GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Directed by James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy is the feel-good movie of the year. James Gunn did a fantastic job at bringing the world and the characters to life, as each set-piece and conversation fires on all cylinders. It’s difficult to articulate just how entertaining the film was: it may be easier to say that the film was made by someone who truly adored the source material he was working from, and made all the right decisions in pulling it off. A film that stands on it’s own with great moments and sections for each character to shine, no matter how big or small. One of the best Marvel films to come out for a long time.

A-

THE LEGO MOVIE

Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller

I couldn’t believe it. The Lego Movie was immensely enjoyable in about every way. The filmmakers completely exceeded all expectations, and gave us a film exploding in energy, intelligence, and most importantly, imagination. Probably the most I’ve laughed in a film this year so far. It’s far from a guilty pleasure, because it’s impossible to feel guilty when watching it. The only feeling that comes is joy.

A-