There’s no doubt, 2019 was an excellent year for movies. Great filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Martin Scorsese ( The Irishman) and Greta Gerwig ( Little Women) have managed to live up to the hype. But that’s not all movies like Knives Out, Frozen II and Ford V Ferrari are recent smash hits. While Captain Marvel, Avengers: End Game and John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum were big hit movies with audience and critics.
So, this year our critics celebrate Tarantino and a South Korean black comedy and the return of Eddie Murphy. Indie and arthouse were also a big hit this year with The Lighthouse, Jojo Rabbit, and The Farewell. Also, with nail-biting horror of Jordan Peele (Us) and most relatable coming of age tale of Olivia Wilde’s (Booksmart), we couldn’t be happier! Even if there are many critic-approved quality films, we have handpicked some of the best movies of 2019 for you to watch. Tomato meters freshly approve the following movies, and if you are a cinephile like me, you watch them now!
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
It’s a comedy-drama written by controversial but one of the most influential directors of our time, Quentin Tarantino. His ninth movie did not fail to satisfy the audience. It’s a compelling story of two lead characters Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of western series with Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), his longtime stunt double. But when they stumble upon their very famous next-door neighbor, Sharon Tate (Margo Robbie), all hell breaks loose. Watch as it’s an affectionately woven detailed picture for a lost Hollywood and a lost era of filmmaking.
Jordan Peele has impressed the world with his mind-blowing satirical horror Get Out, but he is back again with another haunting look at the society in Us. Lupita Nyong’s chilling performance as dual characters will give you nightmares. They say it’s a great movie if it makes you think about it even after many days, this is one of them.
Rian Johnson does a great job paying tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Cristie in Knives Out. It is a modern-day mystery where everyone is a suspect (obviously). Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is to investigate the case of an older man found dead after his 85th birthday. Wait till he reveals the real truth behind his death, this fantastic thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.
It’s a spectacular movie that artfully explores the resentment between haves and haves-not. And yet both somehow, both the scammers and the scammed manage to earn our sympathy. Boon Joon Ho’s South Korean black comedy thriller is a masterpiece. The world can’t wait to get more of his pitch-black modern fairytales.
Joaquin Pheonix gave a chilling performance, which may even be Oscar-worthy in the “Joker.” His tragic and grisly return of the joker will keep you astounded and troubled at the same time. This movie did justice to all the comic fans out there after the disappointment caused by the Joker (Jared Leto) in Suicide Squad. Director Todd Phillips delivers a fantastic origin story of DC’s number one supervillain. It’s violent and unforgiving as the movie holds a mirror up to society, and one bad day is all it takes for about anyone to snap.
“The Lighthouse” is a spectacular thriller with a brilliant performance from Willem Dafoe along with Robert Pattinson. This black and white horror thriller about two lighthouse keepers in the 1890s is a must-watch for all the cinematic thrill-seekers. It’s scary to see how this duo slowly descends into madness on a remote island. This movie has perfectly orchestrated exploration into insanity in disguise of a chamber piece.
It’s safe to say this movie ended with a bang! It managed to be the highest-grossing movie of all time, and it left a legacy for us to relish. Yes, it may not have been the best Marvel movie, but it became a cultural phenomenon. If you are a true Marvel fan and have been paying attention to minor details and easter eggs, this movie pays tribute to them. It’s a three-hour rollercoaster, and the last 40 minutes of this movie with a non-stop action sequence will make your heart skip a beat. The movie’s ending will punch you in the gut and leave you in tears. And it’s a worthful punch!
Olivia Wilde made her directorial debut with this movie about two best friends in high school. Its story profoundly resonates with the audience of authentic and hilarious look at teens and their life problems. All the nerds who have chosen books over parties can relate with these overachieving girls. They get a severe existential crisis when their average scoring classmates get into amazing collages. So what do they do to make up for their time of “not having fun,” you will be surprised to see! Thus, it has landed a spot in the iconic and essential high school movies like “Ferris Bueller” and “The Breakfast Club.”
So, which movie are you looking forward to watching? Do let us know!