This is a list of my favorite 10 movies of 2014, in no particular order. Very important to note, this are not necessarily the 10 best movies of 2014, only the 10 I’ve enjoyed watching the most.
Sadly I was not able to watch nearly as many movies as I would have liked, only roughly 1/5 of what was released in theaters in 2014 and my list of shame is rather big (stuff I would have liked to watch). So if something big, that maybe came out in the last few weeks/months isn’t on here, it might be so because I haven’t seen it yet. Without further ado and again, in no particular order (because I can’t make top 10s outside of box office), this are my favorite movies of 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy
No surprises here, my most anticipated movie of 2014, a movie that did not disappoint, actually surpassed my expectations, ended up on this list. Guardians of the Galaxy is everything you want out of a summer blockbuster and maybe even a bit more. I can’t wait to see what James Gunn and co. are cooking for the sequel in 2017.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Yes, I’m rather predictable, I know. Thing is Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men universe was nothing short of outstanding and he somehow managed to fix what others (that shall not be named at this time) broke since he left. Yes, I’m talking about X-Men: The Last Stand and Origins: Wolverine, which were officially erased from existence in X-Men: Days of Future Past, so let’s have a drink for that.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I loved Captain America: The First Avenger, I’m one of those guys that ranks it above Thor. Unfortunately the things I really liked in The First Avenger were going to be absent from The Winter Soldier, so the fact it still made my list is a testament to the fantastic job the Russo brothers did on this one. Dare I say it, I ended up liking The Winter Soldier even more than The First Avenger, which is definitely not what I expected going in.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes left me wanting more, much more, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes delivered, in spades. I’ll have to be honest, when it was announced Rupert Whyatt would not return to direct the sequel, I started to have my doubts about Dawn. Matt Reeves, the new director, somehow made an even better movie, which makes me very happy that he’ll be back for the sequel in 2016.
I went in with huge expectations for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and despite maybe not delivering 100%, it was still one of the best 3 hours I’ve spent in a theater this year. Just, you know, try not to overthink everything that’s happening on screen and enjoy the ride, it’s worth it.
Edge of Tomorrow
Yes, if I had to pick my favorite movie of 2014, Edge of Tomorrow would be it. With this one I was there, on the edge of my sit, the entire 2 hours. I guess being a fan of sci-fi, Groundhog Day and a gamer, probably helped form this opinion, a lot. About the only thing I can complain about is the duration, I would have loved at least 30 minutes more in that world.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Besides the general unique style and quirkiness of his films, you never really know what to expect from a Wes Anderson movie. The Grand Budapest Hotel was no different, carrying me on a journey full of surprises around every corner. I guess I could also be biased when it comes to this man’s weird movies (since I’ve seen them all and enjoyed them all), then again, I don’t think I’m alone.
The LEGO Movie
This spot was between The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street. Funny enough both movies were written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and both movies are absolutely hilarious and deserve a place on here. Unfortunately 11 is not 10 so one had to go. The LEGO Movie won because of its originality and I loved the twist it throws at the end.
I tip my hat to Jon Favreau, the man who produced, directed, wrote and stared in this little comedy that’s so full of heart. Sure, there were probably much smarter, more nuanced movies released in 2014, but Chef, like the food Chef Carl cooked, simply tasted better. Also the premise is very meta for Jon Favreau career and his time with a certain franchise, which was another thing I appreciated about Chef.
The last movie I watched in 2014, Gone Girl is up there with the best of the best from director David Fincher, who brings Gillian Flynn’s acclaimed novel to the big screen. Now I haven’t read the book but now that I’ve seen Gone Girl, I definitely want to, which is something I’m ashamed to admit I don’t usually do. Bottom line, Gone Girl is a fantastic, intelligent movie that will challenge your understanding of a relationship. On top of that I went into Gone Girl expecting something and by the end the movie managed to surprise me in ways I didn’t think were still possible.
Movies that almost made it on this list: Snowpiercer, The Raid 2, Million Dollar Arm, 22 Jump Street, Nightcrawler.
What were your favorite movies of 2014?
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