Bringing things to a close for 2014, the MM Top 5 series will focus on the very best films of last year. From animated adventures to dystopian thrillers, which movie will be crowned the pinnacle of 2014’s offerings?
Shall we begin?
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
Soundtrack: Hans Zimmer
WORLD BOX-OFFICE TOTAL: $700m+
MM Score: 50/60
It was a difficult toss-up between the highly underrated Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the rather overrated X-Men: Days of Future Past. In the end it came down to just one point between them.
Andrew Garfield donned the iconic spider costume in Sony’s rushed sequel that was expected to be a complete let down. In the end we had something that managed to capture the brilliant world of the hero alongside his emotionally involving love story with Gwen Stacy, played beautifully by Emma Stone.
Couple that with mesmerising special effects and a great soundtrack and Amazing Spider-Man 2 fully deserves to be here, more so considering how much of an underdog it actually was.
4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore
Soundtrack: James Newton Howard
WORLD BOX-OFFICE TOTAL: $650m+
MM Score: 50/60
Despite not coming anywhere near the standard of 2013’S Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1 managed to be a fine addition to the ever-popular franchise based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels and is one of the year’s finer blockbusters.
From a brilliant cast including the likes of Julianne Moore and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman to a thoroughly evil Donald Sutherland, everything about the performances were completely on point.
However, splitting the film into two has severely damaged the series’ fantastic pacing and therefore, it cannot achieve higher than a fourth place finish here.
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston
Soundtrack: Alexandre Desplat
WORLD BOX-OFFICE TOTAL: $500m+
MM Score: 53/60
Godzilla had all the makings of a cracking monster flick from the moment Gareth Edwards was announced as the director of the long-awaited update to the series. Despite coming from the relatively unknown world of Monsters, Edwards directed one of the best action thrillers of all time.
Despite a lack of fleshed out human characters, Godzilla thrilled from start to finish with some of the finest set-pieces every brought to the big screen. Couple that with a brilliant soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat and an intense performance from Bryan Cranston, it will go down in history as the saviour of the king of monsters.
A sequel is well on its way with some of the titular monster’s most terrifying adversaries promised to be making an appearance. 2018 promises to be a rather good year indeed.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana
Soundtrack: Tyler Bates
WORLD BOX-OFFICE TOTAL: $750m+
MM Score: 54/60
The end is nowhere in sight for the Marvel movie train and thank goodness, because if people were starting to get fed up of the constant onslaught of superhero films, we may never have got to see one of, if not the finest film to come out of the studio.
Guardians of the Galaxy was an exceptionally brave move by the company, creating a film about heroes that the majority of us had never heard of. However, it worked brilliantly and became one of the highest grossing films of the year.
Brilliant pacing, excellent performances and cracking special effects mean that it only just misses out on the top spot of this coveted countdown. But what else can possibly beat that?
1. How to Train Your Dragon 2
Director: Dane DeBlois
Voices: Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Soundtrack: John Powell
MM BOX-OFFICE PREDICTION: $600m+
MM Score: 58/60
For me it was going to be very hard for any film to beat How to Train Your Dragon 2. After I had watched it, I knew it was going to be one of the greatest animated films of all time and I wasn’t wrong.
Receiving the highest ever rating on Movie Metropolis, Dragon 2 managed to prove that even animated films can make you laugh, cry and care for their characters just as much as their live-action counterparts.
Losing two points due to Cate Blanchett’s peculiar voice work are the only reason why it misses out on full marks. It is a must see and for me, the finest film of 2014.
- The LEGO Movie
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes