There are a lot of great films that were released this year across multiple genres. This year, the SPFC staff narrowed our choices down to these five based on the consistency of appearances on our top ten lists. Here is our top 5 best films of 2018.
Black Panther (February 16, 2018)
The year kicked off with one of the best reviewed and most ambitious Marvel Studios film to date with Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Releasing a superhero film with a predominantly black cast shouldn’t be controversial, but there were those that wondered if the film could be successful both in the states and internationally.
Coogler, Marvel and Disney proved that it could with a film that told a universal story of duty and honor while also introducing a new kind of villain in the form of Michael B Jordan’s Killmonger. The film was filled with beautiful spectacle and special effects, but what made it special was that it embraced and showcased the beauty of African cultures to the tune of $1.34 billion dollars worldwide.
Avengers Infinity War (April 27, 2018)
If Black Panther raised the stakes for superhero storytelling, then Avengers Infinity War proved to be the culmination of everything that has been building in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man.
The Avengers and the rest of the heroes of the MCU must band together to stop the threat of Thanos as he searches for the Infinity Stones in order to wipe out half the universe.
The film had some truly memorable moments, great effects and action sequences and an ending that had a visceral effect on the MCU faithful. Above all that, it created a frenzy to find out when the next film is coming out as well as generating over $2.048 billion dollars at the box office.
Incredibles 2 (June 15, 2018)
Another Disney entry finds the sequel to the 2004 Pixar animated feature picking up right where the first film left off. The next adventure of the Parr family finds Helen as the focus when the resurgence of supers rests on her ability to be the hero the world needs without causing the kind of collateral damage supers are known for.
The film is a smart and fun sequel that has some breathtaking action sequences along with an engaging story.
Bohemian Rhapsody (November 2, 2018)
Biopics are usually hit or miss with me. They can either spend too much time on the surface of the subject or they get so deep that they lose the thread of what made the subject famous. Bohemian Rhapsody does a great job of threading a difficult needle when it comes to the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
The film isn’t perfect, but there are so many amazingly fun and thrilling moments including the awe-inspiring final performance at Live AID, that the film becomes a celebration of the both the man and band.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 14, 2018)
A late entry because it came out so close to the end of the year, but Into the Spider-Verse was such a special, well done film that it deserved recognition as one of the best films of the year.
The story of Miles Morales becoming the Spider-Man of his world, learning to deal with the legacy of Peter Parker as well as a threat to his world that pulls in Spider heroes from across the multiverse, is both compelling and visually exciting to watch. The filmmakers took some huge risks in both the visuals and the storytelling and the final product is a film that celebrates the character of Spider-Man as well as introduce a new hero to a new generation.
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