was after all a first for the MCU series of there being no specific evil bad guy. Instead it was our heroes going head to head. Trailer footage which had been released certainly showed promise but it would not be the first time a trailer mislead us. Thankfully the film delivered on its promise and gave us all exactly what we were hoping for. “Captain America: Civil War” made our list as it was a different view point of our heroes. We were no longer watching a hero v villain movie we were watching a hero v hero something we are accustomed to.
4: La La Land
“La La Land” came to us at the end of the year as it hit screens in December 2016 and was directed by Damien Chazelle and starred Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. “La La Land” is a musical number about a Jazz Pianist who falls for an aspiring actress.
“La La Land” has certainly taken the world by storm and the evidence of the many awards that it has been nominated for and won certainly proves. For us here though the awards are a small thing. What made this movie great and why it is on our list is that it’s a musical. We have not had a great musical in such a long time that it was really refreshing to watch.
3: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was another movie to come at the end of the year in December. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Lun, Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the story of how the Rebel Alliance managed to acquire the plans to the infamous Death Star
“Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story” was easily one of our most highly anticipated movies of the year but there was doubts. With its many damning reports of reshoots being done and hasty finishing to ensure they delivered on time it was slightly nerve racking to see what the finished product would be. Thankfully the end result was a success but what made the movie so successful and why it made our list was that you do not need to be a Star Wars fan to watch it. You could never have seen a Star Wars movie and you could go and watch this movie and enjoy it and if you were a Star Wars fan then it was an even better movie with all the little hints and connections to the other films.
2: The Nice Guys
“The Nice Guys” was released at the end of May 2016 and was directed by Shane Black and starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. “The Nice Guys” is set in the 70’s and is about two PI detectives investigating into a dead porn star and a missing girl.
A film that some may not agree should be on our list however we believe it’s a film that slipped under the radar and is worthy of praise. A bit of a throwback to old school detective shows would be the best way to describe this “The Nice Guys” has a bit of everything for the viewer. Ranging from comical moments to action moments throughout this movie made our list as it was something that we had not seen made in a very long time.
“Deadpool” came to us at the start of the year in February 2016 and was directed by Tim Miller and starred Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein and Morena Baccarin. “Deadpool” is the origin story of how he came to be and his quest for both love and revenge.
“Deadpool” takes our number 1 spot for the year of 2016 and it’s for one simple reason. No one thought this would be good. For those who unfortunately had seen the last time Ryan Reynolds playing the role of Deadpool and even worse if you watched him in his green spandex you couldn’t be blamed for thinking this would be a gigantic bust. To everybody’s great surprise though, it wasn’t. It had everything we wanted in a Deadpool movie. It had the comedy, it had the action and they delivered in all those areas and what made it even better was that they made it R rated which is exactly Deadpool.
That’s our list for our top 2016 movies. Do you agree with our list or should have something else made the list? Let us no your thoughts by leaving a comment below.