Well 2014 is officially over folks and it’s time to ring in the new year, 2015! Now that 2014 has officially ended, I thought it was the perfect time to do a list of My Favorite Films of 2014! If some films are not on my list, it’s because I have yet to see them. Here are my My Favorite Films of 2014!
Guardians of The Galaxy (August 2014)
Guardians of The Galaxy was the final Marvel Phase II film and focused on a group of ragtag individuals who find themselves working together to defeat a very powerful and dangerous enemy, Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace), who threatens to destroy the galaxy.
This film was so different than any other superhero film, because it didn’t take itself too seriously. Guardians balanced comedy with drama and action and did a damn good job of it too. Guardians boasts a pretty good cast too, the film stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Dave Bautista (Drax The Destroyer), and Zoe Saldana (Gamora). I may get some flak for this, but I think Guardians of the Galaxy is better than The Avengers, the film is more enjoyable to me and I enjoyed a lot more than The Avengers. Guardians has one of the best soundtracks too! Using some classic songs in the most creative ways, which really adds to the movie. If you are looking for a fun movie, with lots of action and laughs, then you should definitely check out Guardians of The Galaxy.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and continues Steve Roger’s story and how he has to adjust to living in 2014. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) now works for S.H.I.E.L.D. and is sent on various secret missions along with Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson) and he butts heads with S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) over how to keep the world secure from various threats. Winter Soldier has some pretty interesting themes, talking about the danger of patriotism, particularly the different kinds of patriotism and blindly following something without questioning it. Captain America: The Winter Soldier has a great story, with great action, a great cast and one hell of a twist, that is quite the game changer! Definitely check this out if you haven’t seen it, it makes you wonder what’s going to happen in Avengers: Age of Ultron!
The Lego Movie (February 2014)
The Lego Movie tells the story of Emmet (Chris Pratt) who is just a normal guy, who works as a construction worker when he is told that he will become “The Special,” the chosen one who will defeat Evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) and save everyone! The Lego Movie boasts a great cast, which includes Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson and Nick Offerman. The Lego Movie is a fun movie, that is pretty funny too! It feels like it is more geared for adults though, and is a lot like Toy Story. If you are looking for a fun and silly movie with lots of laughs then look no further than The Lego Movie!
Interstellar (November 2014)
Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest film that tells the story of Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) who is a widowed former astronaut, with two kids trying to survive, while the Earth is slowly dying. Cooper is recruited by NASA, who has secretly been sending astronauts outside our own Galaxy to find another habitable planet for humanity to colonize. Cooper wants his children to have a future and believes the best way to ensure their survival is to lead a team of astronauts outside our own galaxy to find another habitable planet. I have already mentioned in a previous post what I thought about Interstellar, and I loved it! Interstellar definitely has its flaws, but the story and characters are so compelling in Christopher Nolan’s latest film and the music by Hans Zimmer is fantastic! The ending will blow your mind and I think despite its flaws, Interstellar is worth watching.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past marks Bryan Singer’s return to the director’s chair, and has he been sorely missed! X-Men Days of Future Past tells the story of The X-Men in the distant future fighting for survival against mutant hunting robots called Sentinels, that are unstoppable! In 2023, Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellan), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Bobby Drake (Shawn Ashmore), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Paige), and Storm (Halle Berry) are on the edge of extinction, when Professor X has a plan. He is going to have Kitty send someone’s consciousness (it ends up being Wolverine’s) back to their body in 1973, to prevent Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from killing the creator of The Sentinels, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), which led to the development of The Sentinels and a dystopian future where mutants are hunted and face extinction. Days of Future Past, brings back the cast from 2011’s X-Men: First Class and combines them with the cast from the original X-Men movie series. The cast is pretty impressive, which includes Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Ellen Paige, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Peter Dinklage. The story is very enthralling and the ending is pretty awesome! If you saw X-Men: First Class and enjoyed it, definitely check out Days of Future Past!
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes (July 2014)
Dawn of The Planet of The Apes takes place ten years after the events of Rise of The Planet of The Apes. Caesar (Andy Serkis) has formed a community of apes and has been living peacefully for ten years, teaching all the apes how to speak, and forming a pretty cooperative community. Caesar is with a group of apes hunting in the woods, when a group of humans, including Malcolm (Jason Clarke) stumble into the woods and one of the humans is carrying a gun! After a series of events, the humans left and Caesar’s group start war with each other! I enjoyed this sequel it was enjoyable, but I think it was a little over-hyped. Jason Clarke and Andy Serkis are both phenomenal in this film and Andy Serkis has become the Master of Performance Capture. This movie may not be a great sequel to Rise of The Planet of The Apes, but it is far from a terrible film.
22 Jump Street (June 2014)
22 Jump Street is the sequel to the 2012 comedy film 21 Jump Street and continues the story of police officers, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum), who are now tasked with going undercover as college students to discover the supplier of a new drug called WHYPHY (Work Hard Yes Play Hard Yes). This film is hilarious and is a great sequel to 21 Jump Street. There are plenty of laughs and the film even makes fun of how it’s using the same formula as the last film, but the film is still good none the less.
Well this concludes My Favorite Films of 2014!
What say you? Do you agree/disagree with my list? What are your favorite movies of 2014? Whatever your thoughts let me know!