2016 once again proved that Hollywood is not moving away from the trend of producing sequels and prequels anytime soon. 7 out of the 10 most grossing movies were part of a movie franchise. We look at the top 10 movies of the 2016 across various genres:
Captain America Civil War:
MARVEL’s merry run at the box office continued this year with their flagship movie Captain America: Civil War. The film’s actor Antony Mackie termed it Avengers 2.5 as it had most of the important characters from ‘The Avengers’. This is the top grossing film of 2016 and was liked by audience and critics alike.
Watch it for: The intense and dark screenplay along with the typical MARVEL fun shenanigans.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
This movie had too many expectations before its release thanks to the publicity and the extended release date. However, the film received mixed responses from critics and audiences. Although it made the Top 10 grossing movies of 2016, DC will look to make amends with the upcoming Justice League.
Watch it for: Ben Affleck’s badass performance as Batman and for the rise of the DC universe.
This is another comic book adaptation on the list. MARVEL started the year with a BANG! (or WHAM!) with its R rated comedy superhero movie Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds gave a hilarious performance without even having to show his face most of the time. Oh, and if you are one who easily gets offended, this is not for you.
Watch it for: RYAN REYNOLDS! RYAN REYNOLDS! and RYAN REYNOLDS!
Clint Eastwood may have aged, but his directorial skills are still top notch. He brought the real-life incident ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ to life in the movie Sully. Tom Hanks gave yet another fine performance as Chelsea Sullenburger who rescues the lives of 155 on board with his sharp instincts.
Watch it for: The struggles that captain Chelsea Sullenburger goes through after his heroic act.
Another one of Disney’s top grossing animal movies, Zootopia is a quirky comedy/thriller film about animals living in a city. With various animal characters and their antics the film, it’s a fun ride – especially for kids.
Watch it for: It’s versatile humour and energy.
The Jungle Book:
One of the movies of 2016 which was released with huge expectations. Most had doubted whether the motion capture adaptation would live up to the expectation of the classic Jungle Book. Top CGI effects and the voiceover of veteran actors made this one of the year’s blockbusters.
Watch it for: To relive your childhood (well for most of us the 90’s kids) and for the brilliant visuals.
The Magnificent Seven:
In this remake of the classic wild west movie of the same name, director Antoine Fuqua teamed up with Denzel Washington yet again. Although some people did not like it as much as the original, this movie is action packed and entertaining with some fine performances
Watch it for: The Wild West feel and Chris Pratt’s top performance.
If you thought nothing could ever surpass Inception in terms of visual brilliance, you need to watch Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange redefined the boundaries of a MARVEL film. It is more than a film, it’s an experience. Doctor Strange is filled with strange and stunning visuals along with out of the world action sequences.
Watch it for: Mind blowing visuals and Cumberbach’s SWAG
2016 was the year of The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). He is everywhere – social media, award functions, talk shows, you name it! Rock starred as Demigod Maui in this Disney princess story. It was a critic and fans’ favourite.
Watch it for: The amazing chemistry between Auli’i Cravalho and The Rock’s characters.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2016 was the second consecutive year, which was a treat for Star Wars fans. The standalone film in the Star Wars Saga Rogue One was very well written. Although not as big as last year’s Star Wars movie, Rogue One had a more nostalagic feel to it.
Watch it for: All the Star Wars easter eggs and the emotional quotient.
There were many other releases which were special in their own ways. Year 2016 brought us back our favourite Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) on screen and also one of the most loved animation franchise, ‘Finding Nemo’ which returned as ‘Finding Dory’. Bryan Singer continued to rebuild the new ‘Xmen’ with his ‘XMen Apocalypse’. The horror and thriller genre had some fan favorites like ‘The Conjuring 2’ and the surprise hit ‘Don’t Breathe’. Ben Affleck came up with another intense performance in ‘The Accountant’. The film may not live up to expectations by any margin, but ‘Suicide Squad’ turned a lot of heads with its stellar star cast and some unique performances. ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Moonlight’ are potential front runners for many awards.
Put on your 3D glasses and grab your popcorn, 2017 is going to be another action-packed and franchise driven year in Hollywood.