Best Movies of 2016
2016 was a year of interesting movies. While Marvel put out some heavy hitters and many sequels were dropped, my top fifteen for the year may be surprising. So, here they are, counting down from #15 to #1.
Full disclosure - I am a human and am biased so you probably won't agree with my list. That's cool! Hopefully you'll find some flicks on my list you normally wouldn't see anyway.
There were definitely political undertones here, but the overall message was good. Plus, the characters are cute little critters and Jason Bateman is front and center. Can't beat that!
So, it's no secret that the X-Men movies have been horribly messed up by Fox, however the recent X-Men films have been somewhat better. I thought Apocalypse was the weakest of the three, but it was still decent.
The Finest Hours
I almost forgot this one was a 2016 movie! Kelly and I saw it in theaters and we were both on the edge of our chairs the whole time. It was intense and exciting and a little sad, but a neat look into what happened on February 18, 1952 and the people who saved the day.
I mean... what a great story. Biblical fiction can be a tricky genre to navigate with Christians being so skeptical on theology, but this was a good movie! Christian movies are getting better slowly, but surely and I really enjoyed Risen. At the end of the day, a look at the goodness of Jesus and how He redeems even the least likely makes for a divine piece of art.
I've never been a huge Star Wars fan, but I have mad respect for the fandom. Kelly and I both really liked The Force Awakens so we were excited for Rogue One. It wasn't nearly as good as TFA, but still an entertaining movie!
It's the year of Chris - Evans, Pine, and Pratt! This wild west action movie was surprisingly good. We didn't quite know what to expect, but it was interesting and exciting without being over-the-top. Chris Pratt was great, of course, but the rest of the cast did a nice job too. This was a goodie!
Does anyone remember how awful the Jeremy Renner Bourne movie was? Me too. Good thing they brought Matt Damon back before ruining the entire series. This one was excellent! It felt like the good ol' days and brought back all the Bourne feels.
I knew we needed to see Arrival and we finally did. I wish we would have seen this one in theaters because it was fantastic. The music is beautiful and the ending is incredible. As my dear friend, Patti says, "It was excellent... Excellent."
Star Trek Beyond
I knew before seeing this one that it probably wouldn't measure up to the first two because J.J. Abrams wasn't the driving force in production anymore. It was still pretty good and definitely entertaining, but I would have liked to see him finish the trilogy.
This one was tough to watch, but left an impression on my heart for what it means to respect and care for human life. This movie showed the service of combat medic Desmond Doss who is credited with saving 75 souls without firing a gun. It was well-done and a must-see for adults.
Thank goodness for my dear friend, Erica. If it weren't for her, I would have never watched this one, but I am so glad I did (twice)! What an amazing story about identity. So beautiful and the art and music were perfect. A++ for Moana!
This one didn't get a lot of attention for whatever reason, but thanks to our old school tactics of renting from Family Video, we discovered this treasure. Mr. Church told the story of family and how it comes in all shapes and sizes. It was beautiful and powerful and worth the watch.
The Little Prince
The music, the paper-mation, the story of keeping a childlike heart no matter how old you are - this movie was so sweet and warm and for all ages. I can happily say that the Kimballs will be adding this one to our movie collection and recommending it to everyone we know.
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America started off slowly with the First Avenger, but wow has that changed. From Chris Evans' first movie, he has continuously become my favorite Marvel character. While Winter Soldier is still at the top of my list, Civil War is in my top five Marvel movies to date.
A coming-of-age story with 80s music, Irish accents, and a love story? Yes, please. This film was so, so good! Just watch it. I promise you won't be disappointed.