My, oh my how time flies when you’re not paying attention because of football season. It feels like it was only yesterday when I was trying to defend putting “Justice League” as one of my top 10 movies of 2017. Now here we are twelve months later looking back the best movies of 2018. Or at least, I’m looking back at my favorite movies of 2018.
I think this past year was a special one in movies because, over the past twelve months, we have seen a wide range of excellent films in nearly every genre. Whether it was horror, drama, or superheroes, this was a year that had something for all movie fans, and even the casual fan.
My only regret is I didn’t get to see as many movies in the theater as I would have liked. But then again, I’m not as crazy as my fellow TNU member Nick who saw 100 movies in the theater this year. Who knows though? maybe that can be my New Year’s resolution for 2019.
Anyways, as far as my top 10 list goes this year, I don’t think you’ll find many surprises in my list. More than likely, many if not most of the films listed below probably won’t shock anyone who knows me. Now, before I get to my top 10 movies of 2018, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1. My earlier reviews may not always apply because opinions change after watching movies more than once.
2. There are some recent movies I haven’t seen, so don’t be shocked if “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Bumblebee,” “Vice,” and many other big movies are missing from my list.
Alright, I think that just about covers it all. So now, without further ado, here are my picks for my best films of 2018:
10. The Meg
By now everything that can be done with sharks has been done in movies, and it’s not as if The Meg’s plot doesn’t exactly reinvent the formula. “The Meg” is an absolutely bonkers action adventure movie with an insane plot that shouldn’t work in 2018. But somehow it everything in this movie works so well it ends up making “The Meg” one of the most entertaining movies of the year.
When was the last time we could say that about a Jason Statham movie?
9. Crazy Rich Asians
“Crazy Rich Asians,” tells the story of American-born Chinese economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) who one day accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding only to get thrust into the lives of one of Asia’s richest and famous families. The stuff that leads to the wedding needs to be seen to be believed.
When I first saw the trailer for “Crazy Rich Asians,” I wasn’t that impressed. It looked like a chick flick you’d see on the Hallmark channel or something. So when the film was released last summer, I skipped it. But as time went on, I realized something: everyone I knew who had seen the movie ended up loving this comedy. And now, I’m one of those people because “Crazy Rich Asians” is the only comedy on my list this year.
After so many disappointing films (except for “Wonder Woman” of course), Warner Bros. and DC Comics had a lot riding on “Aquaman,” but I’d say the nailed the landing rather well. Audiences bought into the world of Arthur Curry, and I agree with them. This movie blew away any expectation I may have had thanks to great direction, special effects, humor, and charm.
The biggest surprise for me was how much Amber Herd won me over as Mera. As I said in my review, she really carries the movie at times and saves the day on more than one occasion. However, I still say it would have been better to save Black Manta for a future film, but that in no way takes away from the excitement I got seeing all these characters on the screen.
7. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Okay, I will admit “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a little unfocused compared to the original film. But I still enjoyed the Marvel sequel, and it makes my top 10 list for the following reasons:
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6. Bohemian Rhapsody
I have been a Queen fan since the mid-1980s and seeing the band’s story told in such an epic way got to me. I won’t lie, I shed a tear sitting in the theater when Queen took the Live Aid stage.
As far as I was concerned, I wasn’t watching Rami Malek on the screen, that was Freddie Mercury. This was a career-defining role.
I won’t say “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a perfect biopic, there are things that could have been improved, But seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody” will always stand out in my mind because it is the only time I’ve been in a theater where the audience sang and clapped along. Having the audience participate like that made the music stand out more and made the entire experience that much better.
5. A Quiet Place
Before sitting down to watch “A Quiet Place,” part of me had already decided I wasn’t going to like this movie. Sounds nuts I know, but this was because I’ve had my fill of future apocalyptic movies. I’ve seen too many this decade, and I’m also just not a huge horror fan. But I’ll be damned if “A Quiet Place” didn’t win me over.
I think director John Krasinski did a smart thing by keeping the film’s focus small. He didn’t show what was going on around the world, all that mattered was John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and their kids. This kept me engaged int he movie, and I was invested in their fates. Sometimes I think I want to see what happens next, but at the same time, “A Quiet Place” was damn close to perfect, so maybe ending things here might be the right move.
4. Black Panther
I know some of you reading this are wondering why the hell “Black Panther” is down at number four of my list. It all comes down to the fact that “Black Panther” hit theaters nearly a year ago, and the rest of 2018 was loaded with excellent movies. Had “Black Panther” come out later in the year, it more than likely would have placed higher on my list.
So please, just because I have this movie at number four, don’t think I didn’t care for it. “Black Panther” is one of Marvel’s best film’s to date and has perhaps my favorite cast of any of the solo Marvel movies. Not only was Chadwick Boseman brilliant as T’Challa / Black Panther, but Michael B. Jordan delivered one of the best villains of 2018.
3. Mary Poppins Returns
I’m actually surprised to see “Mary Poppins Returns” on my top 10 list, and shocked the film sits at number three. This came out of left field, but I promise you there are good reasons for this movie’s high placing, but I’ll go into detail in my upcoming review. Or maybe “Mary Poppins Returns” made my top 10 because it was the year of the Blunt.
2.Avengers: Infinity War
I struggled with putting Infinity War at number one. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to put this movie in second place. For one thing, Infinity War is just part of the story that will conclude in next summer’s “Avengers: Endgame.” Also, as much as I enjoyed Infinity War, I can’t deny the film’s biggest weakness was lack of screen time for some of the heroes.
Regardless of that criticism, I still believe “Avengers: Infinity War” is one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen. Watching this movie in the theater last spring brought me back to the summer of 1991 when I would read the Infinity Gauntlet comics at the laundromat. Back then I wouldn’t have dreamed of seeing that story translated into a live action movie. Nor could I believe that the movie would top the comics in several ways.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
You would think a film series would start showing its age once it reaches its sixth entry, but Mission Impossible keeps getting better. The casts are better as are the plots. Fallout even managed to wrap up a loose plotline from the third film and added something to a character from the first Mission Impossible adventure from 1996.
Meanwhile, the action in this movie is second to none. Whether it’s the HALO jump, the bathroom fight scene, or the helicopter insanity Tom Cruise gets into, Add in a mustache-twirling Henry Cavill, and another scene-stealing performance by Rebecca Ferguson as
Ilsa Faust, and “Mission Impossible: Fallout” has it all!
All my friends know that I’m a huge fan of spy movies. I’ll give any type of spy flick a try, even bad ones like “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” And as it turns out, 2018 brought one of the best spy movies in recent memory in the form of “Mission Impossible: Fallout.”