Disclaimer: This is my personal list for the best movies that i have been released and watched by me in 2022. The list has been well thought about and placed based on various factors. As this is a very subjective topic, your choices can be totally different.
11. KGF 2
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I know I know I know, I’m a hypocrite. I have trolled people for calling KGF 2 a ‘masterpiece’ while yet adding the film to my list. I still stand that it is not a masterpiece. What it indeed is, is a mass entertainer. It is what one calls is a Value-For-Money film. For a 200 rupee ticket, the massy audience is getting full value for their money. Its production value is insane. It looks like a bloody 500 crore film, with a budget of around 100 crores. Yash is always great as a performer.
While i have many differences with Kamal Hasan, what I cannot deny is that he is a bloody great actor. And separating the art for the artist is something i genuinely believe in. This was a Lokesh Kanagraj Film all the way. Just the way Kaithi was. A self-confessed Kamal Haasan fan, Lokesh pays heartfelt tribute to his guru but at the same time turns Vikram (a sequel of sorts to Haasan’s own 1986 film of the same name) into the beginning of a franchise, and one that’s probably going to keep Kamal active for a few more years.
9. The Gray Man
There were a lot of expectations from this movie, given the Russo Brothers last venture was the Highest grossing movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame, adding to the fact the fantastic cast consisting of Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas and others. While many people were disappointed by the movie, I personally enjoyed it very much. Just the kind of actioner that i like. I would have paid good money to watch it, had it released in the theatres.
8. Glass Onions: A Knives Out Mystery:
I know what you are thinking, the addition of this film must be recency bias. Trust me, it is not. It is a very well-thought-out placement.The original Knives Out was in my Top 3 movies in 2019. And its sequel stands on it own. Despite the title "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery," the only thing this picture has in common with the original Rian Johnson comedy-mystery-whodunit is the incomparable Daniel Craig, who elevates his master sleuth Benoit Blanc to new heights of absurdity. Otherwise, a new crime is committed among the stellar group of wealthy and privileged suspects. Janelle Monáe and Kate Hudson steal the show while also creating unique characters. This is without a doubt the funniest comedy of 2022..Glass Onion is a perfect reminder that great art need not be serious. Sometimes, it’s just about having fun. If you look closely, even the “Mona Lisa” is smiling just a little.
Amazon Prime Video; Voot Select
Based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of ISRO, the movie features R. Madhavan in the lead role. The movie was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The film shows us the unfair tactics used against the scientist , his achievements and contributions towards our country, and much more. Its a must watch
6. Everything Everywhere all at once.
This movie released at the perfect time. With the terrible experience of Disney’s Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, i needed to watch a good Multiverse movie, and what an experience! For originality and fearless filmmaking Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's wildly wacky and deeply poignant "Everything Everywhere All at Once" checks all those boxes and more. The explosion of creative storytelling, along with stellar performances by the gifted ensemble led by the incandescent Michelle Yeoh, make for a dense work that should be revisited to continue to peel away the legion of layers that can be found in the narrative.
5. The Batman:
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The Batman was conceptualized to be a completely different film from the one that hit the screens in March of 2022. During the film's early development, Affleck's Dark Knight was set to face off against Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke. Sadly, after the poor reception of 2017's Justice League, coupled with various reports of onset conflicts with director Joss Whedon (who took over the film's post-production from Zack Snyder), Affleck stepped down from the project. Following his departure, Affleck's succeeding director, Matt Reeves, reworked The Batman to focus on a younger Dark Knight and his earlier exploits in Gotham. What stood out the most to me was the background music. Nirvana’s Something in the Way was beautifully used and was a Blast from the Past.
4. Avatar : The Way of Water
The King of the World has returned to reclaim the throne he lost 13 years ago to Kathryn Bigelow (his ex). "Avatar: The Way of Water" continues Jake Sully and Ney'tiri's story on Pandora. They now have four children and must depart the wilderness to discover the way of the river! James Cameron, the sea-obsessed maverick, breaks new cinematic ground with a hypnotic three-hour, ten-minute monster of a picture that advocates for love and compassion, which is exactly what the world needs right now. This is jaw-droppingly captivating filmmaking!
Amazon Prime Video; Netflix
Kantara is an art piece which perfectly blends History and Devotion into a story that has action, drama, and thrill. The legend of Panjurli Daiva, a forest deity, becomes the central theme of the film. Shiva is the man of the forest who will do anything to protect the people of his village. He is at loggerheads with an upright forest officer, Murali (Kishore) who wants to excise some control over the forest. The film follows a really engaging plot along with some really beautiful shots of Kambala, a bull racing championship, and Bhota Kola, an ancient dance ritual making it all so visually captivating.
Does this honestly require an explanation??
Honourable Mentions before the final reveal
The Kashmir Files
Monica O MY Darling
and NOW FOR THE FINAL MOVIE
1.Heropanti 2 : ..
Heropanti 2, Tiger Shroff's abs were so chiseled and defined that they could cut through a block of cheese with ease. And Tara Sutaria's acting was so convincing, she had us convinced she was actually a superhero in real life. Plus, Ahmad Khan's direction was so on point that even the camera crew couldn't stop staring at Tiger's abs. All in all, it was the best movie of 2022 because it was pure, unadulterated eye candy for the masses.
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1. Top Gun Maverick
Top Gun: Maverick skillfully capitalises on the familiarity of Tony Scott's 1986 blockbuster Top Gun, which was also the highest-grossing film the year it was released. This has a strong sentimental appeal for older consumers. Top Gun: Maverick is a salute to traditional blockbuster cinema, which many say has fallen victim to franchise filmmaking.Although Top Gun: Maverick is technically a sequel, it also works well as a stand-alone film, especially for younger audiences who are unfamiliar with the original. It certainly helps that Tom Cruise, who is now maybe the most famous person on the planet, returns to reprise his legendary role as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and appear in the sequel. There's also a terrific supporting ensemble of younger actors, including Miles Teller's Rooster, Glen Powell's Hangman, and Monica Barbaro's Phoenix.Top Gun: Maverick is a notable filmmaking success in of of itself, even without its recognisable IP or star power. The sequel delivers on all of the magnificent aerial sequences that were promised, thanks to Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski's commitment to physical filmmaking over CGI. Top Gun: Maverick includes a very poignant story involving Maverick and Rooster, as well as Val Kilmer's Iceman, beneath all of the spectacular action. It's not often that a blockbuster film captivates both critics and moviegoers of all ages in the way that Top Gun: Maverick has, and it deserves to be named the finest film of the year for that reason.