We’re at the halfway point of the year now, and we’ve seen some cracking films released at the cinema. I’ve managed to catch most of them, but there have been a few that have escaped me.
In this feature, if you haven’t guessed already, I am going to share with you my 5 favourite films of the year so far. As I say, I haven’t managed to see every major release as of yet (in time I hope to), but I’ve seen enough to be able to make a decent top 5 list.
I can’t say enough good things about this movie. I saw it at the cinema and loved it, I loved it so much I even bought the Blu-Ray on import from the USA and watched it again. Directed by Rich Moore and starring John C. Reilly & Sarah Silverman, Wreck-It Ralph is beautifully made, features stellar voice work and has some of the most memorable characters since Toy Story. Wreck-it Ralph will surely go down as a Disney Animated Classic and fully deserves a sequel.
4. Evil Dead
How about that for a change of pace huh?! Family friendly animated movies to full on gore-fests. The Evil Dead remake was something of a surprise for me, in that it’s a remake/reboot, whatever you want to call it, that actually works and works well enough to stand aside from the original movie. Yes, there are some pretty major similarities, but the new Evil Dead managed to feel like a different kind of beast. With updated special effects (no CGI by the way), a bigger budget and more blood than an A&E department on a Friday night, this was a truly gruesome horror movie that pays homage to the original whilst also managing to re-energise a franchise. Brilliant.
This movie was so good I couldn’t write a review for it. Yes I know that sounds odd, but I loaded up my computer, got as far as a title and then I was hit with the fact that I enjoyed this movie so much I actually had no idea what to write. When I get round to buying the Blu-Ray and watching it again, I will, hopefully, be able to put a review up then. You should trust me though, this is Tarantino on top form, Django is definitely up there with his best work. It’s not quite as good as Pulp Fiction in my opinion, but it’s damn close.
Everybody’s favourite man in the tin suit returned to the big screen after last years wonderful Avengers Assemble, and it was his best solo outing yet. Shane Black stepped up to directorial duties and gave us more action, humour and brilliant plot twists than any Marvel movie yet. It’s been said that this could be Robert Downey Jr’s last performance as Iron Man, although I reckon it might just be one big ploy to get a bigger contract and enable him to put on the suit a few more times yet. However, if this was the final time we get to see Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, he went out in some style.
Star Trek Into Darkness is by far my favourite movie of the year so far. I honestly loved it. I acknowledge there are some fairly big plot holes, but a movie that moves at such pace and is so entertaining can be forgiven such things. There are so many memorable moments in this film, but the sight of The Enterprise free-falling toward Earth has to be one of the scenes of the year. I plan to see Star Trek again at the cinema before it finishes its theatrical run, if you haven’t seen it already, I encourage you to go while you still can.