Best Movies of 2016: Eye In The Sky, Moana and more

The following are my snippets from Culture Fly‘s list of 2016’s best movies

Midnight Special

The boy is a very special boy in the middle of a special movie //©WarnerBrothers //source: Culture Fly

Midnight Special should be the blueprint for future throwback movies. Jeff Nichols keeps his voice as he homages Spielberg, Carpenter and Stephen King. Unlike TV series Stranger Things, the film isn’t restricted by its influences. It’s unexpected, economic and funny. The dialogue is sparse and the story is told through visuals. Stylish flourishes only come when the story demands it. A car chase puts character first. Michael Shannon gives another great performance, whilst Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Kristen Dunst match him. But, really, this is a directorial masterclass. With Midnight Special and Loving, 2016 has been a great year for Nichols. – Henry Bevan

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The progressive messages and real-world parables make Fantastic Beasts one of 2016’s best films //©WarnerBrothers //source: Culture Fly

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may not be one of the best films of 2016. There are multiple reasons to have beef. But, it is one of the best blockbusters of 2016 and that is why it deserves a place on this list. It is one of the best for everything it doesn’t do. It doesn’t have the hero kiss the girl (yet). It doesn’t have the hero be respected. It doesn’t have a hero who is 220lb and born great. Newt (Eddie Redmayne) stumbles across heroism because it’s the decent thing to do, not because it’s his destiny. The protagonists are outsiders, overlooked by society because they’re odd or a muggle. As Telegraph critic Robbie Collin said, it’s “a political manifesto” disguised as a blockbuster. There are so many messages crammed into the film that it stays with you after you watch it. – Henry Bevan


Zootropolis started a strong year for Disney //©Disney //source: Culture Fly

Never before has a cartoon about a bunny and fox talked to us about xenophobia, sexism and tokenism whilst delivering a top-notch noir drama, Disney-approved whimsy and social satire. Zootropolis, the 54th Disney movie, is an outlier when it comes to the canon. It keeps the relationship between the two main characters platonic, it forgoes songs (although Shakira’s ‘Try Everything’ is a belter) and is a reflection of today’s world. It’s a political film that is progressive in its politics and its characters. The animation and world building are obviously excellent, with the film using its unique world to create visual ingenuity. For a company often accused of conservatism, Zootropolis shows that Disney should be progressive more often. – Henry Bevan


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