Here are my top 20 favorite movies of 2014. It’s been a great year for movies, and here’s to hoping that 2015 will be just as good if not even better. There are some movies that I did not have a chance to see like Whiplash and Still Alice so they couldn’t be on this list but for those that I did see here are my top 20 favorite of 2014. I hope that you like it and not disagree too much of my pics (but then again, it’s all subjective, so by all means).
20. Big Hero 6
I really like animation, and although I really enjoyed The LEGO Movie I thought that Big Hero 6 was a more entertaining and a more heartfelt family friendly movie that was great for both kids and adults. It had awesome characters, terrific action set pieces and the animation was beautiful. It also had one of the best cameo in an animated movie I’ve seen, and although the villain was a bit weak, Baymax made and stole the whole movie.
19. 22 Jump Street
While it was a maybe a bit too long and it was an exact copy of the original, 22 Jump Street somehow managed to make its premise fresh and entertaining and benefited from the strong chemistry of its charismatic leads and was probably one of the best comedy sequels we’ve ever had and also included one of the funniest end credits that I’ve ever seen in any movie.
18. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Stylish, visually breathtaking and wonderfully acted, The Grand Budepest hotel was an original piece of filmmaking from visionary director Wes Anderson, and while it wasn’t as good as Moonrise Kingdom, it was without a doubt a worthy successor.
Mommy was filled by strong performances from its lead cast and a brilliant direction by Xavier Dolan. Anne Dorval was fantastic, Antoine Pilon was incredible, and Suzanne Clement was terrific. It was an original piece of filmmaking, and be it somewhat a little too long and the ending was a bit of a cop out, it is still worth the price of admission just for the fantastic performances and the fantastic screenplay.
16. Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson was just on top of her game in Under the skin and gave one of the best and bravest performances of the year. It was dark, eerie, disturbing and definitely weird creepy. It was so original and while it was a bit slow and it could have had the use of a bit more suspense, it was the best horror movie we’ve had all year hands down.
15. The Raid 2
The Raid 2 was an incredible action film that was even better than the original. Iko Uwais is an amazing action star and has proven once again that he can carry an action movie on his shoulders. It was a fantastic thrill ride that was extremely well shot, filled with amazing action sequences, and while it was a bit convoluted for its own good and a little too long, The Raid 2 was one of those rare sequels that really worked.
Filmed over twelve years with the same cast, Boyhood is an accomplishment in cinema. It’s one of the greatest coming off age stories that I have seen in a long time, and it’s so incredible to witness this kid growing up. It’s also one of the best movies to capture life that I have ever watched, and Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette both deserve an Oscar nomination for their roles. Some people might be bored by this movie, since it is mostly a bunch of conversations and you might say that it wouldn’t be good if they hadn’t filmed it for twelve years, but I thought that the story was interesting and that it was beautiful and completly riveting from start to finish.
13. The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 1
While it could have been one movie and there was less action than the previous instalments, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 was still a gripping, heartfelt and engaging drama that offered fantastic performances from Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman and also left the viewer begging for the final entry to the series.
12. Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians was a fun, exciting, fresh science-fiction film filled with great, memorable and colourful characters. The music was superb and the action scenes we’re fantastic. Rocket Racoon and Groot both stole the show, but the entire chemistry of the team is what made this movie so funny and heartfelt. Chris Pratt was so good as Starlord and Zoe Saldana kicked ass in the action scenes. Guardians was a huge risk for Marvel and boy did it payoff.
11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
In my opinion, Winter Soldier is one of those sequels that blew the original right out of the water. It was spy/thriller type action movie that was smart and so well done. Chris Evans was the perfect Captain America and his back and forth with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow was top notched. Samuel L. Jackson got even more screen time as Nick furry, and we got more depth of his character this time around. The action was superb, the character moments we’re great and the relationship between Cap and Bucky was so well realised and engaging. This is my favorite Marvel phase two movie without a doubt leading up to Age of Ultron, which will be so awesome.
Christopher Nolan is my favorite director and it is my opinion that he has never made a bad film. Interstellar is no exception. The visuals we’re breathtaking. The relationship between Mathew McConaughey and his daughter Murph was heartbreaking, and the science of the film was really well done and pretty accurate. It was an ambitious, thought-provoking science-fiction film and while there we’re a few flaws and it wasn’t a perfect film, I can’t wait to see what Christopher Nolan does next.
9. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Middle Earth is my religion, and I simply cannot skip out on putting this film on my best of the year list. Martin Freeman was perfect as Bilbo and Sir Ian McKellan still kicked ass as Gandalf. Richard Armitage was still fantastic as Thorin Oakensheild and I still contend it has the best action sequence of the year with the battle scene against the Necromancer. It had some smaller character moments and it also brought the Hobbit trilogy to a terrific close and seemingly tied the storyline of the Hobbit movies to the Lord of the Rings.
