So…I saw a LOT of films in the theater this year. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot more than what is usual for me. Normally, I get to go to the theater MAYBE 2 to 3 times a year (what can I say, movie theaters cost a LOT of money). But this year…I think I’ve gone at least eight times, which is a big increase. Unfortunately, not all of those films were worth the price of admission. So permit me to run through the films I saw in the theater this year (in no particular order):
- Hail, Caesar (Released February 1st, 2016): Oy vey….what a waste of money THIS was. The previews led me to believe that this would be a hysterical satire of 1950s Hollywood. What I got was a semi-coherent mishmash that is barely funny. Watch at your peril.
- Gods of Egypt (Released February 24th, 2016): This film is one of my guilty pleasures, I freely admit it. I have always been fascinated by Egyptian mythology (actually by all mythology, if I’m honest) and seeing Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing someone OTHER than Jaime Lannister (despite the similarities between that character and Horus) was a great experience. I know the casting is all wrong for the location this film is supposed to be in, but I enjoyed the story too much to really care (it’s supposed to be a fantasy film anyhow). One of my favorite films in the first part of the year.
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Released February 4th, 2016): This film proved that miracles are possible: there IS a zombie film I can watch without hiding my face in terror (seriously, I avoid zombie films whenever possible). I’ve never read the book this film is based on (though I’ve seen it in stores plenty of times), but I liked the idea of combining a Jane Austen novel with the zombie apocalypse, it’s such a crazy combination that it has to work!
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Released November 10th, 2016): The biggest surprise of the year for me, having never seen a Harry Potter film in theater, I didn’t think I could watch these and enjoy them (I was wrong!!). Not only did I enjoy myself, I’m actively looking forward to the sequels that are inevitably coming. Also I wish I had a Thunderbird of my very own.
- Kubo and the Two Strings (Released August 19th, 2016): I LOVE THIS FILM!!!! I will always be a fan of stop-motion animation, and Kubo should make it easy to see why. That film is a masterpiece, an instant classic, it’s something everyone should see at least once in their lives. Set in ancient Japan, the story is a fairy tale brought to stunning life. This is one film I can’t wait to add to my DVD collection (once I have the money to do so)
- The Legend of Tarzan (Released June 30th, 2016): I don’t care what anyone says, I enjoyed this film. Yes, it is flawed, but I was able to buy into the story regardless. Watching Tarzan fly through the trees and hearing an amazing musical score made it all worth it for me. If they made a sequel to this, I don’t think I would mind. A good film experience overall.
- Moana (Released November 23rd, 2016): I waited all year for this film and it was worth the wait! A more than worthy addition to the Disney Animated Classics canon. The music of Moana had me in tears more than once, and it is now one of my favorite Disney films. Go see this film if you haven’t yet, it is worth it I promise!
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Released December 16th, 2016): I still need to see this film again, that’s how good it was. Aside from a few surprises (the nature of which will be debated for years to come), this film was everything I dreamed of and more. If all the stand-alone Star Wars films can be this good (or better), the Star Wars Universe is in safe hands (though I still hope Disney doesn’t overdo it).
And those are the films I went to see in the theater this year! This will be all for me in 2016, but expect some BIG things to start off 2017 🙂 I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend, and I’ll see you in 2017! -Becky
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