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2015 Movies - Silver Screen Edition

And the last summing up of 2015 post goes to…

I mentioned doing a summing up post of the movies we saw in the cinema this year, and there was some enthusiasm for it so I decided to follow through on the idea! I’m not sure if all the movies we saw are summed up here, but it definitely contains all the ones I recorded and so hopefully captures them all.

Enjoy!



Avengers: Age of Ultron

When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Also known as the five minute temper tantrum of Ultron, but that title sounded less dramatic.

I did like this movie! It was very fun and light, and accomplished pretty much everything that it set out to do. It was nice seeing the characters, and the performances were great across the board. Saying that, though, it is probably my least favourite Marvel movie so far. The rest of them at least had a good sense of what they were as films, while this one felt a lot more like a gap filler before we get to the really interesting stuff. Good, but kind of disappointing on a lot of levels.

Jurassic World

A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

This movie! :D

I know it wasn’t technically the greatest of movies, all the human characters can probably be described as extraneous at best, but I still loved it so much. The plot was fast moving, the setting was great and the dinosaurs absolutely stole the show. This movie knew exactly what you wanted, DINOSAURS, and wasn’t at all afraid to give it to you. And for that I absolutely adored it, flaws and all.

The Man From UNCLE

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

I described this to P as the best Bond movie of this year, and I stand by that. This wasn’t a particularly profound movie, but it was so much fun that I didn’t particularly care. Great characters, a really fun plot and an absolutely excellent script. It really captured what I actually want from a silly spy movie, and I still feel good thinking about all the things that it did even now.

Ant-Man

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

My favourite Marvel movie of the year! Another one that wasn’t particularly profound, but that was a hell of a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the characters that were portrayed, I thought what there was of the plot was good and I thought the script was really fun. 2015 wasn’t the greatest year ever for Marvel movies, but this one definitely does them credit even if it isn’t the absolute best. A whole lot of fun, that deserved a lot more attention.

Spectre

A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

I was really expecting to like this movie, and just… Didn’t. At all. The plot was slow, the script was boring and their treatment of the characters actually made me hate them. By the end of this film I was rooting for James Bond to be blown up, which is presumably not the effect that the whole thing was supposed to have. Intensely disappointing, and an almost complete waste of time. If it wasn’t for Ben Whishaw, I would’ve strangled something after seeing this.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

STAR WARS!

I was nervous about this for a large chunk of the year, because the prequels were disappointing to me on so many levels, but I grew incredibly excited for this come December. And I’m glad I did, because this film was AMAZING. Wonderfully written, wonderfully acted, wonderfully characterised and with a plot that brought me near to tears several times. This was probably my favourite film we saw this year, and I am very much looking forward to what they do next.



…And we apparently saw far fewer films than I thought this year, huh. Though I suppose that is what happens when it costs £20 (at least) to go to the cinema! I kind of miss the time where I got free cinema tickets and we could go a lot more regularly, but I’m glad we saw the films we did this year. There were some bad ones, but the majority were really good and I really enjoyed them. And, y’know, it’s kind of nice to keep going to the cinema as a sort of event. It makes it a lot more magical, and I appreciate that.

Onto 2016! :D

Comments

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crookedspoon
Jan. 11th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
This bloody much? And I'm complaining about 15€ xD (Then again, it's way harder to find a theatre that plays the films in thee original language, so that's a big minus.)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
doreyg
Jan. 12th, 2016 11:08 am (UTC)
Technically it's £20 spread across two people, but that's just the film tickets without extra added sweets and other nice things. I suppose it's not technically TOO bad, but... I still really don't want to spend that much money unless I pretty much already know that I'm going to enjoy it.
night_owl_9
Jan. 12th, 2016 04:58 am (UTC)
Yay Star Wars! :DDDD

Yeah, I haven't heard many good things about Spectre. Huh.

I feel the same about Age of Ultron; it set out everything that it set out to do. I do wish that the film, as a whole, was less cluttered, but it was still fun. James Spader as Ultron was a big plus, too
doreyg
Jan. 12th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
IT WAS THE BEST.

I've seen a few people who have enjoyed it, but I just found the whole thing... Really disappointing. Maybe it was because Skyfall was so great, but it really felt like a step down in quality from before. :/

I definitely really enjoyed it! I tend to really enjoy Marvel films no matter what the plot is, and I definitely think that's one of their strengths. :D
ragnarok_08
Jan. 12th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Star Wars :DDD

doreyg
Jan. 13th, 2016 10:06 am (UTC)
Definitely the best film we saw last year! :D
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