2014 is quickly drawing to a close–but before we ring in the New Year, we’ll be reflecting on our favorite media and moments of the year. Today, members of the Fangirlish team are sharing their favorite movie of 2014.
My favorite movie of 2014 was Divergent. Why? Not for the reasons you may think. It was because Divergent is one of the first fandoms I got into after Twilight, so I was really excited. I thought the movie was great, and was happy to see if come to life.
Melissa: Clouds of Sils Maria
Kristen [Stewart] has poured her heart and soul into Clouds of Sils Maria. Her performance was unquestionably captivating, and finally something to give all those doubters a reason to shut their mouths. The Kristen Stewart from Into the Wild is back and ready to blow your mind.
Check out my full review here.
As someone whose favorite shows include The Great Food Truck Race, I was pretty sure I was going to like Chef–the story of a talented but disgraced chef (Jon Favreau, who also wrote and directed the film) who starts up a food truck in order to reclaim his culinary promise and reconnect with his estranged wife and son. But I didn’t just like Chef, I loved it. The smart writing (with on-point use of social media), touching story, and food porn (SO MUCH FOOD PORN), along with fun cameos from Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, made it my favorite film of the year. Check it out on Netflix next month!
Adele: The Maze Runner
I’ve never read the book but the movie was amazing, can’t wait for the second.
Katie C.: If I Stay
All of the book-to-movie adaptations that were released this year were absolutely amazing, and there were a lot of other awesome movies released as well. I think my favorite of all of them was If I Stay because it just captured the book so perfectly and gave me all of the feels.
Katie M.: Winter’s Tale
Winter’s Tale with Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, and Jennifer Connelly. It was written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, who wrote for movies such as The Da Vinci Code, Practical Magic, and Insurgent. It’s a romantic fantasy set in an AU New York where Farrell’s character, Peter Lake, falls in love with Findlay’s character, Beverly Penn, who is dying from consumption. Crowe’s Pearly Soames tries to stop it. It’s a classic story about Angels vs Demons, good vs evil, the power of love, and what happens to us after we die. At first, watching this movie, I was kind of “eh” about it. But I watched it again recently, and it is actually a captivating tale. It makes you think and your heart swoon.
So, so good.
Beth: Into the Woods (Prospective Pick)
Typing this blurb up requires a huge leap of faith on my end, because for now, 2014 has not yielded my favorite film. Oh I have high hopes for an upcoming Christmas release but I have not seen it yet! However, ever since Stephen Sondheim announced that Into the Woods would make the leap from theater stage to movie screen, my inner Broadway fangirl has been excited. And the trailers have only amped up my excitement. If Into the Woods doesn’t deliver then I suppose 2015 will be my year what with Cinderella and Pitch Perfect 2 arriving in the Spring.
Liz: If I Stay & Let’s Be Cops
It’s a tie between If I Stay and Let’s Be Cops. I know, two VERY different films, but ridiculous in their own ways. If I Stay is ridiculously feels-worthy and Let’s Be Cops is ridiculously hilarious.
Did your favorite make our list? Let us know in the comments section and stay tuned for more of our 2014 Favorites!