Another year, another Top 10 list. 2019 blessed us with a lot of amazing movies, I mean amazing ones and I was privileged to see some of them. There was something for everyone in 2019; something for each of us to celebrate in our corner of movie fandom.
Below are my ten top movies of 2019. Please note that this does not mean they are the year’s “best” movies, these are the movies that I enjoyed watching.
Yea, one of the best Comedy movies this year. The movie was set during the last days before high school graduation and it follows two bookish best friends—Amy and Molly as they try to party for once before they graduate. Any teenager would relate to every bit of this movie. It’s a smart, heartfelt movie that gets a bittersweet ending.
9. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum
As usual, John Wick didn’t disappoint me in this sequel. The whole movie was spectacular and filled with actions. The first 40 minutes saw Keanu Reeves’ trying to make his way out of the city on bikes and rides on horseback and where he beats a man to death with a book is one of the best that I’ve seen this year.
Yea, the ratings and review for this movie doesn’t tally with what I watched. I had to watch this movie twice. The first time I saw it, I didn’t feel it so I decided to watch again but I can tell you its one of the best movie action movies this year. The cinematography & next-generation action sequence are good and GOD! Ryan Reynold is damn good! Saving a country & its people from a dictator in a mind-blowing action-packed way was something amazing to watch.
Netflix changed the game this year with Marriage Story. I never expected it to be on my list of 2019 to movies but this movie is one of the emotionally devastating movies of the year.
Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson delivered a spectacular performance in this movie with anger, pride, passion. The movie tells the story of divorce in our time, and in doing so it earns a place next to those harrowing and heartrending texts of separation. There are moments in Marriage Story that are unflinching, with the movie capturing the way divorce consumes everything connected to it.
I don’t like horror movies but I took my time to watch this after reviews online. Us is a mind-bending horror movie about a very creepy set of doppelgängers who show up to haunt a family on a summer vacation. Lupita Nyong’o also had one of her best performance in this movie.
Hustlers are based on a real case and it explores the culture of Manhattan strip club. Two exotic dancers, (Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez) both single mothers needing to provide for their families after the 2008 crash, started an illegal scheme to collect money from the rich guys. It didn’t end well for both of them as they betrayed each other. You won’t regret investing your time and energy in this movie film.
4. Spider-Man: Far From Home
I have to say this, It is amazing and intense! And there’s a big improvement. Spiderman is becoming more neighborhood-friendly and he’s doing the right thing in helping others. He was willing to risk his life in saving his friends, even the ones he loves. Wonderful performances from the main cast member. I’m looking forward to the next spiderman because they ended this one with a cliff hanger.
3. The Irishman
Another Netflix Original movie. The Irishman has Joe Pesci delivered an extraordinary performance in this 3hours + movie. The storyline is so captivating that it doesn’t let you feel that you’re watching a three-plus hour-long duration movie. The Irishman tells the story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), an assassin for the Bufalino crime family and his role in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino). It is great in its script, cast, visual storytelling, editing, cinematography, and de-aging digital effects.
Yea, Joker. You might not agree with it this but I enjoyed it.
This Batman villain origin story focused on Arthur Fleck, a hopeless stand-up comedian down and out on the streets of Gotham. Joaquin Phoenix gives one of the most remarkable performances of his career, bringing a creepiness and pitiable character. It’s one of the most physical turns of his career too, conveying meaning through balletic dance in one memorable scene – he lost 52lbs for the role too.
1. Avengers: Endgame
Yea, the top-grossing movie ever! We need to appreciate the marvel cinematic universe for giving us one of the best superhero movies. I love the fact the movie gave us a nice crossover event and brought together all their heroes to battle Thanos. Though the movie was not flawless I can say I had a nice time watching the 3hours long movie.
…and yeah, it’s my movie of the year!
Honorable Mentions: Hoobs and Shaw, Gemini Man, IT 2, Rambo