With cinemas all over the world being closed, there is no better time than now to stream movies, and as it seems that we have to wait some more until getting to see new films on the big screen, it is the perfect time to catch up with last year’s films. For a start, make sure you haven’t missed any of these 2019 movies on Amazon Prime, they are some of the best 2019 had to offer.
Let us know in the comments if there are any other 2019 movies streaming on Amazon Prime that are worth watching.
10. Honey Boy
Based on Shia LaBeouf’s childhood and flawed relationship with his abusive father, “Honey Boy” is a semi-autobiographical drama that follows a young movie star with alcohol problems who takes a look at his past after being forced into a rehab facility.
“Honey Boy” is far from a perfect film, but with a little more development and perhaps a better presentation (the cinematography isn’t stellar), it might have been much higher on this list. Even so, the film is very intimate, definitely a passion project for LaBeouf, and it features great and convincing performances, especially from Shia LaBeouf, who is basically playing a fictional version of his own father and gives a career-best performance, but also Noah Jupe, who plays the younger version of the film’s protagonist and is one of the best child actors we’ve seen on screen in recent years.
9. Light Of My Life
Written and directed by Casey Affleck, “Light Of My Life” stars Affleck as a father who has to keep his daughter safe after the world’s female population is nearly wiped out by a plague.
Reminiscent of “The Road” or 2018’s “Leave No Trace”, this post-apocalyptic story is even more grounded than you’d expect from its premise. While it has a few suspenseful moments, the majority of the film focuses on the father-daughter relationship and it has quite a slow pace. However, the great chemistry between Affleck and his on-screen daughter and their fantastically written dialogues convinced us that “Light of My Life” is one of last year’s underrated gems. And let’s not forget the film’s beautiful cinematography and the memorable intro scene where Affleck’s character reinvents the Noah’s Ark’s story and turns it into something much more meaningful to the film’s theme. If you are into slow-burn dramas with just a bit of thrill, you should definitely check it on Amazon Prime.
“Rocketman” was directed by Dexter Fletcher, who replaced Bryan Singer at the helm of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, yet it is a surprisingly better film than Freddie Mercury’s biopic.
Telling the story of Elton John’s breakthrough years as a musician, this is a totally refreshing take on the music biopic movie. Much more a fantasy-musical than a by-the-book biopic, “Rocketman” is filled with great performances from its entire cast, but the main star is Taron Egerton as Elton John, whose full of energy performance was, in our opinion, as worthy (or even more) of an Oscar recognition as Rami Malek’s take on Freddie Mercury.
The film flawlessly goes from upbeat and entertaining to dark and emotional, benefits of a great script, and even though it suffers from some minor pacing issues and biopic clichés, we don’t think there was a better way to make an Elton John movie.
Even if you’re not a fan of Elton John, “Rocketman” is definitely worth a watch as it is overall one of the best and most original musical biopics in many years. Anyway, chances are you’ll be a fan soon after it’s finished.
7. John Wick 3: Parabellum
The third film in the “John Wick” series sees the legendary hitman fighting his way out of New York after a 14 million dollar price tag which is put on his head makes him the target of some of the most dangerous assassins around the world.
Stylish, action-packed and wildly entertaining, the “John Wick” movies have been some of our favorite action thrillers of the last years and this third and latest entry in the series didn’t disappoint us either. “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is exactly what fans demand from this franchise and delivers non-stop action, tightly choreographed scenes, impeccable camerawork, and another committed performance from Keanu Reeves.
6. The Farewell
Directed by Lulu Wang, this acclaimed 2019 comedy-drama tells the story of a Chinese-American family who discovers that their beloved grandmother Nai Nai has only a short time left to live after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Hiding the bad news from Nai Nai, the entire family decides to pay her a farewell visit and travel from America to China under the pretext of a wedding celebration.
Partly based on Lulu Wang’s personal life experiences, “The Farewell” is a touching drama which mixes heartfelt moments with slices of humor and, despite playing it a little too safe to be considered something truly outstanding, there is no doubt that it is one of the best family movies of the year.