Last year was such an epic year for movies, I had to make a top twelve instead of a top ten! If you eagerly watched along with me, enjoy reminiscing the greatness of this year. If you have yet to see them, I hope you’ll take these recommendations. I present to you…PopWrapped’s Top 12 Movies of 2014!
Taking the trend of a dystopian society to a new level, Snowpiercer is a thought-provoking movie, as its entire setting is upon a train in which you, and Curtis (Chris Evans), have no idea what is in the next cabin. From rooting on the underdogs to the controversial information revealed at the end,Snowpiercer
had me on the edge of my seat.
11. Night at the Museum: Secret at the Tomb
Expecting another comedy littered with intriguing historical information, the third installment ofNATM
was surprisingly emotionally captivating. With Robin William’s last time as Teddy Roosevelt, viewers go on one more adventure to save the museum and its inhabitants’ lives. Captivating new graphics like the constellations and the new art in London are beautiful, and exemplify that this movie is not just a sequel.
10. Heaven is for Real
Based upon the book my mom wouldn’t stop talking about, Heaven is for Real
follows a true story about a small boy’s brush with death. Expecting a flat plot with a little head scratching, this movie caught me off-guard. Who knew stories based on real life in this age could be so intriguing, relatable, and miraculous?
9. Maze Runner
Dylan O’Brien worried me half to death in this movie. Although his only weapon is sarcasm in Teen Wolf
, I wasn’t sure what he would use to stay alive in the Maze. Somehow I was unaware this is a series, so when the credits rolled, I was dying for more. I am in love with this idea that leaves a lasting feeling and longing for more.
As a classic Disney lover, I was not enthusiastic for this movie. I was wrong in every aspect. Despite a few outfit changes and priorities of characters (I loved Philip’s involvement) the classic ambiance was present in every scene. Since embracing the new back story of Maleficent, I am much more optimistic about the upcoming Cinderella
7. How To Train Your Dragon 2
I did not expect all of those fiery feels! The first How To Train Your Dragon
was kind of an “aww” movie that I turn the channel to every time it’s on the Disney Channel. This time around, the kids of Berk are grown up and itching for another adventure. A sudden turn is taken where loyalties are tested and characters are pushed to their limits. I’m not sure if I’ll watch this occasionally like its predecessor, because I definitely need to harness my tears for this one.
6. The Fault in Our Stars
With a budget of only $14 million and a gross of $304.19 million, TFIOS
is a prime example of what happens when you actually adapt a book into a movie instead of messing around with it. The book was phenomenal, and the movie absolutely did it justice. God bless you, John Green.
5. The Lego Movie
Everything is awesome! I thought this was going to be tacky, but it was hilarious! Benny shouting “SPACESHIP!”, Batman being a jerk, and Dumbledore and Gandalf getting fed up with everything are highlights of this movie, although they really have nothing to do with the plot. Surprisingly heartwarming, The Lego Movie
truly has it all.
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
As the sixth and last (or is it?) movie in the Lord of the Rings
delivered similarly to The Return of the King
. With the best animation yet, Middle Earth was shaken with justice, vengeance, and love. Though creating a satisfying and complete ending, my heart still has a few gaping holes left by those lost fighting for their own. Thanks to these three movies, perhaps Bilbo will have a few relaxing years before Gandalf comes knocking again.
3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
I was not able to see this movie on opening day. However, I saw many reviews about how Katniss was less “interesting” this time around, or less “relatable.” Seeing as she is a young girl suffering with severe PTSD as war continues all around her, I think she did alright! This movie is another wonderful example of how successful you can be if you stick to the book. It’s been a while since I readMockingjay
, but as soon as I saw the scenery or building layout, I understood exactly where we were in the story. I both anticipate and dread Part II
, for I know it will probably be just as beautifully accurate to its book.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
What was marketed as a comedy touched my heart and has smuggled its way into my everyday life. I made Groot Christmas tree cards to send out this year. Through this movie’s popularity, Vin Diesel (Groot) started the Plant A Tree for Groot campaign, which I participated in. Awesome Mix #1 plays in my car regularly and I, too, pretend to shoot aliens while listening to it. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, just go see it. Go. Come back later.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Ironically, I am wearing my Winter Soldier shirt as I type this. While loving Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America) with all of my being, Cap 2
is a genuinely magnificent tale. Seventy years after The First Avenger, Steve has only just woken up to fight aliens and get on with his own battles. With few ties to his past left in the world, Cap tries to move on through working with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D. to keep himself going. When things just begin not making sense, Steve’s world is turned upside down. Staying the same as he ever was–not a perfect soldier, but a good man–Cap must do what is right even when faced with the most unlikely circumstances. Bringing me even closer to the Black Widow and making me fall in love with Sam Wilson, I am never bored withTWS
. Inspiring my own Halloween costume and some of the best fanfiction I’ve ever read, Cap 2
is, by far, the best movie of 2014.
Special mentions go to Godzilla
because it made my jaw drop in absolute awe; The Grand Budapest Hotel
because it was gorgeous; and Annabelle
, Big Hero 6
, Into the Woods
, and What If
, because I hate myself for not seeing them yet.
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