This past year, thousands of movies were released by a wide range of directors and each with varying degrees of interest. The most popular movies viewed by BSGE students were Deadpool, Moana, The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Rogue One, Finding Dory, and Suicide Squad.
Deadpool, released on February 12, 2016, dealt with a former Special Force operative, Wade Wilson, with the goal of hunting down the man who nearly destroyed his life. It was a rated “R” film but even with this age restriction, it was still widely popular, with many personal opinions. Pamela Baican ‘17 said, “A lot of my friends watched this and I don’t regret it. A lot of actions were involved which I really liked.” Kyle Breen ‘22 said that the movie had “lots of ‘rude humor’ but even though it made me laugh a lot, I wouldn’t recommend it to most people.”
Moana, a fairly new release from November 23, 2016, tells the story of an adventurous teen girl going on a voyage to save her village after a terrible curse was placed upon them. “I watched this movie because my sister wanted too, but I really enjoyed this and I definitely recommend this” Jasson Carabajo ‘20. He recommends this to younger generations so if you have a younger sibling and a couple of hours to kill, take them down to the movie theater and buy tickets for Moana.
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book, released on April 4, 2016, was a great success, it told the story of a boy raised by wolves since birth, Mowgli. When a fearsome tiger threatens Mowgli, he leaves his family and goes into the jungle, guided by a bear and panther. Hanna Cardona ‘22 said that “It was adorable, honestly, they were all kind of in a mutual relationship and showed how animals and humans can get along…this would be a good movie for people of all ages.”
Zootopia, released on March 4, 2016, told the story about a rabbit, Judy Hopps, and her difficult journey in the police academy. It was loved by BSGE. Olivia Wegrowski ‘20 said that the music had a big impact in the overall movie: “the songs used in the movie were upbeat and contrasting to the ones we listen today; it was very colorful.” Students from other grades also loved it, Peter Oda ‘19, said that “even though the movie was made for younger viewers, I enjoyed it very much; it was hilarious and the twist was that [spoiler redacted].” Many students found the movie to be one of the best of the year, such as Arif Elbruz Akyuz ‘20, who found this aparticularly “funny, enjoyable, suspenseful and emotional” movie, and recommended the film to anyone, specifically to those who enjoyed Disney’s many other films.
Rogue One, released on December 16, 2016, is a continuation of the Star Wars series directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter of the Galactic Empire’s super weapon’s designer, Jyn Erso, must go on a quest to retrieve her father’s plans for destroying the weapon. Even though the movie is fairly new, it has won the hearts of many, Ahmed Shekhani ‘21 said that the film was “a very good movie for people who like Star Wars.” Many people including James Lee ‘20 watched the movie due to the “Star Wars hype”. Obviously, this movie would be a nice treat for anyone who was a fan of the sci-fi film saga.
Finding Dory, released on June 17, 2016, was a sequel to Pixar’s famous Finding Nemo movie. It is a cartoon film about a blue fish who loses memory every ten seconds. All she remembers is being separated from her parents at a young age. “I really enjoyed this movie because we got to learn Dory’s background and see baby Dory, and it was one of the few Pixar movies that was actually a good sequel.” said Anuar Bessam ‘21. Excitement were brought up by the news of this sequel and in the end, all the wait was worth it.
Suicide Squad, released on August 1, 2016, was one of the first of its kind, since as Kailey Duran ‘20 explains, “This movie was a twist in reality; instead of the good guys saving the civilians, it’s the villains who are the ‘heroes’ this time.” Other students such as Rodrigo Vazquez ‘19 thought the movie was “especially thrilling, and I enjoyed Will Smith, one of my favorite actors on screen, and the Joker who ‘came back to life’ after supposedly being dead.” Both students would recommend the movie to anyone who liked the Marvel movies and definitely a fun movie.
This year was filled with many films like Suicide Squad, Finding Dory, Rogue One, and Zootopia that were popular in the hands of the students of BSGE and were critically acclaimed and regarded as some of the best movies in 2016. The beloved movies this year only makes us wonder what will happen in the upcoming year.