Top 10 movies of 2019

With 2020 in its infancy and no blockbusters yet in sight, the top movies of 2019 will keep you plenty busy in the meantime.

 

10: Spider-Man: Far From Home

The second solo Spider-Man film of the MCU deals with the fallout of Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker goes on a school field trip while also having to face off against a new supervillain named Mysterio. As always, Tom Holland is great as the web-slinger. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as Mysterio is fantastic, one of the best film depictions of a Spider-Man villain to date. Throw in a top-notch supporting cast, solid action, and nice effects, and you get the best live-action Spider-Man movie yet.

 

9: Rocketman

This musical biopic details the life and career of Elton John. The film does not shy away from any parts of the musician’s story, as it includes his struggles with the people around him, his music career, his homosexuality, and his abuse of drugs and alcohol. Taron Egerton delivers a fabulous performance as Elton John that is both engaging and charismatic. Rocketman is a gorgeous portrait of Elton John’s story that is stylish, imaginative, and thrilling.

 

8: Ford v Ferrari

This exciting sports drama tells the true story of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, who are on a mission to build the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat Ford’s biggest rival, Ferrari, in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Thanks to James Mangold’s slick direction, we are immediately sucked into this captivating tale of competition and determination. Matt Damon and Christian Bale’s performances are also a highlight of the film, as the two are more than capable of keeping the audience invested. Throw in some of the best car-racing sequences in film and you have one heck of an exhilarating movie.

 

7: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Serving as the epilogue to the iconic television series Breaking Bad, El Camino follows Jesse Pinkman, who, after escaping his captors, is now on the run from the feds. Aaron Paul reprises his role as Jesse, delivering a captivating performance that will leave you speechless. Vince Gilligan’s direction is sublime, making for a tense atmosphere and tone. While it doesn’t quite work as a standalone film, it’s still an impressive work and a great addition to the Breaking Bad franchise.

 

6: Avengers: Endgame

The conclusion to the ‘Infinity Saga’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was grand in every sense of the word. The Avengers look to undo Thanos’ decimation of half of all life in the universe. This movie had all the necessities, from the crowd-pleasing moments to the epic feel. It’s one of the best films the MCU has to offer. This is one blockbuster superhero flick that will not be soon forgotten. It’ll have you saying “I love you 3,000” by the end.

 

5: Toy Story 4

Many have argued that this film didn’t need to be made. Regardless, we’re glad it was made, because it was something special. While the fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise may not be quite as good as its predecessors, it certainly belongs in the same league. Woody deals with not being loved as much by Bonnie as he was by Andy while also helping a new toy named Forky realize his place in the world. If that wasn’t good enough, Bo Peep returns better than ever. Just like the previous entries of the series, Toy Story 4 is a wondrous experience that will leave you in tears of joy.

 

4: Joker

It will likely be a long time before we get another comic book film like this. This masterful origin story of the iconic DC villain depicts the mental deterioration of Arthur Fleck as he begins to embrace not only the dark side of Gotham City, but the dark side of himself. The bleak tone of this movie fits perfectly with the character it’s portraying as well as Todd Phillips’ superb direction. However, the true highlight is Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar-worthy performance as Arthur Fleck/Joker. The movie is a spine-tingling experience. Films that give you goosebumps like this cannot go unsung.

 

3: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino proves that he’s still got it with this instant classic. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows an actor and his stunt double as they navigate the changing film industry. The film does a great job depicting the last days of Hollywood’s golden age. Also, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt give some of their best performances to date in this movie. Add brilliant writing and direction and you get one of Tarantino’s best films ever.

 

2: The Irishman

Martin Scorsese knocks it out of the park with yet another gangster epic. Just like his other mob movies, this film has the highest standards regarding direction, acting, and writing. The real life story of Frank Sheeran, the man who claimed to have murdered Jimmy Hoffa, is superbly told in this rich, engrossing, three-hour flick. It’s one of Scorsese’s strongest works and arguably the best mafia movie of the decade.

 

1: Knives Out

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, this murder mystery film focuses on the investigation of the puzzling death of Harlan Thrombey and the family drama that ensues. With Johnson’s outstanding writing and direction as well as an all star cast giving it their all, this is a whodunnit for the ages. There is not a single bad performance in this movie, but the clear standouts are Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, and Michael Shannon. The film has its own bizarre tone and identity which is filled to the brim with hilarious moments and shocking twists. Rian Johnson should be proud of Knives Out, because it’s the best film of 2019.

 

All movie covers courtesy of iMDB