2014 was a stellar year for movies, perhaps the best of the decade so far. I’m taking the five movies from this that I enjoyed the most, but not necessarily have to have reviewed them. I’m giving out five different nominees and then deciding which is the best. Since there were so many films released, I didn’t get a chance to see them all. So I’m giving some honorable mentions to movies I heard a lot of great stuff about and those that I also enjoyed.
Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, Edge of Tomorrow, Xmen: Days of Future Past, The Imitation Game, The Lego Movie, Chef, Whiplash, A Most Violent Year, Godzilla, The Babadook, Birdman, Selma, Foxcatcher, 22 Jump Street, Into the Woods, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Snowpiercer
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
My first contender is the Wes Anderson comedy set in the early twentieth century. With a laid back narrative, ridiculous characters, and a fantastic performance by Ralph Fiennes, the story takes us through the many misadventures of Monsieur Gustav and Zero. The scene where Gustav tries to break out of prison was probably the hardest I laughed all year. It’s an easy pick to start off.
2. How To Train Your Dragon 2
The first How To Train Your Dragon was one of the best and most original animated movies from this decade. The second movie, however, raised everything up to 11. Darker and more emotional than the first, while still retaining the wit and humor, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was the best (and only) animated film I saw this year.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
If this movie proves anything, it’s that as long as you slap the word Marvel in front your movie we’re seeing it. Combining beautiful visuals, a pitch perfect cast, and genuine characters, James Gunne crafted the funniest Marvel movie ever conceived. Also, Vin Diesel as Groot; he was awesome.
Interstellar was one of the most immersive films I’ve ever experienced. Mathew Mcconaughey is mesmerizing as Cooper, an astronaut who must travel to another dimension to save the human race. With beautiful worlds and a haunting soundtrack, Interstellar will definitely stay with you long after you walk out of the IMAX.
Here’s a strong contender not only for the best movie of 2014, but also of the entire decade. One may just dismiss the plot and characters as another coming-of-age film. But I can say it’s the closest thing any film has ever come to depicting the true meaning of life.
And the winner is…Boyhood!
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