Top 10 Best Movies of 2018

Last week I posted my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2018, and this week I’m back with the best of the year! As I said in my other post, for the first time ever I’m using the general release dates so as not to cause confusion. The only problem is a lot of the Award-winning movies are January and February 2019 releases here in the UK and so I haven’t seen them yet. Still, it’s a good reason to revisit the list later in the year!

Maybe it’s because I’ve had a lot of cinema trips this year (thanks to my ODEON Limitless membership) but I had a really tough time cutting my list down to just 10! All round, I think 2018 has been a pretty great year for movies.

Honourable mentions, the movies that just missed my list are: Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2, Love Simon, Hereditary, BlacKkKlansman, Game Night, First Man and The Favourite. I also very nearly included Bird Box and Bandersnatch because I downright loved them, but they’re such recent watches that I wonder if I’ll feel the same in a few months time.

But without further ado, here are what I consider the Top 10 Best Movies of 2018:

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#10 Ocean’s Eight

I haven’t seen the other Ocean’s movies so I had nothing to compare it to, but Ocean’s Eight was so much fun there’s no way I could leave it out. That opening scene of Sandra Bullock shoplifting is just everything.

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#9 Ready Player One

It feels like years since I read the book and so the wait for the Ready Player One movie was painful. A lot may have been changed for the movie adaption but I was really impressed with how true to the book the characters were.

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#8 American Animals

This was the first movie I saw as part of ODEON’s Screen Unseen, whereby they play a movie before it’s release, but don’t tell you what the movie is until it begins. I’d never even heard of American Animals and perhaps it helped, but it was an incredible true story.

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#7 A Quiet Place

You guys, I watched this in the cinema! Little old me, terrified of horror movies. Anyway, it’s probably the start of an onslaught of copycats (Bird Box was based on a book – just throwing it out there), but A Quiet Place will remain as the fantastic original.

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#6 Upgrade

What a surprise this movie was! It was thanks to the bloggers that I watched this, otherwise I would never have even heard of it. Just a really well-done Sci-Fi movie with a great twist.

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#5 Ant-Man and the Wasp

I don’t know what it is about this particular Marvel movie but I’ve seen it 3 times now and it’s actually my favourite solo-hero Marvel movie of all at the moment. It’s just my perfect mix of humour and action, and not forgetting the loveable Paul Rudd!

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#4 Avengers: Infinity War

Speaking of Marvel movies…Ii didn’t get to see Infinity War until it had already been out for at least 2 weeks, and somehow I avoided all spoilers, which is incredible really considering all the memes out there. Nothing can beat experiencing the click of Thanos’ fingers for the first time.

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#3 A Simple Favor

Oh my god this movie. I so, so nearly made this my number 1 choice. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are absolute legends in this twisted, hilarious and sexy tale. Why did I never find Mums like them at the baby groups I went to?!

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#2 A Star is Born

This was one of those movies I’d already fallen in love with from the first trailer. The soundtrack is incredible, the story is beautiful and Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga made me cry several times.

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#1 Searching

An odd choice, I admit, but let me explain. I love movies that bring something a little different to the table. All scenes in Searching are through a screen, be it a laptop, mobile, CCTV, FaceTime. That alone makes it great in my eyes. The cherry on the top is a simply brilliant mystery story that twists and turns constantly, with a hugely satisfying conclusion. Love it.

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Review: Ready Player One (2018)

ready-player-one-review-2018-movieI can’t believe I finally got to see Ready Player One, a movie I’ve been waiting for for 2 years last week, and I’m only just writing about it now. In my defence, I’ve been kept busy in the evenings playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and y’no, I have a baby. A baby who is currently napping waving her blanket in the air and babbling, so this may take a while. Mornings like these make me really want to slip on a VR headset and enter the OASIS!

The movie is set in the not-too-far-away future where we’re all addicted to virtual reality. The creator of this VR called the OASIS has passed away and left behind a competition for everyone in the form of an easter egg hunt. Whoever can find all 3 keys which lead to the egg will win full ownership of the OASIS. It’s a lot to take in, but a good chunk of the opening of the movie explains it all in a fair amount of detail. I’ve read the book so I knew the story anyway, but I do question how much a fresh viewer would take in.

Our focus is on Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), better known by his avatar’s name, Parzival. Wade lives in ‘the Stacks’, a run-down area formed of caravans stacked on top of each other. Wade and his best friend Aech (Lena Waithe) along with fellow ‘Gunters’ (egg hunters) Art3mis (Olivia Cooke), Daito (Win Morisaki) and Sho (Philip Zhao) form an alliance to find the egg before corporate douchebag Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) and his army beat them to it.

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My favourite thing about this movie adaptation is the casting – it couldn’t be more perfect. It’s so hard when a beloved book comes on to the big screen and your visions of the characters are shattered by odd casting choices. I couldn’t have chosen a better cast myself in this case. Mark Rylance as the awkward creator of the OASIS is spot on, and I had the goofiest grin on my face every time Ben Mendelsohn showed up. I’m just so gutted that Simon Pegg’s character Ogden wasn’t around very much because he was a much bigger character in the book.

Of course, a lot of the movie is set within the OASIS, so rather than seeing these actors we actually see their avatars, so as you can imagine, it’s CGI-heavy. Rather than it being an attack on the senses though it’s absolutely stunning. I was SO glad I got to see it in the cinema for that reason!

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As you’ve no doubt heard, Ready Player One is packed to the brim of 80’s and gaming references. It’s done so tastefully though that even if you recognise none of them, the movie won’t be spoiled for you. Rather than being thrown at your face all the time, it’s just constantly there in the background, making rewatches a lot of fun I imagine as you’ll spot things you may have missed the first time around.

I loved it if you can’t tell, and my only gripes are from changes from the book, which I know can never be helped. 4 and a half easter eggs from me, which reminds me that I think I still have some left-over chocolate in the cupboard…

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Nevermind – my baby just woke up from her nap.