Top 10 best movies 2014
158 8.7 8.81. Boyhood (2014)
Notes: I already heard about this movie 6 or 8 years ago and, of course, I was really intrigued but I didn’t expect it to be so amazing. I mean, sure, it is a very nice gimmick (shooting a movie over a period of 12 years starting with a boy at 6 years old until he reaches 18 years old) but a gimmick remains a gimmick unless you manage to do something great with it and Richard Linklater certainly did something quite amazing here. Indeed, a traditional movie would give you a nice story, a great story if you’re lucky, but here they gave us a genuine slice of life. Of course, you could argue that they could have shot a documentary and you would have ended up with the same results but I highly doubt it. Indeed, for almost 3 hours, you spend more than a decade with these characters and even though nothing hugely dramatic happens, the whole thing was just spellbinding to behold.
718 8.1 8.22. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Notes: Personally, I always had a hard time with Wes Anderson. I mean, I always admired his work and his movies have always been visually impressive but I was missing something in his stories and I usually didn’t connect with them very well. Anyway, at last, with this movie, he finally nailed it. Indeed, he finally managed to mix his whimsical visual style and his hilarious characters with a very entertaining plot. To be honest, I still think I prefer ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ but this movie is definitely not far behind.
470 8.1 8.63. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Notes: Wow! That’s what you can call a fun movie. I have to be honest, when I heard that Marvel was planning to release 2 or 3 super-hero flicks every year for the coming decade, I was pretty sure that they would saturate the market and end up with some major flops but if they keep reinventing themselves like that, it might take longer then I thought before they mess up, in fact, it might never happen at all after all. Indeed, this movie actually had basically the same usual ingredients but they managed to give it just the right flavour to make it really tasty. First of all, it is a gorgeous SF feature, one of the most interesting futuristic world I have seen for a while, full of interesting details. Then, you had those awesome hilarious characters far more entertaining than your usual powerful and righteous super beings. So, I really enjoyed it, it is one of the best super-hero flicks out there and the best movie produced by Marvel so far.
521 6.2 6.14. Noah (2014)
Notes: At last, Darron Aronofsky was allowed to make a big blockbuster and, of course, I was really eager to check the end-result. Eventually, he didn’t go for the easy path and decided to go all the way and direct a massive biblical epic. To be honest, even though I was quite impressed, I’m still not quite sure what to make of the whole thing and I will probably re-watch it at some point in the future to make up my mind for good. First of all, it was visuallly impressive but it wasn't the biggest appeal of this feature. I have to admit it, I’m not a religious person, in the contrary, and I'm not sure I actually really cared about this ancient tale but I have always been fascinated by the concept of religion and this movie definitely gave some food for thought. Indeed, even though the scale was huge, the whole thing is basically about Noah himself and the struggles he has to face and it was quite intriguing to behold.
786 7.8 8.45. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Notes: While the Spider-Man franchise is getting more and more disappointing after each installment, here we have a super-hero franchise which has been incredibly rejuvenated and it’s getting better each time around. Indeed, I thought that ‘X-Men: First Class’ was pretty good, better than the original trilogy but I still thought it was rather overrated. This time, they gave us a stronger story, the best story so far involving those mutants and I was above all fascinated by how conflicted their relationships were. Still, somehow, I wasn't entirely convinced. I mean, it was really close to be really amazing but they were not there yet, in my opinion. For example, they pulled the same trick as in ‘Star Trek’ with this time travel storyline which basically obliterates everything that happened in the first trilogy. Honestly, as a viewer, the result is that I felt tricked since all the emotions I invested in the previous movies became rather meaningless. Still, it was a very enjoyable super-hero feature.
302 7.7 8.16. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
Notes: Once again, it seems to be another flop for Tom Cruise. It seems that the poor guy will never learn. At least, this time, it was actually pretty good, much better than the rather underwhelming ‘Oblivion’ and, to be fair, it would have been a hit if it would have been released 15 or 20 years ago. Basically, there is not one single star who can guarantee a box-office hit, not even Johnny Depp, Will Smith or Adam Sandler who were the last stars who could manage this. Anyway, it was definitely a pretty good flick and it was a cool concept though, some mix between ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Source Code’. Furthermore, Tom Cruise delivered a decent performance, even though it would have been interesting if the guy became more depressed by his predicament. I was above all impressed by Emily Blunt who was completely convincing as a lethal soldier and we got a glimpse of what she would have done if she played Black Widow as scheduled (instead, she showed up in ‘Gulliver’s travel’, talking about a missed opportunity…).
478 6.9 77. Godzilla (2014)
Notes: It was not bad at all and definitely miles better than the previous version directed by Roland Emmerich but it was still nothing really amazing though. Basically, I was rather fooled by the awesome marketing campaign (they made some really impressive posters) and their convincing trailer. Still, it was far from being a failure. Indeed, it was pretty neat that they went back to the roots and started the story in Japan. I also always appreciate it when they kill some major actors right from the start. The main issue is how can you build a compelling story with an invincible monster like Godzilla? I mean, with the Hulk, you have at least Bruce Banner to root for but, here, you have nothing much to connect with. At least, he looked awesome but, honestly, he didn’t have much to do.
507 6.2 6.38. RoboCop (2014)
Notes: Honestly, I didn’t think it was so bad actually. The point is that I went to see it with some rather low expectations and that’s probably why I didn’t think it was too underwhelming. First of all, I really enjoyed Joel Kinnaman. Indeed, I thought he had a great charisma and it was nice that they took some time to show him as a police officer before he became Robocop. Unfortunately, that’s probably the only thing they really got right. I mean, there were many good things, but probably too many of them actually. The whole thing tries to be a futuristic action flick, a familly drama, a political thriller and also a satire, that was just way too much to handle and all of those ideas were rather half-baked.
542 6.6 7.19. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Notes: I was actually quite impressed by this movie but, unfortunately, not really in a good way. Indeed, I was impressed by the fact that it managed to be even more disappointing than the previous installment. The first Spider-Man movie starring Andrew Garfield was fairly enjoyable but still underwhelming because it was again another origin story about Peter Parker becoming our beloved super-hero and this story was just too similar too the origin story we got with the previous trilogy. This time, since we got the origin out of the way, I thought they would do something new, a real new tale about this guy but the end-result was just not really good, I’m afraid.
130 6 6.410. Rio 2 (2014)
Notes: Basically, it gave me the same feeling as ‘Rio’. Indeed, once again, it looked gorgeous, there was even a very nice musical number involving many of those blue birds but, still, I was rather bored by the whole thing. I mean, there were some pretty neat supporting characters (my favorite was above all the poisonous frog) but the plot was still rather weak in my opinion. I think it is above all meant for young kids even if it might be difficult to follow for them sometimes.
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