Thanks to which films will we remember this year? We have collected the main western movie premieres of the outgoing 2019 and suggest you choose a winner!
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Producer: Quentin Tarantino.
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film (and, as the director promises, the penultimate one in his career) simply had to be a big event. Moreover, for the first time two sex symbols of the 2000s appeared on the screen together – Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Just this brilliant duet partly guaranteed the tape success with the audience and especially the spectators.
Quite a lot has already been written about the plot, recall that the basis of the script of the film "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood" lay the real story of the brutal murder of Roman Polansky's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. In the Tarantino film, the director’s and his young wife’s neighbors become the central characters – the rapidly losing actor Rick Dalton and his understudy Cliff Booth, who essentially plays the role of assistant, driver, and even Rick’s bodyguard.
The director masterfully recreated the atmosphere of Hollywood of the late 60s and presented his own, alternative view of the sensational story. It is safe to say that only Tarantino could tell her so!
Joker / Joker
Producer: Todd Phillips.
Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazi Bitts.
We expected from the tape "Joker" Todd Phillips is another Batman film comic strip, but the director of The Stag Party in Vegas unexpectedly presented a psychological thriller that was discussed this year all the way to the Minister of Culture Medinsky.
Joaquin Phoenix, an obvious Oscar aspirant for best actor, flawlessly embodied the popular comic book negative character on the screen. The actor’s game almost did not leave indifferent: in the comments, the audience wrote that the Phoenix in the image of the Joker causes both delight and disgust.
The tape caused controversial reviews and heated debates about whether it’s right to “justify a criminal” in general, showing the audience his emotional trauma, or whether evil remains evil no matter what its cause. All these discussions also greatly fueled interest in the film: the result is more than $ 1 billion at the global box office.
Avengers: Final / Avengers: Endgame
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.
Since the world premiere in April this year, new Avengers breaking all kinds of collection records. More precisely, it began even before the premiere: even the official trailer for the tape set a record – it was the first video in YouTube’s history to collect more than a million likes in the first four hours!
As soon as they rolled out, Avengers easily outperformed all competitors, soaring into the top of the most popular films of the year. And by July, the project generally reached the title of the highest grossing film in the history of cinema, collecting about $ 2.8 billion and thus leaving behind the "Titanic", "Avatar" and other unsinkable blockbusters.
The action game "Avengers: Final" is about the confrontation between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy with the powerful titan Thanos, who in the previous part of the franchise took possession of the Infinity Glove and destroyed half the population of the Universe. A new battle is ahead, even harder and more important than before. We add that the press called the tape the main superhero blockbuster of the year – "and maybe the entire history of the movie."
"Parasites" / Gisaengchung
Producer: Pong Joon-ho.
Actors: Song Kang-ho, Lee Song-pon, Cho Ye-john.
The Korean-made film has become one of the most talked about film projects this year. After the premiere, Cannes made a long standing ovation, and the jury awarded the Parasites the main prize – the Golden Palm Branch. This is the first time the Cannes Film Festival’s highest award has been sent to South Korea. Recently, the film also recognized the best film of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Journalists have little doubt that the picture will also appear on the list of Oscar nominees.
In the story, members of a low-income family are tricked into working for a wealthy family. Which of the heroes does the director call "parasites"? The viewer will not get a clear answer to this question. Pon Jun-ho fantasizes on the eternal theme of social inequality, mixing several genres – from comedy to the bloody thriller.
"Irishman" / The Irishman
Producer: Martin Scorsese.
Actors: Robert DeNiro, Al PacinoJoe Pesci.
If a cult director uses cult actors in his film, and besides, he has been working on it for 15 years, which means that the film will definitely be included in the list of major films of the year. The Irishman with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci became Scorsese's most expensive project. The director used sophisticated technology to “rejuvenate” the characters in the frame, as required by the script, and even hired a gait coach who made sure that the actors moved like a few decades ago.
The film is based on the book of the writer Charles Brandt “I heard you paint at home” (in the slang of the American mafia “painting at home” means to kill), which tells a real story. The main character, Frank Sheeran, is a man who just did what he painted at home on the instructions of the mafia. Shortly before his death, an elderly killer met with Charles Brandt and admitted to him that he had killed 25 people, and also revealed other details of the "wrong side" of gangster life.
Scorsese’s film lasts three and a half hours, and on this occasion the opinions of the audience diverged: someone was fascinated by the story, someone thought it was too long.
"Rocketman" / Rocketman
Producer: Dexter Fletcher
Actors: Theron Edgerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard.
Not a single year is complete without a couple of Hollywood biopic! This time, the filmmakers' focus was on Elton John's biography. Dexter Fletcher, who already has a successful biopic “Eddie Eagle” on his account, made a beautiful musical story about how a simple guy from a small town turns into a number one pop star.
The “Rocketman” rental in Russia, of course, could not do without scandal, because the orientation of the legendary singer is no secret to anyone. Domestic cinemas showed a tape from which scenes of same-sex love were cut out, which offended Elton John himself. Moreover, according to critics, the scenes removed from the “Russian version” are key to the plot, so the picture seems to have suffered greatly.
Moreover, among the obvious advantages of the film, the press notes the frankness with which the musician decided to talk about his life (Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish were producers of the biopic). And, of course, the film has a lot of great music: in “Rocketman” all the best hits of the musician are heard.
"Rainy Day in New York" / A Rainy Day in New York
Producer: Woody Allen.
