2016 was an incredible year for Hollywood movie lovers. We saw Marvel Studios steering ahead of DC and Fox with two blockbuster superhero movies and we were also treated with an epic music saga from the young filmmaker, Damien Chazelle. Compiling a list of top 10 films from 2016 was actually a bewildering task for me since I loved most of the movies released last year. However, below are 10 of my personal favorite films from the year 2016 that you shouldn’t miss.
Here are top 10 picks of 2016 by Oren Loni Reviews
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Although the highly anticipated film from Zack Snyder, which was based on two iconic characters from DC comics failed to impress critics, the ultimate cut of the movie was an absolute treat for every comic book enthusiast. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman was dark and purely awesome and it easily surpassed Christian Bale’s take on the same character.
Captain America: Civil War
Marvel Studios does everything perfect including the casting. The third and possibly final installment of the Captain America trilogy took a dark turn and it divided the Avengers into two teams. The standout performance from the film belongs to none other than Robert Downey Jr., but the brief cameos from Tom Holland’s Spiderman and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther were also spot on.
The adaptation of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was disastrous and tragic. However, Ryan Reynolds’ valiant effort to give his favorite superhero a reboot worked fantastically when he took on the iconic Marvel character. Deadpool is entertaining, funny, and violent. You will certainly enjoy this R-rated action-packed ride with the merc with the mouth.
M. Night Shyamalan has been one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood even though some of his movies like The Sixth Sense, Signs, and Unbreakable were highly appreciated by both critics and audience. Split is an exceptional psychological thriller that might not have worked well without the presence of James McAvoy, as he has managed to pull in the best performance of his career.
Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks attempt to bring the adventurous story of the American pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, on to the screen was highly successful. Tom Hanks delivers yet another standout performance and he played a crucial role in making the film extraordinary. Additionally, the works from the sound effects team of Sully is also praiseworthy.
The Academy Award winning movie of 2016, Moonlight tells the story of a young African-American homosexual man and the struggles that he encounters at different stages of his life. The transformation of the character during each stage of his life was incredibly written and portrayed on screen. The performance delivered by Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris also contributed to the success of Moonlight.
Several film critics expressed their deep disappointment when they realized that the close encounter Amy Adams had with aliens in the movie was restricted to just communication rather than global annihilation. However, you cannot deny that Denis Villeneuve’s take on the alien subject was refreshing and it offered something more than the normal Sci-Fi movie experience.
La La Land
The plot of La La Land can be easily written as the love story of an aspiring actress and a jazz pianist. However, La La Land is a lot more than that and it is truly one of the best musicals ever made in Hollywood. Emma Stone even managed to overshadow Ryan Gosling with her incredible performance as Mia and she eventually went on to win an Oscar for it.
Manchester By The Sea
Kenneth Lonergan has taken a broken man, an adolescent teen who just lost his father and the backdrop of Manchester to deliver an emotional and heartbreaking tale. All the scenes between Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams were brilliantly shot and well written. Casey Affleck also managed to win an Oscar for his portrayal of Lee Chandler in the film.
Denzel Washington’s third directorial venture tells the story of a working-class African-American father and the struggles that he faces while trying to raise his family. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis steal the show with their portrayal of Troy Maxson and Rose Maxson. Viola Davis even secured an Academy Award for her performance in the Fences.