8. Gone Girl
David Fincher has always been one of my best directors, and with Gone Girl he does not disappoint. The film is brilliantly directed, and has one of the best screenplays of the year. Rosamund Pike is a lock for best actress, and Ben Affleck gives one of the best roles of his career. Some people might be upset with the ending, and I kind of see where you’re coming from, but I thought that it was different even though I completely understand why someone didn’t like it. The ending is however exactly the same than in the book (I had the chance of reading it) and I’m not sure why they said that it was changed. Nevertheless, I was blown away by Gone Girl, and it is probably one of my favorite mystery/ thriller type movies that I have seen in a long while.
7. Edge of Tomorrow
Like I stated in my review, the marketing for Edge of Tomorrow was horrible. The trailers we’re awful, and it changed its title twice (once for its theater release and once for the blue ray to Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow) It looked like a bad Oblivion prequel (which was mediocre in the first place) that seemed pretty generic. As it turns out, Edge of Tomorrow was probably the most surprising movie of the year for a lot of people. It was a smart, funny, original, action-packed science-fiction film that was brilliantly directed and incredibly engaging. It’s based on a Manga, and the story was awesome and unique. Tom Cruise keeps proving time after time that he is one of the best action stars in the business, and Emily Blunt has the award for the most badass female character of 2014.
This is the year of the Jake Gyllenhaal. He was great in Enemy where he played two characters, and he is even better in Nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance of Lou Bloom is my favorite performance of the year. He completely transforms as this character and he was a complete sociopath. The direction was superb, by first time director. The screenplay is so fantastic that it makes you root for Jake Gylenhaal who is the antagonist of his own movie. I loved Nightcrawler, and it isn’t the only Jake Gyllenhaal movie that came out in 2014 that made this list.
Birdman was one of the best and most unique films of 2014. It was superbly well directed, wonderfully acted by its main leads, and such an original piece of filmmaking. Michael Keaton gave the best performance of his career and Edward Norton was the best he’s been in a long, long time. Don’t read too much about this film. It’s better to go in without knowing anything. If you have not yet seen Birdman, be sure to check it out, it is definitely worth your time.
Denis Villeneuve directed this film before he directed Prisoners, even though it came out a year later, and it was magnificent. It was extremely well directed and the cinematography was beautiful. Jake Gyllenhaal was once again fantastic in this film and he is now one of my favorite actors. And I love the fact that it took place in Toronto and that the setting of the story was so integral to the plot. The film is dark, suspenseful, and it had some really disturbing imagery of spiders that really got under my skin and made me think about the chilling and thought-provoking finale a long time after it was over. And while it might not be the easiest movie to understand (it is perhaps one of the challenging movies that I have ever watched) it will certainly hook you from the second it starts and won’t let go until it ends.
3. The Imitation Game
Benedict Cumberbatch gave the best performance of his entire career as Alan Turing and one of the best performances of the year in The Imitation Game, which was also superbly directed by Morten Tyldum. What this man accomplished is just so incredible and it’s so sad how he was forced to hide who he really was since being homosexual during that time period was illegal. He may be hard to be around at first but we soon figure out through flashbacks why he is the way he is. His relationship between Kiera Knightley was heartbreaking and so movie but the best part of this film was to see his growing friendship with his team who hated his guts at first but as the film goes on he starts to warm up to them and they start to appreciate each other. I loved The Imitation Game and this is a movie that can appeal to everybody and everybody should see this film.
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
I’ve seen this movie three times now, and it gets better every time I see it. Andy Serkis was just absolutely perfect as Ceaser. The additions to the cast we’re great as well. The special effects we’re fantastic. The story was captivating. The characters we’re extremely well-developed and layered. They all had motivations for doing what they we’re doing. Gary Oldman was not just the evil bad guy. He had reasons for the things that he did and you understood his plight. Koba was also a great villain because you understood why he was this way and why he hated humans. Everything was just so well done.
Matt Reeves took over the franchise over Rupert Wyatt, and everything worked out in the best way possible since the movie is even better than the original, which was a tough feet to accomplish, but it happened, and what we’ve got is the Empire Strikes Back of the Apes franchise.
1. X-Men Days of Future Past
And Here we are. At number one. What was the movie in 2014 that instantly made me want to go back to the theater and see it again? All film is subjective, and we’re all going to have a different number one movie but X-Men Days of Future Past was my favorite movie of 2014 (and note that I have not said best). It was exciting. The action was incredible. It was intense and the storylines went to places that we’re emotionally satisfying. The entire cast was absolutely incredible. James Mcavoy was the heart of the film, while Hugh Jackmann carried it on his shoulders with a vengeance. Michael Fassbender was also terrific as Magneto and made us almost forget of Sir Ian McKellan. Almost. Jennifer Lawrence was even better than she was in X-Men First Class as Mystique and completely became that character. Peter Dinklage was fantastic as the villain Boliver Trask. Evan Peters was so good as Quicksilver and provided one of the best scenes of the entire movie. Brian Singer already did an amazing job directing the first two X-Men movies, and now he’s done the best X-men movie we’ve ever had by incorporated the time travel element perfectly and merging the two timelines of the past X-men movies to this new reboot flawlessly. I was floured by Days of Future Past, and I cannot wait for Apocalypse.
Stay tune for my Top 5 Worst movies of 2014 and let me know what we’re your favorite films you’ve seen this year and if you agree or disagree.