I haven’t seen a whole host of what I wanted to see in 2018, so this review doesn’t have things like Creed II or Bohemian Rhapsody (which it may or may not have had). Of what I have seen though, this is my top 5!
Ready Player One
I’ll admit that I’ve never actually read the book that this was based off, which probably helped me maintain my expectations a bit. I watched each trailer that was shown and each one had me intrigued. When I first saw it in the cinema I loved it, but it was a film that I wanted to watch again just to take everything in. On my second viewing I enjoyed it more, I felt able to look around a bit more to find easter eggs and the soundtrack was awesome too. This isn’t going to go down as the best film ever, but based on my expectations and what I wanted from it, it was great.
Avengers – Infinity War
This was always going to make my top 5, the one thing that I was disappointed about this year were Ant-Man and Black Panther but Infinity War delivered. It was always going to be a tough movie to make because how do you cram 10 years worth of stories into one movie? I think they did a really good job with it though, it was funny, had good action, had a lot of ‘OMG’ moments and I could just imagine how fun this would have been to be a part of. I can almost certainly guarantee that Endgame will be in my top 5 next year as Infinity War really set a bar and fantastic precedent for the sequel!
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Wow…what a film! This hit absolutely all the right notes and puts it firmly at the top of my top 5 ever animated movies. The animation style was unique, it was fantastic and the visuals were appealing ever since that first ever trailer. The story is fantastic and only gives you spider-history when you need it. It’s a wild ride with Myles as we learn the origin of his character and we get a taste of why we’re going to love him going forward. I implore you, even if you aren’t a Spidey fan, see this film. Also, the after-credits scene is all I wanted throughout the entire film and it made me laugh.
A Quiet Place
I didn’t really have an expectation going into this movie. I’m normally mixed with these types of movies and I saw this getting a lot of praise so thought I’d give it a go. I was so impressed with it though. It showed everything I want from a horror/thriller movie. The characters didn’t feel dumb (the waterfall scene was incredibly clever) and it has one of the most obvious, but thrilling scenes I’ve witnessed in a while. This got a massive thumbs up from me!
Crazy Rich Asians
I’m going to be completely honest, I only went to see this as my friends had asked to go and I had no other plans. I didn’t know what it was and it was described to me as a comedy and that is about the extent of what I knew going into this. However, coming out of it I loved it! It was funny, emotional and it gave an interesting glimpse into a very real cultural situation. It also proved a film can work with an (almost) all Asian cast, which is something I think will be important going forward. A* for all involved for a genuinely really good film.
3 films which really let me down this year were: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pacific Rim Uprising and Venom. The 2 sequels were absolutely worlds apart from their 1st films. Neither delivered what I wanted, expected or could have ever even guessed, so they were massively disappointing. Venom was relatively okay-ish, but I just would have preferred him to be introduced from a Spider-Man point of view. That’s how most know Venom and that’s how I grew up with Venom.