It’s the 1st of July and officially the start of the second half of the year. 2022 has seen a considerable return to form for the box office following the pandemic hit. More and more people are getting increasingly confident with returning to the cinemas and more and more movies are seeing box office returns that allude to this. Now while huge box office returns don’t always signal a great movie, it’s always a good indicator of the existence of one. Thankfully, this isn’t a list to celebrate high-grossing numbers (even though it might look like it).
Without further ado, in no particular order, let’s unveil my Top 10 movies of January – June 2022.
Top Gun: Maverick
After 36 years, Tom Cruise returned to one of the roles that made him a household name in the ‘80s, and he’s been reaping huge returns for it at the box office. A lot of praises for Top Gun: Maverick commends its incredible, heartfelt story and how it respectfully pays homage to its predecessor and the star at the center of it, Tom Cruise.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The MCU continues to build up momentum for its next phase of mega storytelling and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has helped leap the fandom into the kind of craziness to expect moving forward. Agreed, it wasn’t as
mad crazy as many wanted, but it was interesting and had incredible graphics going for it.
Everything, Everywhere All At Once
It’s good to see Michelle Yeoh continue to claim her flowers after all these years in Hollywood. Everything, Everywhere All At Once has been described as the true Multiverse of Madness in a year that’s seen that term thrown away more often than ever before.
When they’re not mesmerizing us with incredulous stunt works, Bollywood tells some really good stories. The critical reception of RRR, a tale of two legendary revolutionaries and their journey far away from home, reminds us of that.
Matt Reeves’ The Batman blew me away with how amazing it turned out to be. In a year filled with much negative news of push-backs and actors behaving badly from WB Bros., it’s a breath of fresh air and a reminder of what’s still obtainable from one of Hollywood’s greatest studios.
Adam Sandler’s career is experiencing a renaissance and Hustle is the incredible latest entry to prove it.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Starring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack in a movie that is more heartfelt dialogue than action, this movie will definitely make it to one of my favourites from its decade.
For Maria Ebun Pataki
From the heart of Nollywood comes this drama like never before. A social commentary of the not-often-talked-about corner of postpartum depression. Filmmaker Damilola Orimogunje demystifies PPD by shedding a light on it for the world to see, and he does it so expertly.
Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
This movie doe an incredible mashup of animation and live-action. As at the time of its release, it was the right kind of chaos I didn’t know I needed but stay thankful I got.
True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard got a better chance to play a disgruntled Viking than he did on the vampire show that made him a household name, and he nails the performance. I wouldn’t say it’s Skarsgard like you’ve never seen him before, but there’s so much rage and depth to the character he plays, that the actor is given another layer and more feathers to his range. The movie is also bolstered by memorable performances from other stars like Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke.
Cha Cha Real Smooth, Turning Red, Crimes of the Future, Ambulance, X, Bad Guys, Adam Project, and Breaded Life.