Yesterday, we talked about the worst movies I watched in 2015. Now, it’s time to talk about the best movies I watched in 2015. (The keyword again being watched. There are still several films I have to see that were technically released in 2015 but haven’t hit wide release yet).
10. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Though it wasn’t box office gold, I’d say The Man From U.N.C.L.E is this year’s sleeper hit. I went in dreading it but came out surprised by how sexy and entertaining it was. It’s a Guy Ritchie movie, so it’s zippy, clever, and full of thrilling fights, car chases, and explosions. And if we’re comparing to Spectre, I’d rather watch U.N.C.L.E.
Spy is an R-rated action-comedy that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to swearing, violence, and physical gags. If you’re worried this movie is like other Melissa McCarthy films—you know, the ones where they just make jokes about her weight—don’t worry. It’s not like that AT ALL. Plus, you get the chance to see Jason Statham flex his comedic talent. Hell, he steals the show!
8. Jurassic World
If you’ve ever wondered what a Han Solo-like rogue who hangs out with a killer raptor squad looks like, Jurassic World delivers exactly that with Chris Pratt. Oh, and the movie’s a visually-spectacular tour of a fully-functional dinosaur park with a hell of a monster chase. But let’s be honest…we all watched for Chris Pratt.
7. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
After the massively successful The Avengers, it’s no surprise that its follow-up, Avengers: Age of Ultron, was just as fun. Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios know how to make a superhero film. It’s equal parts light and dark, mixing bickering superhero buddies with comic book camp, haunting pasts, and visions of a better tomorrow.
6. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Secret Service may have slipped under your radar, but you shouldn’t ignore this sleek film about posh British spies (Seriously, so many spy movies were better than this year’s Bond film). Did I mention Samuel L. Jackson is the bad guy? Can’t go wrong there. Also, this movie has one of the bloodiest fight sequences (with insane tracking shots) I’ve ever seen.
If you’ve been waiting for a top-notch rom-com, look no further than Trainwreck. From the brilliant minds of comedian and writer Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow, this movie takes your typical rom-com jokes, flips them on their head, and then shows you what a romance looks like between real people, not stereotypes.
4. Inside Out
Inside Out made me cry (a feat in and of itself). Yes, a movie about feelings gave me feelings. I don’t care if you’re a child or an adult, this film will cut to the very core of you (in the best way). And who would’ve thought Pixar could so accurately explain personality, imagination, and mental health with anthropomorphic characters?
If you love Rocky, you will absolutely love Creed. It takes everything that you enjoyed about Rocky Balboa’s journey to boxing stardom and mashes it up with a new story about the son of Apollo Creed finding his way in the world of boxing with Rocky at his side. It’s funny, heartwarming, and will get you pumped as hell. Don’t let Fantastic Four turn you off of Michael B. Jordan. Dude’s going places.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
To be honest, I would’ve made Mad Max: Fury Road my #1 this year had another movie not slightly edged it out. Because this movie is AMAZING. Intense action, beautiful cinematography, and flaming guitars aside, Fury Road delivers multi-dimensional characters and a gritty story about survival. (Give it Best Picture right now, Academy.)
1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
It’s been decades since we’ve had a good Star Wars film. That’s why the highly-anticipated and totally-worth-its-hype Star Wars: The Force Awakens is my top pick. Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, R2-D2, and C-3PO are back (which makes me feel like a kid again). But we’re also introduced to new and instantly lovable characters like Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and BB-8, who will lead us into new-age Star Wars fandom. Thank you, J.J. Abrams, for not “Lucasing” this film.
What movies would make YOUR “Top 10” best list this year? Discuss in the comments!