The Oscar awards have always provided a reliable measurement of world cinema trends and and professionals’ preferences, albeit of unavoidable polemics which helps making profitable noise for the movie industry. The Oscars greatly influence the viewers choices, as well. In 2019, Hollywood honored movies focused on accepting diversity and fighting prejudice. One of these that delves into these sort of issues is Green Book, winner of three Oscar awards, including best film. In addition to the theme of discrimination, the coveted fantasy of super heroes has also had its share of success with the public and critics this year, with the production of Avengers: Endgame and Spiderman: a new universe. Children's cinematography has kept pace with other genres, with high quality films such as The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4. As for comedy, it seems that there were no unforgettable pictures produced, with the exception of a few titles such as Cyrano, My Love, a French production. What do you think is the golden film of the year? The choice from the best selected according to the guide Choose a Film 2019 is yours. This guide was drawn up by Armando Fumagalli and Eleonora Recalcati.
Inspired by a true story, Green Book displays the power of friendship in a world where barriers seem impassable. This is the story of Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer who, in difficult economic circumstances, accepts a job bordering on scandalous for the customs of the time (1960s): becoming the driver of Don Shirley, a wealthy African American. Don Shirley is a world-renowned jazz pianist, who resides in New York but tours the southern American states, which are not at all welcoming towards people of color. For safety purposes, there is the Negro Motorist Green Book, a guide that contains hotels, restaurants, and "black-friendly" gas stations, where African Americans can stop without fear for their own lives. Following the directions of the Green Book, the particular pair (of Tony and Don) begins a journey that highlights the fierce contradictions of racial inequality. Why is it a must see? It is a thrilling movie that has the great honor of having stirred up a debate on the unfortunately always topical issue of racism.
Cyrano Mon Amour
It takes place in Paris in the late 19th century. Edmond Rostand, a young talented poet, has been suffering from failure and is living on the streets. However, he was offered a great opportunity: to commission a heroic comedy for the star Constant Coquelin. Edmond doesn’t have a cent in his pocket and has only three weeks to write what will become a masterpiece: Cyrano de Bergerac. Why is it a must see? It is a film with a great pace and pays precise attention to the details of the setting, as well as tells a story that captures the viewer and moves him.
The Incredibles 2
Governments around the world have declared superheroes outlawed. Now all they have to do is find a normal job and face the problems of daily family life... Fourteen years later, Pixar returns to tell the story of this family of superheroes that has thrilled many families. Why is it a must see? It’s a fun and hilarious film, but it also makes us reflect on a question: does it mean more to be superheroes who defend the universe from the bad guys or to raise a family?
Spiderman: A New Universe
Miles Morales is a Brooklyn teenager struggling to overcome the insecurities of his age. One night he is bitten by a radioactive spider. In that moment everything changes. He meets Spiderman who, however, is killed before his very eyes by the super villain Kingpin. Miles begins to think that he is the heir, only to discover that in New York other spidermen have come from parallel universes. Together with them he will have to stop Kingpin's crazy plan and find out if he really has the courage inside himself to become a real Spiderman. Why is it a must see? The message of the film, like the rest of all the previous Spiderman movies, is very positive: a person who helps others simply because he knows he has to do it and because it is the right thing to do, is undoubtedly a true superhero.