One factor that I will always look out for with a film and that is the musical score. I can get caught in the world of the music, as it sits in my head in the days, weeks, months, and even the years that come. There is immense artistry in weaving emotions from music, having us slip into the world that is created, fear the oncoming dread even if we do know why, or rejoice in the triumph of that final victory.
Music charts the cinematic world, it guides us, it can lift us up, and it can crush our souls, this is its power. So without further ado, these are the musical score that moved us in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question and if you click on the banners you will be taken to the full review.
There are many techniques you can use to help build your world, or ground your setting, or give dimensions to your characters. You can use music, you can create elaborate sets, but one of the best ways is the costumes you create.
People make instant judgments about a character within moments on the screen and the outfits are a really important part of that first impression. More than this, you can also use costumes as a way for storytelling, what do they say about this world, what do they say about how a character is progressing.
Costumes can build worlds, tell us details we can only see, but also they can just make us say ‘hot damn’ look at that beading on that dress, that must have taken hours to do. So without further ado, these are the costumes that made us say ‘hot damn’ in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also. Please click on the banners to be taken to the full review.
TL;DR – It is a film of great character moments, wonderful music, and an interesting story of someone going from low to high to low and then back again.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
It looks like it is going to be the decade of cinematic superheroes and also of
the musical biopic. Especially a musical biopic of a seminal rock superstar
from England that took the globe by storm only to discover a world full of
drugs and dodgy management. Given they have been so far Oscar gold and have made
bank at the box office we are sure to get a couple of these and today we look at
one that is taking the standard biopic and twisting it up.
So to set the scene, we open with Elton John (Taron Egerton) exploding through
a door in full orange sequined devil glory. You expect him to be doing a grand
entrance into a stadium, but instead we soon find out that he is at group
theory session when the first question was asked “what was your childhood like?” and we drop through the floor back
to the 1950s when a young Reggie (Matthew Illesley) lived with his mother
Sheila (Bryce Dallas Howard), grandmother Ivy (Gemma Jones) and occasionally
his father Stanley (Steven Mackintosh) when he comes back from the army. Elton
says he had a happy childhood, but we soon find out there is a difference
between what Elton says and reality.