Wednesday, January 2, 2019

5 best films of 2018...

Wow, 2018 was tough one, but going to the movies kept me sane and I managed to escape and see 35 films on the big screen. This year I've decided to focus on my favourite films, although Ready Player One certainly ranks up there one of my least enjoyable movie experiences of the past twelve months, and my personal top picks come from the world of superheroes, sci-fi horror and biopics.

Black Panther movie billboard
After making his cinematic debut in the jam-packed Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther received his solo movie and took the box office by storm grossing over $1.3 billion around the globe in 2018.

I'm a huge fan of Marvel Comics and I always love when a new character is adapted for the big or small screen and we're not simply getting Spider-Man origin stories for the tenth time.

For me, Black Panther had a great mix of superheroic action and James Bond style world-trotting espionage, amazing new characters wonderfully brought to life, especially strong female characters, a fully realized Wakandan civilization with spectacular costumes and production design, an almost entirely black cast and a villain with motivation that wasn't simply black and white, good versus evil.

The cultural impact of the film goes without saying, but the movie was also just really entertaining and engrossing and got me going to see it in theaters three times.

Here's hoping it wins some industry accolades this awards season and gets some Oscar love.

Black Panther movie costume exhibit at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
Black Panther movie costume exhibit
Fans of the movie can also check out all these Black Panther movie costumes in more detail on display.

A Quiet Place movie billboard
My second choice this year goes to A Quiet Place. I'm not a fan of unnecessarily gory horror movies and slasher flicks, so I loved this tense and thrilling movie directed by and starring John Krasinski and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt.

You literally could hear a pin drop in the cinema watching the film, as audiences held their breath as the story unfolded.

You were grabbed from the start with the premise and brutal consequences of this apocalyptic world of silence where creatures stalk humanity and kill at the slightest sound.

It felt original, understated and scary. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire movie, which every good film should.
A Quiet Place film billboard

Avengers Infinity War movie billboard
How do you follow the action and excitement of Black Panther? You simply put nearly every Marvel Studios character on the big screen at one time and pit them against the universe's deadliest villain, 'Thanos'.

Not only did we journey to Wakanda, discover the fate of the Asgardians, unite the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, progress the 'Vision' and 'Scarlet Witch' love story, see the 'Black Order' brought to life, see sparks fly between 'Tony Stark' and 'Doctor Strange', see team-ups and action galore, but in the end, Thanos won, spectacularly, with a whimper and not a bang.

The Avengers films continue to deliver and surprise, tying together continuity from previous installments and solo films, progressing characters and storylines, with epic battles and consequences on a cosmic scale, and still leaving you wanting more, more, more. Just spectacular on so many levels.
Avengers Infinity War Guardians Galaxy costumes
Fans like me can also check out all these amazing movie costumes from Avengers: Infinity War on display.

Bohemian Rhapsody movie billboard
In addition to the super-heroics and sci-fi this year I also really loved the feel-good biopic about 'Freddie Mercury' and Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody.

I grew up in Britain so maybe the film and songs resonated even more, or maybe it was Rami Malek's enigmatic turn as the iconic entertainer and rock band frontman.

I didn't think the film shied away from Freddie's gay life at all and I actually thought it gave great insight the sometimes lonely and manipulated life of a famous person.

It also goes without saying Rami Malek's recreation of 1985's Live Aid concert performance was jaw-dropping and very emotional, and certainly Oscar-worthy. Just a throughly heartwarming, toe-tapping, enjoyable movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody costumes
Fans of the movie can also check out these Freddie Mercury costumes from Bohemian Rhapsody on display.

Green Book movie billboard
And my final choice this year is for the heartwarming tale Green Book, inspired by a true story of a Bronx bouncer hired to drive a black classical pianist around the Deep South in 1960s America.

Given the current divisive political state and racist actions witnessed in America these past years, the premise of the story felt especially relevant all these years later.

With the charming friendship that developed between the unlikely duo as they got to know each other, the brilliant acting by the two leads Viggo Mortenson and Mahershala Ali, the unexpected gay story elements and Christmas-themed finale, this was the perfect film to warm your heart on a wet, rainy day in L.A. (which was when I watched it).
Green Book film billboard
So those were my five favourite films of 2018, what do you think? Other notable feel-good movies on my list were Ant-Man and the Wasp, Darkest Hour, Crazy Rich Asians, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Love Simon, Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse, Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Be sure to also check out my favourite films from 2017 and top films from 2016.

I can't wait to see what 2019 holds when it comes to movies and I'm especially looking forward to Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.

Let the countdown begin...

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