From ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ in January to ‘Rogue One’ at year end, a lot of movies in 2016 made a lot of money at the box office. Not all of them were actually well liked by the audiences that paid for them, but let’s not dwell on the negatives today. What were your favorite blockbusters of the year?
For the purposes of this poll, I’m defining a “blockbuster” as any movie that grossed over $100 million domestically. Some of these films were brutally panned by both critics and viewers, and may have even lost money relative to their inflated budgets, but we need to assign an arbitrary cut-off point and that will have to do. Which of these movies have you seen? More importantly, which did you enjoy?
I am in desperate need to catch up with most of these movies. I’m embarrassed to say that I even bought a few of them on Blu-ray and have yet to watch them. Of those I have seen, I had a lot of fun with ‘Deadpool’, though I wouldn’t call it one of my favorite movies ever. As a longtime Trekkie, I found ‘Star Trek Beyond’ to be an improvement over its predecessor, 2013’s disappointing ‘Star Trek into Darkness’, but still wish it could have been better.
‘Batman v. Superman’ was one of the most maligned films of the year. I went into it with very low expectations and honestly thought it was fairly OK. However, I’ve only seen the Blu-ray Ultimate Edition, which most people agree is a big improvement over the widely criticized theatrical cut.
I really need to sit down with the latest ‘Captain America’. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet.