My Top 10 Films of 2018

I can’t reflect on my top albums of the year gone by without looking back on the films I loved. 2018 was another successful year for Disney with Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2 reigning as the top-grossing films of the year. But, it wasn’t all about Disney – surprisingly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was a box office hit, alongside Deadpool 2 and The Grinch (believe it or not). So, what movies made the cut from my most anticipated list, what didn’t live up to the hype and what did I unexpectedly love in 2018?

10) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A surprise (and potentially unpopular) entry at number ten is Lily James’ lesser known film of 2018. Before Mamma Mia 2 dominated the summer, this delightful period drama hit theatres in April. Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of the book it’s based on, but I fell in love with this adaptation… or Michiel Huisman’s face, to be more precise. Better known as Daario in Game of Thrones, it was heartwarming to watch Huisman and James together in the aftermath of WWII. However, it’s Katherine Parkinson who made this film a real treat, injecting her effortless charm seen in the likes of The IT Crowd. Not groundbreaking by any means, but a thoroughly enjoyable watch if you’re into this genre.

9) Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

The first film to make it from my most anticipated picks, Isle of Dogs was nothing short of wonderful. While it may have come under fire from the Twitterati for cultural appropriation, I thoroughly disagreed and saw it as a celebration of a culture we don’t normally see in mainstream films. The all-star cast, including the likes of Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Bryan Cranston, delivered witty performances and made Isle of Dogs as enjoyable to watch as it is beautiful. The stop-motion animation really is joyous and underpins a simple story of one boy’s love for and determination to find his faithful canine companion.

8) I, Tonya

Another surprise entry, I didn’t know much about the story of Tonya Harding before I saw this movie… but, it blew me away. With such a strong cast helmed by Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and the inimitable Allison Janney, I, Tonya is a whirlwind biopic that doesn’t let up for its two-hour runtime. It never ceases to amaze me how versatile Robbie can be, often taking up roles where she’s unrecognisable as the Hollywood beauty she is. As the infamous figure skater, she embraced the role of a redneck with ease and rightly received critical acclaim for it. But, Janney truly stole the show with her portrayal of Harding’s abusive, manipulative mother, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

7) Love, Simon

Coming in (or should I say out) at number eight is another movie I had high hopes for – Love, Simon. Happily, it didn’t let me down in the slightest. Starring Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) and Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), the adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s novel follows closeted gay teenager Simon in the aftermath of being outed at school and his blossoming online relationship with an anonymous student, “Blue”. The student in question is played by Keiynan Lonsdale, an Australian newcomer who just made an appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race, so is a star in my books. With high school, house parties and hormones, Love, Simon has everything you could want in a coming-of-age flick.

6) A Quiet Place

I’m not much of a horror movie fan. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the genre, I’m just a giant scaredy-cat and don’t particularly enjoy watching them. But, there’s always an exception to the rule and that’s A Quiet Place. With an utterly terrifying premise and stellar execution, I’ve never been so tense in the cinema. Living up to its name, A Quiet Place was mostly silent throughout the film (yet, there was still people trying to eat popcorn?!) and built up a tangible fear. Directed by and starring John Krasinski alongside his wonderful wife, Emily Blunt, the duo worked fantastically well with one another with obvious chemistry. While I wouldn’t rush to watch it again purely because it was so hard going, it was definitely one of the best films I saw in 2018.

5) Coco

It’s fitting that Coco‘s leading song is called “Remember Me” because this movie is unforgettable. Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, it is visually stunning and, like Isle of Dogs, captured a culture rarely seen on the big screen. With an emphasis on family and cherishing our loved ones, even after they’re gone, it tugged on my heartstrings in a way only Disney•Pixar can do. “Remember Me” also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, which is a testament to the brilliance of this movie.

4) Bohemian Rhapsody

Okay, are we all in agreement that Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury was uncanny? It’s no surprise he just won Best Actor at the Golden Globes after a career-defining performance. But, the movie itself was more than Malek; the supporting cast, particularly X-Men‘s Ben Hardy, embodied each member of Queen and earned another Golden Globe for Best Picture. What I especially liked about this biopic was it never seemed to be overdramatised. While it may not have been completely accurate, it didn’t sensationalise any aspect of the story; it simply celebrated one of the best bands of all time respectfully.

3) Black Panther

There’s a reason why Black Panther was the top-grossing film of 2018 – it was incredible! After so many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (20 to be exact), it’s hard to keep things fresh. But, Black Panther was unlike anything we’d ever seen in the MCU before, which is exactly what I said about Thor: Ragnarok last year! It’s obvious they’re working hard to make each movie unique and give fans a reason to keep coming back. With a fantastic cast led by Chadwick Boseman, we were introduced to the futuristic world of Wakanda and the instant meme of “Wakanda Forever”. Admit it, how many times have you done it? A box office smash, Black Panther will go down in history as one of the best Marvel films there is.

2) Avengers: Infinity War

My favourite Marvel film this year, however, was Avengers: Infinity War. There’s still something special about bringing together so many big names at once and watching our favourite superheroes interact. We knew the stakes were the highest they’ve ever been going into this movie, but we couldn’t know just how brutal it was going to be. They didn’t shy away from creating a truly devastating film and breaking the hearts of loyal MCU fans everywhere. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait long for the next Avengers instalment, but I don’t know if I’m prepared…

1) A Star Is Born

If you’d have told me at the beginning of the year that my favourite movie would be one starring Lady Gaga, I wouldn’t have believed you. Even when I saw the trailer for this, I wasn’t entirely sold on having such a megastar in it. But, I was totally shocked by how much I loved this movie. It’s fair to say it makes you forget who Lady Gaga is and you just see Ally and Jackson (Bradley Cooper), two fated lovers doomed for heartbreak. Was there a dry eye in the house during “I’ll Never Love Again”? I audibly sobbed when the scene cut back to Cooper at the piano, the reality of what had just happened sinking in. When a movie has such an emotional impact on you, how can it not take the top spot of the year?

Until next time,

Donna

2 Comments

  1. foundationsandfairytales

    January 13, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve just done one of these posts and I’m shocked at how different our lists are! We still haven’t got around to seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, hoping we can catch it next weekend if it hasn’t stopped showing at our local cinema! A Star Is Born was one of my favourites too, such a great film with an amazing soundtrack.

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    1. Donna

      January 13, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      Just had a look at your post and love most of them, too! It was so hard to pick just 10. Can’t recommend Bohemian Rhapsody enough, hopefully it’s still showing! Thanks for stopping by 😌 x

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