I am not a film critic. I am one who appreciates a well-told story on film. The actors are almost always secondary to a good story for me. And, I rarely read the book before seeing the film. I don’t compare the printed word to the visual storytelling. I prefer to experience each separately.
It was a long, cold winter. We watched more movies than usual.
These five films have left the strongest impact on me, so far, in 2019.
Some were block busters. Others, not. Yet each is worth viewing.
I will not ruin it for you by revealing the plot or storyline. Instead, click on the links below for a preview of each film.
The Hate U Give
I’ve lived in Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C. and Charleston, South Carolina before re-locating back to the Midwest.
The storyline, actions, and consequences here are believable and relatable to me.
Even if you’ve never lived in such a culture, the message in this movie is strong. It’s a movie I will remember. “What one puts out in the world, one gets back.”
Acronym: T.H.U.G.-The Hate U Give.
What They Had
We discovered this movie on Amazon Prime.
Anyone with aging parents will relate to the familial struggles and angst in this story. It centers on memory loss and deep love. One can get distracted by the drama in the children’s lives. Focus on the parents.
Queen was the first concert I ever attended. It was September 16, 1980 at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/queen/1980/hilton-coliseum-ames-ia-4bdc9ffe.html
I was slightly overwhelmed and equally impressed by the crowd, the music, the theatrical performances and the stage lighting that night.
Flicking of a Bic lighter to show approval was new to me.
Of course, I’d heard the music before but never seen it performed live.
Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of attending a Queen concert, this movie is worth watching.
Though you may not agree with Freddy Mercury’s lifestyle, one cannot diminish his immense talent and impact on the music industry.
The movie received the 2019 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture award.
Women of a certain age will completely understand this movie.
I’ve been paid quite well for many years to ghost write for political and corporate leaders. I get this movie. “Keep your mouth shut while others recite your words.”
Revealing more will ruin the plot for you.
Glenn Close, the lead actress, won multiple awards for her role in the film.
If addiction has ever been in your life or in the life of someone you love, this movie will make a lasting impression on you. It highlights repeated recovery, relapse and survival. Income and status do not shield anyone from addiction.
Steve Carell, most widely known for comedic work, does an outstanding job in this dramatic role.
One can watch this movie on Amazon Prime.
What Film’s Been Most Impactful for You?
The 1988 Comedy-Drama, “Beaches,” starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey is one I’ll always remember. Theirs was a real and loyal friendship despite class differences, betrayal and illness. It set an example for me, at an early age, on how to initiate and build life-long friendships.
We even used a featured soundtrack from this movie, “Wind Beneath My Wings” as a spotlight dance at our 1992 wedding.
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