2019 in films

Although half of my year was spent travelling around the world there was still plenty of time to fit in some movies, be it on the beach or in the air! Below are some of my favourites and ones that I’ve added to my list for the new year.

Booksmart

What Ladybird was in 2017, Booksmart is in 2019. Another film I wish I was a teenager again to watch through those eyes. A wonderful coming of age story of two best friends who have played by the rules all through school and finally decided to let loose. Trying to fit 4 years of fun into one of the last nights of school leads to drama and heartbreak all blended with the pressure to fit in. What this film teaches about female friendship and the highs and lows of teenage life is literally spot on. Olivia Wilde has hit the nail on the head with this film and the acting is utterly superb.

Yesterday

A genius idea pulled together by incredible acting and brilliant production this was definitely one of my favourite films of the year. Although I had to watch it on a tiny airplane screen it still came across as an uplifting and emotional film. Waking up after a bike accident, the main character Jack realised he is the only one in the world who knows who the Beatles are, among other things. This leads him down the difficult decision; to let the world forget them or to pawn the songs of as his own so that the world can hear the beauty of what was one of the greatest groups of all time. Faced with trying to remember every Beatles song we watch him rise and fall while tasked with this enormous weigh to bear. A pure joyful film perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Once Upon a Time in …. Hollywood

A classic Tarantino film which was just too darn long. With great casting and an interesting premise I had high hopes for this film but they slowly dimmed the more the film went on. As with all of his films he loves to make us sit in our seat for nearly 3 hours which becomes unbearable. With such a solid storyline based on the Manson murders it could’ve been remarkably filmed in under that time. However I will give credit to the acting. DiCaprio and Pitt together is not only most women’s dream but the relationship on screen is incredibly natural and keeps the interest in the film. Set in the golden age of Hollywood the cinematography and set design are beautiful and transport you straight into the past.

Avengers: Endgame

With huge boots to fill from the previous film Avengers: Infinity War, this final bow from the avengers team does just that. Reeling from what essentially is the end of the world, the remaining team must do what they can to undo the past, risking lives and making sacrifices along the way. With such high expectations the Russo brother spared no expense it making this the most dramatic and probably expensive film of the year. If you’ve watched The Avengers from the beginning, this film seems like the perfect way to say goodbye to the team we’ve grown to love. Although there will be singular films containing the Avengers coming out, this was our last big film with all the stars. With a few questions left to answer I can’t wait for another Marvel film to cross our screens.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This film has been heavily critiqued since its arrival onto the big screens and has divided fans across the globe. Many have said that it wasn’t the right way to wrap up the saga but I disagree. We all know the premise of a star wars film is a big battle with a little bit of love thrown in and this is what we got. The film finalised relationships and concluded a saga in the truest way possible to the series. Although a little predictable, going to see star wars at the cinema allows you to take a break from reality and immerse yourself in a galaxy far far away.

Bonus – The Prestige (2006)

Although not *technically* a film from this year I watched this film for the first time and was mind boggled. At over two hours long it keeps you held in suspense from the minute the films starts. With incredible performances from both Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale I can’t believe it took me until now to watch it. Based on a rivalry between two magicians, it leads them on a path of jealously and sacrifice to beat one another with dramatic consequences.

Films I can’t wait to watch in the New Year:

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Little Women

Jojo Rabbit

1917

A beautiful day in the neighbourhood

Ford vs Ferrari

Bombshell


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