2014 was a great year for Cinema and the level of competition was at a high. It was a year where in which most of the great films had a darker and heavier tone than usual. Films such as Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Gone Girl and Fox Catcher had grabbed all the buzz.
There were however a number of great comedies films that flew under many audiences’ radars. From dark comedies like Innaritu’s ‘Birdman’, to entertainment flicks like ‘Neighbors’. From ‘Artsy Visuals’ like Grand Budapest Hotel’ to worthy sequels like 22 Jump Street, 2014 had it all. Today in the list we will be looking at the top comedy films of 2014.
8. Neighbors (2014)
For me, Neighbors came in as a pleasant surprise. Everything about the film is a disaster waiting to happen and yet the film manages to get away with it, and make you enjoy at the same time. Starring Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, the humor is very evenly spread between its well-matched stars.
Byrne steals the show here despite very entertaining performances from both Efron and Rogen. She is able to showcase her great comedic chops which still mantaining to hold together her conflicted character. It is when things quickly escalate that the comedy hits its stride and rarely relents.
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7. 22 Jump Street (2014)
Boasting even more of the bro-mantic chemistry between its stars– and even more of the goofy, good-natured humour, 22 Jump Street is the rare sequel that lives up to its original. While it features a lot of vulgar, slapstick humour, it is not exactly brain dead and stupid.
22 Jump street is a film fully aware of what it wants to be and that is its greatest strength. The fact that it does not take itself too seriously, makes it more laughable and funny. The end credits of the film is one of the best you will ever see.
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6. Chef (2014)
Chef is a beautiful father and son story that shines due to the charming cast and sharp, funny script. Directed and Acted by Jon Favreau himself, Chef also stars others that include Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson.
Chef is far from groundbreaking or even original, but it is a lighthearted film that will entertain you and maybe even teach you a few things.
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5. Dear White People (2014)
Dear White People is a clever, loving, angry satirical film with a unique, multi-faceted exploration of race. It is a brilliant piece of writing from a very thoughtful and humorous director. The film manages to be smart and provocative without being too rude and pretentious.
Dear White People is a film that will make you start conversations because it delivers its message with common sense and wisdom.
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4. Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy is a hilarious, thrilling, full of heart, visual splendour film that ranks among Marvel’s best. At least in my opinion. The films starring/voicing cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista.
Perfectly balancing its satirical humour with its fast moving action, Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun watch thats made even better by its timeless classic soundtracks.
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3. The Interview(2014)
From start to finish, The Interview is simply a joy to watch. It is stupid at times but the boldness and the sheer desperation to force a giggle becomes admirable as the movie finishes.
As a spoof on popular culture and politics, Seth Rogen and James Franco topple communism with comic truth bombs.
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2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Wes Anderson manages to out-do himself in this beautiful comedy which will make you smile with its wittiness and leave your mouths open with its jaw dropping brilliance. Starring an all-star cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Saiorse Ronan and Edward Norton.
One of the most stylish films you will ever see, but there is nothing lacking in the substance department as well. From the vast gripping story, to the colourful productions, to the perfectly symmetrical cinematography, to the adorable characters and performances. Oh! And the score of the film is a delight too. What more can i say, Grand Budapest Hotel is a masterpiece.
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1. Birdman (2014)
Birdman is a strange dark comedy film compared to the rest of the films on the list. Many may even see it as a dark drama, but it remains on the list due to its tragic comic characters, and well it is funny as hell. The film stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zack Galifianakis.
Another masterpiece from 2014, Birdman is a unique, ambitious piece of cinema that covers an extremely layered story in a brilliant technical showcase. Every performance in the film is a home run. It is a film that demands multiple viewings, not only because of its beautiful characters but to allow one to delve into the multi layered story and discover more.
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