2016 Readers’ Film of the Year: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Words by Sam Robinson

Easily the most anticipated film release of this decade, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had fans young and old frothing to see what Disney would do with a story that had lay dormant for 32 years. It did big business at the box office, becoming the highest grossing film at the US domestic box office of all time, and the third worldwide. But even better than financial success, it was simply a really good movie (read our 4.5 star review here).

Some criticised director J.J. Abrams of making a story very close to A New Hope (1977), but after tallying hundreds of votes from all around the world, you have spoken, and have voted Star Wars: The Force Awakens your favourite film of 2016 – in fact more than half of you included this film in your five votes. And yes, it was technically released in December 2015, but voting covered films from December-November. We will see if this becomes an annual trend as Disney drop a new Star Wars release each December.

See below the list of your ten favourite movies of 2016, along with what you said about why you loved these films so much.

Reel Gospel Readers’ Top Ten Films of 2016*

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It felt like a Star Wars movie.

It’s a modern Star Wars movie that does justice to the originals. Great new characters, clever cinematography and an exciting new Star Wars history awaits… just who is Rey?

Its sense of grandeur and mystery were particularly impactful.

Nostalgia met something new.

It was fantastically made movie, without being too predictable or lame. It was thoroughly entertaining and established good anticipation for the next film.

It was a great return to a classic film franchise done right. I loved the new characters and it just felt like a great classic Star Wars movie.

Huge, unattainable hype, but it delivered.

I enjoyed Kylo Ren and Rey and think they have great potential for character development.

2. Zootopia

Zootopia was probably my favourite. Judy and Nick were really well-developed characters and the movie left me feeling like I wanted to follow more of their friendship (hello sequel…).

It was clever, funny and enjoyable.

Disney found an incredible way to communicate to people about civil rights issues while still making it enjoyable to watch.

3. Captain America: Civil War

It gave an interesting paradox of perspective in the definition of a “hero.”

Ant-Man going big. Spider-Man swinging in. A comic fan’s dream!

4. The Revenant

The cycles of death and rebirth, scored by Ryuichi Sakamoto is all of life.

No other movie like it. Cinematography was great.

5. Finding Dory

Because it’s a colourful, funny cartoon!

6. Deadpool

Deadpool was one of the funniest movies in a long time and very cool/stylish. Excited to see if Deadpool 2 can live up to the hype of the first one!

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Reopening the Harry Potter universe has been the best idea since opening it in the first place.

8. Doctor Strange

I love a new superhero, Benedict Cumberbatch is an awesome actor and there were heaps of gospel themes.

9. Hacksaw Ridge

I loved its portrayal of conviction.

10. 10 Cloverfield Lane

It was so suspenseful and the actors all played their roles incredibly.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to Disney for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the 2016 Reel Gospel Readers’ Film of the Year. Tomorrow we will announce what you voted as your favourite album of 2016.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available now on home media. Click here to read our review. Keep an eye out in the coming days as we reveal what you voted as your favourite album of 2016; and then we will reveal our team’s picks, as we announce the Reel Gospel Film and Album of the Year.

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*Only films released in Australia between December 1st 2015 to November 30th 2016, and were reviewed and featured on Reel Gospel via review were eligible for votes in the 2016 Reel Gospel Readers’ Poll.

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