The most difficult choice for a filmmaker is the conundrum of trading historical accuracy and authenticity with theatrical prowess. While the two are equally important in uplifting a movie, they don’t always go hand in hand. The success of previous historical and period films relies on the execution of certain elements of storytelling such as visual scale and framing techniques. Here we bring you the list of the best historical movies and period dramas of 2019, each with different stories to tell.
Judy Garland was possibly the most beloved musician of her generation. Negotiating extravagance and pride with simplicity and humility, Judy captured hearts with her extraordinary talents and long remained the heart of America. “Judy” documents her mad race to fame from a young child to a legendary pop culture figure with great ferocity and enthusiasm. Led by powerful and poignant Renee Zellweger actor, “Judy” encompasses the celebrated life of a unique personality who defined a generation with clear-headed compassion and hard-hitting sincerity.
9. An officer and a spy
The Dreyfus affair began in the fall of 1894, when the French intelligence services realized that someone was passing insider secrets at the German embassy in Paris. Dreyfus, the only Jew in the French battalion, is sent to Devil’s Island. Hero of history, Georges Picquart investigates the affair and discovers the gross error of blaming Dreyfus. “An officer and a spy” embodies the great denial of justice of the French justice, base of the mechanism of today. With a cast of aces and an exhaustive literary piece backing it, Polanksi finds the ingredients that make this infamous tale a special dive into human ideas of guilt and finding the truth at all costs.
8. Downton Abbey
Britain’s favorite TV show is finally getting its long-awaited film adaptation. ‘Downton Abbey’ sees the Crawley family vibrate with excitement and prepare for the royal visit from the King and Queen. Excitement slowly mingles with apprehension and anxiety as the royal household comes into direct conflict with the Crawley group of servants. As the film progresses, director Michael Engler gradually creates tension and animosity between the two groups fighting for authority and superiority. The organic progression of the TV series, which ended roughly two years before the events of the film, allows the hugely popular and admired cast to make a smooth transition.
There is an immensely sympathetic light tone in the storytelling. Engels not only aims to thrill the show’s most loyal fans, but strives to engage first-time viewers with a well-rounded presentation of the heavy cast. His handling of crucial characters and the integrity of the story stand out and mark his conviction in the vision. ‘Downton Abbey’ once again welcomes its roster and fan base with a magnificent take on the series, despite the lack of the formula that made it successful on the small screen.
7. The Mountain
‘The Mountain’ runs on a really weird premise with sudden twists and turns that catch you off guard. Jeff Goldblum provides A-list status to the film and plays Dr Fiennes, the film’s central character. Fiennes recruits Andy, a young man who has just lost both parents, as a handyman during a road trip. The couple travel through various asylums as Fiennes lobotomizes several patients, including Andy’s mother some time ago. Andy reluctantly documents Fiennes’s exploits. Their next destination turns out to be a life-changing experience for Andy, as his constant efforts to make a connection with his mother’s mind culminate in a haunting resolution.
The jarring tone changes and general absurdity of the events have a direct connection to director Rick Alverson’s thematic opening. Our introduction and subsequent dive into the world of Alverson is facilitated by perfect framing, almost mechanical in a way. It looks like someone is continuing to push from the outside as the inside of their camera continues to contract. Alverson’s revulsion for the traditional three-act structure results in a confusing, ingenious, and highly distorted narrative.
Zhang Yimou’s remarkably crafted masterpiece is very deliberative and fierce in his comments on elitist ancient China. The film focuses on the unspeakable and obscure roles that the “shadows”, staunch substitutes for nobles and emperors, played in preserving the life of their master. Absent from the annals of history, the shadows have lived their lives, not like theirs, and have disappeared without a trace. Deng Chao’s double turn as Commander Ziyu and his shadow points the film in the right direction and is a brilliant character study. Zhang’s immense dedication to recreating traditional and heavy China reaped great rewards, giving the film authenticity and originality.
