Of the 48 new-to-me movies I watched this year, I gave 13 of them a 4.5 rating or higher. So, overall, a down year compared to 2018 (but that didn’t hinder my love of cinema). This seemed to be the near of ending big movie series, as 3 different movies on the list fit that category.
With only 13 movies at the top of the list, it isn’t particularly difficult to narrow them down to 10, but ranking them is always hard. The movies that got bumped to honorable mentions are Captain Marvel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Dr. Horrible’s Singalong blog. Here’s my list, complete with links to my original review (if there is one):
10. AlphaGo: I don’t watch many documentaries, but I’m really glad I took the time to watch this one on Netflix. It’s a fascinating film about how we can learn from others (even machines) when making strategic decisions.
9. Long Shot: Half of this list is comprised of comedies–2019 was a great year for laughing at the theater! This one stars Seth Rogen and Charlise Theron as unexpected lovers.
8. How to Train Your Dragon 3: I loved this entire trilogy. This is an intense, emotional finale, and it was riveting to watch on the big screen.
7. Toy Story 4: This is one of the few movies that I watched twice in 2019. The consistent quality of the Toy Story films is incredible to me.
6. Stuber: This was the biggest surprise for me, because even after I heard of it, I wasn’t all that intrigued. An action-comedy focused on an Uber driver? Hm. We ended up watching it on the plane to New Zealand, and we laughed out loud more than almost any other movie this year.
5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: It takes a lot for me to not like a Star Wars film–I go into these films truly wanting to like that. Fortunately, it wasn’t hard to enjoy this one. Feel free to click through to the article to read my full thoughts.
4. Avengers: Endgame: This is a miracle of a film. How do you conclude a 22-movie series in such a satisfying way? I’m amazed that they pulled it off. I haven’t rewatched it yet, but I think the time has come.
3. Isn’t It Romantic?: The one thing I love more than a great romantic comedy is a rom com that pokes fun at rom com tropes. This movie was made for me.
2. Booksmart: Were it not for an even smarter, funnier, more clever film, this would have been my favorite movie of 2019. It hits every beat, and I’m guessing it will join Superbad as a buddy comedy that I watch many times over the years.
1. Knives Out: Last year, I said that a movie called Searching was one of the best mysteries I’ve ever seen. Knives Out is even better, largely because it adds levity at all the right times. I’d recommend watching this without knowing anything about it, but you can also read my review first if you’re unconvinced. I hope Johnson continues to make original stand-alone films, but if he wants to make a stand-alone Star Wars trilogy, I’m on board for that too.
Last year’s list is here.
What were some of your favorite movies of 2019?