2014 was a fantastic year in cinema. I can't remember a year within recent memory in which movies were so innovative and entertaining. We've seen some really fantastic visual treats this year, and being the film lover that I am, I really enjoyed seeing this amazing year at the movies, so I'm rounding up my favorite films of this year (in order of release date).
The Lego Movie
This creative and hilarious film was unlike anything I've seen before. It's action-packed story was packed with laughs at every turn. It featured many cameos by dozens of great characters in their Lego form, and worked in perfection throughout. It was an absolute marvel, and I couldn't be more satisfied. Everything is awesome indeed.
Mr Peabody and Sherman
Dreamworks has been on a roll this year. They produced three fantastic new films (and yet there were zero Pixar films this year) and one of those favorites was Mr. Peabody and Sherman. World famous scientist Mr. Peabody (who also happens to be a dog) takes his adopted human boy on an adventure through time and space which alters the course of history. The movie was an entertaining, educational film filled with comedy and a whole lot of heart.
Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets were back in their greatest form ever. In this film, the Muppets get caught up in a jewel-heist when an evil criminal mastermind named Constantine as he uses the Muppet World Tour as a cover for his diabolical plans, while Kermit is framed and mistaken for the criminal mastermind. It puts the always brilliant comedic Muppets in this high-flying comedy caper. It's easily their greatest and most hilarious adventure yet, and is certainly not to be missed.
Captain America The Winter Soldier
Everyone who knows me well knows that I am a big sucker for anything Marvel, especially in the ever expanding cinematic universe. The Winter Soldier succeeded in not only making a fantastic entertaining film, but one that affects the entire Marvel universe at large. It was an intelligent telling of a superhero character, (unlike The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or last year's Man of Steel) and was perfect in its storytelling.
Edge of Tomorrow
There honestly just isn't enough positive things to be said about this cinematic masterpiece. Based off the Japenese novel "All You Need is Kill", this innovative film is just bursting with action that kept me on the edge of my seat for every moment. It's a nice original plot with a really creative time-travel spin on it. I can't recommend this movie enough.
Another favorite of mine was the latest instalment of the X-Men series, which followed the X-Men characters on a time-travel adventure in which they had to go back in time in order to save their future. Without spoiling any of the story, I will say that it was a marvelous time-travel adventure with all the epic-ness that you'd expect out of these gang of mutant misfits. It's prefect.
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Although I'm not the biggest fan of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, there is no denying that they have been rather superb in their movies, and the sequel follows suit. Just as the characters have matured, the story matures as well, and tackles some unexpected subjects. It's a movie that bravely tackles some big issues, and a heartwarming story. Dreamworks has really been on top of the animation game (critically if not financially) and this movie is another splendid addition to their ever expanding film lineup.
Guardians of the Galaxy
I'll admit something. When I heard Marvel was making a movie of their barely known comic book, I instantly predicted Marvel's first movie bomb since the Disney buyout. Man, was I wrong. Guardians not only cashed in financially, but critically, it's one of the best Marvel films ever. Period. An utterly fantastic action packed film filled with humor and music. It's easily one of my favourite films of the year for these reasons.
Big Hero 6
Just like Guardians of the Galaxy, another rarely known Marvel property was resurrected, and it was pretty dang incredible. All the action and hilarity aside, which were fantastic in playing a role in the movie, what really makes Big Hero 6 special is it's heart. The film suffers from multiple heart-wrenching moments that tugs at the heart and tackled some super serious subjects. By all means possible, Big Hero 6 is a really impressive Disney Animated movie, and really one of my personal favorites of all time.
Everyone who knows me is well aware of my fandom for Christopher Nolan, who is superior for creating films with intriguing stories that leave you thinking. When watching a Chris Nolan film, you're quickly immersed into the logic and science of the movie, and Interstellar is simply his best work yet. Blending actual science with fictional elements, Nolan blends together a masterpiece that's like nothing the world has seen before, and is especially impressive in a world of blockbusters that tend to rely more on their effects than their storytelling. There was not a single moment within its 169 minute run that did not have me impressed, being the most ambitious and grandiose movie that I have seen in a long, long time, which is saying something, considering how much I loved Inception.
Into the Woods
This year, Disney adapted the famous Broadway play into a film adaption, and it plays out wonderfully. I have never seen any adaption of the script on stage, so I am in a disadvantage to compare the two, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It's a really spectacular musical retelling of the fairy tales you know with a great twist on them, which ultimately blends them all together. It's a must see for any fairy-tale/musical fans.
Overall, 2014 was a really sensational year at the movies in quality. 2015 seems to be shaping up to be a little more sequel filled, but I do hope it retains the same quality that 2014 delivered. I'm really impressed with the amazing productions that were released this season, and I hope to see more like these in the future of cinematic filmmaking.