15 Great Movie Friendships Of 2019

NOTE: This list only has films that I have seen in 2019. Apologies if a particular film isn’t on this list.

Instead of writing a review, I thought of doing something a little different this time. So, today I’d like to celebrate friendship and showcase some of the best from the year gone by. The following list is in chronological order. Let’s begin

Billi & Nai Nai – The Farewell

Lulu Wang’s touching portrayal of a family dealing with illness finds its soul in these two.

Jimmie & Montgomery – The Last Black Man In San Francisco

A story about identity finds itself held together with two different kinds of people who nonetheless care for each other.

Michael & Andy – Paddleton

This low-key film shows us that true friendships sometimes means just being there for the other person.

The Brothers – Kumbalangi Nights

They might be at each other’s throats but when the time comes, they’ll have the other person’s back.

MC Sher & Murad – Gully Boy

There is a strong case for having Moeen and Murad here but MC Sher’s guidance and friendship is what transforms Murad into Gully Boy.

Zak & Tyler – The Peanut Butter Falcon

This is simply one of the sweetest friendships I’ve seen in a long time, it is the definition of feel-good.

Amy & Molly – Booksmart

A hilarious coming-of-age film that beautifully showcases the bond between these two and gives us memorable moments to boot.

The Bean Bag Boys – Good Boys

This is pretty much Superbad for a new generation but the adventures these three get to, is going to be the among the funniest you have seen in a long time.

Rick & Cliff – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood…

Rick Dalton’s career may be going up and down but he’ll always Cliff Booth by his side.

Ephraim & Thomas – The Lighthouse

Through the film, they move away from being friends but for a brief period, they are the merriest of buddies and that is a joy to behold.

Carroll & Ken – Ford v. Ferrari

The two men push each other to reach greater heights giving us some exhilarating and touching moments.

Losers Gang – Chhichhore

The losers teach us a valuable lesson that life is not just about winning, there is more to it.

Destiny & Ramona – Hustlers

From being a mentor to a friend, these two go through the whole roller-coaster of emotions and take us along for the ride.

Frank & Jimmy – The Irishman

This has to be the most unexpectedly touching friendship from last year as we see these men grow from strangers to BFFs.

Schofield & Blake – 1917

When it comes to friendship we do certain things even if they do not make sense, we just do them because we care.

Until next time, bye.

Kumbalangi Nights – It’s A Wonderful Life

There is a certain kind of charm that Malayalam cinema has which makes it stand out from the rest. It is a way of showing realistic things in a cinematic manner. This is the only I can describe it and it is on full display in the masterful Kumbalangi Nights. 

From director Madhu C. Narayanan and writer Shyam Pushkaran we get a film that is about so many aspects of life. The bonds that the brothers share, to the love that blossoms between different characters, what makes the film work is an organic flow.

And if there is another factor that makes Malayalam cinema great is its ability to find beauty in even the simplest shots. In this film, there are certain shots that look like paintings come to life. This is evident prominently in the love story between Bobby and Baby.

Now, we must talk about the trump card of the film, Fahaadh Faasil. Let me just say that I am going to watch any film that he is a part of. This is a man who is in absolute control of his craft and is so good at it, it seems unfair to the rest.

His character is what elevates this film from being a family drama to a dramatic rush. To reveal more about him and what he does, would rob you of the delight of seeing him act. Try not to read too much about the film before seeing it and you are sure to be blown away.

The background score by Sushin Shyam deserves a special mention as it is perfect in many parts of the film. An experience like this will make you appreciate cinema a little more. Not because it is showing something out of this world but for showing that there is more to be said and shown within what we have seen already.

For me, trying to analyze a film such as this is a tough task as I was completely sucked into the world of Kumbalangi Nights. Movies such as this need to felt rather than taken apart. And for providing us with something that makes us feel so much and so beautifully, thank you to everyone part of this film.

Until next time, bye.