2016 featured more than a few good movies. But as far as big-budget spectacles go, very few really stood out, as the majority of the studio tent poles were largely disappointing. Luckily, however, smaller, more independent movies stepped up big time this year. For me, the majority of the best movies I saw in 2016 were more affecting than they were movies that left me in awe or that had a “wow” factor.
While there was one movie that stood out above the rest for my Number 1 spot, spots 2-10 required me to thoroughly scrutinize my list in order to place the rest of the movies I saw this year in the right spots. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best movies of the year, at least in my opinion:
From Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau, who helmed the hugely successful The Jungle Book live adaptation, comes yet another live-action reboot of The Lion King. There is no release date yet at this time but the project is being fast-tracked into production.
The Jungle Book is a film in the style of the classic tragedies in which a grizzled and scarred veteran tries to save his homeland from an invasive species with the capability of destroying the entire jungle he calls home. It is a moral tale, where he is undone by his PTSD, inability to trust and thirst for vengeance. Or, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t (as a rule) automatically root for the bad guy, The Jungle Book is about a boy raised by wolves who is trying to find out where, and how, he belongs. Read more
From Walt Disney Studios and director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) comes the live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. Starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johanson (Kaa), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera) and Christopher Walken (King Louie), the film hits theatres April 15, 2016.