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The Top Five Movies of 2015


Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Daniel Cohen

As I write this, I’m sure Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken another box office record. Earlier this week it did the inevitable and broke Avatar’s  domestic record of just over $760 Million.  I have a problem with this because the film deserves more.  After seeing this masterpiece a second time, it solidifies how much I adore this movie.  In an age where nitpicking and focusing on the negative are at the forefront for hyped up franchise films, Star Wars feels more immune to this than others.  Sure, people are whining about this and that, but the universal praise for The Force Awakens is truly astounding, especially in this day in age.  I know all too well that Episode VIII will be bashed apart and labeled a step back in the franchise due to unrealistic expectations, but for now I’m just going to enjoy this moment.

Aside from all the records and hoopla, Star Wars is the best movie of the year based on pure nuts and bolts movie reasons.  When I evaluate any film it’s always characters who are most important.  You could excel in every area of filmmaking, but if the characters are lackluster the rest doesn’t matter.  If you ask ten people who their favorite character was from The Force Awakens, you might get ten different answers.  That’s all you need to know.  The old guard remained timeless, and the new additions became timeless.  How many people will be dressed as Rey, Kylo Ren and BB-8 next Halloween.  Hundreds.  Thousands.  But again, it’s not even about that.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great movie because it’s a great movie.  Mad Max: Fury RoadSpotlightRoomCarolThe Revenant.  These are all fantastic movies to be sure, and all worthy of winning a Best Picture Oscar, but 100 years from now they will be footnotes.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens – that’s timeless.

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