Best & Worst Movies of 2019…So Far!

We’re halfway through the year (can you believe it?!) and summer has well and truly arrived in the UK…in the sense that it’s kind of warm, but won’t stop raining. At least it’s an excuse to hide indoors and see all the blockbusters! I feel like 2019 has been a great year for movies so far. It’s had its fair share of stinkers and disappointments for sure, but on the whole I’ve really enjoyed the 2019 releases I’ve seen. In fact, if I check out my Letterboxd ratings, I’ve got 3 five-star movies for the year, compared with none at this point in 2018!

In true blogger fashion, I thought this would mark the perfect time to pick my Top 5 Best and Worst movies of the year so far. Shall we start with the duds? It’s always nice to end on a high note!

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#5 Someone Great

I really wanted to love this movie. I knew not to expect something award-worthy, or a completely original plot that would blow me away, but the cast is impressive and if nothing else I thought I was guaranteed a lot of laughs. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. It had its moments but it mostly felt like the movie was just trying to take the piss out of Millennials.

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#4 What Men Want

Taraji P. Henson being an absolute badass in a comedy where she can hear men’s thoughts? What could possibly go wrong? It took far too long for the movie to get going, and although it started to pick up steam eventually I’d lost interest at that point. Tracy Morgan was pretending he was actually starring in an episode of 30 Rock.

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#3 Wine Country

It’s still too soon, I’m not sure I can even talk about Wine Country. Some of my favourite comedic actresses getting together and getting drunk should have been a match made in heaven, so why was it so damn boring? I’m starting to get very suspicious of Netflix Original comedies…

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#2 Wonder Park

This stupid movie made me cry for no purpose whatsoever. If you’re a fan of theme parks and really want to watch a budget, crap version of Inside Out then here’s your perfect movie. I still don’t know why it’s even called Wonder Park when the park in the actual movie is called Wonderland. Arggghhh!

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#1 Serenity

I’ve just realised I never even wrote a mini-review of this movie, let alone anything structured. In fact, I almost gave Serenity a pass because it’s at that level of terrible where I actually had a lot of fun watching it. There’s a good movie in here somewhere, but wow, what a plot twist. Just don’t do what I do and start to read deeper into it, because that’s when it really derails. I’m not sure anything will be able to top this by the end of the year!

I could have quite easily done a list of 10 Best movies of the year so far, which means doing it at the end of the year is going to be horribly difficult. I’ve just enjoyed a lot of movies so far this year! My honourable mentions go to Aladdin, Booksmart, Instant Family, Isn’t It Romantic, Long Shot, Missing Link, Us, Captain Marvel, and Fighting with My Family for narrowly missing out on a spot.

So, without further ado, here are what I’ve deemed the best movies of 2019 so far:

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#5 Shazam!

So many of my reviews this year have started with me saying how pleasantly surprised I’ve been with a movie. With the rubbish released in previous years, I never thought I’d have a DC movie in my top list! I was so hesitant about Shazam!, it looked funny but it also looked a bit dumb in the trailer, but I was overwhelmed. I laughed so much in the cinema and I didn’t expect it to have so much heart too – I’ve seen it twice already.

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#4 Pokemon Detective Pikachu

When Detective Pikachu was announced what feels like 10 years ago, I groaned. As someone who grew up with the trading cards, TV show and videogames, I was dying for a live-action Pokemon movie but not one revolved around a Pikachu with a detective hat. But oh my god. I was sold once the first trailer came in. I know the non-Pokemon fans didn’t enjoy it much, but for me, there’s so much fan service involved that I was grinning the whole time.

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#3 Toy Story 4

I’ve only reviewed this very recently so I’ll keep this one short, major kudos to Pixar for not only making an incredible original and 3 amazing sequels. I thought Toy Story 3 gave the movie a perfect ending but number 4 went one better.

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#2 Avengers: Endgame

My Top 2 keep changing minute by minute. In fact, I’ve changed the order at least 5 times just whilst writing this post. Ask me tomorrow and I’ll have changed my mind again. There was no doubt in my mind though that Endgame would be amazing. Marvel just have this movie making down to fine art now, and what a perfect ending this was for the current Avengers line up. It’s a good job it’s being re-released next week because I didn’t make the full movie without a toilet break and I still don’t know what I missed!

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#1 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

I know. I know I put John Wick above Endgame. “It’s only because of Keanu Reeves!” I can hear you all saying. You’re probably right. But if you asked me which of 2019’s movies I’ve enjoyed the most so far, it’s going to be Parabellum every time. I saw it twice at the cinema and I’m looking forward to a DVD release so I can watch it again. Those choreographed fight scenes are just perfect, and it’s ruined every other action movie for me. I’m dying to see Chapter 4!

Enough about me, over to you guys…what’s been your Best & Worst of the year so far? Is it feeling like a good year for movies?

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

avengers-endgame-2019-movie-reviewDirector: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Runtime: 181 Minutes

Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly,

Plot: Directly following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Thanos’ snap with the infinity gauntlet that wiped out 50% of all living creatures. The remaining Avengers team up to try to save them.

