Just that fast we have reached the final two choices in my personal Top 10 of the Decade!
While there were multiple excellent movies in 2018, none of them I enjoyed more than “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” The “Mission: Impossible” series is a rarity in the world of cinema – a long-running series that continues to get better with each sequel. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is the 6th entry in the series, and is the best so far. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team are sent to Berlin to intercept plutonium cores from falling into the hands of an entity known as The Apostles. The mission becomes a failure when Ethan chooses to save a member of his team, allowing The Apostles to escape with the plutonium. Ethan and his team then must track down the cores before it is too late.
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is one of the more intense entries in the series, keeping you guessing as to who may have ulterior motives, and who is good and/or bad. The intensity is peppered throughout with stellar action sequences, including a lengthy fist-fight in a public restroom, a crazy skydiving scene that has never been done to this extent before, and a helicopter chase that actually feels more like a car chase. Between the wild – yet believable – action scenes and the mystery of the plot, it is a true thrill-ride that keeps you entertained non-stop. Just like with each entry before it, I now look forward to the next “Mission: Impossible” movie, wondering how the filmmakers will once again top themselves.
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is rated PG-13 for action/violence and language, and has a runtime of two hours and twenty-seven minutes. It is available to borrow from PPL on both DVD and Blu-Ray.
My final choice comes from 2019, and is the drama-comedy “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” Shia LaBeouf stars as Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run to Florida from crooked coworkers. He accidentally becomes the caretaker for Zak (newcomer Zack Gottsagen), a mentally handicapped man who recently escaped from the nursing home where he resides. Zak wants to track down his favorite professional wrestler – The Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). Tyler agrees to help Zak find his hero, in exchange for Zak helping him get to Florida. Together they form an unlikely friendship, bonding and relying on one another as each chases freedom and happiness.
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” was a true surprise for me. I had heard good things about it, but ultimately enjoyed it way more than I ever expected to. In every sense of the word, the movie is flat out excellent. It has funny moments, tense moments, and plenty of heart-warming moments. In a way it is a coming-of-age movie, which are usually about teenagers trying to find themselves before they enter adulthood. In this case, they are adults finding not only themselves, but each other. The true star of the movie is Gottsagen, who the filmmakers specifically wrote the movie for because they loved him so much upon meeting him in real-life. He manages to steal the movie, which is quite impressive given that he stars alongside well-known actors like the previously mentioned LaBeouf and Thomas Haden Church, as well as Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, John Hawkes, and professional wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts. It is a true feel-good movie, one that is certain to leave you thinking and smiling long after the credits roll.
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” is rated PG-13 for language, mild violence, and smoking, with a runtime of one hour and thirty-seven minutes. It is available to borrow from PPL on DVD.
Thanks for reading this 5-part series, and I hope to soon be able to share whatever my choice for Best Movie of 2020 may be!