I have been for the last couple of years sharing what have been my favorite films of the year. This will be tough because there were so many good films I saw, especially in the theater. They are in no particular order except from around the beginning of the year until the end of the year:
Mary and the Witch’s Flower
A film with a definite Studio Ghibli vibe, this was the first film I saw in a theater in 2018 and immediately was one of my favorites. The animation, the voice acting, it was all top notch.
I Can Only Imagine
Based on the life of MercyMe lead singer Mark Millard, it is one of the best film depicting the Christian faith I have seen. There were several really good Christian films in 2018 but this one was the best and my personal favorite.
Ready Player One
I still need to read the book but the film version is tremendous. Lots of good 80s and video game references and callbacks and the visual effects were great. It was such a fun journey through the story.
The Miracle Season
Based on the true story of a girl’s volleyball team in Iowa that overcome the tragic loss of their team captain to win a state title. It was so good I saw it twice in the theater. One of my top five favorite sports films of all time.
Avengers: Infinity War
The culmination of ten years of Marvel Studio films, this first part of a two part saga was tremendous. To see all the superheroes in one film was something I wouldn’t have ever imagined ten years ago but it was real and it was awesome. I’m looking forward to next year and Avengers: Endgame
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
One of the best documentaries and probably my favorite of 2018, the story of Fred Rogers is one that is always good to remember and share with others.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Sequel to one of my favorite films of 2015, this one did not disappoint. I love how not only they did a great job continuing the storyline of the first film but also brought a fresh aspect to it with new characters and maturing of old characters.
Mission: Impossible Fallout
The Mission: Impossible film series has seemed to have gotten better with each film especially the last couple of ones. Fallout is not only right at the top of the series but one of my favorite films period. It not only called back to previous films and tied up storylines from them but also sets the stage for always going forward with new stories.
This was a very fun movie (though I still think that Tigger looks off in this version). It feels almost like an alternate reality of the real life Christopher Robin Milne that was portrayed in last year’s Goodbye Christopher Robin but I do love the story of this film and I always have a soft spot for Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood gang in my heart.
Based on the true story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the acting in this film is top notch. Both Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley give award winning performances.
A modern retelling of the classic novel. I love how the filmmaker stayed true to the heart of the Alcott story while giving it a modern feel. This was another film I saw twice in the theater because it was so good.
A Star Is Born
I had not seen the previous versions of this film but when the trailers dropped for it I was super interested and it didn’t disappoint. Loved the performances of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (also Sam Elliott had a great supporting role as well).
The Old Man and The Gun
Based on the true story of career criminal Forrest Tucker, it’s one of the best performances of Robert Redford’s career. It was both retro (given the time period) and modern at the same time. I loved it.
The Front Runner
Based on the 1988 Presidental campaign of Gary Hart, it is a film very timely given the nature of politics in America today. Hugh Jackman gave (in my opinion) an award winning performance and I walked out of the film wondering how things would’ve been different in America had things went differently in that 1988 election
Sequel to the first Creed (which was one of my favorite films of 2015). This one not only built on the legacy of the first film but also into the deeper Rocky franchise. I loved how it tied a lot into Rocky IV (which is one of my favorite films of all time). If they wanted to keep it going with a third film I would be more than happy to see it.
Based on the true story of the friendship between Dr. Don Shirley and Tony “Lip” Vallelonga. This was not only a well acted film but a great story told as well.
Mary Poppins Returns
The long (coming? awaited?) sequel to the the 1964 original film, Mary Poppins (this time played by Emily Blunt) returns to help the Banks family (the kids now grown up and one with kids of his own). It is a fun film and definitely has that vibe that the original film had.
This is the best live action Transformers film. It definitely has the vibe of the 80s cartoon and animated film. I would hope if they make more live action Transformers film, they abandon the canon of the earlier films and just start fresh with this one as the first one.
So that’s my list of favorite films of 2018. What is your list? Do we have similar films or are there other films that you have on your list? I’d love to hear what your films are and I’m excited to see what film will make the list in 2019