Guardians Of The Galaxy
Marvel’s superhero epic came as a delight for comic book fans, securing its place in the top 5 grossing films of the year in the UK. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), originally from Earth, steals an orb from another part of the galaxy, making him the target of Ronan The Accuser’s manhunt. This forces him to collaborate with a gang of space pirates, dubbing themselves The Guardians Of The Galaxy, in order to thwart Ronan The Accuser’s attempts to take control of the universe. Oozing energy and humour, this film is a perfect way to introduce some of Marvel’s lesser known characters.
Set in the not-too-distant future, Earth is a near desolate wasteland where humanity faces extinction. A rip in the space-time continuum gives a group of explorers the unexpected opportunity to search for a home planet on which to continue the human race. On their ship, The Endurance, they voyage into the unknown. Emotions run high as the ship’s pilot, Cooper, must face the near impossible decision of risking never seeing his children again or attempting to save the human race.
The Fault In Our Stars
One of the most highly anticipated films of 2014 came in the form of this adaptation of John Green’s tear-jerking novel. Two teenagers meet at a cancer support group and soon bond over their love for literature and share a witty sense of humour. Despite the difficulties they are both facing in their lives, the two fall in love and become constant companions. Beautiful yet tragic, this bittersweet tale of two teenagers may sometimes make you feel as though you’re being told when to cry, but despite that, there’s no way you can watch dry-eyed.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
The third and final instalment of The Hobbit series was a long wait for Tolkien fans. War is looming for the inhabitants of Laketown and Orcs, Men, Elves and Dwarves must prepare. The film brings an epic conclusion to the feats of Bilbo, Thorin and the Company Of Dwarves, seeing them reclaim their homeland, test their friendship and sacrifice their honour. The Dwarves, Elves, Men and Orcs must decide to either unite or be defeated.
Featuring many famous faces and a plot twist that no one would expect, unless of course you’d read the novel, Gone Girl stands out for many as a highlight of 2014’s film offerings. Rosamund Pike portrays Amy Dunne with chilling brilliance and we see Neil Patrick Harris shine in a non-comedy role. With a completely gripping storyline and superb casting, this film deservedly earned its place in the top 10 grossing films in the UK.
The Inbetweeners 2
Following the success of the first Inbetweeners movie, the four return to the big screen as they embark on a trip to Australia. The film is generally what fans of the TV series would expect; Jay’s lies, toe-curling embarrassing moments and jokes about Will’s mum. Despite being slightly predictable in that sense, the film is just as hilarious as you’d hope and provides a laid back laugh even if you’ve never seen the series.
The Imitation Game
Set in 1952, this film depicts the life of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), dubbed the pioneer of modern-day computing. Turing’s brilliance and intelligence is perfectly captured and portrayed by Cumberbatch, and it is his astounding performance that has both himself and the film predicted to scoop Oscars for “Best Actor” and “Best Film”. Riveting and compelling, The Imitation Game would be well deserving of an Oscar win.
Although it’s unlikely that many have even see this film, one that is shrouded in as much controversy as this must fit into the list somewhere. After initially being condemned by representatives of the North Korean regime, Sony announced the film would not be released. However, possibly spurred by President Barack Obama’s reprimand, The Interview was made available to stream from Google Play and other online sources; it has since become the most downloaded movie ever. It’s up to viewers to decide if the film was worth the hype and if, as many suspect, the whole debacle was a publicity stunt.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
The third and penultimate film in The Hunger Games series sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) become the ‘mockingjay’; a symbol of the rebellion she has sparked against The Capitol. Packed with stellar performances and underlying political connotations, the film lives up to expectations of Hunger Games fans, making the final instalment all the more anticipated.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
The sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sees a burgeoning number of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar threatened by the human survivors of a deadly virus. The two sides engage in a war that will ultimately determine which will prevail as Earth’s superior species. The film has received critical acclaim and has been praised for its digital imagery and the way in which Caesar is portrayed as nearly human in his emotions.