Best Films Of 2018
In many ways 2018 hasn’t been the strongest year for great films. Sure, there have been some big box office hits, a few great stories to watch, but unlike previous years there haven’t been a lot of films one would call “award worthy”. Perhaps it’s just getting harder to make a unique film that we haven’t seen before. Perhaps Hollywood is relying a little too much on sequels and reboots. Whatever the case may be though, there were still a few films you don’t want to miss.
Superhero films have become a staple of the blockbuster. Every year several new films come out in the genre, and every year some are great and some are not. This year we saw the Avengers lose in Infinity War, saw Deadpool wisecrack his way through trouble once more in the aptly named Deadpool 2, watched a man shrink to microscopic size and grow taller than skyscrapers in Antman and the Wasp and even saw Pixar’s Incredibles return to the battle once more, but it was Black Panther that breathed a new life into the genre. The film is pushing for Oscar’s contention, and might just end up getting it too. While comic books provide an almost endless supply of material and stories, movie going audiences get bored quickly, but Black Panther proved the genre still has plenty of bite.
Every year people flock to theatres to see something that will make them laugh. Whether it’s a raunchy comedy like Blockers, or silly fun like Game Night, there are always plenty of options. This year saw the popular novel Crazy Rich Asian take the spotlight throughout the summer, and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s a throwback to when rom-coms were actually fun to watch. The best comedy of the year though was a late comer to the party. The Favourite has three remarkable leading actress, all of whom have been receiving award nominations. The Favourite was one of the most nominated films at the Golden Globes, and was the lead nomination-getter for the Critic’s Choice Awards. It’s also expected to receive a fair bit of Oscar love as well.
One thing 2018 is seriously lacking in when it comes to movies are dramas. First Man was a decent enough film, but there really wasn’t a whole lot of story there to make it interesting. Rami Malek looked like Freddy Mercury, but Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t go as far into the rock star’s life as it should have. Green Book was the best TIFF 2018 had to offer, but did the story really need to be told? Roma was great film, but it’s really not something you need to rush out and watch at the theatre. In fact it’s already on Netflix. Of all the dramas that came out in 2018, A Star Is Born is probably the best of them, but even it was nothing unique. It’s a remake of a remake, and although Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga lit up the screen with incredible acting performances, you really do already know the story.
Let’s face it, Hollywood loves a good franchise. Year after year familiar faces return to the big screen, and 2018 was no different. Even if we ignore the sequel to the superhero films listed above, we have plenty of sequels to choose from. The Jurassic Park dinosaurs returned for Fallen Kingdom, Denzel Washington was back as the Equalizer (who really asked for this sequel in the first place?), Rocky Returned for Creed II, and even horror franchises The Predator and Halloween made a (albeit brief) return. In most cases the sequels were just popcorn movies that took your mind away from every day life, but a few of them were decent. The best of them was the latest Mission Impossible film Fallout, which proved that Tom Cruise still can hang with the best of them.
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