Another year has come and gone but fortunately I think this year was an improvement from last year because I got to see a lot more movies in theaters. It is now time to share my top 10 favorite movies of 2021. To be honest 10-6 were easy to rank but 5-1 are more like a five-way tie for me. All five are kind of the best movie of the year and each movie can go in any order. I also want to say that this is based on my personal opinion so now lets begin.
West Side Story: Great directing by Steven Spielberg, terrific choreography in both the dancing and fighting, and a outstanding performance from Mike Faist as Riff.
The King’s Man: A fun prequel with good action, excellent performances, and an interesting villain concept with the shepherd.
10. Raya and the Last Dragon:
This is the closest we’ll ever get to a Disney version of Avatar the Last Airbender. It’s refreshing to have a Disney princess movie with action scenes and no songs. I also really enjoyed the world building with each nation being based on a dragon body part.
This is probably the most underrated movie of the year. It’s sort of like John Wick with a more violent and badass Home Alone climax. Bob Odenkirk is terrific as mild-mannered turned badass Hutch Mansell and it was enjoyable to see Cristopher Lloyd who plays Hutch’s father kick ass.
Mirabel is a very likable Disney protagonist and I like that ever though she doesn’t have a power she still cares and want to help her family and home. The more grounded story perfectly balances out with the superpowered family who while flawed are still very likeable.
7. Ghostbusters Afterlife:
Sure, it’s a repeat of the first movie but that emotional ending is what really put this on my list. There are only two other endings in film that have made me cry (Pocahontas and Schindler’s List). If this list were ranked in terms of endings this would be number 1.
6. No Time to Die:
A great swan song from Daniel Craig who will always be my favorite James Bond. It has everything the makes James Bond great like the action, the villain and song. Much like Ghostbusters Afterlife if this were the final film in the whole series than this was an excellent way to end it on.
5. Hilda and the Mountain King:
My list my rules. Everything that I love about the show is all right here, while also being faithful to the graphic novel. The animation is still beautiful. Bella Ramsey and Daisy Haggard are still perfect roles for Hilda and Johanna and the scene where they reunite is touching.
4. Spider Man: No Way Home:
This movie is both the funniest and darkest Spider Man ever. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider Men were amazing and the banter between them and Tom Holland was great. The old villains and their interactions were also fun to watch. This is one of those movies that’s great to watch with a packed theater.
3. The Suicide Squad:
This movie proves that James Gunn is great with both Marvel and DC. The action scenes are violent but fun, the humor is enjoyably dark, and the characters are very likable. An improvement from the 2016 film in every way and the best DC movie since Tim Burton’s Batman (sorry Dark Knight fans).
This has the slice of life feeling of a Studio Ghibli film with character designs similar of Aardman Studios I love the friendship between Luca, Alberto and Giulia and thank God there’s no love triangle. I love the unique character designs, the beautiful animation and the more grounded story compared to other Pixar movies.
1. The Mitchells vs the Machines:
It’s weird to think that this this and Spider-Verse came from the same studio that made the Emoji Movie. The animation and character designs are very unique compared to the other Sony animated movies. The comedy is hilarious and the heartwarming moments are very touching. The Mitchell family have such great dynamics that are both hilarious and touching.
Here’s hoping that 2022 will a great year for movies.
Good list. I was too loved The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. Definitely an “under the radar” gem of 2021.
Hey Bryce! Been really enjoying reading your blogs! I have to completely agree with you on Nobody! This movie went completely unheard of and should’ve got more attention! After seeing your list I am definitely going to check out these animated movies! Can’t wait to meet you, keep up the amazing reviews!!!