In 2016, going to the movies appears much more like a matter of getting one’s expectations fulfilled. Irrespective of whether or not that’s a good thing, no reasonable person can buy a movie ticket for $15 and have no idea what they are going to see. The best movies from the first half of the year are those giving fans a lot to be surprised or optimistic about. Below is a look at the best movies of 2016 so far.
In ‘Sing Street,’ Ferdia Walsh-Pablo plays an Irish teenage boy who falls for a local model who is seemingly out of his league. He goes on to form a band so that the model, played by Lucy Boynton, can be in their music videos. All in all, he is quite good, meaning that there is great music to accompany the story of getting the girl.
Captain America: Civil War
While Captain America: Civil War’ may not be the best film in the huge 13-film series so far, it is definitely somewhere on the top. The movie pits Captain America, played by Chris Evans, against super friend Tony stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., in a rather emotionally charged battle. In addition, it introduces Tom Holland as the new amazing Spiderman and the Black Panther, the diverse hero that movie fans have been yearning for, played by Chadwick Boseman.
The total disintegration of a dysfunctional family is seen through a terrifying Puritan lens in The Witch’. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the role a teenage member of a Puritan family. The rural world of a New England clan is rocked to the core their youngest child goes missing. The nightmare gets even worse given the dark threat lurking in the nearby forest and a creepy goat on the farm called Black Phillip.
Zootopia’ is an apparently straightforward Disney animated film in which Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin lend their voices. Nick Wilde, voiced by Goodwin, is a bunny cop who teams up with a con artist called Judy Hopps, voiced by Bateman. The two make up what ends up becoming a rather deep exploration of identity, prejudice and tolerance. Movie fans will love the social commentary as well the funny attics about doughnut-loving cops and hamster businessmen.
The Lobster’ is among the most romantic films of 2016, and stars Colin Farrell. It tells the story of a group of people who have to find a soul mate within 45 days, failure to which they get transformed into an animal. Farrell’s character risks becoming a lobster if he fails. All in all, he is surprisingly lovable as schlubby man looking for love in a dystopia that emphasizes on social matching while leaving loners out in the cold to survive.
10 Cloverfield Lane
’10 Cloverfield Lane’ may be referred to as a spiritual successor or a quasi-sequel. All in all, this bunker thriller is an upgrade from the viral blockbuster film Cloverfield’ when it comes to acting, filmmaking and dishing out real surprises. In fact, john Goodman deserves an Oscar nod for his performance. The movie keeps the viewer glued to the screen until the credits roll.