“The universe is so much bigger than you realize.” “Some things there’s no moving on from.” “How long do we fight these jackals?” “I am vengeance.” “I’m a STAR!” “Don’t be so eager to be offended.” “I could erase you from my life with the snap of a finger.” “Nope.”
Even as the 2022 film slate fizzles into mere memory, awards season sparkles on with Hollywood raising a glass to its screenwriters and the stories they told in 2022. The best films of last year will compete for relevant writing accolades first at the Golden Globes (January 10), returning from the HFPA’s scandal-ridden hiatus. That’s followed by stiff competition at the Indie Spirit Awards (March 4), Writers Guild of America Awards (March 5), and Academy Awards (March 12) among other seasonal honors.
There are the obvious frontrunners in the Oscars race for Best Original Screenplay. The Daniels’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Todd Field’s “TÁR,” Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Charlotte Wells’ “Aftersun,” and Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical “The Fabelmans,” co-written with Tony Kushner, top IndieWire’s predictions. As for Best Adapted Screenplay, IndieWire’s Marcus Jones is betting on Samuel D. Hunter’s “The Whale,” Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Living,” Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s “She Said,” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking.”
The best movie quotes of 2022 is a difficult field to judge. For one thing, everything written — everywhere all at once — in 2022 proved a staggeringly dense text. Dialogue is also hard to assess because of its slippery subjectivity: more akin to comparing music than action scenes. Film lines strike audiences in infinite ways, angled and influenced by the memories personal to each person. “Because I got shot in the ass, Suzanne!” can mean as much to fans of Joe Russo and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely’s “The Gray Man” as “Will you date me for three months then we’ll reassess?” meant to the lovers of Billy Eichner and Nicholas Stollers’ history-making rom-com “Bros.” Although, the exquisitely crafted lyricism of the final line in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” — number one on our list (scroll! scroll!) — is more universal in its philosophy and impression.
Suffice to say, we killed some darlings in making our picks. Some situational jokes got the axe early. (Sincere apologies to “Ambulance” and “This is cashmere!” as well as “Ticket to Paradise” and “Damn this medication!”) Plus, every film was limited to a single line for the final consideration. (Here’s looking at you, “Your parents are upper… middle… class.”)
Curated from the IndieWire staff’s favorite lines, with an emphasis on variety, here are the 22 best movie quotes of 2022.