Top 10 best movies 2014
222 8.4 8.71. 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.
789 8 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.
576 8.1 8.53. 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.
239 8.1 8.54. Gone Girl (2014)
Notes: Well, once again, Fincher came with a really original work and I'm actually surprised that it is actually so popular since it is far from being a maintream feature. Indeed, it is probably his weirdest movie since 'Fight Club' with so many layers that I will probably keep thinking about it for many days. The first layer is obviously a thriller about a man who might have killed his wife. Than, the second layer is a really pitch black comedy about an average guy who gets involved in this very weird media circus. This combination was already pure genius and like 'The Wolf of Wall Street', it was rather unexpected but very much welcome. Obviously, it goes even further and it becomes this really weird study about how married life can make you think and or do the weirdest thing, even if in this case, it becomes pretty extreme but it was obviously all on purpose. To be honest, I'm not sure that everything really did work but it was still a really good flick.
556 6.2 65. 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.
885 7.7 8.26. 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.
443 7.6 87. 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…).
334 7.3 8.18. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Notes: The relationship between those two teenagers was really touching and convincing thanks to the amazing performances by Shailene Woodley (the new rising star) and Ansel Egort (never heard of the guy before). Unfortunately, pretty much everything else in the movie was at best decent and sometimes even rather worthless. The worst was probably the few scenes involving the writer which were just contrived and rather cringe-inducing. So, as a result, you had one of the most beautiful and emotional love-stories involving teenagers I have ever seen but those kids were unfortunately stuck into the gimmicks and tricks of your average Hollywood melodrama.
195 7.5 7.49. The Maze Runner (2014)
Notes: Basically, it was yet another young adult book adaptation but, to be honest, I thought it was actually not bad at all. Indeed, the whole maze concept was quite intriguing and rather well developed. Of course, the characters were barely developed and it could have been much darker in my opinion. There is one detail that did bother me as well is the fact that all the characters looked way too well groomed for some kids who spent up to 3 years stuck into this place. Still, they built up a nice mystery which some have compared to 'Lost', except that the TV show had to go on for more than 100 episodes and at some point, the accumulation of weird stuff became just way too much. Here, they probably won't have this problem and this installment had the advantage that since you are still pretty much in the dark at the end, the excitement is not ruined by some lame ass climax which will probably occur later on during one of the sequels.
557 6.7 6.710. 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.
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