2018 has absolutely been the year of cinema for me. I’ve said it numerous times on this blog and I’ll say it again, joining Odeon Limitless was one of the best things I’ve ever bought. I have seen so many incredible films this year and a lot of them, I wouldn’t have gone to see had it not been a Limitless member. Now that we’re into August, I thought I’d share, in my opinion, the 10 best movies of 2018 so far. This is based on movies I’ve seen this year up until the end of July (sorry Ant-man)! How many of your faves have made my list?
10 – The First Purge
I remember seeing posters for 2013’s ‘The Purge’ movie and little did I know how good that and the sequels would be. I love that each movie has it’s own unique cast and genre. With ‘The First Purge’, they are taking it way back to the very first purge, set on Staten Island and includes easily the creepiest killer in the franchise. That guy freaked me out so much! It was a little slow to start but once it got going, it was super thrilling and also very relevant to todays political climate.
09 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
I surprisingly enjoyed 2015’s Jurassic World and while the trailers for Fallen Kingdom left me feeling disappointed, I actually enjoyed this a lot too. It almost feels like two separate movies – all the stuff on the island feels like a different movie from the second half. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are likeable leads (and no high heels this time) while the villain of the piece was a little disappointing. But the action set pieces were great and that ending leaves the direction of Jurassic World 3 wide open.
08 – Solo: A Star Wars Story
It’s been amazing to have Star Wars back but did anyone really ask for a Han Solo movie? I know I wasn’t fussed. If I’m honest, the only reason that this movie made this list is because it’s Star Wars and anything Star Wars automatically makes it better than most movies. There was a lot I liked about the movie – Donald Glover as Lando, the stuff on Kessel but other parts just didn’t work so well.
07 – Wonder
This is technically a 2017 movie but I saw it in the cinema in 2018 so I’m including it. I’m a sucker for pretty much anything starring Julia Roberts but oh my god, this was a tear jerker of a movie! Based on the novel of the same, Wonder follows the journey of Auggie, a boy with a face deformity who begins at a new school. Brilliantly acted and equally heartbreaking and heartwarming, Wonder was a real gem to see at the cinema one Saturday morning. Go watch it!
06 – Deadpool 2
I remember when the first Deadpool movie came out and I wasn’t fussed about seeing it. Thank goodness that my husband insisted that we go because it was freaking hilarious! Deadpool 2 is very much the same as the first movie but with more violence, more gore and more hilarious moments. The scene with Deadpool and X-Force jumping from the plane was tears inducing hilarious.
05 – Incredibles 2
14 years since the first movie, The Incredibles are back and this time, Jack Jack is the star of the show. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than the first one for a number of reasons. The Incredibles 2 really gets going a lot quicker with the focus on Elastigirl (who is totally awesome) while Mr Incredible stays home. The highlight of the movie though for sure is Jack Jack taking on the neighbourhood racoon.
04 – Black Panther
Black Panther is a very important film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not just because we finally get a POC. Black Panther is going to be one of the big players for the MCU moving forward and I don’t think they could have made a better debut movie for the King of Wakanda. The cast are all great (Letitia Wright as Shuri is my favourite), the set pieces are really fun and unique and ultimately, it all feels really fresh. Wakanda forever!
03 – A Quiet Place
This is one of the films that I probably wouldn’t have gone to see had it not been for Odeon Limitless. Starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place is a thrilling ride from the get go. Hiding from dangerous monsters that hunt based on sound, the film is mostly silent and that sure does up the ante in the tension. Superbly acted, I cannot wait to watch this again on home release.
02 – Love, Simon
Everyone loves a high school rom-com and we all have one from our teenage years that we relate to most. How I would have loved ‘Love, Simon’ to have been around when I was a teenager growing up gay. It’s such a fantastically written story, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli and is so well acted by lead Nick Robinson as Simon. Special shout out to Jennifer Garner for that special scene too. Such a touching moment. I won’t lie, I cried a lot watching this film.
01 – Avengers: Infinity War
I’m honestly going to be surprised if this isn’t my film of the year come December. I mean, COME ON! It’s freaking incredible! I saw it three times in the cinema and honestly, I would have went again and again and again if I had had the time. It still amazes me how they were able to bring so many characters together and make sure that every single one of them had a story to tell. The only way this movie can be topped is of course with the sequel, coming 2019 and sees Captain Marvel come to the rescue. Colour me excited indeed!