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The Movies that Stood Out in 2019

Yet another year bids farewell! For movie enthusiasts at this corner of the world, it had been a reasonably satisfactory year and the list of likeable movies is long. None of us would have had a chance to watch all the movies last year and hence, here is a list for you to pick from.

Yet another year bids farewell! For movie enthusiasts at this corner of the world, it had been a reasonably satisfactory year and the list of likeable movies is long. None of us would have had a chance to watch all the movies last year and hence, here is a list for you to pick from. Frankly, I didn’t watch all of them. I could watch some movies entirely and some others only ‘partially’ while I completely missed out on some others. I have tried to include most of them in this list but I may have overlooked some others. But I do believe there are no ‘inappropriate inclusions’ in the list for all these movies got pass mark in my assessment! For ease of use, I have grouped them into different buckets.

The top picks from 2019 If you didn’t watch them, please do!

Ishq, Kettyolanu Ente Malaakha, Kumbalangi Nights, Thamaasa, Thanneer Mathan Dinangal and Virus

Why do they figure in this list? The makers dared to do things that are different, discussed taboo topics, gave out fantastic messages or crafted the movies well. I am sure Virus will be a debatable inclusion here, but I would recommend it to those who wanted to have the medical fraternity’s version of the Nipah attack that hit northern Kerala.

The family watch list

Uyare, Android Kunjappan Version 5.25, June, Vijay Superum Pournamiyum, Vikruthi, Finals, Unda, Helen and Kakshi Amminippilla

When cousins, uncles and aunts come together for some occasion and you want to watch one movie that you all missed last year, pick one from this list. These are ‘light and likeable movies’ that created an impact on the box office. However, there is a mix of genres here, when it comes to Uyare, Unda, Finals and Helen. Uyare and Finals talk about dreams and empowerment, Unda falls into dark humor and reality genre while Helen is an escape thriller.

You may not like it

Nine, Ambili, Luca, Athiran… and the Oscar goes to…

Here again you will find a mix of genres and I put them in this list because not all of you may like them. Maybe the content is the villain (like in Nine or Luca) or a shallow storyline and the associated drag may not go down well with you like in Ambili or Athiran. It could also be that the subject is not relatable like in the case of Oscar winners.. Nonetheless, these were also movies we got to watch last year and they do deserve their space.

For the masala movie lovers

These are template movies which can be slapsticks, adrenaline-rushers or, in other words, ‘mass masala.’

Mera Naam Shaji, Children’s Park (comedy entertainers), Lucifer, Porinju Mariam Jose and Madhuraraja (typical mass masala)and Brothers’ Day (family drama)

For those who missed them at the film festival

Moothon, Jallikattu and Thottappan. Do I need to say more?

However, looking back at 2019, I am still an unhappy Mollywood movie buff. Ask me why? In spite of the confidence shown in experimenting with the subjects and going for innovation in presenting the plot, the films lacked content. At times plots were too shallow. They often had wafer-thin storyline, inadequate character evolution, and most of them turned into incident-reporting rather than storytelling. Not to forget, we have 100-plus movies that didn’t make it to this list at all, meaning we are still fighting mediocrity!

Hoping for good times ahead! Have a great 2020!

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