It’s Oscar night!
I’m a sucker for award shows of any kind but the Oscars are especially exciting. Who doesn’t want to see their favorite movie celebs giving out awards for the best movies of the year? Sounds like a great night of entertainment if I’ve ever seen one. The past few years, my boyfriend and I have made a point to watch as many Oscar nominated movies as we can before the award show airs. It’s much more entertaining to watch if you’ve actually seen and have an opinion about the movies themselves. I understand not everyone has as much free time as we do so I wanted to do a recap and review of the nominees we’ve watched this year.
Disclaimer: We did not get around to all nominees. Vice, Roma, Mary Poppins Returns, At Eternities Gate, Can You Ever Forgive Me, are not mentioned in this post.
A Star Is Born
A remade classic. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t seen the previous versions of this movie, but I was really impressed with Bradley Cooper’s version. The story is about Bradley Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine, meeting and falling in love with Lady Gaga, Ally in the movie. Lady Gaga’s career starts to rise while Bradley Cooper struggles with alcoholism.
In the beginning, I actually wasn’t super stoked to watch this movie. It was getting a lot of hype and that always makes me cautious about how good a movie actually is. However, like I said, I was really impressed with this movie! Bradley Cooper’s direction was amazing and overall it was just a really pretty movie to watch. The soundtrack is also very good.
As for the acting, Lady Gaga killed it! I was skeptical about how she would perform; I was unimpressed with her feature in American Horror Story so I didn’t have high hopes. But she really put her all into her performance and it showed. Her chemistry with Bradley Cooper is unlike the chemistry in any other movie and that’s what really makes it stand out. I would rate this movie an 8/10. Without giving too much away about the plot, I will say the ending left me wanting more.
A musical wonder. Queen was such an influential band it’s amazing they haven’t made a movie about them before. Bohemian Rhapsody follows the band, Queen, from their formation to their iconic performance at Live Aid. The story focuses on the life of the band’s legendary front man Freddy Mercury. The most impressive part about this movie by far is Rami Malek’s performance as Freddy Mercury. Seriously, if you don’t believe me, watch this video. It was just really cool to watch how accurately he portrayed this iconic man. I would not be mad if he won best actor for his performance. I wolud rate this movie a 9/10.
An epic come full circle. The Green Book was my favorite of all of the nominees we watched this year. When we started watching the movie, we thought it was about a jazz musician traveling around with his driver but we were very wrong. The Green Book is based on the true story of Tony Lip and Dr. Don Shirley. The two polar opposite men form an unlikely and awkward partnership when the classically trained African American pianist Dr. Shirley, played by Mahershala Ali, hires the rough, Italian, New York native Tony Lip, played by Viggo Mortensen to drive him on his tour of the South in 1960s. We see the relationship develop between the two men as they overcome their differences through long car rides and intense life experiences. This movie was a total 10/10!
A missed opportunity. Talk about lady power in this movie. The story follows the life of Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, and her right hand lady, Lady Sarah, played by Rachel Weisz. Life is perfect until newcomer Abigail comes to live with the Queen after her family suffers a tragic fate and she is left all alone. Then drama unfolds as Emma Stone tries to take Rachel Weisz spot as the Queen’s “favourite.” You get it. I loved the costumes, hair and makeup in this film. It was so fun. It was also directed very well and was an interesting movie to watch because of the moving camera angles and shots. However, I’m only rating this movie a 7/10. The ending was kind of vague and I wasn’t a big fan. Without going into too much detail, the bunnies ruined it for me.
Isle of Dogs
An animated. This was a great movie! It follows the story of an island of dogs hated and exiled by the human race. One brave boy ventures to the island to find his lost dog and bring him home. With the help of some friendly dogs, the boy’s adventure ensues. This movie was so great to watch. It was amazingly animated and filled with celebrities. The story was all that it needed to be and I was so impressed with the stop motion. I’m rating this movie a 9/10!
A mirrored masterpiece. Second favorite movie of the nominees this year! Spike Lee did an amazing job with this movie. It was so appealing to watch. The style and soundtrack were perfectly matched to the time and the vibe of the era. The movie follows the true story of Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington, an African American police detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ron goes undercover with the help of the White officer, Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver, to infiltrate the local chapter of the Klu Klux Klan. What impressed me most about this movies was Spike Lee’s ability to mirror some of the issues of the past, with events and issues still happening today. This movie gets a 10/10!
Black Panther, Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet & Spider-Man into the Spider-verse
I don’t think I really have too much to explain with these two superhero movies. If you haven’t seen Black Panther by now what have you been doing? Get out and go see the first African Marvel superhero movie! As for Spider-Man, this movie is also worth a watch. The animation in this movie is outstanding! The whole thing has a comic book vibe and each character has a little bit different animation. If you like Spider-Man, this movie would be really great for you. Same goes with Wreck it Ralph. This is a movie for Disney and video game lovers. Definitely worth a watch for the animation alone. I’m rating all these hero movies an 8/10!
That’s all for my Oscar Nominee recap. I hope you enjoyed! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!