Oscars Nomination - 2019
And the Oscars goes to ….
And the nominations are…
9th Feb. Yep… that’s right! That’s when the red carpet rolls out and by the time you read this we’re certain most of us will have picked out our personal favorites for 2019… A few might even be annoyed that some movies didn’t make it on the list (The Lion King, Hustlers, Us, The Farewell and Rocketman). But in case you’re curious or might have missed watching one of em, here’s our take on this years’ Oscar nominations…Settle down and grab a bucket of popcorn!
The Irishman — Martin Scorsese latest creation justifies its’ prolonged runtime (209 minutes) and some would even draw parallels with Good Fellas (And they’d be wrong)— Might even rekindle nostalgia for some. Scorsese’s revisit to familiar gangster drama territory brings together A-listers Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro (both also cast in Goodfellas) and Al Pacino (who is working for the first time with Scorsese). The plot is set in the post-WWII era and begins with first person account of Frank Sheeran (De Niro) — a hitman for Russell Bufalin (Pesci). The movie progresses with intercuts of their older selves (a lot of expensive digital de-aging went into that), driving to a wedding with their wives to Detroit in 1975. The movie has its fair share of violent outbursts as it traces Frank’s steady rise to power in the mob and the Brotherhood of Teamsters — which is headed by Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). The excessive runtime allows the viewers and the actors to process events, dwell on thoughts — which we think is a pleasant deviation from the fast-paced racy cuts so common these days.
1917 — Set in the WWI time period, the movie is based on an account of Alfred Mendes — paternal grandfather of the Director Sam Mendes and it illustrates the story of two young British soldiers tasked with delivering a crucial message — A message to call off an attack in the face of definitive failure. Played by George Mackay (Schofield) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Blake), the duo must sneak past Nazi territory and deliver the message to prevent the massacre of hundreds of soldiers — including Blake’s own brother among them. German forces retreated from the Hindenburg line in Eastern France in order to lure the Allied forces deeper into their territory. This was the Operation Alberich which focused on the strategic displacement of troops in order to deceive, trap and neutralize the enemy (Allied Forces). Roger Deakins’ immersive cinematographic work has viewers on the edge, begging to end the suspense. Sam Mendes’ direction captures the subtleties of trench warfare with raw detail. This coupled with immaculate screenplay and acting makes for a brilliant war-based movie.
Once upon a time in Hollywood — One can hardly go wrong when you cast two of the greatest actors in Hollywood — Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the same movie. In the 1960s and 70s Los Angeles, when Hollywood screamed from the peaks of sex, drugs and Rock n Roll, Rick Dalton(Leonardo DiCaprio), a washed-up TV star (of the famous series named Bounty Law) and his long-standing stunt double Cliff Booth(Brad Pitt) struggle to find work. The movie plot revolves around their antics and Rick’s attempts at securing an acting project. Al Pacino makes a measured appearance as an agent warning Rick about his spiraling career and urges him to go to Italy to make Spaghetti Westerns — A proposition which Rick deems less worthy than Television. As the movie progresses, chances of employment look slim, but Rick has an important neighbor — Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Quentin Tarantino’s unmistakable style combined with the interesting characters and hilarious dialogue makes Once upon a time in… Hollywood, one of the best Comedy-Dramas of 2019.
Jojo Rabbit — Writer, director and actor Taika Waititi plays the role of Adolf Hitler as an eccentric imaginary friend to a lonely little German boy — Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis). Jojo’s blind nationalism is questioned when he finds out that his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl, Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Waititi’s anti-hate satirical film gets darker and nerve-racking as it progresses. The tragicomedy manages to blend together cuteness with a measured dose of wartime horror. Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit is an adaptation of the 2008 bestseller Caging Skies by Christine Leunens.
Ford vs Ferrari — James Mangold’s Ford V Ferrari depicts the remarkable true story of the legendary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-origin racing driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale). The story begins with the duo’s struggle with corporate interference, multiple feuds and several obstacles before Henry Ford II commissions a race car to beat Enzo Ferrari at Circuit De La Sarthe. The movie (and the GT40) builds up to the final showdown at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The gripping screenplay coupled with motorsports drama will have even the non-racing enthusiasts on the edge.
Parasite — At the heart of Bong Joon Ho’s 2019 thriller drama is a timely social theme — Socio-economic disparity. The story revolves around the lives of two families(of four), Parks and the Kims — each at either end of the wealth-poverty spectrum in Seoul. The majority of the narrative revolves around the manner in which the Kims infuse themselves into the service of the Parks — starting with making a living from pre-assembling Pizza boxes to building a ‘belt of trust’ as it were, while serving the Parks in varying capacities. The hard-hitting script forces one to ponder over the global problems of class outrage and political disarray.
Little Women — Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s American classic brings together a stellar cast (Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, and Meryl Streep) and progresses as Jo March (the writer’s alter ego) and her three sisters tackle adulthood on their own independent terms. With her simplistic story-telling style, Gerwig’s Little Women draws a brilliant balance between the warmth and humour, light and dark, passion and drama.
Marriage Story — Scarlett Johansson features in another Oscar nomination (In addition to Jojo Rabbit) alongside Adam Driver in this coast to coast marriage/divorce drama. Noah Baumbach explores the subtle intricacies of relationships and marriage between a stage director and his actor wife in the death throes of a failed relationship. The two leads complement each other in their sense of irreplaceability and yet fail to build a life together which seems right… just about. Marriage Story depicts this and a lot more, with an eye for details. The spine shuddering dialogue delivery and crisp screenplay at work is sure to leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
Joker — Todd Philips, in his character study Joker 2019 focuses on the origin story of the fictional arch nemesis and infamous villain of Gotham city. Born and raised in the fractured society of Gotham, Arthur Fleck is a clown-by-day and an aspiring stand-up comedian by night. Subjected to vandalism, apathy and cruelty, he is caught in a vicious and cyclical existence which escalates quickly. The narrative revolves mainly around the maniacal central character who is beaten and tortured repeatedly, finally leading up to the menacing and vengeful sociopath we’ve known to be the Joker. It’s easy to see why the controversial reception of the Joker can be seen as a dark revolution of comic-inspired cinema.
Who is gonna win this year ? Any guesses?