Favourite Films 2018

Thanks to WOM and I getting Limitless cards I’ve seen a lot more movies this year, the current total (on 21st of December) is 32. The majority have been at the cinema, but I’ve also watched a couple of Netflix and Sky movies, although none of these are troubling this list.

Normally the end of the year list is quite easily put together but this year I struggled a little, while the top 5 contain my runaway favourites a lot of the movies I saw fell into the 6-7 out of ten range, and that’s made it hard to fill out the rest of the top ten. But after a lot of thought, here we go with my favourite films of the year.

10. The Meg

I was sold as soon as I heard “Jason Statham vs a giant shark”. Embraced it’s silliness and was a lot of fun. Review.

9. Black Panther

Another solid entry into the MCU, and in Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger boasted a great villain, but there was so much hype before it’s release that it didn’t meet my expectations. Decent enough, but not Marvel’s best. Review here.

8. Christopher Robin

A charming and sweet story of regaining childlike joy, taking time for your family and that you work to live, not the other way around. It veers close to cheese throughout, but I’ve a lot of affection for the characters, and what can I say, I’m a soft git. Review.

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7. Mission: Impossible: Fallout

A thrill ride from start to finish, Tom Cruise is great as the super spy Ethan Hunt and the relentless action, double crosses and danger ensure this is a lot of fun, kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Review.

6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Rebooting a long dormant series is always risky, but this one did so with invention and humour. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan play the computer game avatars possessed by teenage players in a goofily fun action adventure. Johnson is always great, and Jack Black is better here than he has been in years. Laughed like a drain and it still charms on repeat viewings. Review here.

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5. Deadpool 2

The only film on the list I saw twice in the cinema, Ryan Reynolds returns as the foul mouthed, fourth wall breaking mercenary in a profane, over the top movie that revels in it’s gore and filth. I loved it, there are plenty of big laughs along the way and the new characters introduced are fantastic, especially Josh Brolin as Cable. Not for everyone, but worked for me. Review.

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4. The Greatest Showman

Historically accurate? Almost definitely not, but for the story this wants to tell it works well. Loaded with irritatingy catchy songs and a majestic lead performance from Hugh Jackman this is an old fashioned musical that delivers both musically and emotionally. The supporting cast, especially Zac Efron, are great too. Wonderful stuff. Review.

3. Avengers: Infinity War

The MCU nails it’s first major event movie, uniting characters from across it’s universe for a superhero epic that packs a massive emotional punch. Robert Downey Jr is the standout for me, but the whole cast do great work and the scale is immense. I can not wait for Endgame now. Review.

2. Coco

While the animated sequels released this year fell short of their predecessors, this original movie from Disney and Pixar won through because of a strong story and beautiful visuals. The city of the dead is glorious, and the character design bold, striking and used well. The movie’s themes of loss, remembrance and family really struck a chord with me and reduced me to tears at the end, even on a second viewing I was sniffling. An utter delight of a movie, one of the best Pixar movies in recent years and a testament to what they can do when they strike out into new territory. Review here.

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1. Bohemian Rhapsody

I loved this movie. It made me laugh, it made me rock out, it made me cry, and it did each one more than once. Rami Malek delivers a towering performance as Freddie Mercury, capturing the showmanship and swagger, but also an inner vulnerability. Have events been changed for the movie? Yes, but I wasn’t expecting a documentary and the story the filmmakers tell of an individual struggling with himself and embracing his individuality resonates. Malek should get a bunch of awards for this, and it reminded me how amazing Queen were. Superb. Review here.

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Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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