2019 has been a year to remember in the film realm. From critically-acclaimed indie films like Honey Boy to box office juggernauts like The Lion King and Toy Story 4, there is truly something for everyone. In all of these new releases form this year, you more than likely forgot several of them in the shuffle.
‘Alita: Battle Angel’
Alita: Battle Angel was shaky from the start due to the fact it was pushed back several times. The film seemed to polarize critics, many either really liked it or really didn’t. Despite all of this, it is director Robert Rodriguez’s highest-grossing film. But due to the fact it was released in early February, many have likely forgotten the film was released this year.
Though the Brie Larson-led Marvel Cinematic Universe film was a hit commercially and critically, it is hard to believe it was released in 2019 because of the Marvel films to succeed it. Both Spider-Man: Far From Home, and of course, Avengers: Endgame were released after Captain Marvel. It looks like Disney and Marvel aren’t slowing down anytime soon. 2020 (which will see the release of Black Widow and The Eternals) may be the only year for a while in which we don’t see 3-4 Marvel films released.
The 2019 American movie, based on the 2011 Mexican film of the same name, was released in February. It starred Gina Rodriguez in the titular role alongside Ismael Cruz Córdova and Anthony Mackie. However, the film came and went without many people noticing. This was more than likely due to the negative reviews it received from critics and the fact that it made no movement at the box office, only earning $15 million domestically against its $15 million budget.
‘Men in Black: International’
The Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson-led Men in Black had all the right ingredients on paper. How could you reteam the Thor: Ragnarok co-star, add Emma Thompson and Rebecca Ferguson in for good measure, and not have a hit? Though it ended up grossing $253 million worldwide, the almost non-existent reaction from fans and critics makes this film one to not remember.
Disney has been on a wild streak in terms of remaking classic films. Just look at the success of The Lion King. However, one remake that was not successful was Dumbo. The film hardly made movement at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics as well, despite a cast including Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, and the major film debut of Nico Parker, daughter of Thandie Newton.