I have to say, unfortunately, I didn’t see as many movies in 2016 as I would’ve liked. And I LOVE going to the movies. There were some really great films we missed and some really bad ones we, unfortunately, ended up seeing. I’m definitely planning on going to the movies more in 2017.
In honor of the Academy Awards on Sunday, here are a list of winners (and some losers) for the movies we did manage to see last year.
Movie that everyone else loved and I thought was…eh: La La Land I will start off by saying that I am a HUGE musical-lover—in the theatre and on film. But this one jus didn’t grab me the way I had hoped. Maybe the hype was too big that it could never measure up? It was okay for me. But I am rooting for it on Sunday simply because of the passion, drive and belief in what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish when no one really believed they could do it.
Fun adventure movie: The Legend of Tarzan Far-fetched? Perhaps. Storyline weak at times? Maybe. Did I go along for the ride? Absolutely. I knew what I was going into and I was hooked from the beginning. I just really enjoyed it. The action sequences were fun. The romantic storyline was sweet. The bond Tarzan had with the animals was heartwarming. And to top it off, you have Christoph Waltz as a bad guy? I’m sold!
Movie that Inspired Me: Hidden Figures This is probably one of my favorite movies of 2016. I loved everything about it. But more than anything, I was in awe of what these women had accomplished. I admire anyone who stands up for what they truly believe, especially when the odds are against them. To know of the courage and strength of all of those who broke down barriers and changed “the norm,” whether they meant to or not. Just because something hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean it can’t.
Movie that made me laugh more than I expected: Ghostbusters I will make this very clear: I. Don’t. Like. Scary. Movies. (Jennifer, are you listening?) And yes, to me, this qualified as a scary movie. The first fifteen minutes of it, I was covering my eyes. But then, as the team came together, I relaxed and ended up having some really great laughs. Leslie Jones stole the show for me. “Why is everyone like that?!” So funny!
Movie I’m daring myself to see: The Shallows Scary, but on a different level. Woman trapped in the dark ocean with a shark? Yeah, I’ll try seeing it. I’ll have to see it in the day, but for some reason I can’t explain, I want to watch this one. Wish me luck!
Movie I missed in the theaters but still want to see: Loving Another great movie about standing up for what you believe in and know to be true, right and good. I’ve heard amazing things about this film and I know I’ve got to see it.
Movie I could’ve done without: Keeping up with the Joneses We were expecting a light and fluffy comedy. After seeing it, I’ll use the word “comedy” lightly. It just didn’t do it for us. Not even stupid funny. And while we’re at it, I’ll add Florence Foster Jenkins to the list. I wanted to like it but it was just boring and I couldn’t get into it. I’m a big Meryl Streep fan, but this one definitely fell short for me.
Movie where the book was better: Me Before You I crammed to finish the book before I saw the movie. In fact, I finished it the morning I was going to go see it. So the book was very fresh in my mind. I thought the film was cute but it definitely rushed through lots of key moments for me. I just found myself more invested in the book than the movie.
Movie I Fell Asleep Watching: Money Monster it takes a lot for me to fall asleep in the movie theater. I either have to be really tired or really bored. And man, oh, man, as much as I love George Clooney and Julia Roberts, this one was a snoozefest for me. I just didn’t buy it. And, sadly, I’d add My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 as a runner up. I LOVED the first movie and I could see this one trying. I was rooting for it. But it just didn’t quite get there and grab me. But I did have a lovely nap!
Favorite Animated Movie: This was a tough one. There were a few animated films that surprised me with how much I enjoyed them: Zootopia, Sing and Finding Dory. But I have to say, Moana won out for me. I loved the beautiful landscapes and a lot of the songs were fun. But I really enjoyed the story of a young lady carving her place in the world, following her heart and going against the grain.
Favorite Movie of 2016: Eddie the Eagle Hands down, beginning to end, this was my all time favorite movie of the year! From the first frame of the movie I was in it. I literally laughed, cried and cheered my way through the film. I loved it so much I saw it twice in one week! The story of this sweet young man who wanted something so much and believed he could accomplish it that his heart and determination finally got him there. Just such a sweet and inspirational film that I absolutely loved!
Any favorite movie categories you have for 2016? Let us know in the comments below.