2014 has been a very interesting movie going year for me. While I did not see any movies that would substantiate a worst movies of 2014 list, there have been more than a few that are vying for best movie of 2014.
5. Noah-While this movie tried, it lived up to the title of biblical disaster for several reasons.
4. Get On Up– A biopic is always more interesting when the audience gets to know the whole person, warts and all. However, that doesn’t mean there can’t be a few scenes that can be saved for the extra’s portion of the DVD.
3. Monuments Men– I like this untold World War II stories, but there was something lacking.
2. Wish I Was Here– A realistic view of adulthood that felt a little too real.
1. Begin Again– Keira Knightley, breaking from her previous BPD (British Period Drama) roles and Mark Ruffalo as a disgraced music exec.
And now the fun begins. (Drum roll please) The top 5 movies of 2014 are….
5. Tie between Philomena and Maleficent– Two women who must go on a journey to re-discover their pasts and who they are.
4. Tie Between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days Of Future Past– Two excellent comic book movies which could easily stand on their own, but fit in perfectly with the rest of the genre.
3. Belle– A BPD with a woman of color and an engaging true story.
2. The Theory Of Everything– The life story of Stephen Hawking.
1. Ida– This movie is story telling at it’s best.
There you have it folks. My list of the best movies of 2014. See you next year.
*-This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk if you have not seen the movie.
Maleficent is magnificent.
The 1959 animated Sleeping Beauty movie, the source material from which the screen play is taken from is twisted in a delightful and intricate manner.
Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) is a fairy, who develops a friendship and then a teenage romance with a human called Stefan (Sharlto Copley). But Stefan is ambitious. The dying king announces that the man who kills Maleficent will crowned king upon his death. Using their relationship to his advantage, Stefan cuts off Maleficent’s wings to gain the throne.
Years later, Stefan is now king and parent to a brand new baby girl. At her christening, she is being blessed by the three fairies Flittle (Lesley Manvile), Knotgrass (Imelda Staunton) and Thistlewit (Juno Temple). Seeking revenge, Maleficent curses the new princess. After the curse, the princess (played as a teenager by Elle Fanning) is taken away from the castle, Maleficent watches over the child with a strange maternal instinct with the help of her servant Diaval (Sam Riley).
I loved this movie. While I find the Disney princess movies from that era of Sleeping Beauty to be one note, black and white and not how I want to spend my movie watching time, this movie takes these characters from one dimension to three dimensions. Maleficent is not just a villain just to be a villain, she is hurting from Stefan’s betrayal and uses that hurt to justify her actions. I’m not normally a fan of Angelina Jolie, but she is magnificent and perfectly cast in this role. The special effects were just enough to enhance the story, not used to cover up a hole in the screenplay.
I highly recommend this movie.