I think this is the first year I've truly loved every Oscar nominee for best picture. There is nothing on this list that doesn't belong here. And besides Bridge of Spies, I saw the movies as they were released because I was excited to see them, not after word of their nominations, which is what I end up doing most years. I'm also glad to see movies like Joy, Carol and The Danish Girl didn't make the cut. While I liked those movies just fine, I didn't love them. Anyway, here are my reviews.
The Big Short I was curious about this movie based on the content and cast, but don't think I had high hopes. I was blown away by how funny and entertaining it was! It's a boring, yet infuriating topic and more people need to be aware of this part of recent history since it's happening all over again. The entire cast was awesome, but especially Christian Bale and Steve Carell.
Bridge of Spies This movie was in and out of the theaters so fast, I didn't get a chance to see it. I'm so glad I rented it. It's really, really good. It's a pretty remarkable story that I knew nothing about. The cast was great, the pace was a little slow, but compelling, and I was impressed with the writing by the Coen brothers.
Brooklyn I didn't know anything about the novel of the same name, but knew I wanted to see the film version as soon as I saw the trailer. It was calm and quiet (in a good way), and beautiful, engaging and emotional. Saorise Ronan was perfection and Emory Cohen was so incredibly swoon worthy! It made my heart happy.
Mad Max: Fury Road I had never seen one minute of a Mad Max movie and only knew that I loved Tina Turner's We Don't Need Another Hero. But again, as soon as I saw the trailer, I couldn't wait to see this blockbuster. It was non-stop and I had high blood pressure the entire time. Though it's a violent action movie, it was so beautifully done and I loved every intense second of it.
The Martian For me, this was a case of really liking the book, but loving the movie even more. It was funny and fascinating and so visually appealing. Matt Damon carried the movie, but I still enjoyed the supporting cast. It was a solid two hours of good entertainment.
The Revenant I was so cold and stressed while watching this! My friend called it a three-hour panic attack and I couldn't agree more. But it was gorgeous and so well acted. Leo was perfect, Tom Hardy surprised me, and although his part was small Domhnall Gleeson was pretty great too! (He was also adorable in Brooklyn. I love him more with every movie he does.)
Room This movie made the least amount of money, but might be my favorite of the year. I wasn't that into the book, but had to see this because of Brie Larson, whom I've loved for years and years. I'm so glad she's finally getting all the praise and recognition she deserves. I felt detached from the book (because of the narration), but was INVOLVED in this movie. It was heartbreaking, uplifting, funny, complex, disturbing, compelling. Just so emotional. Tremblay and Larson for the win!
Spotlight Sadly, I wasn't aware of how massive this story was. I was in college, I'm not Catholic, and I live no where near Boston, so I remember learning about it and moving on. This movie was such a great breakdown of the investigation. I was totally engrossed, I loved the cast, and really appreciated how the story was told without any disgusting details.