3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst is exactly what it sounds like – 3 of the best examples of either an actor, film series, genre, etc. versus 3 of the worst. It’s also an opportunity for you to have your say on my choices and whether you would have placed something ahead of my best or my worst. To see out the end of the year is a look at some the Best and Worst of the films that were released in 2015…
3 of the Best
I loved this film! I was already a fan of the comic series by Mark Millar but the changes that Matthew Vaughn made, paired with the great decisions in casting, made this one of the surprising hits of the year. Colin Firth sheds his usual, straight-laced, buttoned-up roles to kick-ass in some of the most violent but awesome choreographed scenes.
Julianne Moore is amazing in this. She won the Oscar for the role and rightly so. Watching the deterioration of the character as Alzheimers disease takes hold of her is more terrifying than any horror movie I watched this year. A truly great drama and close to the best of 2015.
I was hooked from beginning to the end of this movie. Considering the run time I didn’t once flinch or relent from the edge of my seat. Matt Damon demonstrates his talents, almost single-handedly holding the movie together, in a role that is tinged with sadness and drama but never too far away from a great quip, observation or wise-crack which keeps you rooting for the character. The best of the year!
3 of the Worst
There isn’t much to add that hasn’t already been said. A dark, grim take on four colourful, hopeful characters. An origin story with the wonder removed and the best aspect (exploring and using new-found powers) removed for a “One Year Later” title card instead. Hopes of the rights reverting to Marvel seemed to have been lost but we can all still hope!
Like Fantastic Four, I had high hopes for this movie but it just didn’t connect. It seemed lost between a kids movie and the more adult orientated stories which featured in the original comic strip. I wanted so badly to like this which is why it stung so much more when I became bored by the movie.
This little known and little seen film is not worth trying to find. It has an interesting premise, about girls mysteriously fainting at a British boarding school. It doesn’t really explore the obvious areas for the story though and what is left is a confused, dull mess. Don’t bother trying to find this!
Overall, the best of the year clearly outshines the worst. The Martian has catapulted into one of my favourite films of all time. There were many others that came close, like In the Heart of the Sea, Inside Out or even horror movie Unfriended. As always, I would like to know your thoughts so feel free to share below!