By the mid of 2019, audiences from around the world have realized that the most of the best releases of the year are close to the end of the year awards. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t great movies to watch all year round especially the Summer blockbusters. In fact, most of the movies aren’t lined up to win the Oscars or be nominated for the awards especially super hero sagas or killer action thrillers. 2019 has turned out to be a great year so far with fair amount of Meh movies but a few to compensate for them. I mean we’re quite certain that those who just watched X-men: Dark Phoenix wasted hard earned money because that was just painful to watch. At the same time, people watched Avengers: Endgame multiple times and it is deemed to be the greatest superhero movie of all time.
Let’s take a look at some of the best movies of 2019 so far;
1. Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame has been called “the ultimate fan-service follow-up” which absolutely nails the cathartic and riveting satisfactions. The Avengers saga and all the 18 movies during its build up sum up every alliance and rivalry, vulnerability and connecting storylines to bring together a complete masterpiece. The end of the 22-movie buildup leaves you drop-jawed with delight and dread. Not to mention, it is on track to becoming the highest grossing movie of all time if the re-release with post credit extras to make this happen.
2. Bird of Passage
One the opposite end of the cosmic spectacle from Avengers is this stunning but barely seen drug-running thriller. This is Oscar-nominated Colombian director named Ciro Guerra’s answer to his obsession with South-American narco-traffickers like Pablo Escobar. The movie did not perform that well at the box office with just about a million dollars in revenue but it still became the second highest grossing movie from Colombia.
3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
From Avengers to X-Men, this has been a year of saga-ending sequels — not low-performing franchise-killers (the only way film series would end in the pre-Harry Potter era), but movies deliberately and respectfully designed to provide emotional closure to years of avid investment from loyal audiences. The fact that the most resonant of these finales should come from DreamWorks Animation, the studio whose every release since “Shrek” has felt engineered to auto-generate followups, is all the more remarkable. Also noteworthy, considering the medium: Writer-director Dean DeBlois has allowed the characters of Viking runt Hiccup and his dragon companion Toothless to grow up together, making the most of the installment where they must inevitably grow apart. And the thing that comes between them? An ultra-rare romantic interest — a pearlescent Light Fury — who opens a new dimension of Toothless’ personality in the series’ most gorgeous entry yet.
4. Escape Room
Escape Room turned out to be pretty good even though it was predicted to flop. It was released during the first week of the year so it was probably the best time for it to be released shortly after the holidays to give fans something to enjoy after a long rest. The thriller is whole lot of fun which throws a group of strangers into a hyperbolically lethal and dangerous version of the titular team-building game. It is much more of a puzzler movie than a horror flick and the suspense itself ensures that you do not need gore or jump scares to compete with top grossing movies of the comparatively similar genre. Plus, with a total gross exceeding 150 million dollars, it was soon later renewed for a sequel set to be released in 2020.
5. Fighting with My Family
We have seen a few movies starring WWE actors but never have we seen a movie about the story of a WWE wrestler and a female wrestler for that matter. The unlikely collaboration between writer-director Stephen Merchant and executive producer the Rock turned out to be unexpected and heart-warming joy — a true story that skips along its inspirational sports-movie template while finding real pathos and tough truths under all that sparkly spandex. As WWE champion Paige, Florence Pugh is equal parts ferocious and tender, a misfit struggling to find the right way to share her talents with the world. It’s a WWE production, but if it’s propaganda for the sport, it’s the kind you’ll gladly let win you over to the joyful absurdities of the sport.
6. John Wick 3: Parabellum
Perhaps, the biggest achievement of John Wick was knocking out Avengers: End game from the top upon its release. However, the film itself is a worthy contender in this list with some mind-blowing action sequences far superior than the first two movies. The story is much more complicated than the first two but it in a world of science fiction and super hero sagas, it definitely takes a stand for the pure action genre.