Movie Chat for 2019 Films So Far: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

For today I wanted to do a quick rundown on all the films I have seen in, 2019 so far that have been released this year (minus one because I just HAVE to speak about this one). I will keep this short, so we can just get started. I have seen a lot more films than these, but I wanted to focus on 2019 films again besides one.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Dir. Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman)

This film came out in December of last year, but I finally saw it this year in February. The animation style was gorgeous and truly stunning. The directors made some great choices regarding the placement of specific visuals with the music. My favorite scene was “what’s up danger” when Miles finally learned to be his best self and go help the other spidey people. The film was not only one of the best-animated films I have ever seen but one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

Velvet Buzzsaw (Dir. Dan Gilroy)

I loved this satirical horror film. I know a lot of people hated it, but there was something about that caught my eye. It was a weird approach to the art world that combined tortured artists with pompous art dealers, collectors, and critiques in an LA lifestyle of beauty, fashion, art, sex, and luxury. Gyllenhaal portrayed a pretentious and condescending art critique, and he did a fantastic job and sold the character for me. Of course, all the art in the film had me in love. My favorite theme from the movie was the irony of how the greed and pompous attitude in the characters for art was what killed them. There is something to be said in that, and it was just an enjoyable old school feeling slasher/final-destination type film. 

Triple Frontier (Dir. J.C. Chandor)

This Netflix film is very there done that, but the movie was still enjoyable. I think if you took out all the great actors, the film would have been something I didn’t care for but I happen to love Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, and Garrett Hedlund. It’s a heist movie with ex-military type dudes, but it was pretty intense. I liked it a lot for the action and the banter between the characters. Triple Frontier is more of a film for the characters than plot which I am ok with since I can forgive a mediocre plot if the characters are good.

Miss Bala (Dir. Catherine Hardwicke)

Another film that has been around but Gina Rodriguez does give a fun performance. This is one where I enjoyed the plot more than the characters, but it wasn’t terrible. It was an action-packed, fast-paced film with little to no character development. I appreciate how Rodriguez’s character didn’t have a romance with the drug lord because that would have felt very cheap. You see that a lot in films so I did like how Hardwicke left love out. All in all, it was enjoyable, but there were some flaws in the story and characters. 

Happy Death Day 2U (Dir. Christopher Landon)

I loved Happy Death Day the origin film. Number 2 was a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. The most the movie had going for it was the comedy of the characters. The original story got Tree stuck in a continuous loop of the day until she found her killer, but two reduces that fun storyline to physics and parallel universes. The film had nothing scary to it and lost its charm as a slasher film. While it was funny and enjoyable, I missed the suspense because the movie has nothing but jokes and sciences lore. 

Captain Marvel (Dir. Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck)

Larsen brought this role to life. Higher, Better, Faster, Stronger. Captain Marvel had it all. The film had charm, great action sequences, an excellent storyline, laugh out loud comedic moments, touching heartfelt moments, and an all-star cast. This film is one of Marvel’s best I must tell you. If I got picky I could say yes it is like every other superhero origin story and keeps to the formulaic process of good guy gets power; the bad guy wants to use or have that power, they eventually fight in the end, good guy wins. It’s the same formula but this time with a kick-ass female lead. Marvel films are so fun that at this point who cares about formula. It was a feel-good film that I did nothing but enjoy. 

Us (Dir. Jordan Peele)

One of the best films of the year so far my gosh. Peele has done it again with another multi-layered thriller/horror film. Peele’s use of music in scenes of horror films is unmatched. He takes songs that aren’t typically scary and ultimately turns them into something else (well his music people do, but you know what I mean). Each scene and every shot has a specific purpose and no moment felt like a filler or unnecessary. Every moment was, and I love how his films make you think and question. He is innovating a new genre of horror by these human-made situations that if real would genuinely be horrific. The cast blew me out of the water with the acting and Nyong’o stole the show with her performance.

Pet Semetary (Dir. Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer)

A horror film for the books honestly. Pet Semetary was the perfect blend of creepy and depth. There were a lot of nods to the original and a lot of differences that made the film stand on its own. There were a lot of chilling moments and the film benefited from not having a movie full of jump scares it was creepy moments that stood on their own. The only downfall was the use of music in the film. The way Peele uses two musical arrangements in his movies to build up scenes Pet Semetary uses cliche scary film music. I really would have loved to hear that drum beat with the native flute through the film lite it was in the commercial with the children in masks because it was terrifying.
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