Reviewing A Fantastic Year

2018 has been a fun year for me, from the exciting movies that I’ve watched to my wonderful twentieth birthday. This year has brought many new things and I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. So, since this is the last day of the year, I’m looking back on all of the exciting things that have happened. Enjoy!

(This will be a long read.)

January

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This January it was announced that we would finally get a Black Widow movie which was such an exciting announcement. I’ve been waiting for this for years because she’s such an awesome character who rightly deserves her own film and so this was definitely one of the highlights for me.

February

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When I went to see Black Panther I could only hope that it would turn out to be as amazing as everyone was saying that it was. Thankfully, it was pretty incredible. It was worthy of every bit of praise it was (and still is) getting. Wakanda Forever!

The Solo: A Star Wars Story Super Bowl trailer was off the chain. I still remember my utterly shocked reaction when I saw it for the first time. I had serious reservations about this film but after this trailer, nearly all of my worries were lifted.

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The Movies of 2018; Ranked from Worst to Best

2018 has been a year jam-packed with awesome movies and while there are some films that I didn’t get the chance to see this year (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindelwaldGreenbookSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) there were many others that I did manage to watch. And so, on that note, here is how I would rank all the movies I’ve seen this year.

15. Ocean’s 8

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When it was announced that there would be a spinoff to the Ocean’s films but with an all-female cast, I was kind of excited. Especially after seeing the astounding list of ladies that would be in the movie. Unfortunately, this movie was a total flop. It was so boring that I couldn’t even finish the film. Hence, it was my least favorite movie of the year.

14. Venom

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For Venom to be the next to worst movie of the year in my list then 2018 has been pretty awesome because this isn’t exactly a horrendous movie. I mean, it is, but at least it was somewhat watchable and enjoyable to a certain extent. With better writers, Venom could’ve been a whole lot better and I’m hoping that the sequel can make this story better.

13. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

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Sicario was amazing. The sequel, not so much. I actually fell asleep at a certain point because it was taking too long for anything truly good to happen. Benicio del Toro still managed to shine in the movie but he was bogged down as a babysitter which was kind of annoying considering his character is so much more interesting than that. And the movie clearly ended in the fashion of setting up yet another sequel, turning these films into money grabs rather than movies with actual substance. But maybe the third one will be better. *shrug*

12. A Wrinkle in Time

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I honestly thought A Wrinkle in Time was going to be worse than it was but I found myself actually enjoying it, to a certain extent. It was nice to see women and girls portrayed in such a powerful way and the movie was gorgeous. No, it wasn’t the best film of the year, but it wasn’t the worse either.

11. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Ever since I watched Jurassic Park for the first time five years ago I have become a fan of this franchise. Unfortunately, since Jurassic Park, there hasn’t been a film in this franchise that has managed to reach the same level of sheer awesomeness and Fallen Kingdom is no exception. This movie was lame and I have no more to say about it.

10. Incredibles 2

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This movie was perfect in nearly every sense of the word but it was also perfectly boring as well. I came away from that movie finding myself more disappointed than elated but I am excited to hear that it’s coming to Netflix next month so yeah, it was good. It just wasn’t great.

9. Ant-Man and the Wasp

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Fun, hilarious, great action sequences, Ant-Man and the Wasp was the perfect final Marvel movie of the year because after the heartbreaking events of Infinity War we definitely needed a film with a bit more levity. I also love that this film perfectly sets up Ant-Man’s involvement in Avengers: Endgame and I can’t wait to see what he can bring to the mission of stopping Thanos.

8. Solo: A Star Wars Story

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I never thought I would say there were seven movies better than a Star Wars movie in a single year but for 2018 that is definitely the case. I haven’t watched Solo in over two months which, for me, is a clear sign that it didn’t wow me as much as I hoped it would. But it is a good movie and definitely one of the surprises of the year.

7. A Quiet Place

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When I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place when I went to watch Justice League I knew I wanted to see it because it just looked too unique not to watch. So, I did. And it was pretty good. Was it the best science-fiction film that I’ve ever seen? No. But it was enjoyable and its conclusion was definitely a perfect way to end the movie.

If you like creepy sci-fi movies this is a must-see.

6. Bumblebee

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Cute, easy to follow, funny, heartfelt, riveting, oh this movie brought all the feels. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me love Bumblebee even more as a character. And it saved the Transformers franchise big time. If you love Transformers this is a definite must-watch because it’s really, really good. At one time the very words impeccable storytelling and Transformers movie seemed like an oxymoron but Bumblebee is exactly that; a delightful Transformers movie with a perfect story.

5. Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

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This may come as a surprise that I would place this movie so high in my list but I am a legitimate Teen Titans fan. I’ve loved the cartoon ever since I was a child and I love it even more now considering that the creators of the series have turned it into an absolutely hilarious comedy. When I heard they were making a Teen Titans Go! movie I couldn’t be more excited and sure enough it was everything I expected it would be…and more.

I enjoyed this movie so much that I am determined to own it eventually so I can laugh at all of its jokes as many times as I’d like. I love this movie. 🙂

4. Black Panther

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Black Panther is an undoubted triumph, not just for people of color who are so glad to see a film filled with characters that look like them but for the Hollywood industry as well. This film is literally the first superhero film to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe and I am utterly baffled by the awesomeness of that fact.

This was a very well-written, well thought out story and it honestly only makes Marvel look that much better. Ryan Coogler is a brilliant director and storyteller and I can’t wait to see what new things he can bring to the table in Black Panther 2.

3. Aquaman

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If you’ve read my blog recently you will notice how much I have enjoyed Aquaman since I saw it this past Christmas. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that Aquaman would be my third favorite movie of 2018 I would’ve laughed at the absurdity of that prediction but it’s true. Aquaman was awesome in every sense of the word and I’m just counting down the days until I can see it again. 🙂

2. Avengers: Infinity War

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I love Marvel. I love Marvel superheroes. I love the choice of actors who play the roles of these characters. And to see all of their stories and lovable personalities come together into one ultra movie to face an incredible threat in Thanos is hands down movie gold for me. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; this movie was everything I could’ve asked for and so much more.

There were plot twists, plenty of humor, phenomenal action sequences, and its conclusion was so downright unexpected that I am patiently (not patiently) waiting to see what happens. Ugh, it’s so annoying having to wait. But wait I must. 😦

1. Mission: Impossible-Fallout

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This is hands down my favorite movie of the year. It garnered a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes and it totally deserves it. In my opinion, I’d give it 100% because it is literally a perfect movie. From beginning to end the suspense, the action, everything just keeps getting more and more awesome until I feel like I’m going to combust with excitement.

Tom Cruise took this movie to the next level of awesomeness and with a soundtrack that’s so awesome I have it on my Spotify this film just continues to find ways to please.

So, this is my ranking of the movies I’ve seen this year. 2018 has been very fun indeed but it looks like 2019 is going to be an even better year for movies and I. Can’t Wait!!!!

What would you say has been your favorite movie of the year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular New Year’s Eve.