PaoAndrade has written 28 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★★

    I’ve been wanting to watch this for a while. It has a lot more comedic elements than I anticipated. It threw me off at first, and I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I had hoped I would, but by the end I was completely onboard with the tone. Rewatches will only help, I’m sure.

    Cavill and Hammer are great! I wasn’t buying Hammer as a Russian agent, but again, once I came to terms with what the film was…

  • Wild Rose

    Wild Rose

    ★★★★

    I had to watch this subtitled, because I wasn’t understanding a thing...I’m glad towards the end a character vindicated my struggle, ha!

    This is such a wonderful film. I knew it was getting praised, but I still wasn’t sure if I would love it, because I’m not really into country. But it really doesn’t matter at the end.

    Jessie Buckley is phenomenal! Every scene, every bit of dialogue she chews and the most heart wrenching gesticulations she can conjure up.…

  • Klaus

    Klaus

    ★★★★

    I don’t know if it’s because I saw this Christmas Eve, but this movie really worked for me.

    The concept felt fresh, and the pacing was just right. I liked that the main focus wasn’t actually on Klaus, and that is was still his origin story.

    What I appreciated the most, is that although it was an animated movie, and a movie kids can definitely watch, it wasn’t bogged down by silly humor.

    It was very charming, and I see myself making it a Christmas staple.

  • The Aeronauts

    The Aeronauts

    ★★★★

    I had to resist the urge to downgrade my rating, just because it is a simple, straightforward story. But it is beautifully told, and it does deserve my praise.

    The premise is simple, and there are a limited number of things that can happen inside a ballon, but through flashbacks the film keeps you engaged in the characters. I can see where people that say it breaks the flow come from, but it didn’t feel that way to me.

    Redmayne…

  • Hotel Mumbai

    Hotel Mumbai

    ★★★★

    I unfortunately missed this at the cinemas, but finally was able to see it. I sat unfortunately, but really, if I had, I’m not sure I would have functioned much afterwards. 

    It’s based on true events, and that makes it a hard watch. I can’t say I enjoyed watching it, because it brought me no joy, halfway through the film I just wanted it to end, because it was unapologetic in its depiction of violence and death.

    I try to…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★★

    It’s so fresh, I don’t know what to make of it. I really liked it, at the same time, when I left the theater I didn’t feel as elated as with the previous two movies.

    Is it just fan service? No, there’s a story here and characters’ arcs that progress and feel true to them. I only had one instance where I went: come on, was it really necessary? It took me completely out of the scene, and I wasn’t…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    I’ve always been one of the people that really liked this movie, loving many parts from it, and at the same time completely understanding why people would hate it. I also always had some issues with it.

    Unfortunately upon rewatch, the issues bothered me more. And it’s not even the subversion of expectations that is the problem...I actually really liked that. It’s more to do with the plot. I disliked Finn’s storyline, not because I think it is inherently a…

  • The Two Popes

    The Two Popes

    ★★★★

    What a delightful film! I had read some reviews and worried that knowing it was supposed to be heartwarming would somehow make it less so. But the movie delivers.

    The script is witty and sharp and more emotional than I thought it would be, but really it’s Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce that are the heart and soul.

    Jonathan Pryce just lights up the scene, he exudes warmth. And having watch him on GoT I I know he can provoke…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    I had so much fun during this.

    I’ll be honest I thought I had this movie figured out 10 minutes in (which is not a bad thing, because on rewatches one still likes movies!). Part of my from came from watching things unravel and still fit within my theory. I’ll say this, I had the character pulling the strings right, just for the complete opposite reasons.

    I don’t rate it higher because I liked my theory slightly more...but still it is a ride and one of the best movies of the year.

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★★

    I didn’t know what to expect from this movie, just that this was France’s submission for the Oscars over Portrait of a Lady on fire (which I haven’t seen but everyone seems to adore), so I was intrigued.

    At first I didn’t feel it was anything special, but it helped that I came in blind because I kept being surprised, and by the end, it had truly won me over.

    The ending will stay with me for sure.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★

    I know this is regarded as a masterpiece, but I didn’t get to that level. As with the first, lack of nostalgia might play a part.

    I still loved it. The story was interesting, I was invested in the characters and the action was good.

    I felt the runtime though, for the last 30 minutes I was really for it to end. But I was tired, so maybe that won’t be an issue if I am well rested next time.

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★★

    I liked this way more than I thought I would, considering I had no knowledge of the real story behind it. But it’s a great movie!

    Eddie Murphy is really good in this. It’s funny a few months ago I came across “Haunted Mansion”, and went: whatever happened to that guy? Well...here he is.

    The supporting cast is also good, and Wesley Snipes made me laugh out loud.

    It’s a really fun movie, that doesn’t sacrifice storytelling in order to do so. It flies by and I wanted more by the time it ended.