15 Great Movie Friendships Of 2019

NOTE: This list only has films that I have seen in 2019. Apologies if a particular film isn’t on this list.

Instead of writing a review, I thought of doing something a little different this time. So, today I’d like to celebrate friendship and showcase some of the best from the year gone by. The following list is in chronological order. Let’s begin

Billi & Nai Nai – The Farewell

Lulu Wang’s touching portrayal of a family dealing with illness finds its soul in these two.

Jimmie & Montgomery – The Last Black Man In San Francisco

A story about identity finds itself held together with two different kinds of people who nonetheless care for each other.

Michael & Andy – Paddleton

This low-key film shows us that true friendships sometimes means just being there for the other person.

The Brothers – Kumbalangi Nights

They might be at each other’s throats but when the time comes, they’ll have the other person’s back.

MC Sher & Murad – Gully Boy

There is a strong case for having Moeen and Murad here but MC Sher’s guidance and friendship is what transforms Murad into Gully Boy.

Zak & Tyler – The Peanut Butter Falcon

This is simply one of the sweetest friendships I’ve seen in a long time, it is the definition of feel-good.

Amy & Molly – Booksmart

A hilarious coming-of-age film that beautifully showcases the bond between these two and gives us memorable moments to boot.

The Bean Bag Boys – Good Boys

This is pretty much Superbad for a new generation but the adventures these three get to, is going to be the among the funniest you have seen in a long time.

Rick & Cliff – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood…

Rick Dalton’s career may be going up and down but he’ll always Cliff Booth by his side.

Ephraim & Thomas – The Lighthouse

Through the film, they move away from being friends but for a brief period, they are the merriest of buddies and that is a joy to behold.

Carroll & Ken – Ford v. Ferrari

The two men push each other to reach greater heights giving us some exhilarating and touching moments.

Losers Gang – Chhichhore

The losers teach us a valuable lesson that life is not just about winning, there is more to it.

Destiny & Ramona – Hustlers

From being a mentor to a friend, these two go through the whole roller-coaster of emotions and take us along for the ride.

Frank & Jimmy – The Irishman

This has to be the most unexpectedly touching friendship from last year as we see these men grow from strangers to BFFs.

Schofield & Blake – 1917

When it comes to friendship we do certain things even if they do not make sense, we just do them because we care.

Until next time, bye.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – Substance Over Style

WARNING: NO SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW

There is a bittersweet feeling while watching Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and its not because of what’s happening on screen. It is when you realize that Tarantino has only one film left in his self-imposed ten film rule. But getting back to the screen, it is genuinely fun to see QT play with the audience so much. He pulls back when we expect him to go full throttle and vice-versa. There are moments that are laced with his trademark humor. He shows that there are few better than him when it comes to selecting a soundtrack. It is one of the many ways he evokes the era. And the incredible song choices which began with “Stuck in the Middle With You” in Reservoir Dogs is present here. One such example is him using the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Mrs. Robinson” for the first time Brad Pitt comes across Margaret Qualley. An ironic way to describe these two characters and only something that QT could have thought of.

You will find many people will go into this film expecting a typical Tarantino film but that is not the case here. What we get is a different version of the director as he is able to focus less on style and more on substance. He does this by focusing heavily on the characters that populate the screen. We do get the trademarks of QT – the violence, the cracking dialogue etc. but it doesn’t ratchet up the way we expect it to. This works better in this setting for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is more about the feel of a place than it’s story.

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And now we come to the film’s biggest draw, the cast. When you have so many heavyweights in one film you expect fireworks and they deliver big time. It was so wonderful to see all the cameos popping up on screen. But the film ultimately belongs to the two leading men. They light up every scene they appear in and both bring out the best in them. You might be wondering if there’s an actor cooler than Brad Pitt today? Man has so much swagger it is almost unfair on the rest of us mere mortals.

A lot of QT films show off their flair visually and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is no different. Robert Richardson showcases LA in the late 60s with such precision that it almost feels like we are there. I don’t know how much of the city was digitally altered to make it work but my god it works beautifully. Would I recommend this film to people who aren’t really fans of QT? Yes, I would. Is it a quintessential QT film ? Not really but that is just him evolving as a film maker. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a like a stick of dynamite with a really long fuse. It takes time to explode but once it does, it is truly magnificent. Please don’t stop after 10 films QT – Sincerely, a big fan.

Until next time, bye.