Last year I wrote up a list of my most anticipated films of 2016 (in the UK!). Click here to see it in all its glory. For some reason, it didn’t include Creed or The Neon Demon, two of my favourite films of the year, but let’s forget about that! Here are my verdict on my most anticipated films of 2016…
- Suicide Squad
VERDICT: 3/10. Suicide Sqaud is a two hour trailer for a film that’s buried under studio interference. There are hints of a decent film, but we are left with a poorly edited mess that follows the template for the generic comic book film. (click here for my full review)
VERDICT: ?!?!?/10 I didn’t manage to see this one! Hopefully will resolve that in the new year!
- The Hateful Eight
VERDICT: 8/10. For some reason I didn’t get round to reviewing this one, but yet again Quentin Tarantino gave us the goods. A gripping, tense film that probably needing a little trimming, but the reams of dialogue made this three hour film feel like it blazed past in a hurry.
- Arrival (formerly known as Story of Your Life)
VERDICT: 9/10: ‘Arrival’ is a film that demands to be seen. It doesn’t quite meet the sky-high expectations that greeted it’s arrival, mainly due to a bloated and plodding second act. However, ‘Arrival’ comes with a fantastic performance from Amy Adams and important messages about communication, love, loss and grief. (click here for my full review!)
VERDICT: ?!?!?!?10 Yet another film I didn’t manage to see!
- X-Men: Apocalypse
VERDICT: 4/10. A waste of the potential of the X-Men franchise, and a waste of plenty of characters. ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ has moments of quality, but they are few and far between (and copies of what we have seen before). It seems like the third film in the trilogy is often the worst… (click here for my full review)
- The Revenant
VERDICT: 6/10: Absolutely gorgeous to look at, and the blood, sweat and grime convinces you that the film was a hellacious experience for all involved, but it’s an empty experience. Everybody tried incredibly hard, but along the way they forgot to involve the audience emotionally. An impressive disappointment. (click here for the full review)
VERDICT: 6/10. A bloody and fairly entertaining superhero film that isn’t as subversive as it hopes to be (or as funny, unfortunately. The humour misses as much as it hits). But it’s a step in the right direction, and Ryan Reynolds is a hoot as the titular anti-hero. (click here for the full review)
- Captain America: Civil War
VERDICT: 9/10. The best MCU film yet, without a doubt! Emotional, resonant and replete with brilliant action scenes. #Teamcap or #teamstark, you’ll be #TeamCivilWar after watching this film! (click here for the full review)
VERDICT: 8/10. A hard film to pin down, but that’s part of ‘High-Rise’s’ very nature. Sit down and be prepared for something that will torture you in the most pleasurable fashion…(click here for the full review)
So there you go! A whole year on, my thoughts about my most anticipated films of 2016 have been laid bare. I missed two of them, so I’ll try to rectify that! Captain America: Civil War blew my mind, but the other superhero films on my list were disappoinments. I think my greatest disappointment was Suicide Squad. It had so much promise, yet nothing came of it.
But at least Arrival, High-Rise and The Hateful Eight lived up to my high expectations! They are sure to be on my Top 10 Films of 2016 list!