Going into 2019 the movie industry had very high hopes for production. Most of that was due to surefire box office hits like Avengers: Endgame, Us, Toy Story 4, and Captain Marvel being released. Throw in surprises like Booksmart and Rocketman and it has been a good year thus far for moviegoers. Best part is the year is not even half over.
As June comes to a close, here are the awards for best and worst movies of the year so far.
10. Brightburn – Ever wonder what would happen is Superman was evil when he fell to Earth? The Gunn brothers promised a twist on the superhero genre and they delivered. Brightburn does a really good job of following the typical superhero movie, but twisting the usual narrative to fit a darker story and plot. This movie slots in at 10 because of a lack of challengers rather than viability. Look for this to slide way down as the year goes forward.
9. Captain Marvel – One of the most anticipated movies of the year and it earned like it as well. As of now, the film sits second in 2019 for box office earnings, just behind Avengers: Endgame. Despite its earning power, Captain Marvel comes in as just an okay to good movie, rather than great or uninspired. Brie Larson does a good job in the role of Carol Danvers, and should be a good avenger going forward, but this movie likely will be bumped off the list as the year progresses. Note: A sequel is in the works
8. Long Shot – Set in the political world, this movie thankfully avoids political statements. This Seth Rogen romcom is the surprise thus far of 2019. As with every Rogen movie, there are drugs, but the humor has varying levels and gives you laughs throughout. Although somewhat predictable, it’s one that all adults can enjoy.
7. Vice – Led by Christian Bale Vice has a strong lead and delivers as you’d expect. Although it can be dry at times, the movie gives us glances behind the scenes of the past political storms. There is also a tremendous cast led by: Bale, Steve Carell, Amy Adams, and Sam Rockwell. The blast from the past makes this movie worth watching alone, but the performances by the cast give it an extra push.
6. Booksmart – If Long Shot is the surprise of the year, Booksmart takes it a step farther. Booksmart is easily one of the unexpected hits of the year. People have been making Superbad comparisons due to the plot, but I tend to think they are more different. Overall the movie as a whole will be relatable to past memories in high school for a lot of people.
5. Us – Easily the best horror movie of the year thus far, Jordan Peele did it again. After Get Out was so well received there were concerns it wouldn’t stand up to that. (For the record, Peele said they are very different.) Us is very unique and is the rare movie you probably need to watch more than once or even twice to pick up on certain things. Oh and Lupita Nyong’o gives one of the best performances of the year.
4. Shazam! – Finally DC made a good movie other than Wonder Woman! Pegged as a light-hearted, fun superhero movie Shazam! delivers and then some. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, delivers fun action sequences, and the uniqueness cuts through clutter in the industry. Zachary Levi portrays a really fun, immature superhero, but it’s that very portrayal that lends credence to the plot. Note: A sequel is already in the works
3. Green Book – Awarded The Oscar for Best Picture in 2019, Green Book is a great story and delivers with two outstanding performances. Lead actors Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen both are fantastic and strengthen the story. Ali also collected the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, another well-deserved award for the incredible actor.
2. John Wick 3 – The third installment in the Wick franchise and man does it deliver. As the franchise extends the sequels have somehow kept delivering their tremendous punch. Keanu Reeves is perfect in the role this edition adds the incredible Halle Berry, who fits right in while also showing a new side to fan favorite character Charon played by Lance Reddick. Personally this movie is slightly better than the second, but slightly behind the first.
1. Avengers: Endgame – What can you say about a movie that a lead up of 21 movies and 11 years? It was absolutely incredible and delivered in ways people couldn’t have imagined. The call backs to past movies, unexpected laughs and action scenes are some of the best I have ever seen. The best test you can say is that for a three hour movie, it flies by. Oh and Robert Downey Jr. deserves a nod for Best Actor.