2016 was an amazing year for movies of all genres but for sci fi and fantasy movie fans it was over the top amazing!
1.The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) may seem like a children’s movie but this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book is anything but childish. The story starts in London in 1982 when a young orphan is kidnapped by a giant who takes her back with him to Giant Country. The BFG and the young orphan must outwit the other giants (who eat kids) and eventually enlist the help of the Queen to stop them. The BFG is a great family movie but can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
2.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is an epic war movie filled with battles from beginning to end. The daughter of the kidnapped Engineer forced to design the Death Star knows her father holds the key to the destruction of this powerful weapon. With the help of rebel spies she plots to steal the plans for the Death Star so the Rebel Alliance can use them to destroy the ship. This entire movie is action packed with amazing special effects and the end provides a shocking, unexpected twist that will blow your mind! A great movie for the Star Wars enthusiasts, young and old alike.
3.Deadpool is living the good life as a mercenary and in love with a beautiful woman when he gets the devastating news that he has cancer. Approached by a stranger who offers a questionable treatment, figuring he has nothing to lose he sneaks away in the night. After what can only be described as extreme torture, his body mutates and can now heal itself. But all good things come with a price and he is left horribly disfigured which sets him on a path of revenge. Regardless of the dark side of this story (and R rating) it still carries a heartwarming message of acceptance, team work and love.
4.If you like psychological thrillers with a sci fi bent, then 10 Cloverfield Lane is a must watch. The story focuses on a woman, whom after a car accident, wakes up in a bunker with two men who try to convince her that aliens have attacked and the outside world is toxic. The mind games and plot twists make this an edge of your seat movie, wondering what is really going on! An excellent movie but don’t expect it to be anything like Cloverfield.
5.Probably one of the most visually stunning movies of 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to the Harry Potter Series. Set seventy years before Harry Potter, an English Wizard, with his briefcase full of magical creatures, stops in New York during a trip around the world. While in New York his briefcase is mistakenly taken by a new friend and his collection of creatures released in the city! With the help of some detectives on the NYC police force a wild search ensues. Although based in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, this movie is geared to a more adult audience with darker themes and the element of danger and suspense.