With many anticipated releases still to hit screens this summer and later on in the year, it may seem like 2016 has just been getting started in terms of film. However, despite all the blockbusters landing soon, the first half of the year had some brilliant films that are worth revisiting. Here are seven of the best films of 2016 so far.
Despite not being a huge Marvel fan, this long-awaited film is my favourite of the year so far. It seamlessly blends perfectly-timed and twisted humour with some seriously moving moments, as protagonist Wade Wilson fights against his torturer to return to his girlfriend. The fact that the film was jokingly advertised as a Valentine’s Day rom-com along with the tagline “True love never dies" just proves that this film has something for everyone (including the funniest and most fourth wall-breaking opening credits sequence ever).
2.) Me Before You
This is a faithful adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ bestselling book, which means you’ll need tissues at the ready! The slowly developing romance between Louisa Clark and Will Traynor, the quadriplegic man she cares for, will tug at your heartstrings, while the underlying discussion about the right-to-die is both sensitive and powerful. The heart-wrenching ending had everyone in the cinema in tears, but the film is well balanced: there are many funny moments too, such as when Louisa walks in wearing her signature black and yellow bumblebee tights.
3.) Eddie the Eagle
This feel good film about one of Great Britain’s Olympic heroes is a classic underdog story, along the lines of Disney’s Cool Runnings. In the opening sequence, a young Eddie tells his mum that when he’s older, he wants to compete in the Olympics. From this moment on, I couldn’t help but root for the unlikely ski-jumper, who goes through blood, sweat and tears (as well as the wrath of coach Hugh Jackman) to achieve his dream.
4.) Sing Street
Combining comedy, drama, and rock ‘n roll, Sing Street is the story of a teenage boy in 1980s Dublin who tries to impress a girl by pretending he’s in a band, then realises that he might actually have to form one. A perfect film for fans of director John Carney’s Begin Again, you will laugh, you will cry, and the soundtrack will be stuck in your head for days.
5.) Hail, Caesar!
Loosely based on the life of the famous 1950s film producer Eddie Mannix, Hail, Caesar! is about a Hollywood studio that is cast into chaos when the principal actor, played by George Clooney, is kidnapped and held for ransom. With a star-studded cast, this is a dark and farcical comedy that fans of films like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel will really enjoy.
6.) The Jungle Book
Disney fans who go into Jon Favreu’s adaptation hoping for the same light-hearted and brightly-coloured musical adventure as the 1967 film will be disappointed. Mowgli and Baloo are just as loveable, but they are caught up in a tale which is much darker and more adult than the original. The thrilling scenery, a goosebump-inducing classical score, and hyper-realistic CGI make this film utterly engrossing.
Zootopia is built upon the seemingly simple concept of a city of talking animals. But the cop story that unravels between a police bunny and a fox con artist is anything but ordinary. Disney’s incredible attention to detail creates subtle irony to great comedic effect. But the concept of a mammal metropolis is used to tackle deeper themes of prejudice, tolerance and diversity which make the film surprisingly hard-hitting, as well as a lot of fun.
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