The 10 best films of 2022 according to Cineblog

Waiting for 2023 to kick off, like every year we’re going to offer you ours Top Movies 2022, a selection of 10 films that in our opinion have marked, cinematically speaking, the year that is about to end. This year too it was not easy to select ten films as there were plenty of titles worthy of entering our “Top Film 2022”, but as always we selected our titles from those that most excited and entertained us.

1. Top Gun: Mavericks

Tom Cruise hits the bull’s-eye with a sequel that strikes a perfect balance between the present and the past. We disagree with those who say that the sequel is even better than the original, that it has its own charm and represents an era, but it certainly couldn’t have been done better and the receipts and critical praise leave no room to doubts about the quality and success of “Maverick”.

2. The Fabelmans

Autobiographical parable for Steven Spielberg, one of Hollywood’s most important directors directs his most personal film by recounting his childhood and the power of cinematic imagery, and he does it with a light touch that speaks to everyone. Spielberg recounts his personal traumas, the difficulties that almost drove him away from his dream and his great passion for storytelling. Spielberg never exceeds rhetoric and nostalgia, giving the public and its admirers fragments of real life, filtering it with all the magic that the big screen is able to give to a daily life in which many will find themselves.

3. Avatar: The Water Way

James Cameron brings us back to Pandora and does so by raising the bar both visually and narratively. “La via dell’acqua” is the story of an extended family fleeing the war, several narrative arcs unfold on the screen, the characters are well characterized between old acquaintances and newcomers. Pandora’s oceans do the rest, aesthetically Cameron takes a further step in bringing the cinematographic medium closer to virtual reality, the road is still long, but the path is already established.

4. The Batman

Archived the Batman of Ben Affleck, the director Matt Reeves relaunches the Dark Knight with a new Bruce Wayne, a very good Robert Pattinson. “The Batman” is a crime and noir reinterpretation of the beloved DC superhero, inspired by cult comics such as Year One and The Long Halloween and movies like Seven and Zodiacs. The new version of Reeves manages to create a new dark and realistic universe, with a damned Gotham in the hands of crime and a Bruce Wayne still looking for himself, divided between the Batman aspiring hero and the vigilante and talented detective.

5. Everything Everywhere All at Once

The diva Michelle Yeoh multiversal heroine of this surprisingly enjoyable genre blender, ranging from science fiction to martial arts without forgetting flashes of black humor and philosophical themes ranging from existentialism to absurdism that make the film something more than a successful action comedy and visually intriguing. Directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, better known as the Daniels, play with the infinite and chaotic possibilities offered by the Multiverse and transform them into a path of self-determination, cheating destiny and pure anarchy.

6. Bones and All

Luca Guadagnino after the remake Suspiria returns to the horror genre, this time with romance hues, bringing to the screen the novel To the bone by Camille DeAngelis. Despite the disturbing theme of “cannibalism”, Guadagnino’s film is a crude and particularly poignant reflection on love and idealized romanticism. Guadagnino’s visual elegance tries to smooth out even the strongest moments that dot this raod-movie strangely imbued with a disarming sweetness. Cannibalism becomes a metaphor, but it is still something deeply disturbing that touches strings that not everyone wants to experience.

7. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Guillermo del Toro takes Collodi’s Pinocchio back to its origins and revisits it with his boyish and deeply disturbing gaze with quotes ranging from Frankenstein to Italian neorealism. The stop-motion of the film is of a beauty that borders on perfection, del Toro’s Pinocchio does not seek the human form, but the path to becoming a “real child” will change him inside until he becomes a better person. Del Toro’s Pinocchio turns out to be a pacifist and reminds us how terrible war is and how much a dictator represents a twisted parody of the banality of evil. The challenge of bringing a new Pinocchio to the screen could have seemed like a gamble after two live-action films released in a short time, the one directed by Matteo Garrone with Roberto Benigni and the more recent Disney remake with Tom Hanks; but del Toro proposes an “other” Pinocchio, capable of rivaling what the undersigned considers the best ever adaptation of Collodi’s fairy tale, the neo-realist version created for TV in ’72 by Luigi Comencini, with a memorable Nino Manfredi in Geppetto clothes.

8. Blonde

An intense and beautiful Ana de Armas takes on the role of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe for an unusual biopic, which tries to explore the most intimate and tormented side of a woman marked by a traumatic childhood, who as an adult tries to survive in a world of men. Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde” is unsettling, at times brutal and explicit in showing the sexual objectification suffered by Marilyn whose extreme emotional fragility has made her addicted to alcohol and psychotropic drugs. Dominik’s film lets the icon and the diva remain in the background and the tormented woman shows herself in all her agonizing need for love.

9. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens with a heartfelt and due tribute to the late ruler T’Challa by the late Chadwick Boseman, the actor passed away in 2020 from colon cancer, to then introduce a new antagonist, Tenoch Huerta’s Namor revisited in a Mesoamerican key. The film is also a necessary passing of the baton to the new Black Panther, Letitia Wright’s Shuri. “Wakanda Forever” works in its entirety, it surprises from a visual point of view, but the heart of the film remains the interpretations of the cast dominated by an intense and gritty Angela Bassett, whose Ramonda becomes a point of reference for a mourning and under attack.

10. Glass Onion: Knives Out

Rian Johnson after revisiting the crime thriller genre with the fun and diabolical Murder by Death – Knives Outa tribute to Agatha Christie capable of recalling some classics of the seventies, tries an encore with Glass Onion: Knives Out, a sequel that sees the return of Detective Benoît Blanc a funny and amused Daniel Craig and a stellar new cast of alleged perpetrators including a newfound Edward Norton. The winning formula remains the same, but Johnson once again enjoys shuffling the cards and playing with genre tropes, and the end result is always extremely enjoyable.

The 10 best films of 2022 according to Cineblog