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The following list of movies for my top five of the year was somewhat difficult to put together. Mainly because it’s more of a list of movies I was most critical about after the fact to less critical.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road left me completely confused by the time I left the theater. Having never seen any of the other Mad Max films, I had no idea what I was going into. I’ve only heard the positive buzz it was getting, and decided to check it out on a whim. Honestly? It’s an over-the-top action movie with the thinnest of paper-thin plots about a woman who stole some guy’s waifu pillows. Why have it on the list, then? It was a more enjoyable two hours than Chappie, which was just grating to sit through. That, and I needed something to fill in this slot.
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron was built up in my mind as to be the sequel deserving of the first film, but I was left wanting a better movie after the first viewing. Which isn’t to say that I think it’s a bad movie. It was more or less disappointing, but I can blame myself for hyping it up. With the exception of the forced Infinity War plot thread and completely unnecessary romance between Bruce and Natasha, there is a good movie in Age of Ultron. I feel like the main issue I have with the film is that the story got in the way of the characters, which is the opposite of the first movie. The only consistent factor is the amazing action sequences which do look like scenes from the comics. Although, the Hulk and Hulkbuster fight gives Man of Steel trolls the kind of ammo needed to bring up dumb arguments over collateral damage. But I digress.
3. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ended up being more enjoyable than I would have thought. To be frank, it’s as good as Ghost Protocol, which is not a bad thing. At face value, Rogue Nation could have been a generic movie about a spy going after an underground organization. It is only with a certain twist that helps to turn that cliché on its ear. This movie also seems less about Ethan Hunt and more about Ilsa Faust, played by Rebecca Ferguson, who stole the movie, in my opinion.
2. Ant-Man, for me, was a much better movie than Age of Ultron. Just as the Winter Soldier is a spy thriller, Ant-Man is a heist film that happens to also feature a superhero, which is a smart way to utilize a character who mostly shrinks. While the story more or less rehashes the plots of the first two Iron Man movies, the performances of the cast help to make me forget about that. However, Evangeline Lily’s character could have been better handled. Hopefully (pun not intended) the sequel will do her one better, and we get to see the Wasp kick ass.
1. Star Wars: the Force Awakens, unsurprisingly, is my favorite movie of 2015. From start to finish, it’s the one movie of the year I enjoyed all the way through. While there are criticisms to be made, which I’ve heard a lot of from YouTube videos and podcasts, I have yet to come up with any on my own. Sure, there are a few things I could point out as being dumb or bad. But, again, the characters are what help make me forget about such things. The movie even handles potential tropes in ways that are a relief, while also poking fun at itself.
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