#34 – The best films of 2019

Some of my favourite films from 2019. It was a brilliant year for film and television this year. There was definitely more good films than bad that I saw. Some of the films that came out this year I’m sure will live on as classics and others are just good entertainment.

I haven’t seen every movie that came out this year obviously but some of these films I’ve already watched several times. So in no real particular order here’s my very biased opinion of the best and my favourite films of 2019.

Joker

Joaquin Pohenix shines in this film. Its very gritty and dark but packs in its fair share of comedy, very dark comedy but I had a few laughs. There’s murder, dancing and an origin story for the Joker that’s a mix of the king of comedy and Taxi Driver. Definitely worth a watch for comic book and general movie going fans. How cool was that dancing down the stairs scene I mean who knew Joaquin had such moves. Let’s get him into a remake of dirty dancing or footloose next, make in happen Hollywood.

Once upon a time in Hollywood

Tarantino blessed us with his most chilled out and wandering movie this year. On my first watch I loved it but each time I watch the film it gets better and it’s so much fun to watch. There’s plenty of tension, comedy and a fair share of Tarantino’s flare for unique dialogue on full display. Once upon a time feels like a film made in the 60’s and packs a punch throughout in particular the ending confrontation has to be seen to be believed.

The Irishman

It lives up to the hype and the acclaim it’s been getting lately. The Irishman tells an epic tale with an incredible story, an unbelievable cast and Martin Scorsese behind the wheel. A true classic which is sure to be placed upon the same level as godfather and Goodfellas. This is one for the big movie fans out there where each scene seems so maticulously gone through to create this masterpiece.

Vice

A movie about Dick Chesney honestly had no business being such a fucking great film. With a story that seems so outrageous I almost didn’t believe most of it was true, I had to do some research after I watched it. Christian Bale is pitch perfect in the role as Cheney and with an incredible supporting cast of Amy Adams as Laura Cheney and Sam Rockwell as George W Bush as well as Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld. Adam McKay upon his success with the big short hits it out of the park with this one and the comedic moments are brilliant. Definitely a unique and very interesting film that dives deep into the mind of one of the most powerful men in America.

The Green Book

Set in 1960’s America this true story follows an Italian bouncer bringing an African American Pianist through the deep south on a tour as he plays venues. Full of racial tension of the time this film has a lot of powerful moments and a tells a story of the struggles people face and unlikely men who become friends through unusual situations. A very heart warming film with a lot of funny moments sprinkled in through out. The Farrelly brothers clearly still have it with this Oscar winning film.

Rocketman

The rise and fall of Elton John. A musical full of highs and lows through the childhood to the heights of Elton John’s fame. Rocketman doesn’t pull any punches with the true tale of Elton John we see his youth as a quiet and gifted Pianist and singer to the years of alcohol and drug abuses he went through. A film full of energy and a powerful performance from Taron Egerton in the lead role.

Dolemite is my name

Dolemite is my name and fuckin up mothafuckas is my game. What a great comedy from Eddie Murphy this year. Another Netflix original film that blew me away when I watched it. Eddie Murphy is electric as Dolemite an actor in the 70′ blacksploitation films of the same name. With a truly touching and heartfelt story of a raw comedian who kicked ass with his karate moves. A real gem of a film with a great story to tell and had me laughing the whole way through.

Avengers Endgame

The culmination of over 10 years of a shared Cinematic Universe Endgame sure had a lot to live up to. With infinity war having such a bleak ending and being a brilliant superhero film it took a great deal of work for Endgame to be pulled off as successfully as it was. A plethora of emotions are felt during the film from tears of joy, side splitting comedy and emotional goodbyes to characters and heroes we’ve gotten to know and love. One of the largest and most insane fight scenes put to screen in this one.

Extra Ordinary

What a hilarious film. This dark comedy centred around a driving instructor who can communicate to ghosts based in rural Ireland. This film had me laughing from the very first scene. With the haunting of wheelie bins and the most mundane of items this film packs a lot of outrageous comedic moments all centred around a love story and possessions. Extra Ordinary really did come out of nowhere and Will Forte is excellent as the one hit wonder getting involved in dark magic. This one is definitely worth a watch for horror and comedy fans alike.

Ad Astra

A very quiet film and a slow burn with stunning visuals. Ad Astra was a treat to see on the big screen. Very remeniscent of 2001 a space Odyssey in its scale and visuals. An emotional story about a father and son. Ad Astra is visually spectacular to watch and the world they’ve crafter in the film is fantastic. With public flights to the moon and colonisation of Mars to moon pirates the film has a lot to be admired for.

Doctor Sleep

A fitting sequel to one of the greatest films of all time the Shining. Doctor Sleep didn’t disappoint and despite it not doing well at the box office this film is sure to be a horror classic in the future. Doctor Sleep follows Ewan McGregor as a grown up Danny Torrance. With an exciting story and excellent world building and tie ins to the original film and the Stephen king Books. Doctor Sleep is a well paced film and is full of edge of your seat scenes.

Knives Out

A classic murder mystery film with a modern style. Knives out was a fun and exciting take on the genre that had many thropes and clichΓ©s of the murder mystery films but with a new take and is a real crowd pleasing film that keeps you guessing until the end when we discover the big reveals to solve the mystery.

El Camino

The highly anticipated follow up to the series finale Of Breaking Bad. El camino is a well paced follow up film that follows Jesse Pinkman as he tries to survive and escape the aftermath of Walter White’s destructive actions. Jessie sure went through hell over the years and El Camino offered up a satisfying conclusion to the Breaking Bad saga. With homages paid to the show, flashback sequences and an ending that was well earned and fascinating to watch.

Let’s see what 2020 has in store for us…