With 2015 finally wrapping up, I think it is time for me to give all you Moviepilot readers my top 10 list of movies from this year. Since there have been several great movies from superheroes to animation to science fiction, I had to think through the entire year of movies I have seen this year. And this is it you guys. This is the list where I give my top 10 favorites of the year. And please don't judge me. This is all my opinion. So without further ado, this edition of Top 10 goes to 2015 and they are as follows:
10. The Peanuts Movie
Starting off the 2015 list is the long awaited Peanuts Movie. It has been several years since we have seen a Peanuts movie adventure with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts crew. And this movie brings everything that the Peanuts had from their cartoons and comics and makes all the characters relevant towards each other. I had such a great time with this movie, I was so easily impressed to see how one movie studio such as Blue Sky can take something classic and bring it into the 21st Century. I haven't watched that much of the Peanuts cartoons other than the Great Pumpkin and the Christmas specials. But when I heard about this movie, I wasn't that interested at first. But when I watched it, it had to go onto my list.
Taking spot #9 is the return of the greatest spy of all time James Bond in the newest film Spectre. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in one of the best Bond related adventures ever. Brought back so many excellent elements and made it into a personalized mission for Bond. Had Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who was pulling the strings the whole time throughout Craig's run as Bond, which I didn't know till now. And I really enjoyed the title song 'Writing's on the Wall' by Sam Smith. Hit me right to the core. Great action, a great villain, a snazzy Bond girl in Lea Seydoux and an overall great time for #9.
8. Jurassic World
Taking spot #8 is one movie that brought back so many great things about the dinosaurs. If you guessed Jurassic World, then you are correct!!! This movie had a story that completely took place 20 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park movie and completely ignored Jurassic Park II and III, which wasn't a problem for me. Had a great cast led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, very menacing dinosaurs, and a roaring great time for everyone who is familiar with the Jurassic Park movies or just the original Jurassic Park itself. Totally worth taking spot #8.
7. Inside Out
Taking spot #7 is another animated movie. But this one is part of a company that had so many great (and one not so great) movies which is Pixar's genius that is Inside Out. I grew up with Pixar's movies and have loved the majority of them. From toys to monsters to fish to even superheroes, Pixar's possibilities are endless. But Inside Out is about what could go on inside our own heads. Great animated movie with a stellar cast headed by Amy Poehler as Joy. Who says that one of Pixar's movies can't have a spot on this list?
At spot #6, I thought that this movie was not going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it came through in Ant-Man. Marvel has finally came through to close Phase 2 with the smallest hero in the Avengers bunch. Great performances by Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly as the lead characters with a bunch of references from Avengers: Age of Ultron and some clues to the films in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War which comes out next summer. A great film for all Marvel fans out there.
5. The Martian
Taking spot #5 is one movie that partially takes place in the farthest reaches of outer space and on Mars. And that one is The Martian. This movie was exciting, it had a stellar cast headed by Matt Damon and Chiwetel Ejiofor and had an excellent story about an astronaut who struggles to survive on another planet while trying to reach his friends back home on Earth. There is nothing bad to say about this movie. It brought everything about a survival movie to my eyes and I could not have been more amazed at how Matt Damon survived all those years on Mars. Also directed by Ridley Scott, his direction was so superb, I couldn't have asked for more.
4. Furious 7
At spot #4, this movie has had a need for speed in Furious 7. This movie continues the Fast and the Furious franchise from the tide it took with the last movie. And it had a cast that was once again headed by Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson. It also had some newcomers in the form of Kurt Russell and Jason Statham who delivered such a menacing villain bent on revenge. I put this at #4 because I dedicate it to the late Paul Walker, who lost his life in a tragic car wreck a few years ago. RIP Brian O'Connor.
3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Taking spot #3 on the 2015 list is one movie that brings everything to the full-throttle conclusion. It being The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. It follows the second half of the final chapter of the Hunger Games franchise as Katniss Everdeen finally takes the fight to the Capitol to bring President Snow down once and for all. And I gotta say, this movie follows the book as well as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows did. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen brought everything to the end and I'm so glad that she did. Also great performances by a supporting cast that includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci. And it was also Philip Seymour Hoffman's final movie performance. There is nothing further to say about that.
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Taking spot #2 is one movie that still proves that teamwork is as strong as friendship. Avengers: Age of Ultron. Continuing Marvel Phase 2, Ultron brought everything that Phase 2 gave us at full circle. And the new cast members were so good in their roles: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision) and James Spader as big baddie Ultron himself!!! It also gave us references from previous and future Marvel movies to come in Phase 3 next year. And director Joss Whedon still gave us a bunch of great stuff from the original Avengers movie. He gathered everyone together and made them all relevant towards each other. And when Ultron rose that city into the sky, I thought to myself, 'I feel like I've seen that before too'. Can Marvel do us no wrong?
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
And yes, if you guys thought that Star Wars The Force Awakens was #1 on my list, you were correct. This movie totally blew me away. It brought back all the nostalgia from the original film trilogy from the 70's-80's and combined it with several new characters and a very intriguing story that brings everything about the original Star Wars trilogy into full swing as the sequel trilogy finally kicks off. It has been so freaking long since the original Star Wars crew came onto the screen and I could not be more happier than with the next chapter and the first in a sequel trilogy that continues the best film series of all time!!!