In the tape "Rainy day in New York" there is everything for which the world fell in love with Woody Allen's films before all his scandals (and, despite these scandals, he still hasn't stopped loving him). In the new work of the 84-year-old director, as always, he is witty, easy and beautifully talking about romance, love and betrayal in a big city.
The focus of the audience is a young couple who comes to Manhattan. Suddenly the paths of the heroes diverge. The heroine El Fanning goes for an interview with a famous director and disappears somewhere in the abyss of high life, and her young man – the hero Timothy Chalamet – meets an old friend who was once in love with him. She was played by Selena Gomez, who first collaborated with Woody Allen.
According to critics, “Rainy Day in New York” is “Allen’s typical film,” which is unlikely to produce any revolution in the world of cinema. However, fans of director's films do not really need such revolutions.
"Marriage Story" / Marriage Story
Producer: Noah Baumbuck.
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver.
"Marriage Story" with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver already distinguished herself at this year's film awards, now the film is predicted to be on the list of Oscar nominees. Critics praised the work of both leading actors.
Driver plays a New York theater director, Johansson got the role of his wife – a film actress, who, having married, moves from Los Angeles to play with her husband in the theater. Clash of ambition, growing irritation, infidelity – all this leads to a dead end. The heroes decide to leave, and everything seems to be going peacefully, until the trial begins. It turns out that within the walls of the court, the separation of the spouses can turn into a real battle.
Noah Baumbuck knows what he is talking about: he’s just a director from New York who has experienced a difficult parting with the actress – Jennifer Jason Lee. And many of his films are about complicated family relationships.
Star Wars: Skywalker. Sunrise / Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
Producer: JJ Abrams.
Actors: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, John Boeyga.
The December premiere is the release of the final episode of the fantastic Star Wars saga. Subtitled movie "Skywalker. Sunrise" will complete the story of the Skywalker family. He took off the tape JJ Abrams, who three years ago already created one of the films of the legendary franchise – "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Also, the director in the past worked on the TV series Star Trek, Lost, and Spy.
Critics rather liked the final part of the saga: in the reviews, the film is called dynamic and exciting. The audience was also interested in the audience: otherwise it could not be, given the number of Star Wars fans around the world. In the first days of distribution, the film raised over $ 200 million – and this is just the beginning.
Frozen II / Frozen II
Producer: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee.
The first "Frozen" was liked by millions of young viewers: now it’s hard to find a girl who does not know who Elsa and Anna are! Everyone was waiting for the continuation, and this year it was released. The heroes beloved by the children – the sisters Elsa and Anna, Christoph with his faithful deer Sven and the cheerful snowman Olaf – are back, and now they all will have a journey to the north. Heroes will face dangers, talk with mysterious spirits and learn the family secrets of the sisters.
The cartoon evoked different reviews: the authors of some reviews admire the epic nature and scope of what is happening on the screen, praise the songs that sound in the tape. Others write that the plot is too confusing, and this is more of a fantasy for children than a fairy tale. Others believe that in the cartoon bust with musical episodes.
With all this, Frozen 2 is expected to have a box office success: worldwide fees now amount to about a billion dollars (with a budget of 150 million).
Ford vs Ferrari / Ford vs Ferrari
Producer: James Mangold.
The James Mangold tape, based on real events, according to journalists' forecasts, may also smile at luck in the 2020 Oscars. We are talking about the confrontation in the 60s of two leaders in the automotive market – the American brand Ford and the Italian Ferrari.
Find out who is cooler, will allow the race "24 hours of Le Mans", where usually Italians are stronger. Ford faces the challenge of creating a powerful sports car that can defeat a strong opponent.
Matt Damon plays car designer Carroll Shelby, Christian Bale – his friend, race car driver Ken Miles. By the way, Bale, often ready to experiment with appearance for the sake of filming in a particular project, this time he worked too hard: for the role of Miles, the actor took off several tens of kilograms.
"Lighthouse" / The Lighthouse
Producer: Robert Eggers.
Actors: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattison, Valeria Kamaran.
With the "monsters" of the box office this year, the black and white tape "Lighthouse" competes. The focus is on just two characters performed by Willem Defoe and Robert Pattinson. The action takes place at the end of the XIX century on a secluded lighthouse, where the heroes have to spend two months together.
Defoe plays the lighthouse keeper, Pattinson – his young assistant, who, to put it mildly, is uncomfortable in the company of his elderly and very eccentric boss. The heroes have nothing to do, their everyday life is a monotonous job, a lot of alcohol and inevitable conflicts.
The old lighthouse turns out to be a place where it is quite possible to meet a mermaid and it is very difficult not to go crazy. Although nothing frankly scary in the frame, in general, does not happen, the genre of the Eggers tape in most reviews is designated as horror. It was in this genre, by the way, that the director made his debut three years ago, presenting the film "The Witch" – his critics called it creepy to goosebumps.
Producer: Rupert Gould.
Actors: Renee Zellweger, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell.
Another biopic of the outgoing year is the story of singer and actress Judy Garland, in which Renee Zellweger reincarnated. The film tells about not the best times in the biography of a Hollywood star: her career rise is already behind, her health is weakening, her harmful addictions are getting stronger. In personal life, too, everything is far from perfect: behind four destroyed marriages. Garland goes on tour in the UK, where the actress is developing a new romance – the last in her life.
Film critics agree that the best in the picture "Judy" – This is Renee Zellweger, who proved that she is given not only comedic roles. The press confidently predicts the actress nomination for an Oscar, and the role of Judy Garland unanimously declares the best dramatic work in her career.