Because of a burnout I was unable to watch movies for about 1.5 years. For 20 months, more precisely. Now it’s time to catch up! In part 1 I consumed a bit too many superhero movies and my stomach started to feel bad, so this time I’ll watch some more acclaimed movies.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019). Exuberant and perfectly choreographed, the movie left me breathless. A great deal of fun, looks beautiful and the hitman mythology is wonderful. Gave me some Matrix reunion vibes.
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019). Termy got the soft sequelboot, Ghostbusters style. A very tiresome marketing tactic, but the movie was not as bad as I feared it would be and certainly better than Genisys. It’s just a bit boring and the same old story again and again. Why even keep making these movies? Why am I even watching this?
Honeyland (2019). Very impressive. A deeply emotionally affecting documentary about an ageing bee-keeper in North Macedonia. A very simple, small-scale story of greed, poverty and the loss of traditional wisdom. How can a simple story of the land be so profound? Because we have become disconnected from the world. Heartbreaking towards the end. Shot over 3 years and the cinematography is stunning.
Toy Story 4 (2019). It is time for Pixar to start reinventing itself. It all starts to look the same to me. The existential struggle of being a toy has now been deconstructed to its smallest atoms. Let’s move on.
Marriage Story (2019). A masterpiece. What’s the truth of a relationship after it gets mangled through the legal system? Phenomenal acting by Johansson and Driver. What the characters say about each other and the problems that lead to their divorce, all these things add up to a whole that feels complete and real. Very raw and powerful.
Weathering With You (2019). Japanese anime. Beautifully animated, but the story is a bit too long, a bit unclear and unfocused. The director’s characters all look the same and have a tendency to screech, but that’s due to cultural differences I’m not used to.
Parasite (2019). What a great, great film. Avoid all spoilers. I liked the characters very much and the settings are amazing. A handful of genres influence this film, weaving in and out of the story and you never know which direction it will take. It’s full of metaphors if you feel interested in exploring that side of it, but it’s very enjoyable just to watch it for its compelling scenes.
Dumbo (2019). Looks like a film from the 1990s, you know, the kind in which Danny DeVito pulls weird faces. Except, it has this sickly 2010s post-production glow over it. The child actors were boring and the film didn’t engage me.
Klaus (2019). Took me a bit to really get into it, but this turned into a really cool and original santa origin story. It had some artificial liar-revealed tension, which is really basic for an animated film, but ultimately this was great and heartwarming.
Knives Out (2019). Like a real classic literary whodunnit. A wonderful film, full of tension and humor all the way through. A rich cast of characters, great location, cool twists, just all around quality filmmaking.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). Like Mark Kermode said: it’s wet transformers. Nuff said.
The Gentlemen (2019). Great fun, left me giddy. I’m guessing that Guy Ritchie did Aladdin (2019) to get money for making a real movie – this one. In the spirit of Snatch and Ritchie’s best since Snatch too. Standout performances by Hugh Grant and Colin Farrell.
Zombieland Double Tap (2019). Has the kind of story that’s whipped together over a lunch break, but the film is entertaining enough.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019). A movie full of highly depressing scenes, but the internal order of events in this series is so confusing to me that I don’t know if any of it is significant. It’s not all bad but doesn’t add anything new to the franchise.
1917 (2019). What an enormous film. I’m staring, mouth open, to the screen after it flew by. Absolutely stunning cinematography and it gripped me from the first minutes. Some of the best shots of the year are here. It’s so full of suspense.