The 10 best films of the year according to Spencer Legacy | Pretty Reel

Best of 2022 is ComingSoon’s week-long celebration of the entertainment that made the past year so memorable.

In my first year working on an entertainment website, I managed to watch a lot more movies than usual. I will surely make it a habit, as it has helped me fully realize just how much there is out there beyond my usual tastes. Also, I love the cinema experience.

Here are the 10 movies I enjoyed the most in 2022.

The menu is a delightfully dark look at everything from pop culture to heinous criticism, served up by a wonderfully unsettling Ralph Fiennes. The entire cast is exceptional in being realistic and improbable in a way that keeps you watching, which makes the final third of the film a gripping and thrilling experience. It’s the kind of film that I may not have seen in theaters before working here, but I’m still glad I did.


Everything I knew about Elvis Presley before seeing Elvis came from Lilo & Stitch. With such fresh eyes, I walked into the film with no preconceptions or knowledge. I came away simply impressed with the ridiculous amount of style Baz Luhrmann brought to the table and the dedication Austin Butler put into portraying the “King of Rock n’ Roll”.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention how interesting the experience of seeing Elvis with my grandmother was, as she talked about how she remembered all the events in the movie and how specific certain moments were.

8. Go red

Quite simply, Turning Red is Pixar’s best film since Coco, and one of the studio’s best films overall. Generational trauma can be a heavy subject, but Turning Red never loses its optimistic attitude. It looks amazing, is full of excellent comedy, and has a real beating heart at its center. Plus, it’s set in 2002 Toronto, which was a lot of fun to watch as a Canadian millennial myself. Any quality film highlighting Daisy Mart and the SkyDome of the era has a place in my heart.

7. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Although the reception to Multiverse of Madness seems to be a bit more mixed lately, I had a blast watching the Doctor Strange sequel. Sam Raimi’s influence was a big part of that, as the horror visionary was able to incorporate much of his style into the first theatrical installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2022. The Illuminati and wacky universes were great fun , but it’s the character of Strange himself that I’ve always really liked. Seeing him accept that, for all his power, some things are unchangeable was moving, and hopefully we’ll see development continue in whatever Marvel movie Strange appears next.

6. Avatar: The Way of the Water

I never found the original Avatar so memorable when I was 13, but The Way of Water did the trick and pulled me into this universe. The Avatar sequel continues to show just how good James Cameron is at crafting enjoyable blockbusters after decades of perfecting his craft. The action is heart-pounding, the visuals are gorgeous, and the performances show just how dedicated the entire cast is to Cameron’s vision. It’s a true cinematic experience that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.

5. The Batman

My favorite part of the Batman character has always been his detective side – an aspect that was woefully underrepresented in the cinematic offerings of Caped Crusader. The Batman changed that, pitting the incredible Robert Pattinson against Paul Dano’s masterfully deranged Riddler in a battle that’s both cerebral and brawny. Riddler is my favorite Batman villain, so I had a blast watching Dano go on an adventure as Edward Nashton. Hoping he comes back somehow in the future. Until then, I just can’t wait to see the next case Pattinson’s Batman takes on.

4. One-piece film: red

One Piece is one of my favorite things, so any theatrical film set in this rugged universe will hold my attention. The focus on the enigmatic Shanks and the many emotional beats towards the end made it a One Piece fan’s dream, even if not technically canon. The unusual character pairings were also a lot of fun to watch, as it’s something that can only happen in these films. Movie: Red’s catchy soundtrack (featuring many songs by the immensely talented singer Ado) stuck in my mind for weeks after seeing it, though that could also be because I watched it thrice.

3. Top Gun: Maverick

I’ve recounted the personally rewarding experience I had watching Top Gun: Maverick with my dad, but even beyond that reasoning, Maverick is just an outstanding blockbuster. Every beat hits exactly as it should, and every flight sequence is nothing short of exhilarating. The drama between the characters fascinated me from the start and assured me that Maverick would be every bit as good as the legendary movie that came before it. No matter who you are, Top Gun: Maverick is very likely to be worth your time, because it’s simply a brilliant movie.

2. Everything everywhere at once

Everything Everywhere All at Once is a beautiful film that makes you feel more assertive in life than you did before watching it. It reflects on the very purpose of life and explores it through excellent action scenes, touching drama and, despite the supernatural framing, grounded characters that you care deeply about.

Ke Huy Quan, in particular, gives a moving and impressive performance, but the rest of the cast has nothing to scoff at, as they bring the characters to life and give the film an incredible emotional core. Everything Everywhere All at Once is a true work of art and an example of the power of a movie.

1. Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro

I’ve had a big soft spot for the Pinocchio story since I was little, and I thought we’d seen just about every interesting variation and taken the classic story that could possibly be made. Guillermo del Toro proved me wrong, because his take on Pinocchio — set in Italy between the two world wars — is unlike any other version in the best way. All the fairy tale staples are here, but done in new, exciting, and innovative ways that remind you why del Toro is considered one of the best in the business.

The painstakingly crafted stop-motion animation is stunning, making the final product one of the most impressive examples of stop-motion animation ever made. The performances bring del Toro’s plethora of memorable and down-to-earth characters to life, which are further examined through the film’s emotionally resonant songs that are narrative mastheads instead of melodic garnish. Plus, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio has the titular puppet singing a poo-themed parody song about dictator Benito Mussolini right in front of the fascist himself. What could be better?

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