We are nearly half way through the year and that means it is time to look back on the films that I have seen and make a top ten list so far. Unfortunately, I have found 2019 so far to be a mediocre year for films. You will see a lot of films that were released in 2018 worldwide on this list, but that is due to living in the UK and not being able to see a majority of these films until this year. As of yet, I have not seen Toy Story 4, so that will not be making an appearance on this list.
Before I start on the list, I want to give a few honourable mentions. Two major surprises for me this year have been Wild Rose and Fighting with My Family, both I did not even plan to see. I also have two Keanu Reeves film in my honourable mentions, as I found both Always Be My Maybe and John Wick: Chapter 3 to be incredibly fun, but lacking in the story department. Finally, I want to warn you in advanced that whilst I did enjoy Booksmart, it will not be in my top ten. I just simply didn’t love it as much as most people have.
These will not be long reviews as I have reviews of everything on my blog, but a link will be attached to every title that is included with this list for you to check out. So, starting from 10, let’s get the list going.
|Long Shot (2019) – source: Lionsgate|
10. Captain Marvel – This one has caused controversy, with some people loving it and some people finding it to be weak. Captain Marvel is my favourite non-Avengers film since Thor: Ragnarok, thanks to the strong characters and fresh story. Say what you want about Brie Larson, but she is an excellent actress and a great choice to play the role. The CGI done to make Samuel L. Jackson look younger is incredible, and I love the reveal of how he lost his eye. I get why other people may not have liked this film, but I certainly enjoyed it.
9. Long Shot – Whilst I had liked the trailers for this film, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be entertaining when I went to see it. However, this is comedy done in the right way. I completely bought the romance between Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, and the wacky story that they went for just added to the hilariousness of the film. This is one of the best comedies in the past few years, so please go and support this film.
8. Shazam! – I have been a fan of Zachary Levi for years now, and I knew I was going to like Shazam! as soon as the casting choice was announced. This is the best film that DC has released in years, with a fun and fresh feel to the superhero film. The characters were loveable, the villain felt well realised and whilst I had issues with some of the tonal choices, I still had a great time with this film.
|Rocketman (2019) – source: Paramount Pictures|
7. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – The only documentary that I have been able to see this year so far, this documentary about the Fyre Festival is exactly what I wanted it to be and more. I was intrigued by the failure of the festival before several production companies started to work on the documentary, but I loved the fact that they still recorded everything before it even failed. It told a great narrative and gave some special moments which will be some of the best things shown in 2019.
6. Rocketman – After how much I loved Bohemian Rhapsody last year, I knew I was going to be in for a treat with Rocketman. Whilst this has a completely different direction in the form of a full on musical, I was entertained by what was on the screen. Taron Egerton has given one of the best performances of the year so far, and don’t be shocked if you see his name up for Best Actor come awards season.
5. The Favourite – This was the first film that was released in the UK in 2019 and what a way to start off the year. I had no idea what I was going to make of it, but I love how quirky and original it really is. The entire cast is stellar, with Olivia Colman deserving of the Best Actress win. This was a fun yet insane film and I cannot wait to check this one out again soon.
|Avengers: Endgame (2019) – source: Walt Disney Studios|
4. Green Book – I know this film has become popular to dislike, especially after the Oscar win, and I can understand why some people do not like the film. However, narratively I found this film to be very strong. The dramatic moments work, alongside the comedic moments. This is a powerful film filled with excellent performances and I do think it was a worthy winner of Best Picture.
3. Us – Whilst I still prefer Peele’s debut, Get Out, this film is still a fantastic horror film. This is a film that got better on the second viewing, once you know the story and all of the twists. The horror aspects were fantastically done, and there is so much to digest in the story and hidden references. Just like Get Out, I know I will be picking this one up and watching it as soon as it comes out on physical release.
2. Eighth Grade – After hearing the buzz for this film coming from the rest of the world, I knew it was going to be something special. It is a shame that it was released in the UK the same day as Avengers: Endgame, because this deserved a lot more love and attention. This film perfectly showed my experience at school, the awkwardness that I felt and I could completely relate to Kayla throughout the entire film. This is a must watch for any teenager at this day and age.
1. Avengers: Endgame – Yes, this is the most predictable film to possibly put at the top spot, but I do not care. I have now seen this film five times in cinema and every single time the film gets better and better. I was worried that I would be going in with high expectations, but even they were surpassed by how easy of a watch this three-hour film was. This is an experience and was everything I wanted to see in a Marvel film and more. This is worth every bit of praise that it gets and more, and that is why it is at the top of my list.
What do you think of my list so far? What has been your favourite film of 2019 so far? Let me know in the comments below and let’s have a conversation.