Top 10 Films of 2015 – Stuey Evans

This year has been amazing for movies and there have been so many great offerings. Here are the top 10 films I’ve chosen for 2015. Please note the list was compiled before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

10. Jurassic World
Just about squeezes onto the top ten for me. It’s fun and thrilling but suffers from an all too familiar plot we’ve seen too many times before in the franchise. Chris Pratt stole the show from the dinosaurs and proved he has all the tools to be our generation’s go to leading man.

9. The Man from U.N.C.L.E
Part of a trend of spy films in the last couple of years that have a more light hearted approach to the genre. I had lots of fun watching the film, full of thrills and witty dialogue. The chemistry between Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer was clear to see and with the distinct direction of Guy Ritchie it makes it on my top ten list.

8. Southpaw
This movie proved there’s still plenty of fight in the boxing genre. Jake Gyllenhaal gives as always a powerful performance and is surprisingly fitting in his role as Billy Hope. The film is chock full of drama but delivers those little feel good moments at just the right times to give it a certain ‘Rocky’ feel.

7. Spectre
Everything a Bond film should be and it delivers in spades. The formula might be what we have come to expect, but it’s so well staged with set pieces and glorious visuals it can definitely be forgiven for that. Spectre did something not seen in the recent rebooted offerings and that was to bring back the ingredients that made the classic Bond films so good.

6. Bridge of Spies
I promise this is the last spy related film on my list but how could I not include this little gem that popped from out of nowhere? Tom Hanks leads this cold war thriller directed by Steven Spielberg, I mean Hanks and Spielberg are a movie dream team that is hard to beat. Well written and incredibly directed, this film keeps you gripped to the screen from start to finish.

5. The Martian
As stated in my full review of this film, it brought the sci back into sci fi. Matt Damon gives us one of his best performances of his career and takes full control of the movie. Brilliantly written and captivating from the first frame, Ridley Scott shows us that he can still make a science fiction film amazingly well (I apologise to fans of Prometheus).

4. Black Mass
Johnny Depp is mesmerizing in this true story of the rise and fall of the Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. Dark and gritty throughout, its intensity and sense of unease is only matched by the amazing acting talents on show. This is a film where there are no heroes and it’s a crime film that certainly pulls no punches. The visual style only adds to the realism and sucks you into this bleak, dark and violent world.

3. Sicario
I must admit I watched this film with zero expectations and I was completely blown away. Sicario is a beautifully dark and murky film with stylish direction and extremely strong cinematography. The film has its action based set pieces but the strong acting from everyone involved is the true star. It’s taut and unrelenting, which makes this the best thriller of the year.

2. Ex Machina
Alex Garland’s directorial debut is full of confidence and impressively thought provoking. This film is not onlyvisually striking but its themes and questions on the nature of intelligence and humanity will keep you debating for a long while afterwards. At times it’s even Kubrickian in its approach and is slyly subversive in what we come to expect. This is a science fiction film how it’s supposed to be done: pure, beautiful in its aesthetic and envelops you into a dream like atmosphere.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about Mad Max: Fury Road? This is how filmmaking is supposed to be done. George Miller returns to the Mad Max saga with a bang and it’s a juggernaut of an experience. Absolutely stunning its look, scale and glorious action. This film thrives on the actors’ performances and eye popping set pieces. With the combination of the realistic practical effects and stunt work, the result is perfection. You might think that is a strong statement to make but anyone who has the tiniest amount of knowledge into how films are made will know that this film can back it up.

Keep an eye out in 2016 for…

Suicide Squad
As soon as I saw the trailer (which gave me so many goosebumps) I knew that this film would be the one I was most excited for next year. It looks fantastic, very dark in tone and I might go as far as to say that it looks even darker than any of the Dark Knight films. With a superb cast, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie and Will Smith to name a few, it shows that comic book movies can still pull in top acting talent. When a cover of Bee Gees song gets me pumped you know that this movie will be all kinds of amazing. I just can’t wait to see more and the fact that it’s still nine months away is hurting me….”really….really….bad.”