Thomas shares his top twenty movies of 2019 …
Earlier this year, I had shared with you my top 20 of 2019 best movies, now that the year is coming to an end, many more movies have been released and I have updated my list for a final top 20 movies of 2019. Some movies that were on my first list are now gone, some are still there and there are some new entries. I usually do a top 10 each year but considering how great 2019 has been for movies, it wasn’t possible to just pick 10 movies so 20 felt like a better number. This list is to celebrate blockbusters and indie movies – all of cinema. And hopefully, make you discover movies, you may not know or haven’t seen yet.
This top is based on French release dates.
20. The Mule
The Mule is a great Clint Eastwood movie, it’s good to see him in front of the cameras again, after all these years, he hasn’t lost his great charisma. Bradley Cooper is lucky to have been able to act on his side, a top-notch casting. A beautiful movie!
Joker is a dark and disturbing movie. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a masterful performance, giving us the most unhinged and scariest Joker on screen! Phoenix is definitely on the road to get that Best Actor Oscar!
18. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
Pokemon Detective Pikachu is a fun and entertaining movie bringing back a lot of good memories. It’s a rich and detailed universe that could lead to some interesting sequels!
Aladdin is a very good movie, staying true to the original movie while bringing a new touch of magic and modernity. The old songs are brilliantly performed and the new ones written by Pasek & Paul are just as excellent! Mena Massoud & Naomi Scott shine as Aladdin and Jasmine. Will Smith has a lot of fun playing the Genie, a role that fits him perfectly! You can definitely feel Guy Ritchie’s filming style!
16. Dolemite Is My Name
In Dolemite Is My Name, Eddie Murphy is at the top of his game, full of energy and surrounded by a pretty good cast! It’s a fun, entertaining and heartfelt movie with a visual style faithful to the 70s. It’s a beautiful tribute to Rudy Ray Moore who worked relentlessly to realize his dreams.
15. The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch is a very beautiful movie, with a complex, moving and riveting story. A good cast with brilliant performances from Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley and Jeffrey Wright. It’s a coming-of-age story of rare beauty. John Crowley is an excellent director and Roger Deakins always embellish movies with his cinematography, a true artist.
14. Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn is an excellent crime drama in line with L.A. Confidential. Edward Norton leads a great cast!
13. Frozen II
Frozen 2 is a sequel worthy of the original, darker and more mature, it’s a beautiful adventure! The new songs are absolutely wonderful! A true wonder visually.
12. Ad Astra
Ad Astra is the space version of Annihilation, a spectacular movie with a captivating story. An arthouse film. Brad Pitt is simply amazing in it!
Shazam! is a fun and entertaining movie with lots of great surprises! Warner Bros handled the marketing well by not showing any of these surprises in the trailers! Zachary Levi is sensational as Shazam, he was made for this role! A great cast! I love it!
10. Triple Frontier
With Triple Frontier, J.C. Chandor is a master at directing, delivering a movie focusing on the characters’ conflicts lead by an outstanding cast. A good choice of music and very beautiful cinematography. The characters are tested throughout the story, the movie asks to what they’re ready to do to keep that money, highlighting the moral aspect of it.
9. Knives Out
Knives Out is another superb movie from Rian Johnson, a smart and entertaining whodunit with an excellent A-list casting!
8. Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel is a good, even a very good Marvel movie. A compelling story, well-done action scenes, and add some great songs from the 90s to go with it. Goose steals the show quite a few times, really funny! Brie Larson is great as Captain Marvel! In a matter of months, she has quickly become one of my favorite MCU characters on the same level as Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man!
7. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World is a wonderful conclusion to this saga that started in 2010 and this will remain without any doubt one of the best trilogies of animation in the history of cinema. It’s a movie full of emotion, humor, adventure and action with visuals of breathtaking beauty. It was the best way to kiss goodbye these characters we’ve loved for so long. The soundtrack is simply splendid with a very beautiful song by Jonsi for the ending credits!
