Going to the movies is often seen as something of a special occasion, to go out and see something that you’ve been excited to see for a while. But at the beginning of the year, I thought, with so many amazing movies slated to come out in 2015, why make it something so rarely done? If I like going to the movies so much, why not do it more often? So, at the beginning of the year, I set myself a challenge to see as many movies as I could, and review as many of those as possible. And I am very proud to say that I have seen 31 movies this year (some repeats, but they count). Some were great, some were bad, and some were really fantastic, and it’s hard to pick a favourite. So, like always, here is my top five favourite movies of 2015 (and why):
- Kingsman: the Secret Service
When it came out in February, Kingsman blew everyone’s minds – both onscreen and in the theatres. Matthew Vaughn’s latest action spy flick packed a serious punch, but was overall really fun and fantastic, with a killer story and a stellar cast. Colin Firth stepped out and played a total badass, which was great to see, and newcomer Taron Egerton quickly rose to fame after playing the lead, Eggsy Unwin. I’ve seen Kingsman about five times this year, and every time is just as awesome and kick-ass.
- Inside Out
Pixar films are some of my all-time favourites, and Inside Out is probably one of the best Pixar films I’ve seen. It’s full of heart, and love, and because it’s about growing up, it’s utterly relatable, with things like imaginary friends and Dreams Productions sure to bring back memories from everyone’s childhoods. Bringing up a multitude of emotions within all of, Inside out was definitely one of my favourites this year.
- Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Another one of the many spy movies that came out this year (Spectre, MI:5 and Spy), Man From U.N.C.L.E. kind of got lost in the pack, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. On the contrary, Man From U.N.C.L.E. was some of the most fun I’ve had at the movies this year, with a good storyline, awesome cast, great script, and some seriously cool action. Guy Ritchie’s experience behind the camera really shined through with some top direction, and the occasional twist and turn in the story really suited the 1960s setting. But my favourite scene? Napoleon Solo, sitting in a truck eating a sandwich and drinking wine, as his partner’s boat slowly sinks behind him.
- The Martian
Was anyone else surprised by the Martian? I mean, I figured it was going to be good, but I never expected it to be as human, and hopeful, as it was. Mark Watney’s struggle to survive, and everyone else’s determination to bring him home, was such great, inspiring drama to watch, but the funny thing is – The Martian is kind of a comedy, most of it driven by Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney, who is quite enjoyable to watch as he struggles to make his way back to Earth. From great visuals to enjoyable dialogue and a spot-on cast, the Martian delivered a surprisingly well-rounded blockbuster, and one of the best films of the year.
- Star Wars: the Force Awakens
It’s not the greatest film of the year, but it’s one of the films that made the biggest impact on film in 2015, and by far one of the most enjoyable to watch. JJ Abrams returned the magic from a galaxy far, far away in the latest instalment, which saw our old favourite Star Wars characters team up with some new, and rather exciting, characters, such as Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn, in order to save the galaxy from the empirical First Order. It gave us a heavy serving of feels and excitement all in one go, and was not only the most anticipated film of the year, but also hold the record for the highest grossing box office weekend. Plus, it gave us all a lot more hope for the Star Wars universe, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Another year! With all the exciting films that have come out over the last year, I can’t help but be excited to see what awesome films 2016 holds! But, for now, Happy New Year!