Here we are again, another year gone, another top 10 list. As with last years list, this one is only for Wide Released movies, released in the year 2015. That means some of those Oscar contenders won’t be on here, as they were only released in limited theatres in 2015 and then more widely in 2016, or stayed throughout. This year I also decided to create my own awards for the past year, look out for that post coming soon! And without further ado, my list of the Top 10 films of 2015 (Wide Release) :
10 : The Big Short
The Big Short ended up being one of the last big splashes in movies of 2015. It boasts a stellar cast, and some great material that could have really easily alienated the audience, but found mostly clever ways to help get the point across without always having to really dumb it down. A great look at how such a true story could be told in an entertaining way.
9 : Inside Out
One of the best concepts for an animated movie or movie in general to come out in a few years was 2015’s Inside Out. It finds great and inventive ways to display the complex views its try to tackle. It sometimes lost its way to me at points, but the rest of the movie is much to strong to let those keep it back.
8 : The Peanuts Movie
Even with the brilliance and almost adultness of Inside Out, 2015 also brought us one of the purest and most true to form adaptations of any property ever, in The Peanuts Movie. An amazing showcase of animation and the right mix of old school, but being able to bring it all into the present time.
7: Avengers – The Age of Ultron
The Avengers Age of Ultron, is probably the most maligned superhero film of 2015, that really doesn’t deserve it. It gets savaged in comparisons to the first Avengers movie, which just happens to be one of the best super hero movies of all time. Living up to which, was going to be damn near impossible. This is however, still a great action and super hero movie with the amazing cast we know and love in some amazing action set pieces and some of the best Marvel movie villains to date.
6 : Beasts of No Nation
Hard hitting, brutal, unapologetic, honest and even revolting are all words that describe the narrative and story telling of Beasts of No Nation. Its hard to really describe this movie, without really getting into the story here but know as good as this movie is, it is not for everyone. Amazing acting and a real juxtaposition of the evils of man framed against the beautiful cinematography of the movie and the environment it’s set in.
5 : Kingsman – The Secret Service
In a year filled with Spy movies, the undisputed champion, is Kingsman – The Secret Service. A fast paced, non stop, action adventure comedy romp that never stops moving and never stops entertaining. Adapted for the screen from its comic book origins and done perfectly to create and maintain its own universe of heroes and villains. Its hard to find a more fun movie of 2015.
4 : The Martian
The triumphant return of Ridley Scott is still not the biggest thing about this movie. Even the fact that most of the science in this movie stand ups to real world science, the biggest thing about this movie, is Matt Damon. Even in such a well put together cast, he simply shines out like the diamond in the rough, that was already a shiny diamond and carries this movie even though he doesn’t really have to.
3 : Straight Outta Compton
A movie that came out of the gates for 2015 totally on fire was Straight Outta Compton. Straight Outta Compton was a brilliant take and representation of the story of probably the most famous rap group of all time, NWA. It showcases some amazing casting and acting by all present, with the great use of the already amazing songs of the group. The movie does have a weaker third act than the firs two, but what a first two.
2 : Ex-Machina
Ex-Machina, when all is said and done, is probably the movie that made me simply think the most of all the films I’ve seen in 2015. It had a simple basically 3 person cast, and a premise that could be described as simply : What makes something or someone human? Those three actors do however happen to all be amazing ones that keep pushing this character exploration further and further forward with suspense and intrigue.
So before the number one movie of 2015, I want to put in an honourable mention, of a movie that I probably enjoyed the most of 2015 but I didn’t put on this list in an attempt to keep my bias from crediting that movie above others, and yes, that movie is Star Wars – The Force Awakens. Just wanted to put this in here for anyone wondering, and it would have gone at number 2.
1 : Mad Max – Fury Road
The big daddy of them all for 2015 however, is Mad Max – Fury Road. A successor to the previous trilogy and a pure pastiche to the idea of action movies with a heart and soul, Mad Max takes us on a journey we probably couldn’t have imagined it would, thats both familiar and re-imagined for a new times with the deftest of touches in it’s acting, direction, compositions and EVERYTHING else about it. Mad Max – Fury Road was in many ways the perfect movie, and the certainly the best of 2015.