by Jason F. Koenigsberg
2022 was a major upgrade in motion pictures output after the pandemic decimated movie quality in 2020 and 2021.
Movie theater experience is still lacking, most likely irreparably damaged from the pandemic and 2022 was a true introduction to the new normal. Only $100 plus blockbusters at around the 3-hour mark will dominate multiplexes. Arthouse and independent movies will be relegated to limited runs and quick streaming turnaround, you better just hope that you have the right streaming service for the movie you want to see.
So, what stood out in 2022, movies about human experiences around the world. Some of the best films this year were about pre-independence Ireland, pre-independence India, a bunch of rich people vacationing in Greece during the 2020 lockdown, the outskirts of modern-day Hollywood, and ancient Scandinavia. Those setting alone offered visions and plots that allowed the viewer to be transported into different experiences of not only settings but also cultures. Cultures of poverty, cultures of wealth beyond what most audience can ever imagine. Poverty in Detroit slums through a female outsiders POV, the Asian-American experience in a most exciting all over the place unique fantasy, and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic juxtaposed with the COVID19 pandemic and parallels between the two eras.
In the end one of the greatest directors of all time continued to impress and show us that not only is one of the best to ever make a movie and generate empathy from audiences but after nearly half a century of directing movies, he is one of the most consistent. Plus, one of the biggest movie stars of the past 40 years illustrated that he is indeed one of the biggest movie stars of multiple generations with a sequel to the film that put him on the map and made him a household name. Here are the best films of 2022...
The best movies of 2022:
- The Banshees of Inisherin
- The Fabelmans
- Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
- Everything Everywhere All at Once
- Top Gun: Maverick
- Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
- Crimes of the Future
- The Bob’s Burgers Movie
- The Northman