It’s always difficult to do best of lists, especially in comedy – because humour is even more subjective than almost any other aspect of making a movie. So, in this case, we had to carefully select a mix of movies that were loved by both critics and the general public. Using review aggregators such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, we’ve compiled three of the best comedy movies of 2019 so far. This includes a Laurel & Hardy biopic, a curveball Japanese horror comedy and a children’s future classic, in a list of movies that will be sure to have you rolling in the aisles (or off your bed, plane seat or wherever else people watch films nowadays).
Stan & Ollie
Where else would we start but with this fantastic biographical story of the iconic duo, starring Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy? Widely loved by critics and audiences alike, Stan & Ollie tells the tale of the comedic legends 1953 tour of music halls in the United Kingdom, as they found it harder to remain relevant in a changing media landscape. Noted British film critic Mark Kermode praised the slapstick chemistry between the two leads, as well as the cinematography and make up department who help the film to ‘glow’. Ultimately, he said, this is a movie ‘that literally leaves you feeling so good.’ Worth watching just for John C. Reilly’s almost unrecognisable performance – if you know him from Step Brothers or Talladega Nights – this is truly one of the best feel-good comedies of the last decade.
One Cut of the Dead
Made with a shoestring budget of just $25,000 this zombie comedy has been called the Japanese Shaun of the Dead. It made cinema history by becoming the first Japanese movie to earn more than 1000 times its production costs, earning 3 billion Yen – or $30 million dollars – over its domestic cinema release. Sort of like Tropic Thunder but with zombies, One Cut of the Dead follows its cast of previously unknown actors as they shoot a low-budget zombie movie in abandoned World War II weapons factory near Tokyo. Little do they know; a real zombie apocalypse has begun around them – cue very bloody slapstick and gore-soaked farce. With a certified 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this one is well worth checking out for a dose of more adult humour.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Legendary director Quentin Tarantino’s last movie was 2015’s Hateful Eight, so it’s no wonder that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his ninth release, has been one of the biggest film events of the year so far. The film has Tarantino’s usual ensemble cast of Hollywood stars, this time featuring Brad Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Mike Moh and Luke Perry. Set in 1960s Hollywood, DiCaprio plays a heartthrob film star and Brad Pitt is stunt double – as the two become involved in intrigue and mystery around the backdrop of the Manson Family murders, with Robbie playing the infamous victim Sharon Tate.