2019 Film Inquiries (Best Films of the Year Breakdowns)
The Irishman directed by Martin Scorsese (2019), Us directed by Jordan Peele (2019), and Joker directed by Todd Phillip’s (2019)
First I would like to state before getting into these reviews, breakdowns, and color theories is that I am a Director (began directing in 2016 filming debut short film which clips can be seen on Instagram @bratzr.us) and a Film Buff.
Also I’ve been studying color theory in films since 2015 under a representative working at Netflix.
This is an unconventional piece of reporting, literature, however you would like to categorize this article.
A new method and style of reporting which has shown to be effective among a certain demographic of people ages ranged 18-60 via social media. I'd lastly just like the simple courtesy of respect for the effort and time in my belief that a piece of important information and literature is to be shared with pieces of work that’ll stand a lifetime to positively learn from and understand.
Now to begin with the best films of 2019. The Irishman in theaters now. A film that has not yet been fully released to everyone or has had the chance to be seen by nearly everyone yet until its Netflix release which is (November 27th) so therefore with that being said, I shall not spoil anything for anyone. Except to let people know they’ll be in for a magnetic treat. A film still which is a beautiful creation that can be found at this Twitter handle (John Frankensteiner) soon to be seen on a creative piece via the personal Instagram above as well. Which is a creative photo to represent Blade Runner’s (1982) film that’s set in (2019) to show their respect and excitement for Martin Scorsese’s new film with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci since Casino (1995).
Waited my entire lifetime for this movie. Also, with Al Pacino starring in his first ever Martin Scorsese movie, only if you know how special this moment in time is, then you know and have to respect it. The 3 hours and 30 minutes the film entails should be worth every second.
Joker (2019) breakdown and color theory:
Color theory: Joker—Passionate reds and cautionary yellows. Dark greens and yellow color theory represents “depressive (green) by caution (yellow).”
Deep dark blue entails (sad aggression/rage). Dark reds is a signal for passionate anarchy, chaos, and danger.
Joker Scene Breakdown:
The staircase scenes symbolizes the rise and fall or dissension into madness of him turning into the Joker.
Breakdown down of the opening scene. “He pushes a button for water to tear out of his flower implying he’s still finding amusement through his pain.”
Film inspirations for Joker include. Taxi Driver (1976) and The King of Comedy (1983), both starring Robert De Niro directed by Martin Scorsese.
Joker is personally my favorite film of the year. A five star rating seen on the correct format.
Us directed by Jordan Peele (2019)
This film is Jordan Peele’s magnum opus. A psychological horror up to par on equal terms as his debut film Get Out. Even more freighting by using a similar technique as Stranger Things playing off real actual events, such as secret government tests called the “MK Ultra” tests done on human beings who would be called lab rats for taking part in the experiments. Bunnies are also an experimental testing animal, which plays a heavy role in Us, representing numerous different angles to take heed of; such as, and a fun one to look at and try to figure out, the (don’t fall down the rabbit hole) Alice in Wonderland tactic. Hands of America is a creepy twist on actual human history equally as the twist of the “I Got 5 on It” song.
Hands of America concept of the film dives deeper into possibly darker tones and ideals. Playing off a rare, recently unheard interview of Tupac Shakur. Which can be heard on Kendrick Lamar’s second LP To Pimp a Butterfly on the final track ("Mortal Man"). A paraphrasing extraction of the conversation between Kendrick Lamar and Tupac Shakur is stated below:
Kendrick Lamar: I always wanted to ask you about a certain, about a metaphor actually. You spoke on the ground. What you mean by that, what doesn’t the ground represent?
Tupac Shakur: “The ground is gonna open up and swallow the evil.
That's how I see it, and the ground is the symbol for the poor people.
The poor people is gonna open up this whole world and swallow up the rich people.
"Cause the rich people gonna be so fat and they gonna be so appetizing, you know what I'm saying wealthy, appetizing.
The poor gonna be so poor, and hungry."
Tied back into the movie Us by Red, played by Lupita Nyongo and her fellow doppelgängers (or copies of each others own self) finally rising up from poverty etc., which correlates to a line from the “family vs. family” scene in the beginning of the film. This can easily be passed by as just an easy line to remember for people in an iconic monologue said by Lupita Nyongo, “All we had to eat was rabbit.” (paraphrasing)
A symbolic statement for a representation of poor people.
Final take and breakdown of Us.
Speaking as an African American male living in America, a funny take on the film while watching it in a movie theater with my fellow black people is that majority of us (no pun intended) weren't pleased with the father of the family not being as strong as he could be in a life or death situation. Examples of him sort of freezing up in a fight or flight mode stance. I personally believe we would’ve just liked to see a stronger representation of our black fathers up on screen.
Lastly this is the first horror film with all black people casted as playing the leading roles. Monumental moment and extraordinary acting by Lupita Nyongo. Oscar worthy performance. Last clear cut and obvious first message of the movie is, “Your worst enemy is yourself.” Put in better words, “You are your worst enemy.”
There are tons of other noteworthy theories and explanations for this film, in particular that which can be taken as fun facts and facts or fiction.
The Irishman, Us, and Joker can be seen as having dark and relating tones and ideals that all swiftly and subtlety connect to present day society’s ways, mistakes, and things to heed and learn from, moving forward into a new decade of 2020 and beyond.
Written by Yenomi Wesley.