Sunday, January 12, 2020

Favorite Movies of 2019

Terminator: Dark Fate
I've never seen a Terminator movie, and yet the trailer for this had me anticipating this one. I loved it for its action sequences and the fact that the heart of the film is three very different women: Sarah, Dani, and Grace. You can hear me squeal about it on episode 9 of my podcast, Positively Pop Culture, with my friend and fellow author C.S. Lytal.

Captain Marvel
First, I was really excited that this was coming out because it's the first Marvel movie focused on a female superhero. Then I watched it and really connected with Carol because what can I say? I love angry heroines! This is no longer surprising about myself. I really loved that Carol's strongest relationship is the one she shares with Maria, her best friend. I loved the story line of Carol learning about her true past and fixing the mistakes she participated in. But most of all, I loved the message of empowerment in how Carol always, always gets back up when she's knocked down.

The Rise of Skywalker
I could go on and on about how influential Star Wars was to my childhood and my writing career, but the main point is I'm a big fan and was both worried and excited about the sequel trilogy. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked The Force Awakens. It was my favorite film of 2015, and, actually, now I consider it my favorite Star Wars film of all time. When The Last Jedi disappointed me, I wasn't sure how I would feel about The Rise of Skywalker. Like in 2015, though, I was pleasantly surprised. Rey is my favorite character in the Star Wars universe, so I really enjoyed this exploration of her anger, her powers, and her past. I also thought it was a nice little wrap-up to the trilogy in particular and to the series as a whole.

Charlie’s Angels
I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I never watched the show, and I barely remember the early 2000s movies. This turned out to be a lot of fun! I appreciated that it was written and directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also starred as Bosley, and that all three main characters were diverse and interesting and given their own issues and strengths. A solid adventure story that I'll be sure to revisit sometime soon.

In general, I'm not very interested in the live-action remakes of Disney movies. My sister and I went to see this together, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would! Like most of the other movies on this list, this was a lot of fun, and more and more, I'm just appreciating movies that I can genuinely have a good time at. What I liked most about this was that it expanded Jasmine's role--and gave her a new kick-butt song. 

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