Almost overnight, Georgia has become the go to place for Hollywood’s biggest productions. They range from massive superhero blockbusters to smaller, almost forgotten gems. This is my personal list of the top 7 movies filmed in Georgia.
The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys is one of those films that come’s along every so often that you see the trailer for and go “that looks good, I’ll have to see that” but then you never do. It’s a shame really, because this is one of my all time favorites. It’s hilarious from beginning to end, it revives the classic “buddy cop” genre and absolutely smashes it, but what makes this film truly incredible are the performances. Russell Crowe’s character is the charming asshole, he’s blunt, to the point, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks, but he’s got integrity. He sees his jobs to the end and does what’s right as long as he’s paid.
Ryan Gosling’s character on the other hand is rarely focused, usually drunk, and known to screw clients out of more money. However, through his mishaps he finds things that he wouldn’t have found otherwise. All of this aside, Gosling is hilarious in this film. His performance is perfection and will crack you up from beginning to end. This film is a must watch.
It’s hard to keep this list to just one Marvel movie, but I feel it would get old seeing so many of their films on this list. So, for the sake of fairness to other movies, I’ve limited myself to one, and what better to go with than the mother of all Marvel movies: Avengers Endgame.
I’ll be the first to admit, I was skeptical going into this film. Marvel had been pulling its punches with killing off characters or playing it safe for years leading up to this movie and I just didn’t know if they’d have the guts to let all hell break loose in this final film, but boy was I wrong. This film does not let you breathe. By the end of the film you’re on the edge of your seat watching 10 years of movies unfold in front of your eyes. Every hero, every story arc, every battle has lead up to this moment. It’s done masterly. Endgame wraps up the Avengers stories in ways I never dreamed of, and for the first time in my life, a film made me cry. I love you 3000.
This movie, Baby Driver, is the cinematic equivalent of the word fun. The car chases are everything you could ever ask for. They’re fast, have fantastic soundtracks, and really take you along for the ride. The story is more than what you’d expect from a seemingly normal action movie. Except it’s not a normal action movie, it’s from the creative genius that is Edgar Wright.
First Man is a biopic of Neil Armstrong and while the box office numbers don’t reflect this, it is an absolutely incredible film. While this is the fourth movie from mastermind Damien Chazelle, it is his first film that does not involve jazz music. However, that doesn’t mean the soundtrack is lacking, in fact this might be Justin Hurwitz best score yet. This movie shows you the very human side of Armstrong who is portrayed by Ryan Gosling making this the second time he’s made my list.
If you haven’t noticed by now, my list consists of many films that either under performed or were released when other major films came out. Logan Lucky is no exception. With a star studded cast like Channing Tatuam, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig, this should have been a hit. It’s hilarious from beginning to end, the ending feels well deserved and it also was the second film from 2017 to use John Denver’s “Country Roads.” That sounds like a recipe for greatness to me. It’s an original heist film with a southern twist that everyone should see at least once.
X-Men First Class
X-Men is one of the most inconsistent franchises there have ever been. You have anywhere from awful films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine to incredible films like Logan. X-Men First Class definitely falls into the incredible category. It’s one of those superhero movies that has a plot that doesn’t revolve around the hero’s powers, but around the hero’s humanity. It gives great backstory as to how Professor X and Magneto became enemies.
The Hunger Games 2-4
The Hunger Games, for me, was the first time I had read a book before they had adapted it to a movie. They are some of the most accurate book to movie adaptations out there. While these films are marketed as “young adult” movies, they really do a great job at entertaining all ages. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend it.
Movies Filmed in ATL
So there you have it. My top 7 films that were shot in Georgia! I HIGHLY encourage all of you to check out at least one of these films (The Nice Guys). Any of them will do (The Nice Guys), but as you saw at the top of this list, my vote goes to The Nice Guys.