5 . AVENGERS: ENDGAME
How predictable! I’m a self-confessed MCU Stan so any Marvel film automatically has a decent chance that I’ll enjoy it. This film is absolutely NOT for new viewers. I can only sympathise with those not acquainted with the franchise who have been dragged to the cinema to see it. For fans though, it’s a great conclusion to 10 years of films and is great considering how high my expectations were.
4. TOY STORY 4
Sequelitis continues to plague the multiplex however I’m all for them if there’s something interesting to be done with the concept and characters. Although not as good as the original trilogy in my eyes, this fourth entry is surprisingly close. I also think the story takes a genuinely interesting and new direction and is still a great place for the franchise to end on whilst also setting up future sequels should Pixar decide to make any. The returning characters apart from Woody and Bo really have nothing to do but that’s my only major gripe.
From a critical perspective, I think this is an inspired film. Some of the directing, scripting and acting choices are inspired and it’s definitely the most thoughtful cinema experience I’ve had. I think anyone who likes cinema, DC Comics or thrillers will like this. The only reason this film was not my favourite is because the second act isn’t particularly entertaining, which I think is the most important part of a film.
2. CAPTAIN MARVEL
A controversial pick perhaps but this was just so fun. I liked every aspect of the film apart from story elements that ended up creating plot holes in the wider universe. Brie Larson gives a great performance and I think there’s a good balance between the MCU formula and the feminist message it’s trying to project. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I certainly enjoyed it.
1. FROZEN II
The last film I saw in 2019 ended the year with a bang. A perfect example of how an animated family film can still deal with complex themes and present a sophisticated story whilst still being accessible to all ages. It starts a little weak but gets going after 10 minutes and never stops. The acting and singing are all great and I dare to say it’s better than the original smash hit.