It’s June and that means we’re almost halfway through the year and we’ve already had some great movies. We’ve also had some really bad movies. Today however, we are going to focus on the top 5 movies so far this year.
5. Finding Dory
Finding Dory was a heartwarming and beautiful movie filled with gorgeous animation and a wonderful story. Ellen DeGeneres is perfectly cast as Dory in some of the best voice to animation ever. Her voice really captures the character of Dory perfectly. The movie is fast paced and never slows down, and it sheds light on some really important topics. Things like mental health and how to deal with mental health.This is a movie for all ages, no matter how old you are. The gorgeous colors of the underwater world really allow for an immersive experience.
4. The Conjuring 2
I was a big fan of the first Conjuring. In fact, it’s one of my favorite horror movies of all time. I was very much looking forward to the sequel, and this movie pays off in a huge way. This may even be better than the first one. The Conjuring 2 is a very well made movie. James Wan is maybe the best director working in horror today. He knows exactly how to craft a horror movie and it is a lot of fun. The movie knows exactly how to build suspense and it’s terrifying many times. One of the things James Wan does best, is that he never uses cheap and fake scares. Those scares when a hand grabs someone shoulder and loud music plays and it turns out to just be a friend. Those scares are just annoying. The Conjuring 2 does have jump scares, but every jump scare adds to the movie, they are all real scares. However, the best thing about the movie is how the story is told and how the story portrays the marriage and relationship between Ed and Lorraine Warren. It’s an excellent movie with great performances and one of the best horror movies out there.
Zootopia is the latest movie from Disney and once again, it is a home run. Zootopia is a fantastic movie with great characters and a great underlining message. The animation is really spectacular. Disney is always stepping it up when it comes to animation. They really do have some of the best, if not the best animation in movies. Their attention to detail is really apparent through many scenes of this movie. It’s really quite dazzling at times.The movie works on every level. It’s fun, heartwarming, smart, and teaches great lessons. It’s a movie that people of all ages can enjoy. Young and old can watch and be entertained. It is yet another instant classic for Disney.
2. Captain America: Civil War
After a string of mostly mediocre to disappointing movies, Marvel has once again struck a home run with its latest movie, Captain America: Civil War. Civil War hits on all levels. It’s a great action movie, a great comic book movie, and a great dramatic piece. A lot of people like to throw out phrases like, “Best movie ever made,”or “Best movie I’ve ever seen in my life,” and while the movie is far from being the best movie of all time, it’s certainly one of the best superhero movies we’ve ever had. The action scenes were spectacular. The opening chase scene was reminiscent of the opening chase scene from Casino Royale, which in my opinion is one of the best move foot chases ever, and is a very exciting opener. The airplane hanger scene is absolutely phenomenal. Each character shines and has their moment of greatness. It’s quite amazing to witness how the Russo brothers were able to give each character their shining moment when they have so many characters they have to juggle. The final climatic battle is also stunning, exciting, and heart pounding. It is certainly one of the best movies this year.
1. 10 Cloverfield Lane
This is one of the most original and captivating movies I have seen in a long time. No one had even heard of this movie until January and then two months later it was released. It had a genius marketing campaign and it was engaging from beginning to end. The performances were all phenomenal. John Goodman is incredible as Howard. He plays him perfectly and its hard to get a good read on who he is. That is genius. The movie has a great three act structure. The first act, you don’t really know what’s going on. You’re with Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character, trying to figure things out. As the second act starts, you start learning a little bit more, and by the third act it just explodes and it’s just a really good structured movie. The movie does a good job of introducing mysteries and then revealing them in just the right way in just the right time. The movie is incredibly engaging from beginning to end and it is by far the best movie I have watched all year.
So what are some of your favorites this year? Comment below and let me know!