Films of My Life – the best films of 2019

The last 12 months was another bumper year for movies. Once again, my list of 5* movies was into double figures, but unlike last year, my choice of THE best film was easy. In a year with several outstanding biopics, Rocketman stood out and, unlike 2018s Bohemian Rhapsody, this was a full blown musical, and was all the better for it;

Rocketman

D27462BA-7A37-4663-97CB-ADB33FABA931Think Bohemian Rhapsody done in the style of Mama Mia, with Taupin-John songs forming part of the narrative. Director Dexter Fletcher demonstrates that, in the musical genre at least, he is a force to be reckoned with. I saw it 3 times in the cinema. Read my full review here

Joker

46F7DB7A-4CD5-4D82-A7F3-BC8C012FA7E8This (non) super hero origin story really blew me away, and has even more depth when viewed a second time. The music is also superb, but it is Phoenix’ take on the iconic DC villain that is really special. Read my review here

I also enjoyed Avengers: Endgame and Spider-man; Into the Spider-verse amongst the super-hero movies released this year, but neither came close to Joker.

Stan & Ollie

Another biopic that worked for me was this affecting, heartfelt tribute to Laurel & Hardy.

The Farewell

Here was a very special movie that many may have missed. Featuring a star making performance from Awkwafina, this touching tale of cultural differences and family ties has universal appeal and is both funny and very poignant. Read my review

Bait

This British movie was made on a shoestring, but was one of the most original and compelling films of the year

The Irishman / Marriage Story / I lost My body

Netflix continues to grow in influence with new movie releases, Especially as we enter awards season. These 3 movies were the best Netflix Premieres of 2019. The first 2 feature superb acting performances which will no doubt be recognised at awards time; the latter is a french animation (influenced by the style of Studio Ghibli) with an original tale.

Finally, a few other 5* movies that I really rate;

  • The Favourite – Olivia Coleman in Oscar winning form
  • Apollo 11 – best documentary of the year
  • Knives-Out  – great whodunnit fun
  • Little Women – another likely Oscar contender, with top female talent both in front and behind the camera
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Top Tarantino movie, re-writing history again

Not a bad year of movies. Here’s to 2020 being as good!

What were your favourite movies?

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