Was 2014 a good year for the movies? Did they live up to the hype in 2014? Was Hollywood breaking its own records in 2014? This article from Vine Vera reviews the year 2014 through the movies. Yes, the year might have been great for someone like Scarlett Johansson, but there is actually a lot more to discuss about. You might feel that there was an air of disappointment due to the absence of movies that made the world freak out or due to the lack of smash hits, but read through this article from Vine Vera before you make a decision.
Vine Vera discovered that the disappointment that the absence of critical hits led to turned out to be quite beneficial, because it forced the world to delve deeper and browse through a vast array of movies to find titles that are worth watching. And in this sense, 2014 really did offer a rich and varied collection of movies that offered viewers with some unexpected joy.
For one, the Cannes Festival showcased Force Majeure, an enthralling Swedish comedy, as well as Leviathan, a satire on Russian economics and politics. Both these movies really stood out and perfectly defined what the year 2014 was all about. A number of films like Eden, 99 Homes and A Little Chaos that were showcased in the Toronto Film Festival won’t come out till next year, but the Toronto Film Festival still managed to offer some really exciting titles in the form of Top Five, Wild and Nightcrawler.
The year 2014 was exceptional for British filmmakers with entries like Theory and The Imitation Game. The former focused on the life of Stephen Hawking while the latter focussed on WWII hero, Alan Turing. Theory was beautifully enacted and The Imitation Game achieved almost everything except cracking Turing’s inner life. Another movie worth mentioning about is Mr. Turner. It might not be in the same category as the other two, but it still proved to be a worthy addition to the Brit movie genre. All in all, an ideal year to be an Englishman!
When it comes to the top movies of the year 2014; Love Is Strange, Ira Sachs’ story about a couple in NYC that breaks your heart and mends it again, and Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s beautiful project that is the frontrunner to win the Best Picture at the Oscars, are sure to entertain and excite you like no other. There are a few other narratives like Birdman and A Most Violent Year, but these titles probably fade out in comparison to Boyhood.
2014 was also the year when artists preferred to turn inwards to examine their careers and deliver mixed results. John Favreau’s Chef, a lively comedy that features Favreau playing the role of a chef who leaves a successful restaurant to start his own food truck might have been quite successful, but movies like Begin Again, a trifle about musicians, rode their luck to success when they really shouldn’t have done as well as they did. On the other hand, movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Immigrant took viewers back into the old days, but neither managed to grab viewers the way they hoped to.
The year 2014 wasn’t kind on the blockbusters either. Transformers: Age of Extinction and Guardians of the Galaxy failed to live up to their pre-launch hype and X-Men: Days of the Future Past was so grim that it almost put the entire franchise into oblivion.
Another genre that the audience has simply had too much of is stories about a ruined future. Movies like The Maze Runner, Hunger Games, The Giver and Divergent have simply repeated the same theme to the extent that movie makers wouldn’t dare to venture back to this genre in the year 2015.
One genre where mainstream cinema really suffered in the year 2014 was comedy. Movies like The Other Woman, Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape and Horrible Bosses 2 stink all the way to the top, and while some managed to entertain in bits and pieces, neither dared to venture all the way. And that turned up to be a major disappointment. Thank god for those unintentional comedies then, movies like Hercules and Winter’s Tale that actually made the audience squeal with laughter.
For all those of you still wanting to enjoy some robust successes from 2014, Vine Vera would advise you to watch Selma or Ida. Selma is an absolute must-watch and it is one of the most well-made and engaging movies of 2014. On the other hand, Ida is a black and white Polish creation that features a Jewish nun investigating the death of her family in Communist Poland. Both these movies are really beautiful, and you really must see them if you still haven’t had the chance to.