Seeing as everybody’s favorite 44th president of the United States Barack Obama’s presidency is coming to an end it is time to reflect on all the great things that have happened since 2009. More specifically the 10 best movies that have happened since 2009.
10: 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street
They are two separate movies but seeing as they have the same plot and are equally hilarious it is too hard to pick a favorite. The cast is fantastic including Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Nick Offerman, Ice Cube, Dave Franco, and Rob Riggle. For the sequel they brought back the majority of the cast. Easily the best comedy movies to come out since Anchorman and it also has some pretty good action scenes. Of course both movies are rated R so they are not recommended for all audiences.
Best scene: The final fight scene in the second movie is amazing. Great action, great comedy, and some drama. Also the final attempt to stop the villain by Hill’s Schmidt is amazing.
9: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2
When it comes to Harry Potter 2009’s The Half Blood Prince might have been slightly better this served as a great send off to one of the most loved book and movie series ever. Sure it took eight movies to get here but seeing the final battle and how true to the book they were it is impossible to leave any fan dry eyed from at least nostalgia if not a certain heart wrenching scene that while book fans knew was coming was equally as sad.
Best Scene: It has to be the aforementioned heart wrenching moment that is Snape’s death only to be followed by the beautiful montage that is Snape’s memories. There is too much perfect about this scene to explain it all but it is perfect in every possible way.
8: Captain America: Civil War
With all of 2016’s hype mostly directed at the long awaited Batman Vs Superman; Dawn of Justice Civil War went a little under the radar. But boy, did it deliver. It brought perhaps the best Spiderman we have seen yet and a great new character in Black Panther. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr both deliver great performances as the leads and all the supporting cast members do equally as amazing. The film has a great plot based off a beloved comic form the early 2000s and there is no doubt that it did better than Batman Vs Superman.Marvel’s ability to perfectly time comedic moments will never get old and there is also some extremely dramatic scenes that will leave some wondering how the MCU will continue.
Best Scene: Airport Fight. You have to see this one to understand how great it is. It left fanboys crying from excitement and general audiences doing the exact same thing(but toned down a little).
This movie introduced us to two of Disney’s most loveable characters Dug and Russell and gave us beautiful Pixar animation that no one can surpass. While some think this movie is too sad for kids, Pixar doesn’t direct their movies just for kids. These films are directed for all audiences. There is a reason they have won multiple Oscars and have two minute short films that might make one cry when watching it. Up is a great tale of adventure and besides the first 10 minutes it is a very fun happy and uplifting movie that will put a smile on anyone’s face.
Best Scene: Now we talk about the first 10 minutes. The first ten minutes of Up is the saddest moment that Disney has given audiences since the death of Mufasa in The Lion King. This opening scene show protagonists Carl and his wife Ellie’s story of how they fell in love until she tragically passed away. It created one of the best love stories ever in the first ten minutes of a kid’s movie.
Unlike Up, this is a kids movie but the great thing about that is it brought out the kid in everyone who watched it. Arguably the best Disney animation movie since The Lion King and some pretty good music besides some songs being unoriginal and Let it Go being extremely overplayed. The characters are extremely likeable with none more so than Olaf the snowman who captured the hearts of audiences even if they didn’t like the movie itself. Elsa and Anna are very likeable protagonists and the villain is pretty unlikeable once you find out who they are.
Best Scene: While the let it Go scene is good the best is Olaf singing the song Summer. It is funny, has a catchy, song, introduces the audience to Olaf in the best possible way.
2015 really has three truly great films. Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Of course there are other really good movies of 2015 but these are the three that will be the most remembered. Spotlight got eh spot over one of the others because not only genre variety but also no other movie ever has captured the art of journalism as well as Spotlight did. First of the cast is fantastic with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci,and Liev Schreiber. Of course Ruffalo steals with show with a truly great performance. This movie might seem boring from the outside but if one were to give it a chance they would find it is very compelling film with building tension throughout that leads to a very satisfying conclusion.
Best Scene: While very short there is a scene where Ruffalo’s Michael Rezendes absolutely loses it at Keaton’s Robby and while it shouldn’t be so great it is. Ruffalo doesn’t even get this heated when he is turning into the Hulk in the Avenger movies.
Fun fact: Avatar didn’t even have to be good to make this list. Its visual effects are so groundbreaking and amazing that those will get it on this list alone. However saying it’s the fith best movie means it was also really great. Perhaps best about his one is it didn’t have the power house cast all the other films do but their performances are still great. Most interesting about this one is that James Cameron had actually been sitting on this idea since the late 90s because he needed the technology to catch up to his crazy idea. Arguably the most visually pleasing movie ever and don’t let that distract you from the great plot and the deeper meaning that is governments taking over land inhabited by other creatures for the benefit of themselves helps to make this one of the best films since 09.
Best Scene: The final fight scene is beautiful, sad, action packed, dramatic, and just manages to do everything right.
3:Mad Max: Fury Road
This one is great for so many reasons. First of all the practical effects chosen over special effects is one of the things that make it so great, also great action, great performances throughout, and a really good plot. Tom Hardy takes up the mantle as the title character and while saying very few words throughout the movie he speaks with his actions. While many couldn’t wait to see Tom Hardy as Max it surprised many to see the new character Furiosa played by Charlize Theron steal the show. Some people say she is one of the best female leads in any action movie ever, however the truth is she is one of the best leads in any action movie ever. The film is based around the simple plot that is Furiosa and Max are trying to escape the capture of the villain Immortus Joe and it gives perhaps the greatest car chase in movie history.
Best Scene: With this one just choose your favorite. Seeing as this one is a two hour car chase there is no breaks from the great action.
2: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Wow! Just wow! This film gave audiences everything they could have asked for. A great villain, a great new cast of characters helped by the cast from the originals, comedy, great action, and a great cliffhanger. Daisy Ridley’s Ry follows in the footsteps of Charlize Theron to be a great new female lead in a movie series formerly carried by male leads. The villain Kylo Ren played by Adam Driver is perfect with his bursts of anger, really dangerous looking lightsaber, and a cool new outfit. The plot for this one revolves around finding good ol’ Luke Skywalker but off course like any other movie this one doesn’t come with some danger involving the bad guys.
Best Scene: It has to be the lightsaber fight at the end between protagonist Rey and antagonist Kylo Ren. It has joined the ranks of one of the great lightsaber fights in Star Wars history just a year after its release.
After its 2010 release Inception is already regarded as one of the best movies ever. The outstanding cast, mind bending plot, great action, and outstanding visuals all help to make this one fantastic. One of many films that should have gotten Leonardo Dicaprio an Oscar and it also gave us one of Tom Hardy’s best performance as perhaps the best character Eames. The plot is so confusing on first watch that it might take one two to three watches to understand this film but the second one does get it they will realize how amazing it is.
Best Scene: It has got to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur fighting a bunch of bad guys in a spinning hallway. Oe can’t begin to understand how great this one is without getting out and seeing the film but once you do it is amazing.