2018 has been a great year for film. Superhero films were celebrated, childhood classics were revived, and Dwayne ‘dzaddy’ Johnson had one that one opportunity to flex those irresistible pecks of his -yum.
We’re here to sum up some of the best blockbusters of the year, and be warned as there will be SPOILERS. Check out TrendE’s favourite films of 2018 and see if you agree with our choices:
Note: though we hold no punches in our review, no writers /actors / directors / producers / set hands were harmed in the making of this article.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before:
Don’t misjudge this comforting chick-flick; we watched this with the boys and they were all gushing messes, giggling into their pillows by the time Laura Jean finds a brooding Peter soaking in a hot tub on his own at the school skiing trip.
Netflix’s To All the Boys is an adorable look at romance. Relatable in that we finally have level-headed teens going through the motions of relationships as opposed to the unrealistic fluffy dreams we were sold in fairy-tales. There are references all ages will understand, and the themes are universal.
What’s not to love about this Christmas classic. If you’re all about your festive cheer, then seasonal movies are a no-brainer. However, if like me, you abhor this time of year, The Grinch is a kindred spirit and you can nod your way through how he conducts himself throughout the movie.
Tyler the Creator even agreed to record the theme song. If you’re wondering whether this film is cool or not, the guy who’s hangs out with Jaden Smith and Frank Ocean seems to think so. Wrap that up and stick it under your tree.
Nappily Ever After:
We agreed that this cathartic film shared a striking resemblance to Eat Pray Love in that it followed a woman fed up with the state of her life who was courageous about changing it. Nappily Ever After will make you laugh, cry, think, and fall in love with the things that make you you – the things that no one can take from you – the things that no one should make you feel shame for.
A Star is Born:
Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow. Okay I think I’m don- no I’m not. WOW.
Bradley Cooper is a seasoned actor; this film is his debut as a director and we are so excited to see what else he gives us in the future. Lady Gaga delivers a heartbreaking performance in this moving film. A Star is Born looks at the bravery that comes with love, whether it’s a love of what you do or who you’re with. It will encourage you to take chances and bet on yourself, even when no one else believes in you. 9.5/10.
The Hate U Give:
This film adaptation of the young-adult novel by Angie Thomas with the same name is nuanced and thought-provoking. We love Amandla Stenberg so watching her fight between her two worlds, and the two personas she needs to adopt to survive these worlds, is difficult. Pertinent issues of assimilation, appropriation and identity are addressed as they are contemporary conversation many are having.
It seems Hardcore Henry and Deadpool are in good company as this plot also follows a man who is genetically tampered with after suffering some kind of physical trauma. Upgrade tackles the impending reality of AI integration in an palatable way. The irreverent humor quickly turns dark, but paired with the over stylised violence and cinematography, this Robo Cop-ish just seems to work.
Grossing just over 45 million USD it’s opening weekend, The Meg proved that it is a film people can really sink their teeth into. The fin flick is an absolute trip for anyone who has been a fan of shark films in the past. With spoof scenes literally copied from Jaws, Deep Blue Sea-inspired jump scares and imagery that reminded us of Open Water, this film was so bad it was really good as it answered all the fears I had about swimming too far out into the ocean to see what’s underneath me.
We only put Venom in this genre because we are TERRIFIED of masks. What we managed to catch through the gaps of our hand-covered eyes was thrilling. Tom Hardy is easy on the eyes but it’s his relatable reaction to being infected that makes him such an endearing character. He manages to remain a good guy despite an alien parasite trying to hijack his body; what a sweetheart. Even though it took up to 40 minutes of exposition before Venom actually venomed, this is an exciting film you won’t be disappointed with.
‘Based on true events.’ Whenever a horror preludes the film with those four frightening words, it’s safe to assume you will scream at some point or another. It’s almost as if, because you know it could happen to you, you’re even more susceptible to being scared. Helen Mirren stars in this uncomfortable tale. Living in the house that ghosts built, the heiress to the Winchester fortune is haunted by the souls killed by the Winchester Yellow Boy Rifle.
Insidious: The Last Key:
The fourth in the chilling series of supernatural horrors, Insidious: The Last Key builds on the ghoulish imagery and errieness of the movies that come before it. Though no one has made a film worthy of the genre since The Grudge, in our opinion, the jump scares and sound play will definitely have the hairs at the back of your neck standing right up.
It wasn’t just superhero or Marvel fans who were excited for this one, all over the world film-goers dressed in their best Wakanda garb showed up for a record-breaking opening weekend. The star studded all-black cast boasts legends like Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and our very own John Kani, as well as big-screen favourites Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordan and Daniel Kaluuya from Get Out.
Avengers: Infinity War:
Though we’re not ordinarily impressed by ensemble casts, Avengers has a great following so we headed to the cinema to see what all the fuss was about – and we’re glad we did. We got another chance to see Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira kick ass alongside a hunky Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. Even Idris Elba and Sebastian Stan make a saucy feature. Thankfully, Star-Lord’s wit and playful humor make watching a confused Spider-man get erased from existence a little easier to bear (though we did sit next to a bunch of tearful audience members). Avengers: Infinity War is an action packed movie that will entertain you from start to finish.
A Wrinkle In Time:
Ava Duvernay has given us great films like Selma and Life Itself. This courageous adaptation is magical. Though we’re not completely convinced by Mindy Kaling’s performance, and Zach Galifianakis was totally random, A Wrinkle in Time is littered with awe-inspiring imagery, the score will give you gooseflesh, and the themes can be appreciated no matter what age, gender, race, creed or culture you hail from.
Which is your favourite movie film of 2018? Let us know in the comments below!