Top 10 Favourite Movies of 2014

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Movie reviews, Top 10s
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Well as another year ends I can look back on all the movies I saw this year and rank my 10 favourites. Now keep in mind that this year I haven’t been able to go the cinemas as much since I went to Uni, so I may not have seen every movie worthy for this list. Also these are just my opinions, the type of movies that I like. Got a problem with that? Well I suggest going to another list as it will be different. So now let’s get to my top 10 favourite movies of 2014.

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10. Captain America, the Winter Soldier

Captain America the Winter Soldier

After Avengers Assemble the second wave of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies got off to a mixed start. Whilst Iron Man 3 was tremendous fun Thor the Dark World was sadly lacklustre. Captain America 2 thankfully leans more towards Iron Man 3. Whilst the tone for this movie is generally more serious it still has it’s fun moments. The action scenes are well shot and made all the more better with practical effects. Chris Evans is once again great as the Captain and other characters like Nick Fury and Black Widow are given more to do this time round. At times the film gets bogged down by juggling too many different political and narrative themes and the conflict between the Captain and the Winter Soldier felt underdeveloped, but nethertheless this is another successful entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

9. The Inbetweeners 2

The Inbetweeners 2

After the runaway success of the first movie over in England they originally intended to end the series there, so going in to this movie I was sceptical and kept my expectations reasonable. Thankfully I got what I expected. A fun time with plenty of laughs and likable characters (mostly). The trailers did a good job at not showing the best parts and when the jokes hit they hit hard. Just like with the last movie the four main characters are all rude and vulgar but they still come off as likable and you want to see them come out on top. I don’t think this movie quite has the staying power of the first movie and that it didn’t end as well, but for one last banter with the lads you can’t really go wrong with this.

8. How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to train your dragon 2

Another sequel? They really are getting better. As the title suggests this is a followup to the beloved Dreamworks movie How to Train Your Dragon. Whilst the characters aren’t as good as other recent animations like Wreck-It Ralph or Frozen, Dreamworks always seem to be able to make up for that by making their animated movies feel like an adventure, and here that’s more than true. Feeling like you’re flying with Toothless is always an exhilarating feel as well as getting caught up in the movie’s epic action scenes and the more dramatic moments. It’s another enjoyable animated feature that is on par with the original, and in my personal opinion better.

7. 22 Jump Street

22 Jump street

One of the surprise hits of 2012 was the movie adaptation for 21 Jump Street. The sequel 22 Jump Street leads you to believe that it’s a cheap cash in sequel, but when you watch the movie you find out it’s anything BUT that. Yeah they do pretty much the same shtick as in the first movie but it has such a keen sense of being self-aware that you can’t help but laugh with it. The bro-tastic banter between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is always as enjoyable as ever and really is what holds this movie together, and Ice Cube’s on screen presence always provides me with laughs. In the end the movie was a laugh riot and much better than it had any right to be.

6. Interstellar

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi epic was very ambitious indeed, but did the movie deliver? For the most part yes it did. The cinematography and effects are gorgeous, the cast give a great performance (Matthew McConaughy in particular), the emotional moments were hard hitting and the movie has enough themes and ideas going about it to be genuinely thought provoking. But perhaps the movie strives to be too big for it’s boots. At nearly three hours long this movie is a beast and I think I might need to give it a re-watch to pick up on things I missed out on. It may have fallen a little short of being a masterpiece and it’s not Nolan’s best movie, but I still thought Interstellar was great and deserves at least one viewing.

5. Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow

If you want one of the year’s underrated gems then look no further. This movie can best be described as the Groundhog Day of action movies. Whilst that is true it’s able to use it’s concept really well ensuring that the movie is action packed and fast paced, plus when there’s explanation to be done it all makes sense and you as the audience totally buy it. Love or Hate him Tom Cruise shows that he’s still capable of holding a lead performance in an action movie and Emily Blunt is really good as well. It’s a pity this movie didn’t do well at the box office. For future reference sensible people should stop wasting their money on crap like Bayformers 4 and instead watch something actually worth their time and money.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Now for the highest grossing film of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. Guardians of the Galaxy is a colourful, well acted and entertaining sci-fi comic book movie. The characters are all memorable from Chris Pratt’s Starlord to Vin Diesel “I Am Groot” and my personal favourite Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. The movie also has a great soundtrack made up of retro tunes, I mean c’mon, who doesn’t love looking badass whilst blasting out Cherry Bomb? It also does a nice job at balancing out it’s comedy, action and emotional moments. Guardians has something for everyone here and provides as one of the year’s most complete packages.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the apes

Another Highly anticipated movie was the follow-up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and not only was this movie better than the first but better than I expected it to be. The apes are once again the standout here, you can’t really go wrong with Andy Serkis doing motion capture work. However the human characters definitely stood out more here as they have more to do, plus Gary Oldman is always an asset (if a tad underused). The movie is also not as predictable as one might think, it has some nice twists and keeps you on the edge to see what happens. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is another great sequel and I eagerly anticipate where the series will go next.

2. X-Men Days of Future Past

X Men Days of Future Past

Being a fan of the X-Men movies (my favourites being X2 and First Class) I had high hopes for this movie after seeing the trailers. When I saw the movie though I realised the trailers did the movie no justice. This film is simply epic. It feels like it takes what was great about the previous movies and combines it all into one. Focusing on both the past and future it has not only Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen but James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender AND Hugh Jackman as well, it’s almost too much. The other characters are all great as well (QuickSilver makes for a particular show stealer), the action in the future is exciting, the story is nicely tied together and answers every question you may have going into this movie. X-Men fan or not this is still essential viewing.

Before we get to number 1 here are some quick honourable mentions: Divergent, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Muppets Most Wanted, The Wolf of Wall Street.

1. The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

Some may be surprised that this movie is number 1, but I have my reasons. Not only does this movie brink back nostalgic memories of being a kid, playing with Lego and letting your imagination do the work but this movie is genuinely great in it’s own right. First off the animation is stunning, it looks like the whole world was made out of Lego and the attention to detail is exquisite. The characters are lovable and memorable with the likes of Chris Pratt, Will Arnett and Liam Neeson bringing them to life. It’s fast paced, really funny and has a really nice overall message (which I won’t spoil). If you haven’t seen the movie yet see it now, and really for lack of a better word “Everything is Awesome”.

And those were my 10 favourite movies of 2014. I won’t be doing a Worst Movies of 2014 as I didn’t see enough movies that I would consider bad. So now to see what 2015 has to offer.

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