It’s the end of the year again, and it’s time to start thinking about the best 2021 movies. There are so many to pick from, which makes this a very challenging task. Here are my picks for the top films of the year, in order of my personal opinion. These are films I saw during my first week of January, and I found them to be among the best of the year. If you want to know what I personally picked as the best of the year, keep reading! You’ll find the best films in this article…
“The Shape of Water” (in armitage) – I don’t usually like movies from Disney, but The Shape of Water is a definite must-see film from Disney if you haven’t seen it yet. Based on the successful Sundance TV show, The Shape of Water follows the character Nic Cage as a member of the US Navy during the height of World War II. As an actor, Matt Damon also had quite a bit of success with his turn as Benjamin Britten in The Informant! This will be another great film to add to your list of movies to-watch in the summer of 2021. You can definitely tell that this movie had its world set to be one of the best of the year.
“A Quiet Place” (Ben Barnes) – A Quiet Place is the latest in the series of suspense thrillers directed by Wes Ball. In this film, Ben Barnes took over the role of David Strathairn, escaped convict who becomes involved in the unraveling of a series of murders committed by two men with dissimilar names. As a villain, Ben Barnes looks like he would benefit from having a suit made specifically for him to wear during the whole film. He even wears a fedora hat in the midst of a storm. As always, Ben Barnes delivers an excellent performance as a villain, and his character simply will not die until the very end.
“The Shape” (Mark Rankin) – A Shape is a character from the upcoming FX Series, titled” Fargo.” This is another fantastic film starring Dan Butler as the title character and also featuring Michael Caine, Jacob Lofland, and Hildegard Petrie. I must say, when Lofland’s character encounters a Shape in the middle of the woods, it is one of the most frightening experiences of his life.
“The Shape” is another fantastic film from UK genre known as “Goblet of Paradise.” As you may not know, this film was originally intended to be a film starring Keanu Reeves as the title character, but scheduling conflicts ultimately forced the director to cast other actors in the role. Among those included in the cast were award-winning actors Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, as well as supermodels Christy Turlington and James King. If you are looking for the best “shape” movie, then this one should definitely be considered.
“Callan Bentley” (Kevin Kline) – Callan Bentley is an alcoholic ex-convict who returns home to take charge of his destiny. He reunites with a girl he had gone through a relationship with in prison, but a dark and mysterious force of corruption surrounds them and forces them to work together against each other. This movie has one of the best acting performances from a major role that I have seen in some time. One thing that really helped make this movie standout was the use of a true story. The film did not attempt to be a homage to other films; instead it told its own story, adding its own unique flair and flavor to the entertainment. The ending was also very surprising and very heartfelt, making it one of the best films of the year.
“The Shape” is another fantastic film starring Dan Butler and directed by Wes Ball. The movie chronicles the rise of a professional basketball player after his mom’s death, only to see him graduate from college and get an incredible eye injury that leaves him with limited ability. He then enrolls in an elite boarding school run by a professor, who teaches him everything about winning the game. While the movie was not as successful at connecting to fans of the basketball genre as it was hoped to be, it was one of the best films of the year, and a definite must-see movie.
Other than the aforementioned films, there were some more forgettable movies to pick. “Personal Surrenders” (Daryl Hannah), “The Boxer” (Cashmere Marauders), “Miles Ahead” (Jacob Lofland), “The Shape” (arel Gabon) – didn’t connect to audiences at all, despite good performances. However, I suppose that this is expected from a Will Smith film. Hopefully we will see more of Will Smith in the future and pick up where he left off with “Miles Ahead.” Another oddball comedy that didn’t do well was “Lucky Number Slevin”, which stars Mike Epps as a lovable but slightly off-kilter lottery dealer. Despite some hilarious comedy sequences, “Lucky Number Slevin” is not a good choice for family-friendly, unless you have a soft spot for numbers.