My Best Picture Rankings
And a two sentence review of each.
- •SpotlightUnderstated and straightforward, but emotionally gripping all the same. Not a single weak link in the fantastic ensemble cast. (Also RUFFALOOOOO)
- •RoomFascinating and empathetic without being preachy. Why wasn't Jacob Tremblay nominated?
- •The MartianPeak Matt Damon. The second time I saw it was on the iPad of the person sitting next to me on an airplane (he caught me peeking more than once) and I was still enthralled. And I would be remiss not to mention that Jessica Chastain is a marvel and a goddess.
- •The Big ShortEntertaining handling of really technical subject matter. It got a little campy though, and I don't feel particularly compelled to see it a second time.
- •Mad Max: Fury RoadNot really my type of movie, but way more fun than I anticipated. Obviously impressive visually, but not all that substantive plot-wise.
- •The RevenantBreathtaking cinematography, lighting, and editing, but completely devoid of any reason to emotionally invest. Also they probably could have cut out at least 20 minutes of Leo grunting face first in the snow.
- •Bridge of SpiesCompletely generic Spielberg war-time drama; it felt like he and Hanks just mailed it in. I wasn't surprised or moved at any point. Not entirely sure why this was nominated, beyond the Academy blindly stamping anything with Spielberg or Hanks name on it.
- •BrooklynI didn't see this one...sorry Saoirse Ronan.