We are quickly drawing to the close of 2018, and with it, another year of cinematic delight. 2018 has been a hummer of a year, from the pride of Wakanda in Black Panther to the eerily unsettling Hereditary. Here at Afrihost we consider ourselves quite the film fundis and so we have put together a short list of our top 5 movies of 2018. So, grab some popcorn and enjoy!
5. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Largely ignored after the controversial Star Wars Episode VII and its untimely release in the same month as Avengers: Infinity War, Solo was a genuinely brilliant Star Wars story. Much like Rogue One, it steered away from major characters in the ongoing saga, focusing almost entirely on a young Han and Chewbacca. Under Ron Howard’s direction, Solo soars as an epic standalone space heist film, with a well developed cast and carefully crafted narrative. Alden Ehrenreich captures Han’s character within the first few minutes and from there on there is no looking back. As Star Wars fans’ we were more than happy with the newest chapter in the series.
4. First Man
A bit late to the show but still falling in as a 2018 release, First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong and the trials that led to his eventual and momentous arrival on the moon. Ryan Gosling puts his best foot forward in this riveting film. An excellent pace and outstanding audio and visual effects propel this riveting tale above the atmosphere, certainly worthy of a few Oscar nominations.
3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Joel and Ethan Coen are no strangers to the big screen, with films like Fargo, No Country for Old Men and The Big Lebowski under their belt, it was odd to see them strap their gun belts on for one of the best straight-to-home releases of the year. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells a series of six vignettes that give us a sweeping insight into life in the wild west. Each story is carefully crafted and deeply thought provoking, ranging from tear jerking to absurdly humorous. Currently available on Netflix, it’s certainly been the dark horse for us this year.
2. Hereditary2. Hereditary
Good horror films aren’t hard to come by lately given the recent resurgence of the genre, but truly terrifying ones are. Hereditary lingered long after the cinema lights came back on for many of us, leaving an unsettling feeling in the pit of our stomachs. The exceptional twist on the classic narrative tropes of the genre made sure Hereditary would go down as one of the most iconic horror films in recent years.
Undoubtedly, the second most loved MCU film of the year, Black Panther stormed onto the scene a few months prior to Infinity War and blew the box office wide open. Excellent performances by Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan as Kilmonger elevated the Wakandan saga to a new level.
Surprisingly better than expected, Wreck it Ralph 2 is a joy to watch. Vanellope and Ralph’s friendship is tested in the second film. There is a great theme of growth and exploration of new friendships. Themes of courage and to not being afraid of change carry through the film’s entirety
1. Avengers: Infinity War
Now I understand that none of us really felt too good after this, but we still can’t quite get enough of this absolute behemoth of a film. For just over 10 years, Marvel has been working on cultivating their various heroes in the cinematic universe, finally unleashing all of the plot building in what is probably the film of the year for many. A vision in the cinema, Infinity War left millions speechless with its narrative. Excellent portrayals by the entire cast and a legacy of prequels made for one of the greatest ‘WTF’ moments in cinema so far. While we all loved Black Panther, the general consensus was that Infinity War stole the show in comparison to other MCU films of the year.
Controversial choices? Maybe! What were your top films of the year? Drop us a line in the comments below or on social media and let us know! Here’s to 2019 and all of the exciting films ahead.