The year 2023 witnessed the showing of many distinguished American films, which achieved commercial and critical success in a way that had not happened since 2019, as the Corona epidemic “Covid-19” affected the film industry in Hollywood more than the rest of the world, and the nature of the market changed as a result of the spread of electronic platforms and the reluctance to… Viewers stop going to the galleries.
In 2023, we witnessed the phenomenon of “Barpenheimer” – a technical term used to combine the films “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” – which collected revenues amounting to $ 2.4 billion combined, and Martin Scorsese returned to cinemas again with the movie “Killers of the Flower.” Moon), and musical cinema revived, which presented the viewer with a rich and delicious list of films to choose the best from.
Below we review the 5 best American films released in 2023:
1- Killers of the Flower Moon
Showing a new film by Martin Scorsese is like a feast for millions of cinema lovers around the world, as the American director of Italian origins is one of the most important directors of the generation that founded New Hollywood in the 1970s, and he still presents renewed cinema that combines the authenticity of the old with the modernity of the present.
In 2023, Scorsese presented the “Moonflower Killers” epic, and over approximately 3 and a half hours, the director took his viewers on a journey into the past, to learn about the “Osage” Indian tribe whose money and lives the white American man is trying to steal, for no other reason than the difference in the color of their skin.
The film is considered the sixth collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and the tenth between the director and Robert De Niro. It is based on a book of the same name, which conveys the facts of the conspiracy hatched by a white family to rob a rich family of Osage Indians of their money, poison them, and systematically kill them, and how revealing the perpetrator contributed to establishing… US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The film was distinguished by a tight scenario that explained the escalation of the plot, and a wonderful depiction of the ancient American landscape, especially on indigenous lands, in addition to the acting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Ladstone, and Robert De Niro, which made all three of them receive nominations for the Golden Globes, and they are expected to compete for the Oscars as well. .
Another epic, this time under director Christopher Nolan, starring Killian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon and Florence Pugh, presented the story of the American physicist Oppenheimer by focusing on the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Japan, and represented the bloody conclusion of World War II, a film adaptation of the American book Prometheus and Nolan turned into a screenplay himself.
Like the film, which lasted about 3 hours, the pinnacle of Christopher Nolan’s artistic style, this began with the use of multiple timelines, which were separated here by the black-and-white use of the investigations that Oppenheimer faced, and was considered the climax of the film, in addition to shooting the film with a 65mm IMAX camera and raw film for 65mm wide cadres, and for the first time shooting with an IMAX camera in black and white, in addition to the very limited use of computer visual effects.
One of the highlights of the film was the dazzling depiction of the Trinity atomic bomb test scene, as well as the excellent acting of Golden Globe nominations for both Killyanne Murphy and Robert Downey Jr., which is expected to be nominated for several Oscars this year.
The multi-record film ‘Barbie’ is the highest-grossing film of 2023, grossing almost one and a half billion dollars at the global box office, and Barbie was shown in conjunction with Oppenheimer to achieve together a cinematic phenomenon called ‘Barbenheimer’, and many spectators watched both films together on the same day.
Directed by Greta Gerog, who also co-wrote it with Noah Bombak, and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, Barbie begins in Barbie Land, where Barbie dolls of many shapes and types live in what looks like bliss, but the heroine suffers from an existential crisis that forces her to search for herself in the ordinary world, as she collides with the real lives of women for the first time.
The film was distinguished by its reliance on real décor, not computer-made, which gave it a rare originality in current films, in addition to its own soundtrack and songs, the representation of its heroes, and its combination of existential and feminist ideas with hilarious comedy, and it received a large number of Golden Globe nominations, and is expected to win several Oscars as well.
4. John Wick: Chapter 4
The latest film in the John Wick series, which has been a huge success over the years, this chapter marked the peak of events and cinematic workmanship as well.
Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelsky are returning to John Wick for the fourth time, which they announced before the film’s release as the last one, but after its widespread success a fifth installment has been announced, which has not yet been scheduled.
John Wick continues his fierce war against the Supreme Council, the underworld federation of criminals around the world, and Wick gained their hostility after killing one of its members at the Continental Hotel, a Muharram region.
In this film, the battle design reached the best of its art to approach dancing in musical films, especially as Danish cinematographer Dan Lastsen excelled in conveying these violent scenes on the screen in a very vivid and visual pleasure.
Directed by Paul King and starring Timothy Shalmet, Hugh Grant and Oscar-winning Olivia Coleman, Wonka revolves around the past of fictional character Willy Wonka, the famous candy maker from Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The film belongs to the category of musical films, a cinematic genre that spread in the middle of the 20th century in American cinema, and mixes dialogue and songs, and mixes acting with dance, and the film is a real test for actors who must possess next to their acting talents motor and singing abilities, and the choice of Timothy Chalamet was one of the most talented sons of his generation ideal for this role.
Presented twice before, the 1971 edition was based on the 1971 Umba character design, redistribution, song and soundtrack replay, and the use of the latter as a recurring theme in the film’s soundtracks, Warner Bros. Studios presents two of the lightest and comedic films of the year after their success with Barbie in the summer.
Wonka was distinguished by the acting and singing performances of all participants, the soundtrack, songs and décor rich in color and imagination, and the vibrancy of the script that gave the character of the chocolate maker a human aspect that was not sufficiently evident in the 1971 edition.
In addition to the previous list, American cinema presented several films that have not yet been released globally and others that have not had space, although they deserve to be among the best American films in 2023, such as “Poor Things” and “May December”.