In just a couple hours, 2014 will be of the past and it will be 2015 where (insert Back to the Future Part II joke here).
Time to look back at the movies of 2014 and talk about the best. In 2013 I only did the Top 5 Best since there were so many bad movies but that is the opposite here. I have only found two or three bad movies. This year I will make the Top 10 Best films of 2014.
LET IT BEGIN!
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I can describe this movie like this: if you do not like past incarnations of TMNT, do NOT watch this movie. However with me, I love all versions of the turtles...well almost all of them.
I still have nightmares....
Luckily I thought this new incarnation did a great job combining the 2012 series, the 2003 series, and even a little bit of the 80s series all into one great action flick that had me smiling from beginning to end. Even Megan Fox was okay in the film which was surprising, the four actors do a great job playing the turtles, and the action was superb. Can't wait for the sequel.
9. How To Train Your Dragon 2
Toothless and Hiccup returned and it was even better than the first. It's official Dreamworks has become par with Pixar, they are that good now. From Kung Fu Panda to this, they have amped their game. How to Train Your Dragon 2 was a beautiful thrill ride that had me smiling and even tearing up a little. Check it out if you haven't it is a must for 2014 that the whole family will enjoy.
8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
When I first saw the trailer for this I was like, "Really? You're really continuing this?" I had little anticipation but I rewatched Rise of the Planet of the Apes and I started getting a bit more excited. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was even better than the last. Andy Serkis deserves an award for his performance as Caesar, he manages to get me sucked in by just hand movements and facial expressions: that is impressive. Now I AM excited to see what the next movie will do.
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
This movie's reception was a lot like 2013's Man of Steel, people either love it or hate it. Personally I loved it. Sure Rhino was a little goofy and Green Goblin was only in it for five minutes but at least those characters weren't killed off! *Cough* Spider-Man 3 *Cough* To me this felt like a true Spider-Man film, Spidey looked perfect, Gwen was perfect, Electro was perfect, Goblin actually seemed perfect to me, and the tone and style were all perfect to a Spidey comic. I can kind of see where people are coming from when they say it had too many plot threads and yeah it had a lot but I'm used to that in normal comics so that's why I didn't mind. To me Marc Webb made the character of Spidey feel real as well as other characters. I will miss Andrew Garfield as Spidey and I think he did a great job.
6. The Lego Movie
This movie made my childhood blossom again and made me want to buy legos. The Lego movie is a movie that had me laughing, smiling, and it touched the feels pretty good in one scene. The animation is flawless, the characters are timeless, and the comedy is hilarious. SPACESHIP!
5. Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise appears in another Top 10 best list for me in Edge of Tomorrow, a gripping time travel film that hooked me from the moment it started. I agree that this movie got a criminally small amount of money. I wanted this to get it's own first person shooter game made out of it and it would be amazing. Amazing directing, acting, and concepts.
4. X-Men Days of Future Past
I had no expectations for this one, I did not like X-Men 1-3, hated Origins, loved First Class, and loved Wolverine. When I saw Bryan Singer had returned I groaned, then the magazine covers came out and they had me groaning even more and I was ready to tear this movie to pieces. Well...this was the best X-Men film. I loved it and was cheering in a couple spots. I can't wait to see what they do with X-Men Apocalypse.
3. Captain America the Winter Soldier
Iron Man 3 sucked...badly. Thor the Dark World was good but very bland in spots. So at this point, my faith in Marve's Phase 2 dwindled quite a bit but the I got that faith back this April with Captain America the Winter Soldier. Chris Evans to me is THE perfect Captain America. He's likable, charismatic, funny, and has the acting chops...and he can pull off some badass stunts. To me this wasn't just a superhero film but a great spy espionage thriller that hooked me even though I knew everything that was going to happen since I read the book this was based on. Scarlett Johannson has gotten even better at the role of Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson is still a great Nick Fury, Robert Redford was pretty much any modern Robert Redford role but I still enjoyed him. The most surprising role was Anthony Mackie as Falcon; I thought he would be written as the typical African-American comedic side character but no he is a legitimately intriguing character who was so cool once he got his wings on. I can't wait to see what the Russo Brothers bring us in Captain America Civil War.
I am a HUGE Godzilla fan and I was sold from the first trailer. This movie had the most amazing visuals that were framed so well that I felt that I really was watching a bunch of monsters fight or attack our world. All the performances were great, the story was actually really well done, and the tone was excellent. So glad we got a movie to wash away that terrible Roland Emmerich film.
Now I struggled with choosing between Godzilla and the next film for number one and at one point Godzilla WAS number one but thinking about it, nothing else can be at number one except:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel most DEFINITELY amped it up with this spectacle. TAking a comic that NO one had heard of and making, in my opinion, the best superhero film ever made. From beginning to end, I was smiling, laughing, and straight up crying in three spots. What Star Wars did for teens in the 70s, Guardians of the Galaxy did for me. It was pure sci-fi fun all the way through and I absolutely loved it. I literally could not find a single thing wrong with this movie, it was one of the very few PERFECT films. The characters are some of the best I've seen in years. Star Lord: Great, Gamora: Great, Drax: Great, Rocket: Great, and Groot is by far my favorite character in the film. He won my heart and many others too.
Before I wrap this up, I just want to point out that in my Top 10 Most Anticipated movies of 2014 list had Guardians of the Galaxy at #2 and Godzilla at #1, and both blew my expectations away as well as earned similar spots on the THIS list.
If you have the chance, check out my Guardians of the Galaxy fan video.
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What were your favorites of 2014? Do you agree with my list? Tell me down below in the comments and I'll see you all in 2015!