I absolutely love films- I have done since I was little. I love the feeling of escaping to another world, and getting attached to characters. I think its amazing that films have the power to be able to make me cry over people/events that are almost always entirely fictional.
For Christmas, my parents bought me a cineworld unlimited card- for just £17.90 a month you get unlimited trips to the cinema, as well as discounts on snacks and some restaurants. Now as a student, cinema tickets are not too expensive, but adult tickets are often around £11, meaning that you’d just have to go to the cinema twice a month to make the unlimited card worth it and so far I have gone at least three times a month.
So, as a result of loving films and having my cineworld card, I have been privileged to see quite a few films in 2018, some good, some not so much. Here are my top five in the order that I saw them.
I saw Coco twice in February I loved it that much. I am a huge Disney fan so I tend to see everything they release but this film was so special. It is about a boy named Miguel who belongs to a family of shoemakers that hate music, but he loves it and wants to be a famous guitar player one day like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. On the Day of the Dead, he travels to the Land of the Dead where he learns all about his family’s history. This film was so beautiful on the big screen- the animation was vibrant, colorful and rich in detail. The story was heartwarming, with twists and turns and it was enough to make me cry.
2. Black Panther
Black Panther was another February film. Like with Coco, I am already a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so I probably would have liked this film even if it wasn’t so good but it was AMAZING. It tells the story of T’Challa and his return to become king of Wakanda. As with all Marvel films, a villain is up to something, and T’Challa must fight to protect his people and their technology from falling into the wrong hands. The film was enthralling, and really picked up in the second half. I particularly loved the appearance of one of my favorite MCU characters in the end credits scene.
3. I, Tonya
I, Tonya tells the true story of figure skater Tonya Harding, who in 1991 becomes the first woman to complete a triple axel jump in a competition. However, her home life is incredibly complicated and her husband plots and succeeds in injuring her main competitor, tarnishing Tonya’s reputation forever. This film has an incredible cast with so many stand out performances. Margot Robbie was an amazing Tonya and Allison Janney played her mother to perfection- particularly when they show interviews with the real people at the end during the credits. It also has an incredible soundtrack that I would highly recommend listening to on Spotify.
4. Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs is a Wes Anderson film that is in the same style of Fantastic Mr Fox, if you ever saw that in 2009. The dogs of Megasaki city have all been exiled to Trash Island, and a 12 year old boy flies over to rescue his bodyguard dog called Spots. He embarks on an adventure with the dogs of Trash Island, facing the force of the corrupt government. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil it and would highly recommend seeing it. I love the style of Wes Anderson and the detail of the animation. The story is heartwarming, I love the inclusion of Japanese culture and use of subtitles. It’s also really funny.
5. Avengers: Infinity War
As mentioned earlier, I am a big MCU fan, so of course Infinity War had to be on this list! I don’t really want to talk about the plot because 1- its quite complex and 2- I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it yet. All I’ll say is that I have been on the internet reading fan theories and expectations for a long time now and it still managed to surprise and shock me. One of my biggest concerns coming into the film was how they’d manage to handle all of the characters and plot lines effectively, without it feeling rushed and I would argue that they achieved that. One of the criticisms of the film is that the characters are underdeveloped but I think that as long as you have seen the previous films, you can use that to understand the motivation behind characters actions and behaviour. I can’t wait until the next one comes out.
There you have it! My top five films of 2018 so far. There are so many more to come this summer- I’m particularly looking forward to Ocean’s 8, Incredibles 2, Ant Man and the Wasp and Mamma Mia 2 to name a few.
Until next time,