We are into the tenth and final year of this decade. A decade that has given us some truly wonderful films. Will 2019 cap off an exceptional decade on a high? That’s too early to tell, but what we can surely confirm that 2019 does look very promising in terms of the movies that are scheduled to release this year (Check out here).
2018 was an all-around great year for films. Marvel movies like ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Black Panther’ smashed box office records. Even a film like ‘A Star is Born’, which many had deemed to be too avante grade to make a dent at the box-office, made more than $200 million in the US alone. Animation, Action and Disney continued their superb show by raking in millions in revenue. Foreign and indie films did well too. But one thing that 2018 will be remembered the most for is the rise of Netflix to become a truly recognized cinema brand. While it has always been known to produce great TV, with ‘Roma’ Netflix has proved that it means business. I won’t be surprised if the next decade belonged to Netflix.
Anyway, let’s come back to 2019. We can only hope that 2019 is at least as good as, if not better than, 2018. Even though not much has not been seen in 2019, let’s start listing down the best among the films that have released or are scheduled to release (that I have seen). We will updating this list every month. With that said, here are the top films of 2019.
5. Hotel Mumbai
‘Hotel Mumbai’ wastes no time in setting up the story or characters and moves along at breathtaking speed. As terrorists roam inside the hotel killing anyone who comes in their sight, the film becomes tenser when several guests are trapped inside a chamber on the sixth floor of the hotel. A couple of scenes in the film — one involves a baby — will have you chewing your nails. In the middle of all the action, the film also tries to remind us that the only way to tackle evil is by remaining united — and not by seeking out differences. Overall, the film works very well as a gripping thriller with non-stop action. But is that enough?
There are two main issues with the film: one technical and another ethical. While the film works as an action-thriller, it doesn’t work an emotional drama. You hardly care for the characters, expect a couple of them. So, even when they die you don’t necessarily shed tears. I think Maras should have spent a little more time introducing us to the characters. In films like these, building an emotional connection with audiences is as important as telling a gripping story.