Hi there, guys! Sam here, with another list. So far this year, there have been some great movies, and I've gotten the chance to see a lot of them in theaters, including one of them three times in the span of a month-and-a-half, which is a record for me. I love movies, as you can probably tell, and I felt that since we are three months away from the end of the year (goes by quickly, though it doesn't feel like it too much), I decided to put up my top 5 movies of the year...so far. There are chances my choices could change, so please don't automatically think everything will stay the same. Also, remember this is my opinion, and that if you put anything extremely negative in the comments, I will most likely delete the comment. So, anyway, here we go!
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service
This movie surprised me in many ways. I knew it was going to be good, but not as good as it turned out to be. The acting was spectacular, especially the performances from Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Caine. The action was phenomenal, and it kept you on the edge of your seat, especially the church scene and the infiltration scene just before the final battle and the ending. I couldn't have asked for more from Kingsman, and I'll be one of those in line for the sequel.
- RT Critics Score: 75%
- RT Audience Score: 85%
- IMDb Score: 7.8/10
- Metascore: 58/100
- My Score: 4.5/5; 9/10 stars; 90-95%
4. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
If you are thinking you're in the wrong place, then let me tell you, you're not. I know a lot of people didn't like this movie, but I loved it so much! Despite being loosely based upon the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, I thought it was still a good interpretation. You see, there were parts in the novel that would not translate quite as well to the screen as they did on the page, and that's why I totally understand the movie. The acting performances were top-notch, with Shailene Woodley and Theo James shining all the way through with their amazing chemistry and perfect set of emotion. Kate Winslet proves that she can be a truly dictatorial villain, Naomi Watts provides an excellent addition to the storyline as Four's long-lost mother Evelyn, Jai Courtney is at his best as Eric, and Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort are at the top of their game with the excellent emotion and sass (in the former's case). The plot was sophisticated, yet easy to follow, and the action was superior to the predecessor. All-in-all, this was a great movie, and while there was a small amount of room to improve, I can't wait for Allegiant--Parts One and Two. Also, music was great (especially Holes In the Sky and Sacrifice).
- RT Critics Score: 31%
- RT Audience Score: 62%
- Metascore: 42/100
- IMDb Score: 6.4/10
- My Score: 4.7/5; 10/10 stars; 97-100%
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road. A movie I didn't know if I would like or not. But one night, at 12:30 AM, I turned on my computer and began watching the movie because I had nothing else to do (I don't get tired too easily, even at night). And let me just say, if I may quote Nux: "WHAT A DAY! WHAT A LOVELY DAY!" The movie was phenomenal. I wasn't sure about my expectations for the film, in all honesty. They were more mixed than anything. But after finally viewing the film, I must say, I wanted more. It was such a great movie, with a great plot (though the plot wasn't the biggest thing ever, which was pretty awesome), the setting was breathtaking (I really want to visit Namibia now), the action was so heart-pounding that my eyes were bugging out of my head, and the actors' performances deserved Oscars for the great work they put into it. Tom Hardy, as ever, is spectacular, Charlize Theron does better than I would have thought, Hugh Keays-Byrne provides one of the best film villains I've seen in a long time as Immortan Joe, and Nicholas Hoult easily wins my vote for one of the best supporting characters I've ever watched on-screen. This movie is one for the history books, and I can't wait to watch it again.
- RT Critics Score: 98%
- RT Audience Score: 88%
- Metascore: 89/100
- IMDb Score: 8.3/10
- My Score: 4.8/5; 10/10 stars; 98-100%
2. Jurassic World
Ah yes, the movie that brought back so much nostalgia that I felt as if a train had hit me. This movie is amazing. I've seen it three times in theaters, and I cannot wait to see it again! This time, you only have two characters returning from any of the original movies (BD Wong being one of them), which makes the movie even more fresh. Chris Pratt does his stuff, as always, and you love his character right from the start. Bryce Dallas Howard proves she can be more than a damsel-in-distress (I'm looking at you, Spider-Man 3), and that she can run from a T-Rex in high heels. The kids were not annoying at all, and I found myself sympathizing with them at times due to their situation. Vincent D'Onofrio is a great human antagonist, though it is true he got ahead of himself there. The Indominus Rex is my favorite character in the series now, and I loved her because she was that one antagonist that couldn't be killed so easily, unlike so many other villains in film and TV, and because of that, she provided much more of a challenge. Blue is one of my favorite characters now, as well, with the female Velociraptor becoming lovable due to the way she is, and her bond with Chris Pratt's Owen. The Mosasaur and Lowery are great additions to the story, and the return of a fan-favorite character nearly brought tears to my eyes. This is a movie I will never forget, and it now ranks as the second-best movie as I've ever seen.
- RT Score: 71%
- RT Audience Score: 81%
- Metascore: 59/100
- IMDb Score: 7.3/10
- My Score: 4.9/5; 10/10 stars; 99-100%
And now for the best of the year thus-far...
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Best movie I've ever seen. The main antagonist is my favorite villain so far in the MCU, and Ultron was made even better by the fact he was voiced by James Spader, one of my favorites due to his roles on The Office and The Blacklist, an actor who didn't even change his voice for the role. This was a movie that kept you guessing, and not even I could prepare for the climax. No wonder this series keeps moving in the place of where others have failed. Iron Man remains the best Avenger, and Vision, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch are very welcome additions to the cast of characters. This is a must-see for those wanting a good movie (or one that leaves you on the edge of your seat), and one for those who love comic books. I could not have asked for more from this film. Some might disagree with me, and all I can say is that everyone has their own opinion. I will never forget this film, because it brought so much to me. I had VERY. VERY, VERY high expectations for this film, and it succeeded those expectations. I love it more than any movie I've ever seen (not counting the classics, which I can't put on a list anywhere), and I love it more than any other MCU film. I know it meant well, and there was only one path to peace: for me to love it as much as I did!
- RT Critics Score: 74%
- RT Audience Score: 86%
- Metascore: 66/100
- IMDb Score: 7.8/10
- My Score: 5/5; 10/10 stars; 100%
Well, that's it. Please do remember that there are other movies coming out this year, so please remember that some of these films might be changed around on the list. I'll be making my top 10 list by the end of the year or so, so just wait until then! Thank you for reading, and I hope you loved my choices! Until next time! And remember: "Avengers...!" (cut off by credits).