By Nolan P. Smith
As 2016 has come to a close, one word comes to everyone’s mind: reflection. The year brought us some amazing films, which made it hard for only pick 5 for this list. Nonetheless, here is our Top 5 films of 2016.
Marvel’s summer blockbuster for the year is the comic book film fans have been waiting for after the somewhat disappointing Avengers: Age of Ultron. Taking the popular storyline from the comics and giving it the cinematic treatment, the film felt like the Avengers sequel we wanted. Introducing characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man, along with the Giant Man incarnation of Ant Man, the film pulled no punches and entertained from beginning to end.
One of the most enjoyable times at the theaters this year comes from Marvel’s merc with a mouth, Deadpool. The hard rated R film gave Ryan Reynolds the time to shine as the degenerative degenerate, mixing dirty humor and action perfectly. The film exploded on the scene in February but remained the talk of the town all year.
Taking one of Disney’s classic animations and making a live action film is one feat, making it an enjoyable film is something else. Jon Favreau pulled off one of the best films of the year. The classic story came to life with an all star voice cast and some of the most accomplished graphics seen this year. This film has the world hopeful for what live action adaptations are coming up next from the house of mouse.
I think everyone was a little nervous when Rogue One was announced. The first standalone story from the storied franchise would be a dark, gritty war story with no jedi? I know many were worried for what was in store. What we got was one of the most enjoyable entries in Star Wars lore and one of the best films of the year. With the debut of everyone’s new favorite Droid, and fight scenes that will leave your jaw dropped to the floor, Rogue One stole December, leaving everyone waiting for Episode VIII to drop.
It is odd from me to see the name Dr. Strange on the best films of 2016, mainly because I never imagined a Dr. Strange film being made. Benedict Cumberbatch completely nails the role of the Socerer Surpreme, and brings to life the mystic side of the Marvel Universe. To see these characters make the leap from the comic book page to the big screen capture including the major villain Dormammu.