2016 was full of films — some good, some less so, and some don’t bear thinking about. With that in mind, here are my Screen Critic Awards, featuring the best and worst that cinema had to offer in a year that we’ll never forget.
Best Action/Adventure Film Of The Year
‘Deepwater Horizon’ (2016, 12A)
A disaster film?! In first place?! Unlike most disaster films, however, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is based on a true story — and with that comes true feelings, conjured up by the visually stunning scenes of the doomed oil rig, Deepwater Horizon.
Worst Action/Adventure Film Of The Year
The Magnificent Seven (2016, 12A)
I didn’t know what to expect with ‘The Magnificent Seven’, but all I know is that I expected more than I got. I was bored most of the way through and uninterested in the plot. Maybe big Western fans would’ve liked it more than me, but I personally could only give it five-out-of-ten.
Best Children’s/Animated Film Of The Year
‘Moana’ (2016, PG)
Out of the few animated films that came out this year, ‘Moana’ was definitely stand out. The new characters and excellent performances — especially Dwayne Johnson’s as Maui — from all the cast put this film at number one for Children’s/Animated.
Worst Children’s/Animated Film Of The Year
‘The Angry Birds Movie’ (2016, 12A)
Everything about this film was terrible. It was based on a game (which is always a bad sign), the plot was non-existent, it wasn’t funny (the only joke is me because I went to watch it), it was cringeworthy, and it’s something I’d quite like to forget ever watching.
Best Comedy/Family Film Of The Year
‘Eddie The Eagle’ (2016, PG)
I remember when I watched this film, back at the start of 2016, ‘this is really quite funny’, a statement I can’t say about most comedies. However, the charismatic, underdog plot in ‘Eddie The Eagle’ along with the truly hilarious laughs make this Comedy/Family film of the year for me.
Honourable Mention: ‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ (2016, 15)
This film based on Ricky Gervais’ famous character from the sitcom ‘The Office’ really was a cracker, with some truly funny quips and moments. It doesn’t quite take the top spot, but this film is a definite see for anyone looking for a laugh.
Worst Comedy/Family Film Of The Year
‘Hail, Caesar!’ (2016, 12A)
Unfortunately, I failed to grasp most of the comedy in ‘Hail, Caesar!’ and it left me feeling really quite disappointed. For such a brilliant cast, I felt the plot was lacking, as were most of the gags.
Best Drama/Thriller Film Of The Year
‘Eye In The Sky’ (2016, 15)
‘Eye In The Sky’ is packed full of tension and suspense as it tells the story of a drone pilot and his commanding officers as they find themselves questioning whether to strike a group of terrorists and risk the lives of civilians or not. It’s fantastic, really making you question your own morals and ideas, as well as leaving you satisfied from watching a brilliant movie.
Worst Drama/Thriller Film Of The Year
‘Jason Bourne’ (2016, 12A)
After the success of the previous ‘Bourne’ films, I was really expecting more from the latest instalment in the series, but I felt it was lacking something that the previous films had. That’s why it gets only gets seven-out-of-ten — a high score for a ‘worst’ film, but it was a good year for dramas and thrillers and ‘Jason Bourne’ didn’t quite make it.
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Of The Year
‘Arrival’ (2016, 12A)
Sci-Fi is my favourite genre of them all, and ‘Arrival’ really shows why. It’s complex, visually stunning and makes you really think, something I enjoy. Overall it’s a ten-out-of-ten and is also my favourite film of the year.
Honourable Mentions: ‘Midnight Special’ and ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’
Both of these films were very enjoyable as they both had brilliant, gripping plots with tense action scenes. While ‘Midnight Special’ is full of suspense and makes you think, ‘Rouge One’ is full of incredible action sequences and space dogfights.
Worst Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Of The Year
‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ (2016, 12A)
For me, ‘Miss Peregrine’ wasn’t as exciting as I hoped it would be and I felt that the villain in the film was quite weak. For that, it’s got my ‘worst Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film’ award.
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