5 Minute Movie Guy's Top 15 Favorite Movies of 2015
15.) San Andreas
12.) Bridge of Spies
11.) Furious 7
My Fast and Furious preface aside, I think Furious 7 is actually my favorite film in the whole series. I may have to watch it again to be sure, as that heart-wrenchingly beautiful ending has possibly made me a little biased, but regardless, it's undoubtedly one of the best ones. While many fans may disagree with me on this, I personally enjoy the action-heavy direction the series has gone in. Sure, it's over the top, but hasn't the series always been? Now they've just kicked it into top gear, and I think that makes it all a lot more fun. I loved the action in Furious 7, I liked the new characters (especially Statham as the villain), the races, the great fight scene between "The Rock" and Statham, the touching moments between Dom and Letty, and of course, that wonderful ending. While the series may never be the same going forward, I still can't wait to see where it goes from here.
Personally, I would go so far as to call Ant-Man the best Marvel movie since Iron Man (my personal Marvel favorite). It was a breath of fresh air that reinvigorated my interest in superhero movies. It's funny, it's smart, and it's a whole lot of fun. Ant-Man's ability to change his size gives the movie an exciting and unique perspective, while opening up a plethora of new possibilities. It really adds a new dimension to Marvel's tired and typical formula, and its used to such creative and comical effect. Ant-Man is the funniest Marvel movie yet. It also has the best fight scene, the most touching story, and the most likeable hero to date. Not too shabby for a hero most of us knew hardly anything about this time last year.
8.) Mad Max: Fury Road
7.) American Sniper
6.) The Revenant
Selma is an emotionally stirring and inspiring work of art. David Oyelowo is perfectly cast and comes to fully embody the spirit of MLK. As a lover of history and a believer in equality for all, I've always had a fascination with the Civil Rights Movement and particularly Martin Luther King Jr. whose humble resolve and determination moved a nation and inspired necessary change. I love the way Selma engages us in an important historical moment without ever being boring. I love the way it shows that while this an African American struggle, they're not alone in the fight, and we see people of all races joining the march. I love the film's tight focus that avoids turning this important story into a biopic about Martin Luther King. Most of all, I love that Selma made me feel something deep inside. Something pure and righteous. Something optimistic. Something inspired. And yet even deeper, something unsatisfied. Something yearning for a tomorrow that would see Martin Luther King's dream truly come to be.
2.) Jurassic World
Those of you that read my dinosaur-themed blog over the summer may recall that I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a child. Young actor Ty Simpkins perfectly channels my own childhood obsession and enthusiasm through his character, while contrasting his older brother's awkward but too-cool-for-dinosaurs attitude. Chris Pratt is an excellent new lead for the franchise and he proves that he's the real deal now that he's starred in two awesome back-to-back summer blockbusters in a row. I also enjoyed the transformation of Bryce Dallas Howard's business woman turned heroine character.
As far as I'm concerned, Jurassic World is every bit as good as the original Jurassic Park. While it may draw plenty of references to the original, it does so without depending on it. The film is filled with creativity and brought more than enough new ideas to the table to keep me interested and entertained. The newly added dinosaurs are as cool as you could want them to be, and the return of old favorites is as exciting as ever. It's Jurassic Park modernized for a new era, and that's just fine by me!
Favorite Movie of 2015
Knowing the disturbing details of that real life kidnapping, I was worried Room would be far too disturbing for me to endure. Fortunately however, as unpleasant as the subject matter may be, Room takes a pretty mild approach to its underlying horror by telling the story through the sheltered eyes of a child. It's an interesting and unique perspective that is done brilliantly and to great emotional effect. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced before. It's something of a transcendental journey back to our own youth, where we're experiencing our world for the very first time, and it's a powerful and lovely thing to behold. That may sound strange considering the film centers around so much cruelty and sadness, but Room still manages to be a remarkably beautiful and honest piece of cinema.
It is with great pleasure that I announce Room as my Favorite Movie of 2015! It's a magnificent film that elicited so many different emotions out of me. It really had a hold on my heart, and I am in awe of just how well thought-out and imaginative it all is. From it's heartbreaking circumstance and heart-poundingly tense scenes, Room opens the door and transforms itself into something insightful, wonderful, and real. Brie Larson gives the performance of a lifetime, and young Jacob Tremblay has forever won the hearts of all those who watch this film (I swear I have legitimately never seen a child actor give such an outstanding performance). Room's a movie that will always stay with me, and one that I hope you all will watch yourselves if you haven't already. Just a minor heads-up though! Don't watch the trailer! In fact, I recommend that you to go into this one knowing as little as possible. You'll get the most out of it that way, and as amazing as it is, you don't want to sell this one short!