With 2018 well and truly behind us, now comes the time to reflect on the year that was and decide in a loose, wishy-washy fashion what my favourite films of the year were.
Sadly, there were many movies I never got around to seeing in 2018 – and these include several in the running for Oscar glory. I blame life for getting in the way and other projects on the go that took priority. Suffice to say, I certainly have some catching up to do. Here’s to hoping I won’t be as slack in 2019 and keep the content coming.
Without rambling, I now present my top five films of 2018:
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The action, humour and characters are all on point, but what I liked most was the message: that anybody can be a hero.
Aquaman is loads of fun. Don’t get me wrong, it has its flaws. It’s a bit long and unwieldy, filled with crescendo after crescendo after crescendo which might be a bit much for some – but it’s also that go for broke attitude that I loved about the movie. Part Indiana Jones, part Avatar, watching Aquaman is like watching a modern Ray Harryhausen picture. That’s to say it’s an exciting adventure that left me grinning ear to ear, while showing me a superhero and fantastical world that hadn’t previously received a proper silver screen treatment.
3. Ready Player One
Ready Player One is absolutely brimming with 80s and pop culture references and practically invites you to get your nerd on and chew up the scenery. I could watch it a dozen times and still find some new detail or reference I’d previously been oblivious to. That it is action-packed and directed by one of the greatest filmmakers of any era is the icing on the cake.
2. Avengers: Infinity War
1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but few actors put themselves on the line as much as he does and nowhere is it more evident than in this movie. Fallout’s callbacks and resolutions to past plot lines also help to elevate the material and give it extra significance, rather than it simply being a case of ‘another mission’. This was an outstanding time at the movies, and an experience I’m looking forward to revisiting again and again.
What do you think – agree or disagree with my list? What were your favourite movies of 2018?