6. Good Boys
Good Boys is a very funny movie with consistent laughs from its crazy humor. The comedy of the year! Everyone delivers fantastic performances – the way jokes are delivered, the reactions to the crazy situations the characters are in … it’s on top! Jacob Tremblay is a very talented actor, he already has an impressive career so far. He can do comedy just as great as he does drama! There’s no doubt about it, it’s the comedy of the year! Seth Rogen and the other people behind this movie are great at comedy and they’ve proven this many time. Beyond all the laughs, this movie is also a sweet coming-of-age story.
5. Doctor Sleep
Doctor Sleep is a frightening movie, keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The music also adds to the oppressing atmosphere. A well-structured story. It’s an excellent psychological fantasy thriller in which Ewan McGregor is simply brilliant and Rebecca Ferguson terrifying. And let’s not forget the terrifying cameo scene from Jacob Tremblay, powerful acting!
4. Spider-Man Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home concludes the third phase of the MCU in the best possible way with a world post-Endgame. This is an awesome movie full of twists and turns combining action, fun and emotions. A powerful soundtrack composed by Michael Giacchino. Tom Holland once again proves he is the best Spider-Man. Jake Gyllenhaal shines as Mysterio and it was the perfect role for him in a superhero movie. A cast at the top of their game. And this movie gives us the best two post-credits scenes of the MCU! Even if Spider-Man is no longer part of the MCU, I’m so excited for what comes next for Holland’s version of the character and I know it’s going to be exciting!
3. Avengers Endgame
Avengers Endgame is the end of an era, a gripping conclusion filled with the most unexpected surprises. This movie is absolutely breathtaking on every level, simply mind-blowing! The Avengers Assemble scene is on the same level as the Ride of the Rohirrim scene Lord of the Rings The Return of the King, it is cinematic perfection! That’s a movie that deserves to win Oscars, for the actors – Robert Downey Jr., who is saying goodbye to a character he has played for so many years and he gives his best performance as Tony Stark in this one. This is the most ambitious film of the history of cinema without any doubt and it has the biggest cast ever! 11 years, 22 movies, Endgame concludes this saga in the best way possible – with tears, laughs, cheering and so many surprises.
2. The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan
This movie has only been released in France, Canada, Italy and Portugal. It’s really a shame no American studios have bought the distribution rights for the United States because it’s a movie that deals a lot with the US.
Xavier Dolan returns with his first movie in English language and also his most ambitious movie – The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan. It’s a deeply moving and intimate movie accompanied by a wonderful soundtrack. It’s a complex and fascinating story about an artist’s life, about accepting who you are and criticism of how Hollywood works. It’s important and timeless topics.
Dolan has a unique way of filming that highlights the actors’ performance in a way that only a few directors know how to do so. He’s involved on every level of the making of his movie, that’s what I call an artist. He is the best director of his generation and he deserves more recognition around the world, his movies are one of a kind. And what an outstanding cast there is in this movie! There are three actors I want to mention especially. Kit Harington who delivers the best performance in his career – complex, broken and vulnerable. Natalie Portman delivers a poignant performance that is worth an Oscar! And finally, Jacob Tremblay is without any doubt the best actor of his generation, very talented! That powerful scene with him and Natalie Portman where they argue after she discovers about the letter and the scene with the cover of Stand By Me (by Florence and the Machine) are certainly the two most poignant and brilliant scenes of the movie. It’s simply a masterpiece!
1 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker is awesome, an epic finale for the Skywalker saga, both dark but also full of hope. It pays tribute to everything that came before it but also goes forward. A really well-written script with a lot of inspiration from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels for its story of the Force. Daisy Ridley is outstanding, leading the movie, helped by Adam Driver and an excellent cast. This movie is filled with BIG SURPRISES that brought tears to my eyes. C’est tout ce que j’attendais et tellement plus! Visual effects are spectacular and the soundtrack is wonderful!
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Thomas Storai is the Senior Collectables Correspondent for Future of the Force. He is passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and a wide range of movies. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasStorai where he uses the force frequently!