After days of going through the top ten best and worst 3D movies of 2015 and the top ten worst movies of 2015, it is finally time to go through the best of the best. This list of the top ten best movies of 2015 won’t exactly match up with other lists you read. Other critics put movies on their list because they are “supposed” to be on there. You’ll find some of those movies on this top ten list, but there will be others where it will be a complete surprise. That’s what makes this so fun. Let’s begin.
There seems to be two kinds of Melissa McCarthy comedies, one where her weight and appearance are the source of most of the jokes (those are usually quite bad) and ones where her character is smart and witty. “Spy” is the best movie McCarthy has made to date. It was one of those movies that had perfect casting too. Getting Jason Statham to play the tough guy he often plays, but in a comedy was a stroke of brilliance and Rose Byrne played one of her most memorable characters to date. This was one of the best movies to see this past summer.
Speaking of making the best movie of one’s career, “Concussion” would qualify for Will Smith. He has come a very long way since his “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” days. His acting raises to a whole new level in this movie. This was also an important piece, getting the word out on the dangers NFL payers face on a weekly basis and how Roger Goodell and the NFL tried to keep these facts under wraps for years. The movie keeps the audience completely engaged from beginning to end.
#8 ‘The Walk’
This was the #1 3D movie of the year, but it finds itself at number eight for the entire year. The spectacular 3D effects is what helped propel this movie to the top spot on that list, but it was a heck of a movie by Robert Zemeckis as well. There is great beauty to the movie, but it contains moments of suspense, comedy and characters you cheer for. That will always be a winning combination in the world of film.
#7 ‘The Danish Girl’
Robert Zemeckis directed “Forrest Gump” which earned Tom Hanks a Best Actor Oscar for the second year in a row. “Eddie Redmayne” won the award last year for “The Theory of Everything” and it’s quite possible he could win for two years running in “The Danish Girl.” He was just that good in this movie about the first man to ever received a transgender operation. His co-star, Alicia Vikander, was just as outstanding in her role too.
The old adage is that there are no more original stories in Hollywood. While the studios continually turn out sequels and remakes, independents are a place you need to look for some originality. “Room” was shot in Canada and is one of those films that just make you sit back and say, “Whoa!” Brie Larson is just stunning in what she accomplishes in this movie and Jacob Tremblay may be young in age, but he is a powerhouse on screen. This is a movie everyone should seek out.
#5 ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
It’s funny how it was just mentioned how Hollywood generally makes sequels and remakes and one of those makes the top ten movies of 2015. In fact, the movie ranks as #1 on a lot of other film critic lists. The difference is when one of those re-imaginings are done, it is by new filmmakers who had nothing to do with the original. George Miller is a top movie director today and was responsible for the original Mad Max movies. If someone else tried to make “Mad Max: Fury Road” this movie could have been one of the worst movies of the year. Instead. it’s one that is still getting plenty of buzz despite coming out over six months ago.
#4 ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’
You may not find “Kingsman: the Secret Service” on many top 10 lists, but it should be! It was released in February against the dreadful “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but still outperformed predictions for the weekend. Word-of-mouth spread fast on what a great spy movie this was and how it was just a blast of an experience at the movies. The movie was fun, not predictable and had a cast of veteran and lesser known actors combining to make one of the more flat out entertaining movies of 2015.
It’s so satisfying when a movie comes together from all angles and that’s what happened with “Carol”. It starts with Todd Haynes’ directing, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara moving performances, Edward Lachman’s cinematography, Judy Becker’s production design to Carter Burwell’s beautiful score and the list continues from there. What makes it all the more satisfying is that the movie was in development for over a decade. You’ll be hearing this movie’s named mentioned plenty of times as award season revs up.
The movie “Concussion” was about a massive cover-up, but that does not remotely compare to the cover-up by the Catholic Church regarding priests molestation of children. Not only that they kept these crimes under wraps, but they kept moving these priests to difference churches to pray on brand new victims. Thankfully, reporters at the Boston Globe finally brought these heinous acts to light. The movie sports a great cast and filmmakers that made it incredibly gripping. The people of the Church got really upset this past summer when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage for the entire country, yet most of them remain silence on this issue. I hope all of them see “Spotlight.”
#1 ‘The Martian’
Ask anyone who has read Andy Weir’s novel and they are likely to tell you what a great read it was and that you should read it too. You will also to get a similar answer for anyone who saw Ridley Scott’s movie version starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and an amazing all star cast. This is one of those movies that grabs a hold of you from the very start and does not let go until the end credits begin to roll. Granted, this movie is not likely to be many other critic’s choice as the best movie of the year, but they can’t deny the great work Scott has done again and how vastly entertaining this movie was for all audiences. “The Martian” is the reason why we go to the movies!
That brings the ten best movies of 2015 to a close. It’s unlikely we’ll get anything good to see for a while and January is usually a junk month for movies. However, who knows, perhaps one of those movies will make its way onto this list next year. Remember, you can subscribe HERE to get all the no holds barred reviews on all the biggest releases every week and even the small movies too. Happy New Year!