A vintage year for movie fans

Monday January 11, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment

 

2015 was one of the movie industry’s finest years. In fact, in 2015 there were more movies released than ever - an average of a dozen a week. We saw some amazing flicks including several much-anticipated sequels which had the cash registers ringing at the box office. Amidst some of the huge commercial successes, there were some disappointing flops. However, of these flops actually garnered critical acclaim for story and cinematic brilliance. As we look forward to another exciting year of movies, CI News movie critic Rashneel Kumar takes a look at the movies which had people talking last year.Furious 7

 

After the untimely death of Paul Walker, who was part of the Fast and Furious series from the start, many were curious how the filmmakers would carry this hugely popular franchise forward.

 

Then came the movie and boom! Beauty beyond words. It turned out to be one of the best Fast and Furious movies ever made.

Director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan delivered a masterpiece from what at first looked an impossible task.

They used the leftover footage of Walker and his brother as his double to complete the movie, which was dedicated to him.

And rightfully, Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, was retired, presenting a perfect farewell to the man who played a pivotal role in the franchise.

Walker will certainly be missed.

Creed

Certainly one of the best sports film I have ever seen.

Creed, which sees return of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, also stars Michael B Jordan as Adonis Johnson, son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who plays an important role in earlier Rocky movies.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Creed delivers a knockout performance in the cinemas and the box office.

The movie is big onemotion, has a fair dose of fun and is hugely inspiring. Coogler does a marvelous job in striking the right emotional balance and maintaining the flow to give the movie the “Rocky” feel.

Jordan and Stallone are superb in their roles and their on-screen chemistry equates well with the father-son relationship which both Rocky and Adonis miss.

After Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw I thought I had seen enough boxing movies, but Creed just made me want to see more. In fact, movies don’t get any better than Creed.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m not a fan of one of this long-running franchise but have become one after the latest flick.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought a new dimension to the franchise while breaking records at the box office.

Star Wars, created in 1977, became an international pop culture phenomenon which has been passed down to generations and is still loved by a wide spectrum of people.

It brought back favourite characters Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Chewbacca and others.

In my review, I praised director JJ Abrams, who is known for his work with Star Trek, for taking this epic space opera to another level.

The Star Wars franchise has created a culture which continues to flourish despite a long layoff between prequels and sequels.

It continues to thrill, just like the earlier movies, and always brings that new energy to make the actions timely and refreshing.

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan like me. If you love movies in general you will love this one, and I guarantee after the show, you will become a fan, just like me.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Another hugely popular franchise propelled to a new level.

Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Fury Road is exhilarating entertainment that makes even hugely popular franchises like Fast and Furious look amateur.

Director George Miller is a class of his own. He helmed the other three Mad Max movies with perfection and takes this one to new heights.

Movie critics heaped praise for Fury Road and one appropriately summed up the movie as “a beautifully strange, violent and thrilling cinematic composition that proves George Miller is a more brilliant maestro than ever.”

And indeed he is. For a movie basically based on a desert filled with dirt and sweat, Miller brings the best out of the setting to present the audience with a masterpiece.

I can’t wait to see what the next Mad Max brings to the big screen. It will certainly be another insane performance involving weird-looking cars and goons.

 

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