Top Ten Best Movies Of 2018
Here are our picks for the best movies of 2018!
Honorable Mention: Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg returns to the adventure genre with this nostalgic ode to the 1980s. Set in a near future in which everyone is obsessed with a virtual reality video game, one young man must stop an evil organization from ruining everyone's fun. Filled with 80s pop culture references, Ready Player One is a blast from start to finish with it's excellent world building, amazing action sequences, and stunning visual effects. This is a movie made for fans of movies and gaming culture that's also a thoroughly enjoyable and totally original story on it's own.
DC came back with a vengeance after the lackluster Justice League with this epic undersea adventure film. With a war between the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and the surface world brewing, the half-Atlantean, half-human Arthur Curry must stop his corrupt brother Orm and unite the land and sea. The stellar cast help to bring this fantastic world to life and the stunt team does a great job on delivering some exhilarating action scenes. It's visual effects are amazing to behold as the VFX team literally create new world at the bottom of the ocean. It's a fun-filled journey and a throwback to classic swashbuckling adventure movies.
9. Black Panther
A bold and beautiful film from Marvel Studios, Black Panther is a global political spy thriller with a superhero aesthetic. The newly crowned King of the hidden nation of Wakanda must battle a dangerous insurgent for the throne. The production design is astonishingly gorgeous and the costumes and makeup are truly unique and help flesh out the world of Wakanda. There are plenty of intense fight scenes and very cool technology used in the film. It's important message and diversity make this one stand out from the rest.
8. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
A delightfully quirky and awfully depressing collection of short films from the Coen Brothers, this movie isn't for everyone, but remains such a special experience it simply must be seen. All six of the odd stories set in this film take place in the deadly American old west. Some are silly, others are shockingly sad, but all of them teach an important lesson. It's an expertly crafted movie from it's stunning cinematography to it's elegant music and wonderful acting performances. This was one of the biggest surprises of the year and it's now available on Netflix.
7. Bad Times at the El Royale
Another movie that seemed to come out of nowhere and go under the radar was Bad Times at the El Royale. This mystery noir thriller is set in the 1960s finds a group of disparate people staying at an old hotel on the border of California and Nevada where nothing is as it seems. The ensuing chaos is startling, hilarious, and filled with tension until the film's final moments. Casting is phenomenal with each of the actors fully dedicated to portraying their devious characters. The script and direction by Drew Goddard is staggeringly good from the excellent dialogue to the painstaking attention to detail.
6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
In the past 17 years we've seen Spider-Man on the big screen in no less than 7 movies, and the fact that the latest Spidey flick is the best makes it all the more special. Into the Spider-Verse sees teenager Miles Morales developing his own spider-powers and meeting Spider-People from alternate realities as he becomes his world's Spider-Man. It's a very trippy plot that's surprisingly easy to follow thanks to the smart screenplay and awesome voice cast. The animation is unlike anything you've ever seen and the visceral action here outdoes every Spider movie ever. It's got a great score, and an emotional, humorous, and poignant story that elevates this masterpiece of filmmaking, making it the best Spidey film yet.
5. Avengers: Infinity War
The most anticipated film of 2018 did not disappoint. The Russo Brothers and their huge cast of characters delivered on every level for the most epic Marvel movie to date. The bold choice to make Thanos, the film's antagonist, the main character (some might argue the main protagonist) was a stroke of genius that paid off as we understood his goals and the reason for them. Josh Brolin gave us an Oscar-worthy performance as the MCU's big bad and the rest of the cast was also at the top of their game. Action sequences were brutal and tense as the visual effects department made us believe it was all real. This one proved yet again that Marvel Studio is willing to take major risks to give audiences the best possible entertainment experience.
4. The Death of Superman
A criminally under-seen gem from DC Animation, The Death of Superman was The best superhero movie of the year. It's filled with heartfelt emotion, pulse-pounding action, and plenty of fun references to Superman mythos. The filmmakers and voice cast are able to make us fall in love with Superman all over again and his relationship with Lois Lane is the highlight here because it works so well as real-life husband and wife Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romjin play those respective roles. Doomsday is portrayed as the unstoppable killing machine he is and their devastating battle is brilliantly staged and outrageous. The animation is gorgeous, the script is solid, and the entire team behind-the-scenes made this one special.
3. A Quiet Place
John Krasinski made his directorial debut with this intimate horror film that revolutionized the genre and turned a cool plot idea into an intense family drama. Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt do an astounding job playing the parents of three who must survive in a post-apocalyptic world in which creatures hunt you if they hear you forcing this family to remain as quiet as possible. However, the horrific aspects and monsters are secondary to the relationships between the characters as they are strained and resolved in satisfying ways. It's a completely distinct film with it's own identity and meaningful story of bravery and courage. This is one you can watch over and over and represents the best of the genre.
2. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Rarely does a film series continue to get better ad better with each entry, but that's just what Mission: Impossible has done over the past 12 years. For the first time producer/star Tom Cruise brought back writer/director Christopher McQuarrie who helmed 2015's Rogue Nation and once again this duo knocked it out of the park. The story follows Ethan Hunt as he tracks down missing plutonium and the mysterious John Lark who plans on detonating three nuclear devices. Finally, this movie explored who Hunt is as a character showing how much he cares about the lives of others making him one of the greatest on-screen heroes of all time. The film's emotional resonance and powerful storytelling matches it's stupefying stunts and extreme action sequences which are unmatched by any film in history.
1. A Star Is Born
The best film of 2018 is A Star Is Born. Bradley Cooper's passion project, this movie marks his first foray into directing and he did a phenomenal job behind the camera. Cooper also does a fine job in front of the camera as Jackson Maine, an aging rock star who finds a talented young woman and helps her rise to fame as the two develop a deep and passionate relationship. Playing the aforementioned talented young woman Ally is Lady Gaga who makes her big screen acting debut here, although you'd never known that as she is completely comfortable playing the part. Her journey is as interesting and devastating to watch as Jackson's and the movie shows audiences how difficult life in the spotlight is and volatile intimate relationships can be. Everything from cinematography to costumes, to makeup to score, is top notch here. This is the fourth remake of this story, but it's the modern version of the tale that's as timeless and relevant as any of the best stories are.