2018 is coming to an end and that means that we have another year of movies in the books. That also means it’s time to rank the best movies of the year. It is worth noting that I did not see every movie this year so your list will be different than mine. Without further adieu, here is my list of the top 10 movies of the year.
Honorable Mentions: Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Aquaman, Tomb Raider, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
10) Ralph Breaks The Internet: A movie that is chalk full of pop-culture references, Ralph Breaks The Internet still tells a really heartwarming story. It has a good message for kids and enough Disney references and Easter Eggs to make adults smile.
9) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse: While I think this movie is over-hyped and confusing at times, Into the Spider-Verse is an extremely fun and hilarious spin on Spider-Man. The Miles Morales-Peter Parker relationship was the best part of the movie and I really hope we get to see that relationship in the MCU at some point.
8) A Star Is Born: In what is probably the favorite for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, A Star Is Born is a very special film. Bradley Cooper knocked it out of the park in his directorial debut, but Lady Gaga absolutely shocked me with how good she was in this movie. In what is her first role in a major movie, she’s probably going to be getting an Oscar nod. Oh yea, the music is spectacular too.
7) Creed II: While Creed II isn’t quite as good as the original, it’s still a damn good movie. Michael B. Jordan is a superstar in the making and Sylvester Stallone is fantastic again as Rocky Balboa. But the storyline with the Dragos is what made this movie go from good to great for me.
6) Bohemian Rhapsody: As someone who has been a fan of Queen, I really enjoyed the bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody. While the film takes some liberties with what actually happened, Rami Malek delivers an amazing performance as Freddie Mercury. The use of Queen’s music throughout the movie is pretty much perfect too.
5) Ready Player One: Despite turning 72 years old a week ago, Steven Spielberg’s still got it. In my opinion, he’s the greatest director of all-time and he delivered another gem this year.
Not only did Ready Player One pack a ton of pop culture references into one cohesive movie, but it was another great coming of age story from Steven Spielberg. Tye Sheridan is a star in the making and I can’t wait to see what he does in the future.
4) Incredibles 2: A movie that fans have been begging for, Incredibles 2 was well worth the 14 year wait. While the superhero action sequences are fun and all, the best part about this movie are the Incredibles themselves. They are a regular family with regular problems and it’s the reason why we love them. Plus the film is hilarious when baby Jack-Jack is figuring out his powers.
3) Black Panther: Similar to Wonder Woman, Black Panther became so much more than a movie. It was a movement. As the first MCU movie led by a black superhero, Black Panther told the story of one of the best new characters in the MCU in King T’Challa.
The African futurism in Wakanda was fascinating to see and T’Challa’s younger sister Shuri was a true standout. But what made the film go from good to great was Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. One of the most complex villains we’ve ever seen in the MCU.
2) Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: As the only documentary to appear on the list, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is nothing short of a masterclass. I knew of Fred Rogers when I was a kid but I did not watch his show regularly like so many people did.
So seeing his story through new eyes per say was so heartwarming and something the world needs right now. Everyone is filled hate these days and what this film showed me is that we all need to be more like Fred Rogers.
1) Avengers: Infinity War: Yep, you knew this was gonna be the winner. I hyped it up for months and some way somehow, Avengers: Infinity War surpassed the hype.
Despite bringing every single Marvel hero into one movie, the movie wasn’t overcrowded and it had a streamlined story. The movie also had maybe the best villain in a film since Darth Vader in the Mad Titan Thanos.
To go with all of that, the film had multiple iconic moments that will go down in history, none more then the infamous snap. I saw this movie 5 times in theaters and every-time I was blown away with the action sequences, the character development, and the emotional gut punches this movie gave me. Just imagine what will happen during Endgame?
-Steve Santoro (SVS_1993)
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