Last month the Geek Mountain community voted on the Best entertainment of 2016. We’ve announced the Best Videogame of 2016 and now it’s time to announce the Best Movies!
Every year that we run the Best of voting, Movies is the largest category for votes and while this year the winner dominated from the first day of voting, there were certainly plenty of excellent movies to round out the top of the list.
Similarly, write-in responses included many more Honourable Mentions and Disappointments than in the Videogame category, so we’ve included a full Top 5 in each category.
So what were the highest voted Movies of the year?
Released on the 17th of March, Zootopia dominated its opening weekend and got everyone talking, convincing adults and children alike that it was an animated movie well worth watching. By the end of its run, Zootopia made more money than Suicide Squad and Ghostbusters combined and is officially the second highest grossing Disney Animated Picture of all-time behind Frozen.
Released on the 27th of October, Doctor Strange was only the 5th biggest 2016 comic book movie in terms of Box Office takings, but the Cumberbatch lead origin story of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme earned high praise from audiences and critics. Strange by both title and subject matter, this time and space bending adventure earned 4th spot in our Best Movies of 2016 and the unofficial mantle as best magic movie of the year.
Released on the 15th of December, Rogue One was the first Star Wars movie outside the Skywalker saga and although it was a strange experience to see a Star Wars movie without the iconic opening crawl, Rogue One did more than enough to mark the Star Wars Story experiment a success for Disney, as Felicity Jones lead the rag tag bunch of galactic rebels to 2nd place in the 2016 Box Office despite the mid-December release.
Released on 28th of April, Captain America: Civil War was one of the most anticipated movies of 2016. While Captain America: Winter Soldier set the bar very high for the third Captain America movie to follow, the production changes set Civil War up as an Avengers movie and the adaptation of one of the greatest Marvel Comics events of all time. With the debut of Spider-Man and the successful balancing of such an epic cast of characters, the Russo brothers delivered on all counts, ending 2016 on top of the global Box Office with US$1.2 billion.
And without further ado, the official Best Movie of 2016 as voted by our Geek Mountain community is:
By no means a sure thing, Deadpool was a super-hero movie from 20th Century Fox, starring Green Lantern’s Ryan Reynolds despite his horrific attempt at the character in Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. On top of that it released on the 11th of February and our voting didn’t take place until 11 months later. Released with an R-rating in North America compared to the PG-13 of the Disney and Warner Brothers offerings, Deadpool was the highest grossing 20th Century Fox movie of the year with US$783 million worldwide, the highest of all time for that rating but only the 9th overall for 2016. Despite all those challenges, Deadpool dominated this vote from the first 24 hours and even a late charge from Box Office dominator Captain America: Civil War couldn’t prevail as Deadpool proved not only the best comic book movie of the year, but the undisputed Geek Mountain Best Movie of 2016!
So those are the Top 5 movies as voted by you, but what did we think? Here’s a little taste of the Geek Mountain 2016 movies review:
“Perfect casting, perfect story, perfect handling of a fantastic comic property! Can’t wait for Deadpool 2!”
Andrea: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
“There were so many visually amazing movies this year, with a huge variety of superhero and fantasy films to sink your teeth into I found it almost impossible to pick a favourite. Fantastic Beasts was stunning, hilarious and heartfelt, everything we expect from the Harry Potter universe and left me excited for more instalments, further fleshing out this world that has captured the hearts and imaginations of so many!”
Michael: Hateful Eight
“When Tarantino has a movie out, it’s usually the one to beat. While there was a bunch of movies I missed this year (looking at you Arrival) of the ones I did see, none topped the thrills, chills and laughs I got from watching QT’s parlour room mystery in the snowy Wild West.”
Rick: Doctor Strange
“I genuinely loved every movie in this year’s Top 5, but Doctor Strange was the biggest surprise of the lot. As with deserving winner Deadpool, Doctor Strange succeeded in putting together a really great movie in all traditional respects despite the super-hero setting and even though Doctor Strange does tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it stands on its own feet as fully accessible to new audiences.”
Sarah: 10 Cloverfield Lane
“A thoroughly enjoyable continuation of the Cloverfield story. John Goodman continues to be God’s gift to cinema and delivers scary, harrowing good fun!”
Of course 2016 had more than 5 good movies to offer, these are the movies that round out the Top 10:
6. Arrival (1o/11/2016) Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner this Oscar nominated sci-fi thriller is one of the best ever movies about first alien contact. Arrival made US$162 million at the Box Office.
7. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (17/11/2016) Written by J.K Rowling and set in the same wizarding world as Harry Potter, albeit decades earlier and in the USA, Eddy Redmayne’s awkward wizard Newt Scamander leads this magical romp that tells a much darker tale than many parents anticipated. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find them made US$804 million in 2016 Box Office takings.
