As 2018 comes to an end, it’s time to look back at the best films that graced the big screen and it’s safe to say that this year has been another big one.
With blockbuster movies like Avengers: Infinity War, smaller low-budget films such as Christopher Robin and even animated movies like the universally praised Mission Impossible: Fallout, here’s a look at my top 6 movies of 2018.
(Please bear in mind this is opinion based and you may believe other films deserve to be here compared to others)
Number 6: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Whilst a few people didn’t feel Fallen Kingdom lived up to expectations, my personal opinion is that this is a slightly different direction for the Jurassic Franchise. The use of the mansion location adds a new dynamic to a franchise which has largely relied on being set on a big dinosaur island. Not only is it a new setting, but this entry also adds in the fear element that has been missing since the first Jurassic Park from 1993, making sure Dinosaurs are to be feared again. Hopefully the third Jurassic World film will build on the foundations this movie set out and we’ll be able to see a new Jurassic world.
Number 5: Ready Player One
Before its release, Ready Player One was a book that had received a few mixed reviews, with its main criticism being the amount of 80’s and Movie references in its text, however, that text translated really well to film. Whilst the plot is pretty generic, the performances are fairly decent (especially Ben Medlesohn as the villain) and the film itself is chock-a-block with references to a variety of films, TV shows, games and even books.
Number 4: Solo: A Star Wars Story
After the release of The Last Jedi, a lot of fans seemed angry with Star Wars and Disney, and the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story (a film that many fans deemed unnecessary) didn’t help matters. That being said, this film is far from terrible, in fact, it might be one of my favourite Star Wars films. Ir has action, adventure and great humour. The role of playing a younger Han Solo was always going to be a difficult one, but Alden Ehrenreich delivers a stunning performance and could really be a younger version of Harrison Ford. If you missed Solo when it came out (for whatever reason) go back and give it a watch, you won’t regret it.
Number 3: Christopher Robin
This has to be the most wholesome film I have ever watched in my life. Christopher Robin is an incredible tale, recreating Winnie The Pooh in the real world as well as dealing with harsh topics such as forgetting your childhood and the issues with trying to maintain a family lifestyle, whilst also remembering to show the audience the childhood wonder that can still be had in later life. Christopher Robin features some beautifully created real-life versions of the whole Hundred Acre Wood family and they feel as if they could truly exist in the outside world. If you want a heart warming tale that will instantly make you cry, watch Christopher Robin.
Number 2: Avengers: Infinity War
Some people might have thought that Infinity War would be my number 1 film of the year, yet here it is sitting at number 2. Infinity War is the culmination of 19 Marvel movies spanning 10 years and it knows it. This film features incredible action sequences, stunning special effects and even an ending that will tear the heart out of any fan or even any casual movie goer. With the amount of characters that are pushed into this movie, some might think it wouldn’t work, but the fact that this film was pulled off to the degree of success that it has been, is a real credit to the Russo Brothers (the directors) and the whole team at Marvel Studios. It goes without saying that Infinity War will be remembered for a long time, if you’re yet to see it, you really are missing out.
Number 1: Mission Impossible: Fallout
Here we go, my number one, and it’s as surprising to me as it might be to you. Mission Impossible: Fallout was a movie which looked pretty good from the trailers and was coming off the back of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – both of which featured exciting action set-pieces and a fairly intelligent plot – but Fallout took everything to the next level. The stunts were more daring, the plot was even more deep and the action was jaw dropping. Tom Cruise (now approaching his 60’s) once again shows why he is the worlds best action star, and how committed he is to his craft, with Henry Cavill proving that he can also go the distance. Mission Impossible: Fallout is a fantastic action movie, and is also my top movie of 2018.
So what do you think? Agree or disagree? And what was your top films of 2018? Let me know in the comments!