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TOTUM's Yearly Roundup: The Best Movies Of 2019

Abigail MeadowDecember 17th
2019

So it's that time when we reflect on all the great things that happened this year and that includes the incredible cinema we've expereinced that gripped and moved us from the opening credits.

It's cheesy to say 2019 has been the best year for films, but this year it really has! Let's get straight to it.

The Joker

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Anybody who saw The Joker will understand the pure genius behind the film which wowed audiences across the globe, providing an origin story to the Batman villain, Joker. Obviously.

Joaquin Phoenix plays Aurthur Fleck a failed comedian who looks after his elderly mother. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

SPOILER ALERT - One of the best scenes in the film is when The Joker is in full swing and he dances down the stairs in NYC.

Fun fact, the stairs are located in the Bronx in New York and have now become a huge tourist attraction, but locals aren't too thrilled with the new fame of the area.

Avengers: End Game

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Avengers: End game was hugely anticipated. Arguably the most hyped movie of the year, I'm pretty sure fans would say it didn't disappoint in the slightest.

If you haven't seen the movie I won't give away any spoilers, but suffice to say it received 94% on Rotten Tomatoes... need I say more?

A synopsis reads: "After Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, disintegrates half of the universe, the Avengers must reunite and assemble again to reinvigorate their trounced allies and restore balance."

The film is a satisfying ending to to Marvel's Infinity Saga.

Fun fact: Avengers: Endgame is the very first film to make over $1 billion within its opening weekend. That's a lotta mula.

Frozen 2

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Bit of a different vibe from the other two, but c'mon who doesn't love an animated Disney film!?

Frozen 2 came out in late November and was another highly anticipated film - and by the sounds of the reviews it went down an absolute treat with viewers, kids and parents alike!

Critics praised the film for keeping up with the audience's age and maturing with them, which in turn created a more in-depth movie which led to a film breaking our hearts and putting it back together again.

In the original movie we don't see too much of Elsa's character, but in this one we definitely see more to her and what makes her so magical.

Fun fact: The first official teaser for Frozen 2 dropped on February 13, 2019 and logged 116.4 million views in the first 24 hours it was online, making it the mpst viewed animated movie trailer of all time (and the 15th most viewed movie trailer overall).

Midsommar

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This film was absolutely WILD and it really got people talking.

Midsommar left people thinking "WTF did I just watch?"

It looked so beautiful on screen yet the goings-on of the film were pretty f***ed up. With murders and suicides left right and centre it really left some people feeling some kind of way.

The director said the ending was supposed to be a happy horror ending, but I'm not exactly sure who that was aimed at. None the less, the film was everything a horror should be.

A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Fun fact: If you've seen the film, you'll have noticed the incredible set and background of the movie. Ari Aster, the director of the movie said at a screening: "Everything you see in Hårga is built from scratch.

"We had two months to build everything and cultivate that entire field. It was ten buildings, some of which are very large, and all the paintings were commissioned and done specifically for this film."

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

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This is the ninth film directed by Quentin Tarantino and has a star-studded cast featuring all of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.

The story follows a faded television actor and his stunt double as they strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Over all the film is described as a 'love letter' to Hollywood and the finale is something only Tarantino could come up with, whether you like the ending or not, you can't help but love the film anyway.

Fun facts: Tarantino has said he worked on the screenplay for five years and it is also the first film starring Leonardo DiCaprio after his Academy Award winning performance in The Revenant (2015).

Seing as though there were so many incredible films this year, we thought we'd give a nod to a few more:

  • The Irishman

  • Toy Story 4

  • The Lion King

  • IT: Chapter II

We can't wait to see what 2020 will have to offer.

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