2019 Movie Review: Best And Rest

by She_is_my_Sin84 | created - 11 months ago | updated - 16 hours ago | Public

It’s a slow roll out, but 2019 has some big promises ahead. Here are how the movies rate against each other.

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1. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 153,667

Bong Joon Ho is a brilliant Director, and his latest dark comedy is perhaps his best work yet.

2. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 648,396 | Gross: $858.37M

If you have any emotional investment in the characters, built up over 11 years and 21 movies, this is the apex.

3. Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis

Votes: 121,779

A good ol' fashioned whodunit with fantastic performances across the board and a fun twist on the genre.

4. Little Women (2019)

PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance

91 Metascore

Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on their own terms.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 27,077

Ronan is flawless as ever, but the cast around her is equally as strong.

5. 1917 (2019)

R | 119 min | Drama, War

79 Metascore

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth

Votes: 60,150

The 1-2 punch of Mendes and Deakins makes this survivalist war story a visual triumph.

6. Toy Story 4 (2019)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Director: Josh Cooley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale

Votes: 146,789 | Gross: $433.03M

Hopefully, this fitting epilogue adventure marks the end of one of the most iconic franchises of all time.

7. Weathering with You (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Shun Oguri, Sei Hiraizumi

Votes: 5,951

A film this incredibly beautiful to look out could use a few touch-ups to the third act plot.

8. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

71 Metascore

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 84,454 | Gross: $160.80M

Once it finds its legs, this film caps a beloved trilogy with an emotional and satisfying conclusion.

9. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson

Votes: 14,373

A touching drama about one of television's most beloved figures, with Hanks giving his best performance in years.

10. Captain Marvel (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law

Votes: 389,621 | Gross: $426.83M

Larson is a superhero for sure, but the real credit goes to a story that doesn’t kowtow to every cliche.

11. Fighting with My Family (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Director: Stephen Merchant | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh

Votes: 48,253 | Gross: $22.96M

It’s a feel-good movie, but it succeeds in making you truly care about the characters through heart and humor.

12. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

R | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassins' guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head, he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 213,459 | Gross: $171.02M

The stunt work is remarkable, as we’ve come to expect from this series, even if the world is getting a little too ridiculous.

13. Booksmart (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy

84 Metascore

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis

Votes: 59,239 | Gross: $22.68M

The expected teen comedy takes a dramatic turn, making this is very satisfying growing-up story.

14. Frozen II (2019)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee | Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff

Votes: 58,796

Like it's predecessor, it is fun, uneven and undeniably beautiful to see.

15. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 255,904 | Gross: $388.53M

It's a fun distraction of a movie and a worthy end to Phase 3 of the MCU, but it never reaches beyond middling.

16. Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, War

48 Metascore

The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 21,539 | Gross: $4.54M

Despite its flaws, the film has a refreshing reverence for language in its ode to a true master of language.

17. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 48,230 | Gross: $0.35M

Satire is intended to challenge, which is precisely what Waititi does here, while also adding his signature heartfelt story.

18. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

An augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator, from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the human race.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes

Votes: 67,038

It's by far the best Terminator since T2, though it relies a bit too heavily on callbacks and cliches.

19. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 183,392 | Gross: $85.71M

There is a lot of plot and world-building smashed together, but the visuals are just dazzling.

20. Raising Kratos (2019)

115 min | Documentary

A documentary about the making of the award-winning video game 'God of War (2018),' which reframed and reformed the central character and told a story of fatherhood and betterment.

Director: Brandon Akiaten | Stars: Cory Barlog, Christopher Judge, Danielle Bisutti, Sunny Suljic

Votes: 313

God of War is a masterpiece video game, and the story behind it is surprisingly touching.

21. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

54 Metascore

The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley

Votes: 232,184

After a painful first 30 minutes, the film delivers a mostly satisfying end to the Skywalker saga.

22. Us (II) (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 176,892 | Gross: $175.01M

The film is brimming with tension, though it lacks a real payoff with an ultimately obvious twist.

23. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 44,507 | Gross: $105.81M

While it doesn’t have the natural wit of the first film, it brings its own emotional punch amidst the manic fun.

24. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 104,850 | Gross: $110.50M

It’s exactly what you expect, which is great new for kaiju fans and a nightmare for everyone else.

25. Good Boys (II) (2019)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

Three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.

Director: Gene Stupnitsky | Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon

Votes: 38,138 | Gross: $69.06M

It isn't groundbreaking in its execution, but there's an added level of hilarity since it's children.

26. Long Shot (2019)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

67 Metascore

Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Votes: 66,254 | Gross: $30.32M

Despite being a Seth Rogen fantasy film, it does earn its fair share of laughs.

27. Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan

Votes: 64,067

It's more of the same, with even lower stakes, but still charmingly fun.

28. The Lion King (2019)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

55 Metascore

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Votes: 156,380 | Gross: $540.08M

I'm not a fan of shot-for-shot remakes, even if the visuals are impressive.

29. Aladdin (I) (2019)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari

Votes: 173,541 | Gross: $354.87M

The film itself is a bit messy, but the spectacle and Will Smith's antics make it an entertaining mess.

30. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, causing the X-Men to decide if her life is worth more than all of humanity.

Director: Simon Kinberg | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 120,850 | Gross: $65.85M

The movie is far from polished, but it also brings X-Men movies back to where it belongs: focusing on characters.

31. Missing Link (2019)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.

Director: Chris Butler | Stars: Hugh Jackman, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas

Votes: 12,751 | Gross: $16.65M

It’s a cute and funny movie, though the story feels painfully underdeveloped.

32. Isn't It Romantic (2019)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

60 Metascore

A young woman disenchanted with love mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra

Votes: 53,678 | Gross: $48.79M

Despite being a rom-com in the end, the film does deftly point out everything that makes the genre both endearing and frustrating.

33. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

Director: Rob Letterman | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy

Votes: 111,077 | Gross: $144.11M

It’s cute enough to be entertaining, though it not original enough to be memorable.

34. Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Votes: 208,266 | Gross: $140.37M

Some laughs and a better attitude than most DC films don’t distract from a movie that is narratively bankrupt in almost every way.

35. Men in Black: International (2019)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson

Votes: 82,655 | Gross: $79.80M

It's just as mildly entertaining as the other two sequels, saved only by Kumail Nanjiani's wry wit.

36. Dumbo (2019)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green

Votes: 54,378 | Gross: $114.77M

This is Tim Burton at his most frustrating, with a post-it note screenplay and characters devoid of any dimension.

37. What Men Want (2019)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

49 Metascore

A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Kristen Ledlow, Josh Brener, Kellan Lutz

Votes: 15,951 | Gross: $54.61M

It’s messy and mostly toothless, but it’s charming enough once it finds solid ground.



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