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Hi everyone! So much has happened over the year of 2015, and if there’s one thing I can remember about it, it’s that it was a year full of great movies. In fact, I think it was the year when I’ve watched the most amount movies! That is why before we even get into the films that are going to be released this year, we should take a look back at some of the most memorable films of yesteryear. I have watched the following films and would personally recommend you to do so too if you haven’t. Ladies & gentlemen, here are my personal favorites of 2015.
12) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Starting from #12, we have the epic conclusion to the Hunger Games film series- Mockingjay Part 2. Ironically, I enjoyed this film despite never having seen any of its predecessors. Personally, I liked the whole tone and setting of the film, as well as Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Katniss Everdeen. I also really enjoyed watching the protagonists’ struggle and fight for freedom. How the film ended eventually left me satisfied too. In summary, if you are a fan of dystopian fiction, this movie is for you. But of course, watching the other films or reading the books before this will give you a better experience.
11) Avengers: Age of Ultron
2015 had so many movie sequels and this is definitely one of the most anticipated ones. Being probably the film that kicked off the summer blockbuster season last year, watch as our heroes unite once more to save the world. This movie is packed full of details in every scene, paving the way to upcoming films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So if you are a fan of the MCU like me, you can’t miss this.
10) Jurassic World
Talking about summer blockbusters, how can one forget Jurassic World? I had a really fun time watching this film and felt so nostalgic when I heard the famous score playing again. Much like a lot of people, Jurassic Park was a part of my childhood! Also, the cast all did a great job portraying their characters, especially Chris Pratt as Owen. This man can play a hero anytime. So if you enjoyed Jurassic Park, you got to watch this too. It might just be the perfect “mid-year” film for you, just like it was for me.
9) Kingsman: The Secret Service
If you’re looking to watch a movie full of good old classic action, do yourself a service – watch Kingsman. With so many movies such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Spectre, 2015 was like a year of spy flicks. This one is my favorite. Set in modern day England, watch as Colin Firth redefines the phrase “gentleman spy”. Filled with awesome fight scenes and cool spy gadgets, this is a film I really enjoyed. But what I especially loved about it was the idea of how a veteran spy saw the potential in a young nobody and trained him to become a heroic somebody. Having a mature rating, I must mention though that this film is not for the faint-hearted/minors (as you can tell from the trailer).
8) Ip Man 3
Next, let’s talk about something more recent. In fact, it’s still playing in cinemas right now. If you’re a martial artist, or just love martial arts films in general, this is the best you can get in 2015; and I’m not even exaggerating. Donnie Yen once again portrays the inspiring character of Ip Man so well and as usual, the display of Wing Chun in this film series is the best. But maybe you’re thinking if you need to watch the first 2 films before this. My answer to you is that it’s not necessary. These films have always been great standalone, though I would still recommend you to watch the other 2 because well, they’re awesome.
It’s Marvel, what can I say? Ant-Man is hands down the best superhero film I’ve watched in 2015. It’s probably also the funniest MCU film so far due to all of its well-placed jokes. Introducing a new hero with his own solo movie in a long while, experience heroism in a whole new perspective – literally. Accompanied with amazing visuals, a fresh plot, witty humor and cool action, this movie was the perfect way to end off Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And of course, the fellows at Marvel have once again cast the right man for the job. You’ll be surprised; Paul Rudd can pull off the role of a superhero pretty well.
6) Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
First question I had when I watched this movie – “How does Tom Cruise still look so young?!” Haha jokes aside, this movie holds one of the smartest plot lines I’ve seen in 2015. It may confuse your mind at some points, but it will blow your mind at the end. More than that, I must also applaud Tom Cruise’s bravery to hang by the side of a plane! With crazy stunts, an engaging plot, and a flawless climax, this film will keep you at the edge of your seat. To not enjoy it is almost impossible.
5) Our Times
This film was literally the talk of the town towards the end of last year. Everyone was raving about it. I didn’t understand it of course, until I watched it for myself. Let’s just say, it deserves the #5 spot on my list. If you’re the kind of person that loves to watch movies that pulls at your heartstrings or gives you the “feels”, then this might become your instant favorite. Oh and you will definitely find yourself humming away to its theme song the whole week.
4) Furious 7
Arguably the best Fast & Furious film to date, this is the final film ever starring Paul Walker. More than just being the best tribute to the late actor, this film was also incredibly well-paced and enjoyable at every minute. From start to finish, it is filled with moments that get your adrenaline pumping. There’s just so much action that we’ve never seen before in the ever-evolving franchise and how the film ended was also especially unforgettable. And if you didn’t know, the now famous song “See You Again” was also originally commissioned as part of the film’s soundtrack as a tribute to Paul. Indeed, this was the perfect way to honor the fans and to send off the beloved actor.
3) The Martian
It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a realistic science-fiction film, so I was really hyped up about this one. And when I finally watched it, I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I wrote a mini-review about it back in October. To find out more about why I loved this film, click here.
2) Inside Out
Creative, emotional and surprisingly real – that’s how I would describe Inside Out. A lot of people might say that animated films are for kids,and while it might be true for some of them, it is not so for this one. This film is for all ages. In fact, you would have to be of a certain level of maturity before you can understand many of the metaphors in this movie. No matter how old you are, it can be very relatable. Pixar has done their magic once again so don’t miss it. You’ll be surprised how emotional you can get watching emotions have emotions.
1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Last but not least, my favorite movie of the year. No film has ever felt so fresh and yet so familiar at the same time, and Star Wars did it for me. Without doubt the most anticipated film in years, it lived up to the hype. Honestly, right from the start, it had that magical feeling. Every second of the film will have your eyes locked on to the screen, absorbing everything that is happening. There were so many memorable moments in the film, it is such an experience that we have to thank J.J. Abrams for. And to see the original cast playing their characters once again after 30 years, I was sold from the beginning. So if you haven’t watch the film, what are you waiting for? You might even want to watch it again and again! Just make sure to catch The Original Star Wars Trilogy first or check out my guide for beginners before this so that you can experience this film to the maximum.
And there you have it – my top 12 movies of 2015. Of course, these aren’t all that I have watched for the year, and there are some great films too that I didn’t manage to watch. But like I said, the films above are listed based on my personal liking, so don’t take my words as a pro’s review. And actually, a lot of these films can’t even be compared because they’re so different. I would gladly watch all of them again though. So if you have a backlog of movies you want to watch, you can safely start with these. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and I’ll see you in the next one.