These Are a Few of My Favorite Things… From 2019

Joshua Beck
8 min readJan 1, 2020

2019 has brought a lot of amazing things. And I’d like to talk about a few that I personally loved.

Movies

Assemble.

I think I say this every year, but this was a great year for movies. Regardless of what Martin Scorsese says about Marvel movies, Disney showed us the might of the Mouse House in 2019.

Here’s a list of the Disney movies I’ve loved this year: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man Far From Home, Aladdin, Frozen II, and of course, Rise of Skywalker. Frankly, Disney took all my money this year. And I’m not complaining. Endgame was the perfect culmination of 10 years of cinematic building, and Spider-Man Far from Home was a wonderful first step into the next phase of that world. Toy Story 4 proved why, exactly, we needed one more story about the toys, and Aladdin showed us that you don’t have to make a carbon copy of a classic to make a great movie (if only Lion King learned that lesson…). I loved Rise of Skywalker despite the mixed reviews; I think The Last Jedi was my favorite of this trilogy story-wise, but Rise was definitely the most fun I’ve had in a theater since Star Wars returned. But the standout from Disney is probably Frozen II, which was one of the best animated movies I’ve seen in years. Yeah, I said it. Years. And I didn’t even like the original Frozen all that much.

Outside of the scope of Disney, I thoroughly enjoyed Detective Pikachu, The Lego Movie: Part 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, Us, Dark Phoenix, Shazam!, and Downton Abbey. Dark Phoenix wasn’t the worst of the X-Men franchise, but also not the best. Similarly, Shazam! was a very fun superhero movie, but coming between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, it was, to put it nicely, dwarfed. Had it come out in the early 2000’s, it probably would have been one of the best superhero movies ever, but now that Marvel Studios has shown us how to make excellent superhero movies, DC’s movie, while still great, felt a little dated.

I will finish what you started.

I missed Alita: Battle Angel when it came out in theaters, but recently watched it after picking up the bluray on Black Friday, and it was honestly a very good…

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