It’s that time again. For those who haven’t seen my previous best of the year lists I go by original release date rather than the UK release, this does lead to the list being delayed sometimes due to UK release delays. Fortunately the list was only delayed by one month this year, lets begin…
I saw this as part of a movie marathon of all four versions of this movie and this was one of the best versions, certainly the best of the remakes. I think it’s a great film on its own but even better when you can see the ways each of the previous versions influenced it and how it set itself apart from them. I look forward to seeing how this version influences the next one in 20 or 40 years.
This is a last minute addition but one that really deserves to be here. Naoko Yamada is one of the most talented directors working in anime today and I look forward to seeing more from her. Even though I haven’t seen any of Sound! Euphonium I can still appreciate this as a stand alone film, though I expect if I had seen the show this could have been higher.
On that note a big part of why this movie makes this list is because I’m a fan of the show. Getting to see Class 1-A on the big screen was neat and getting to see Deku and All Might team up while You Say Run plays in the background is something that isn’t going to mean much to people who don’t watch or read My Hero Academia but as a fan it was one of the coolest movie fights of the year.
Yeah there’s a fair amount of anime on this list. Much like Liz and the Blue Bird this was a newer addition to the list but it gains extra points for making me cry multiple times.
This movie isn’t going to be for everyone, it’s very silly and surreal while still managing to make its points effectively. Out of all the live action films I saw last year this one had the most unique visuals even when you consider the next two entries on this list.
Yes I know now that the hype has died down many people are a bit more critical of this movie or at least consider it overrated but when I look back on all the build up to this movie and how well it paid off on that build up I’m still impressed by it. Plus Thanos was one of the best villains of the year and the snap is one of the most shocking scenes in the MCU putting everything on the line for Endgame.
This movie and Infinity War were at the top of my list for a long time often switching places. After a rewatch however I feel Black Panther is the stronger movie even now that the hype has died down. This was the best live action film of the year and it’s great to see that it got nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Wakanda Forever!
I said in my review that it’s like this movie was made for me. I’m a big fan of Disney, crossovers, the internet and video games but also because it’s a movie about dealing with the fact friends will move away and not spend as much time hanging out as they used to. Also the Disney and meme jokes are hilarious.
This is the reason I delayed this list. If you’re not a Dragon Ball fan you’re not really going to care about this movie outside of saying the animation is really good but as a Dragon Ball fan this was a really exciting experience, and one I got to share with my brother. Broly and Gogeta are so much better as characters now thanks to this movie, maybe next movie they can make Cooler canon too. Speaking of Cooler his brother Freeza is at his best in this movie and it’s making me more excited to see what’s next for him.
Whenever the question of what Marvel movie people were looking forward to the most while most people would say Infinity War or Black Panther my answer was always Spider-Verse. An animated Spider-Man movie starring Miles Morales with Spider-Verse in the title? Of course I was on board. And it surpassed my expectations when it finally came out. All the animated movies in this have amazing animation but this is the one with the most unique style of animation that allowed it to capture the look of a comic book better than any other Marvel or DC movie. I really hope we see more from this multiverse soon.
And that’s my list. Honorable mentions include Mirai, BlacKkKlansman, Love, Simon, A Simple Favour, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Crazy Rich Asians and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. This year as well as watching a bunch of new movies for my top 10 movies of 2019 list I’m also going to go back and find a bunch of movies I’ve missed from the last 10 years so that I can make a best of the 2010s list. Until then I’ll continue to review each movie I see for the first time on this blog.