2016 is over and the time has come for the writers at We Eat Films to decide which films made the cut. It’s been quite an interesting year for film with a lot of superhero, animated, and action films (not to mention a Harry Potter prequel of sorts). Some films have been memorable, others are films we wish we could forget. But here’s We Eat Films’ list of the top 5 movies of 2016!
5. Deadpool (Tim Miller)
Deadpool was that film that everybody was talking about months before its release, and months after. The trailer promised a lot of swearing, comedy, and of course some good ‘ole ass-kicking. It definitely delivered. Ryan Reynolds plays this misguided anti-hero with a violent streak and does it with the right touch of creepy voice and sassy dialogue. Deadpool isn’t your typical superhero: he’s just a little insane, a lot violent, and has a bad habit of talking nonstop. The action is gory, fast-paced, and full of one-liners. While some may find the comedy a bit too much for them, one thing’s for sure: Deadpool set itself apart from the other superhero movies of 2016 and had a lot of fun while doing it.
4. The Nice Guys (Shane Black)
Shane Black’s The Nice Guys is one of those oddball action comedies. While it didn’t do very well at the box office, critics loved it (it’s certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). The film, set in 1970s Los Angeles, follows Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and Holland March (Ryan Gosling), private eyes who team up to investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. Together the two misfits have a lot of mishaps and stumble upon a bigger case than they ever imagined. Crowe and Gosling play off each other well, and together they make a film that’s unique in a world of sequels and re-makes.
3. Rogue One (Gareth Edwards)
Coming at #3 is Rogue One, the latest film in the Star Wars franchise. It was released in early December 2016 and absolutely dominated at the box office. Critics and audiences alike enjoyed this Star Wars story. The prequel is about a group of unlikely heroes known as the Rebel Alliance who come together to steal the plans for the Death Star. The cast is comprised of very talented actors like Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Donnie Yen. It’s being praised on social media for its diverse cast, too. The action scenes are also well executed. It’s an unforgettable film that shows the promising future of the new Star Wars films.
2. Zootopia (Byron Howard & Rich Moore)
What may or may not surprise you about We Eat Films’ favourite movies of 2016 is that the 2nd on the list is none other than a standout animation film. Zootopia, starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, might seem easy to dismiss as another kiddy film. But that would be doing the film a huge disservice. Not only does it have great visuals and comedy, but it also has a surprisingly deep message that suits all ages. You see, Zootopia is at its heart a tale of discrimination. Judy Hopps is the first rabbit on the police force, and no one takes her seriously. Her boss doesn’t, and fox Nick Wilde doesn’t. But when Judy and Nick team up, they learn that animals shouldn’t be judged by their species and by their appearance. Zootopia is a fantastic metaphor for racism and discrimination in real life, and how we should all work together to make the world better instead of judge one another.
1. Captain America: Civil War (Anthony & Joe Russo)
2016 was a big year for superhero films what with Batman v Superman, Deadpool, and X-Men: Apocalypse. But none can truly compete with the Marvel cinematic universe. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) was good, but with each instalment in the Captain America franchise the films get better and better. We Eat Films writers couldn’t get past this epic story of friends becoming foes. With most of the Avengers cast back and saving lives – and destroying some cities along the way – the story is full of action, drama, and comedy. Steve Rogers and co are busy saving the world, but people have begun to question the collateral damage they leave in their wake. Should they have a government committee to oversee and approve all missions? The changes spark a disagreement and feud between Steve – who thinks the government shouldn’t be involved in the Avengers – and Tony Stark. Tony believes the government should be involved in order to keep them in check. Civil War also introduces the new Spider Man (the new film is set to be released summer 2017). What results is an intense, action-packed film that changes the mood and dynamics for future Avengers films. It is without a doubt one of the most memorable movies of 2016.