8. La La Land (26/12/2016) An original musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as lovers yet again, La La Land is poised to clean up the Hollywood Award season. While not the great musical ever written, audiences love La La Land and although it has only made US$230 million worldwide thus far, it should do much better after award season.
9. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (26/5/2016) What started small in New Zealand and Australia has found a taste of the success it deserves overseas as Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s brand of quirky character driven comedy has now brought in over US$23 million despite the $2.5 million budget. Written and directed by rising star Taika Waititi (What we do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok) and starring Sam Neill and youngster Julian Dennison, Hunt for the Wilderpeople was the indie success story of the year.
10. Star Trek Beyond (21/7/2016) The third of the newly rebooted Star Trek movies starring Chris Pine and the third highest grossing with only US$343 million in the global Box Office, Star Trek Beyond was nonetheless better received by the traditional Trek audience than the two that came before it. With Justin Lin taking the reigns as director from J.J. Abrams and Simon Pegg stepping up to co-write with Doug Jung, Star Trek Beyond brings the franchise back to the fans and into the Top 10 Movies of 2016.
1. Sing Street
Only a limited release, John Carney’s coming of age musical set in 80s Dublin was loved by those that saw it despite a total of only US$13 million of Box Office takings.
2. Hell or High Water
A grit and action of a Western set against the post-financial crisis small towns of America with a Nick Cave soundtrack, Hell or High Water is one of the strongest films to not get a wide release in Australia. Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster star in this Oscar nominated bank robbery drama.
3. The Hateful Eight
A Quentin Tarantino Western with an all star cast, The Hateful Eight only missed being on the list by the misfortune of releasing in Australia in January 2016 and the USA in December 2015. The film was very well received despite the January release date and made more than blockbusters like X-Men: Apocalypse and The Magnificent Seven with US$156 million at the Box Office.
4. The Handmaiden
A foreign language thriller out of Korea, The Handmaiden hasn’t found much success on the global stage, but rave reviews and multiple requests from our voters earn this romantic mystery about a Japanese Heiress an Honourable Mention in our Best Movies of 2016 results.
5. Gremlins 2 and Brooklyn
We only really had 4 genuine Write-Ins for Best Movie of 2016, but Michael’s favourite movie of all time, Gremlins 2: A New Batch, received a mention despite being released in 1990 and the Nick Hornby romance Brooklyn was also mentioned, although it was released in 2015.
1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
By far the most common answer to the “Most disappointing movie of 2016” vote, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice managed to make an obscene amount of money despite being critically panned. Here’s hoping for some drastic improvement in the next one.
2. Suicide Squad
After Batman v Superman bombed, comic book fans around the world were suddenly left hoping that the unabashed Guardians of the Galaxy rip-off that was the Warner Brothers adaptation of Suicide Squad would be a fun movie. Some of it was fun, but mostly it was a dark mess that didn’t survive the cutting room floor.
3. Ben Hur
In the era of remakes and reboots it stands to reason that the original “biggest movie of all time”, award winning and box office smashing 1959 juggernaut Ben Hur would eventually be remade. Unfortunately for Paramount Pictures, Jack Huston isn’t Charlton Heston and not only did this remake not get nominated for any awards, but it made less than half the original’s Box Office takings before bothering to adjust for over 50 years of inflation.
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The most divisive movie of the year, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them was loved by many and disappointed almost as many. Johnny Depp’s casting as infamous Dark Wizard Grindelwald was cited as the chief complaint, but the dark themes, the American setting and the confusing action sequences all contributed to making this less than the ideal follow-up for many Harry Potter fans.
5. Blair Witch
This was just a terrible movie. Although the 2016 remake didn’t carry the same urban legend hype of the 1999 original, the trailer was enough to get some people excited to see the Blair Witch on the big screen, only to be served this cinematic disappointment instead.
Did you favourite movie not make the Top 10? Here’s the rest of the Top 30!
11. Kubo and the Two Strings
12. Suicide Squad
14. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
15. The Accountant
16. Train to Busan
17. Hacksaw Ridge
18. Eddie the Eagle
19. Hail, Caesar!
20. Lights Out
21. The Fundamentals of Caring
23. 10 Cloverfield Lane
24. Ip Man 3
25. Finding Dory
26. X-Men: Apocalypse
27. The Secret Life of Pets
28. Now You See Me 2
29. The Magnificent Seven
30. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
So what do you think of the results? Join the discussion on social media, stay tuned for the final results of out Best TV Series of 2016 and thanks once again to everyone who voted!