We’re somehow at the end of 2018 already, where has the time gone?! It’s been a great year for films, so it’s only fitting I end the year with an obligatory Top 10 list. Just to clarify, these are the films I enjoyed the most over the past year, which aren’t necessarily the ones that I think were the best. (That would be a very different list!)
10. Black Panther
Ryan Coogler’s entry into the MCU took the world by storm, and understandably so. Black Panther has a strong story, it breaks the trend of bad Marvel villains with the inclusion of the captivating Killmonger. It’s full of great action and humour and all the performances are fantastic. What’s not to love? One of the strongest MCU films, without a doubt.
9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
It’s a shame that this disappointed financially, but that was inevitable when you consider how much of a mess production of this film was. So it’s quite impressive that Ron Howard managed to deliver a solid entry into the Star Wars franchise. This is the film that nobody really wanted, but Alden Ehrenreich does a fantastic job taking the reigns of the famous Han Solo, delivering a performance that Harrison Ford would be proud of. As well as that, it’s a fun, fast-paced adventure that will entertain the casuals, but it also has plenty of nods and easter eggs that will please the hardcore fandom. It’s not the best Star Wars film ever made, but it’s one of the good ones, and arguably one of the most entertaining.
8. Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg’s book adaption was never going to be ground-breaking. But it’s one of the most fun films I’ve ever seen, this love letter to 70s and 80s pop-culture will put a massive grin on your face and it’s definitely worth a watch.
7. Creed 2
The Creed 2 sequel is just as powerful and as epic as the first. Read my full review here!
6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
One of the biggest surprises of the year for me, and as I said in my full review, it’s possibly my favourite Spider-Man film of all time. Incredible animation, a heart-warming, fun story. Seriously, if you’re a fan of the character, you need to see this film!
One of the more obscure releases of the year by newcomer Aneesh Chaganty, this is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever seen. The entire film is shot entirely on smartphones and other computer devices, but it never once feels like a gimmick and it only adds to what is a fantastic story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Look out for a Throwback Thursday review of this in the future!
4. The Shape of Water
It could be argued that this is a 2017 film, but it wasn’t released until early 2018 over here so I’m counting it. Guillermo del Toro’s bizarre fantasy love story is a fantastic film, every aspect of the production is near perfect, hence why it won the Oscar for Best Picture! It’s incredibly hard to describe, and I don’t think I’d do it justice if I tried to. But I can say that it is one of del Toro’s best, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to!
3. Avengers: Infinity War
It’s not surprising that this one made it into the Top 3. 10 years of careful planning culminated in the epic Avengers: Infinity War. It juggles its huge, star-studded cast almost seamlessly and delivers a massively entertaining (and shocking) thrill-ride that was well worth the wait. To think it’s only the first part as well! It’s safe to say, I can’t wait until End Game in April. Look out for a Throwback Thursday review of Infinity War before then!
2. A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is a triumph, with incredible music, incredible performances and a powerful and heartbreaking story. I’m still thinking about it profusely months after it came out! Check out my full review here.
1. Mission Impossible: Fallout
The number one spot however, goes to the latest instalment in the Mission Impossible franchise. Not only is it my favourite film of 2018, it’s one of the greatest action films of all time, in my opinion. It’s a rollercoaster from start to finish, but it never falters. The direction and the cinematography is spellbinding, the action sequences and stunts are mind-blowing… Words can’t describe how much fun I had with this film, and it’s one that I will continue to watch again and again for the rest of my life. If you haven’t seen Mission Impossible: Fallout, then your 2018 hasn’t been as good as it could have been.
So that’s my Top 10! What’s yours? Do you agree or disagree with any of the films in my list? Let me know.
Roll on 2019!