A trip to the movies has never been so exciting. 2018 offered up a lot of the best films we’ve ever seen, with some of them breaking box office records that won’t be easy to beat. The level of excellence in the cinematic industry has never been so high before, and it has us excited for what the next few years will bring. However, before we start looking to the future, let’s remember the best that 2018 had to offer.
A Star is Born
When Lady Gaga first found mainstream success in 2008, people couldn’t imagine her ever doing something serious. Fast forward a decade where she starred in her first major film role and blew everyone away. The Bradley Cooper-directed flick might have been a remake of a remake of a remake, but it was as fresh and exciting as it was when the original film debuted in 1937. You have Gaga’s raw talent and passion for music to thank for that.
Horror films don’t have an easy job trying to stand out from those that have come before. Audiences are desensitized to the things that used to scare them, so it takes a lot to frighten people nowadays. Fortunately for Hereditary, it didn’t have a problem with that. Perfectly chilling and deprived of comic relief, it wasn’t the kind of movie you wanted to watch by yourself. That’s why it got so many amazing reviews from the critics.
Avengers: Infinity War
Superhero films are the norm these days. Every other movie seems to be from this genre, and each one is more successful than the last. When Avengers Infinity War hit cinemas in April 2018, it was an instant success. Box office records were broken left, right and center, and rightly so. The epic movie brought together dozens of Marvel’s iconic characters and threw them into a battle with a conclusion we never saw coming. This was a movie you didn’t want to get spoiled before you watched it.
We told you superhero films are everywhere. While there might be nothing revolutionary about another Iron Man or Batman film, though, Black Panther was different. Not only was it packed full of action and hugely captivating, but it also marked a huge step forward for racial representation in Hollywood. A film all about black superheroes fighting adversary was exactly what we needed in 2018, especially one as eye-catching as this was.
Mamma Mia 2
It was the sequel we didn’t need, but we deserved. No, it might not have been a critically acclaimed masterpiece, but it was a nice bit of lighthearted relief. With everything going on in the world at the time, the 2018 summer needed an injection of fun. Yes, we could have done without that major character being written out, but Mamma Mia 2 was as joyous as the original was ten years ago. Plus, with remarkably less screen time given to Pierce Brosnan’s singing, we might even say it was better than the first!
2018 was an incredible year for films, and we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.