My Thoughts: This has to be the biggest movie event of all time. 21 movies spanning 11 years. All leading up to this very moment, it’s incredible when you really think about it. Some idiot posted a leak before its release which I managed to avoid but other than that, my social media feeds have been free of spoilers which I’m truly grateful for. I felt excited, sick and nervous going in to see Endgame on Tuesday night! There are spoilers ahead for the entire movie because I have no idea how to talk about it otherwise.

The trailers gave nothing away, and please, please movie gods, let all trailers do this. There’s no better feeling than not having any clue as to what’s going to happen, or even how your favourite character is going to look! Honestly, I struggle to find the words because the movie was perfect – in my eyes at least. The focus may have been on the original Avengers but every character got their spot of the limelight and the ending was so fitting. It’s the end of an era and although some of the character arcs were devasting, it ended exactly how it should have done.

Do you know what, though? I started this post almost a week ago and I’m struggling to even put my thoughts into words. It was more than just a movie, it was an experience, and I’m so excited to see where the Marvel universe goes next!

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Best Bit: I’m going to cheat and pick two because arguably, the best scenes were the farewells that we gave to our retiring Avengers, but what Marvel does better than the rest is humour, and the scene with Thor and Korg playing Fortnite absolutely killed me. I laughed so loud I probably missed half of it, but it’s not like I needed an excuse to watch the movie again!

Worst Bit: Fat Thor! On a serious note, it’s a completely logical arc for his character to go through, but my selfish-ass wanted to perv on Thor for 3 hours!

Fun Trivia: At Tony Stark’s funeral, a teenage boy is seen standing behind Scarlet Witch and Bucky. This is Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins), the boy from Iron Man 3 (2013) who let Tony use his shed when he needed to repair his Iron Man suit.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 empty taco shells from Ant-Man. Hopefully, Hulk has a few more to share!

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Ranking the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU) Movies

With Avengers: Endgame (2019) seemingly right around the corner, what better time to look back to over 10 years and 21 movies in the Marvel Comics Universe. I had just left college when the first movie, Iron Man (2008) was released, and now here I am with a husband, a mortgage and a baby toddler! It’s been a wild ride so far and the movies aren’t showing any sign of slowing down yet.

Now I don’t know about you, but I love making lists, especially movie lists! Trying to rank all 21 MCU movies is so, so difficult, though. Not only is it a huge number of movies to work with, but let’s face it – none of them are terrible!

Take my list with a bit of a warning, I’ve ranked these on how much I enjoyed them, and I know for a fact almost, if not all of you, will disagree with my top choice! That sounded a bit click-baity actually, didn’t it? Blogger ranks all 21 MCU movies…the #1 choice will shock you!

#21 The Incredible Hulk (2008)
#20 Iron Man 3 (2013)
#19 Iron Man (2008)
#18 Thor: The Dark World (2013)
#17 Iron Man 2 (2010)
#16 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
#15 Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
#14 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
#13 Ant-Man (2015)
#12 Black Panther (2018)
#11 Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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#10 Captain Marvel (2019)
It may be the freshest MCU movie in my mind but there’s no denying how badass Danvers is, how funny Nick Fury was and how bloody adorable Goose is.

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#9 Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Director Taika Waititi delved into the world of Asgard to bring us a third Thor movie and it was glorious. I didn’t think I would be able to cope with the new hair cut but I was smitten as always!

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#8 Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
I was one of the very few who loved Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, and I was hurt that it was rebooted so quickly, but Tom Holland is a perfect Spider-Man and for whatever reason the Spidey origin story never gets old.

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#7 The Avengers (2012)
By now we’re used to seeing multiple superheroes battling together on the big screen but the moment these heroes came together as the Avengers 7 years ago was pretty magical.

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#6 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
You’ve seen I wasn’t Cap’s biggest fan when he debuted but The Winter Soldier completely won me over.

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#5 Doctor Strange (2016)
I don’t think my head has ever recovered from seeing the mind-bending scenes in Doctor Strange in IMAX. I’ve always been biased when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch but he is perfect in this role and interacts with the other Avengers so well!

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#4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Speaking of which, Infinity War brought the biggest number of heroes all together in one movie. It could have been a disaster, but it worked. Sitting in that cinema audience the moment Thanos snapped his fingers was just…utterly brilliant! I don’t know if Endgame can top it, to be honest.

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#3 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
I scoffed at the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. Who the hell are these characters? I’ve never heard of them. Why is Chris Pratt in every single movie this year? Marvel has lost the plot. Of course, I still paid to go and see it on opening weekend, and I was promptly proved wrong in the first 10 minutes.

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#2 Thor (2011)
The original Thor movie might not be in anyone’s Top 10, let alone Top 5, but for me, it was the Marvel movie that actually sparked up a love of superheroes for me, and Thor has been my favourite Avenger ever since. Plus, it’s just so quotable – it’s a daily occurrence in our house.
*Toddler throws sippy cup across the room* Me: I like it, another!
*Walking into any pet store* Me: I need a horse!

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#1 Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Yes, Ant-Man and the Wasp is my favourite MCU movie. Don’t @ me. Seriously though, I don’t know what to tell you. There’s just something about it that ticks all the boxes for me. Paul Rudd, the adorable doting father. His daughter who gives the best gifts ever. Michael Pena and his little crew. The shrinking and growing jokes that just don’t get old. I may have disappointed you, but I can’t help it!