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Watching movies is one of my favorite pastimes. I have been on the premiere night of more movies than I can count this year. From blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame to low-budget films like Joker, my film viewings have been sporadic in genres. The best movies of 2019, in my opinion, are of those listed below. These are the 2019 movie releases I truly enjoyed ranked from just good to amazing; everyone should see any one of these at least once: best movies of 2019
Your typical superhero movie, except the superhero, is a child who transforms into a buff 30-something-year-old man. Shazam! wasn’t overpacked with action scenes and felt authentic thanks to the incredible acting of Jack Dylan Grazer (Freddy), Zachary Levi (Shazam), and Asher Angel (Billy). The comedy was the highlight of this film. I left the theatre feeling satisfied and excited to see where Shazam and his accomplices would go!
The blockbuster of the year–Avengers: Endgame did not disappoint. Honestly, after the initial viewing, I still can’t bring myself to re-watch it. It hit me right in the feels. I won’t spoil anything explicitly, but implicitly losing characters I have been watching on the big screen for years was so tough. Although a great watch, you won’t leave your chair without shedding a tear or two.
Alita: Battle Angel
I went to see Alita: Battle Angel twice. Once alone (not weird) and the second time with my boyfriend. Both times I was completely invested in the story. There is action and mystery in this film; couple that with a love story subplot, and Alita is the perfect recipe for exceptional storytelling.
The much anticipated US, a followup to Jordan Peele’s Get Out (which I will never watch again because it scared me so much), did not disappoint. I know there are a lot of mixed reviews about US, but it’s the type of movie you have to watch repeatedly to truly understand all the subtle messages Peele spreads about.
In the Tall Grass (Netflix Film)
I can feel the anxiety just thinking about this one. Although not a big-screen film, In the Tall Grass makes my list of favorite movies of 2019. When people go into this grass they never come out. While watching, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in the tall grass too. A must watch for Stephen King lovers!
Family comedy gold. Shaft had me cracking up in the theatre. It’s a coming-of-age comedy that represents the tribulations that come with family drama in the best way possible. This film was a great detour from the horror-esque movies I usually indulge in.
You guys already know, I loved Joker. Thought-provoking, disturbing, weird–everything I love in a psychological thriller. There were references to Joker’s comic book personality but Joker does not feel like a superhero/villain movie at all! It’s more of a character study. The second best movie of 2019 is 100% Todd Phillip’s Joker. You can read more about Joker film theories here.
Midsommar may be my all-time favorite movie ever! Another masterpiece from beloved director Ari Aster, who gave us Hereditary. I watched this movie about 5 times while it was still in theatres. Every single time I went to see it, I discovered something new. With that said, Midsommar is the number one best movie of 2019. The movie is dark and disturbing at times, so it’s not for everyone, especially the easily offended. Don’t watch this with parents, grandparents, or children!
What do you think of this list? What movies were your favorites this year? Tell me in the comments below!