Ancient China, frequently ravaged by internal wars between rulers, is recreated with great care. Its visual scale of magnitude corresponds to a theatrical ambition, housing some of the most emotionally charged sequences of the year. The choreography of the battle scenes really sets ‘Shadow’ apart from its contemporary peers. It is in the calmest moments between Madame and the shadow that we find the greatest intensity. Much like an artist’s brush, Zhang’s camera paints a dark and gruesome picture, reflecting the atmosphere of uncertainty and hostility that lingered in the enmity between rival realms.
Chao and Sun Li collectively give this year’s most memorable performances which are not only emotionally heavy but also beautifully untamed. The relentless accomplishment of climaxing crescendos in a fitting finale, rounding off visually sumptuous period drama and defining the genre.
5. They will never get old
Using cutting-edge innovations and materials from the BBC and the Imperial War Museum, film producer Peter Jackson allows the tale of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front lines is studied through the voices of the warriors, who speak of their emotions about the fight, the food they ate, the companions they made and their fantasies about things to be done. to come.
These are the apprehensions of a movie buff, and most observers listening to such memories – of seeing a man alive with his lungs hanging down or of how the dead have come to be viewed as “no problem, in a restorative way ”- will probably be too attracted to even think of caring. All things considered, it’s hard to walk away from the feeling that Jackson breathed life into the story as in Dr. Frankenstein Breathing Life into Things, having its way with the dead. An astonishing specialist achievement with an enthusiastic and overwhelming effect, “They Shall Not Grow Old” pays a splendid faithful homage to life in the penance of an age.
4. Les Misérables
The 2005 French riots in the Paris suburbs shocked the whole country and changed the dynamics of race relations in French society. The violent epidemic lasted for more than three weeks, during which people and property suffered the most. Lady Ly’s narration includes a glimpse of the brutality with which riot squads made arrests and harassed protesters. The tense atmosphere turns into a frenetic, symbolic and thrilling finale. The events chosen to be portrayed on screen are very loaded with intention and ambition, which greatly reflects how much the film carries its infectious energy.
3. The king
Hal (Timothée Chalamet), a capricious ruler and hesitant beneficiary of the English position of royalty, betrayed an illustrious life and lives among individuals. However, when his overbearing father passes away, Hal is delegated King Henry V and is forced to understand the existence he had recently attempted to flee. Currently, the young ruler must explore the castle’s government issues, disorder and war left behind by his father, as well as the passionate streak of his previous existence – incorporating his association with his dearest companion and guardian, the mature alcoholic knight. , John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton).
Some have complained that “The King” was overtly violent in terms of spilled blood. That would probably be strong enough to even surpass an entire season of GoT by that account. But despite these minor issues, ‘The King’ represents great authenticity and authority in determining his fortune from a historical perspective. Emboldened by beautiful cinematography and a fierce performance by Timothée Chalamet, “The King” is a captivating and subtle account of the tumultuous childhood of King Henry V and his time as ruler of England.
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2. Little women
Greta Gerwig, currently Hollywood’s star-eyed dream kid, is back with another compelling story battling gender conventionalism and societal tropes about a woman’s career options. The plot follows the lives of sisters March, Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg, in the aftermath of the Civil War in New England. The period drama takes place in the 1860s, giving Gerwig the opportunity to experiment and create a graceful visual tapestry for the film, as it seems from first glance. The cast of aces features superstars like Emma Watson, Saorise Ronan, Florence Pugh and Meryl Streep.
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Critics hailed “1917” as the best war film since “Saving Private Ryan”. It’s a huge praise from all points of view considering that films like “Dunkirk” and “Fury” have been released since Steven Spielberg’s film. ‘1917’ is a unique war film, is that there are no cutouts in the film. It’s just a long shot – a successful film stunt with “Birdman” and “Rope”. San Mendes not only uses the technique to increase the impact of the film, but also turns a war movie into a horror movie. Yes, a horror film about the First World War.
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