Many people have been complaining about the quality of films this Summer. Did we get a bunch of bad films? Yes, and I don’t think I need to say more than X-Men to prove that. However, stripping back on the negativity, there is a lot of amazing films that came out. What I also love is that well over half of my top ten are original, brand new films and not franchises or sequels. This has been a great year so far for smaller films quality wise, and it is proof that people need to go to the cinema for more than just Marvel films.
I have compiled a top ten list of the brand new films I saw in Summer 2019. These will not be full reviews, as I have already reviewed all of these films at some point here. To read more of my thoughts on a specific film, you can do so by clicking on the film title.
Honourable mentions go to Yesterday, which I ended up liking even more on a second viewing, as well as Always Be My Maybe which was a warming surprise to me.
Without further ado, here are my top ten films of Summer 2019.
|Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – source: Sony Pictures|
10. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum: Some of the best action sequences I have seen on the big screen and Keanu Reeves. That alone tells you why it is in my top ten.
9. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Whilst not top-tier Tarantino, I think this film is a lot of fun and a great homage to Hollywood in the 1960s. Adored how the ending was handled and just want more Rick Dalton right now.
8. Crawl: The Summer horror flick that I needed, did not take itself seriously but made the most of the 90 minute runtime. Great CGI on the alligators and just a lot of fun.
|Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) – source: Sony Pictures|
7. Spider-Man: Far From Home: This was an improvement on Spider-Man: Homecoming for me and had some of the most innovative sequences in the MCU. Definitely a great time at the cinema.
6. Long Shot: Surprised me how much I ended up enjoying this comedy, but it was actually really funny. A great relationship and fantastic performances from Rogen and Theron, it is sad that this film did not do well in the box office.
5. Rocketman: After my love for Bohemian Rhapsody last year, I knew this was going to be high on my list. Innovative, great musical sequences and an outstanding performance from Egerton. I hope this can perhaps squeeze some buzz in awards season.
4. Toy Story 4: I will be shocked if this does not win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars this year. I did not like the advertising for the film, but this surprisingly felt like a necessary end to a fantastic franchise.
|Avengers: Endgame (2019) – source: Walt Disney Pictures|
3. Blinded by the Light: One of the last films to hit Summer, but a really important one. Described as this year’s Sing Street, this film has heart and soul and does everything right. I really want this film to make back it’s budget, so please go and support it.
2. Eighth Grade: Nobody was able to give this film a chance in the UK as it was out the same day as my number one pick, but this is a special film. Honest, authentic and beautifully told, Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher have my heart.
1. Avengers: Endgame: Yes, this is the obvious pick, but it is the easy one for me as well. I went to see this film five times in cinema, and I loved it each and every time. It started off the Summer on a real high note.
What was your favourite film this Summer? Was it Avengers: Endgame like me, or was it a film I didn’t even list like Booksmart or Midsommar? Let me know in the comments below and let’s have a discussion.