Good, bad and ugly
This was the year of nostalgia. Beloved classics such as Ghostbusters, Ben-Hur, The Jungle Book and Tarzan were remade (with mixed results) – proving that the more threatening the world around us becomes, the more we hark back to what we think of as the golden past.
On the local front, South Africans proved their thirst for lighter fare with romance movies such as Happiness Is a Four-letter Word doing well at the box office.
Money-wise, Afrikaans movies still pull in the most, with the romance Vir Altyd raking in R14.3 million. Yet it was still gritty violence that topped critics’ lists, with Shepherds and Butchers and Noem My Skollie receiving the most acclaim.
OUR BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief
This local drama was the best movie I saw this year. Anchored by a heart-wrenching autobiographical script by John Fredericks, it tells the story of a young boy who becomes a gangster on the Cape Flats. It’s been chosen as South Africa’s official selection for the 89th annual Academy Awards.
International: Spotlight, Moana, Queen of Katwe Local: Happiness Is a Four-letter Word, Wonder Boy for President, Dora’s Peace
OUR WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR The Revenant
Though Leonardo DiCaprio got an Oscar for it, this overwrought tale of a man who must survive a bear attack in frigid North America became ever more ridiculous as the minutes ticked by. Then again, Ben-Hur also happened to us this year – a film so bad that my colleague said the only redeeming feature was that the actor who plays Jesus was pretty hot.
International: Batman v Superman, Tarzan, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Suicide Squad, Independence Day: Resurgence Local: The Journeymen
Highest-grossing international movies
1. Finding Dory 2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 3. Suicide Squad 4. Central Intelligence 5. Captain America: Civil War
Highest-grossing local movies
1. Vir Altyd 2. Happiness Is a Four-letter Word 3. ’n Paw-Paw Vir My Darling 4. Noem My Skollie: Call Me Thief 5. Dis Koue Kos, Skat
NOEM MY SKOLLIE