This year was a very important year for cinema. We got two long-awaited sequels, The Incredibles 2 and Avengers: Infinity War. What’s more, there was a huge move towards increased cultural representation in Hollywood thanks to films such as Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther. Somehow we narrowed down our nine best movies of 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War
While it may seem uncultured to choose the big budget superhero movie as my favourite, Infinity War drew together 18 movies worth of plot into one big cliff-hanging whole. Even if you don’t like comic-book films, you have to admit putting together that many storylines in a way that makes sense is a massive achievement. That, and the explosions, those were great, too.
Wong Tsui-kai, Web Reporter
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Ethan Hunt must do the impossible once more, and save the world in the flashiest way possible. Part death-defying stunt montage, part masterclass in trying really, really hard, this blockbuster is basically 147 minutes of Tom Cruise doing everything humanly possible to entertain you. And succeeding. Bonus: Henry Cavill’s internet-breaking “arm-reload” moment in the washroom fight scene. It’s hilarious no matter how often you watch it.
Jamie Lam, Special Projects Editor
Isle of Dogs
The plot was fresh and interesting, and the characters had plenty of depth and emotion, making the story all the more heart-warming. It was funnier than I expected, and I think one of Wes Anderson’s best works. I also have a soft spot for stop-motion animation, as I know how long it takes to compile each frame. I’m talking hours to make the dogs’ fur move in the wind. Also, it has talking dogs; you can never go wrong with talking dogs.
Alejo Rodriguez Lo, Videographer
The Incredibles 2
The sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles, The Incredibles 2 is a delightful family film that is just as enjoyable as its predecessor. And it’s not all mindless action-packed fun – the film invites older audiences to think about changing family dynamics and gender stereotypes. I think this sequel was definitely worth waiting 14 years for.
Doris Wai, Multimedia Producer
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
This one really surprised me. I didn’t expect much going in, but I was immediately taken by the artistry of this computer animation. It feels as if it’s sucking you into the pages of a comic book, and immerses you in a colourful, utterly original narrative (pretty impressive considering how many times Spider-Man’s story has been told). The film combined witty jokes, a subtle romantic subplot, captivating fighting sequences, and some seriously heart-wrenching scenes. I didn’t think we needed another Spider-Man movie; I was wrong.
Nicole Moraleda, Sub-editor
As a massive fan of British band Queen, I was looking forward to Bohemian Rhapsody all year. The film follows the band’s journey to success, and deals with the issues that plagued frontman Freddie Mercury’s life in a dignified manner. Rami Malek’s award-worthy portrayal of Mercury was unbelievable, and the final Live-Aid sequence had everyone in the cinema dancing, clapping, and crying – mostly with joy.
Rhea Mogul, Junior Reporters’ Manager
There were some pretty strong contenders (Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, for being brilliant, but also reminders of the importance of representation; BoRhap for its scene-by-scene recreation of one of my earliest childhood memories), but this low-budget indie thriller was so cleverly written and filmed, I can’t believe it didn’t get more attention. Plus, if you get any joy from clever hashtags, it was a joy to watch a film that was literally – and at long, long last – #StarringJohnCho.
Karly Cox, Deputy Editor
No movie I’ve watched this year quite compares to Green Book. The comedy-drama was very true-to-life, with impressive performances by the two leads, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. While it explores the serious problems of racial segregation in the 1960s, the tender, thought-provoking film also offered many funny and misty-eyed moments.
Nicola Chan, Reporter
Crazy Rich Asians
As much as I enjoyed the story and how much heart it had, what I really loved about Crazy Rich Asians was the film’s aesthetic, which is basically all my dream mood boards brought to life. Breathtaking locations, stunning outfits, and a brilliant soundtrack; it’s such a spectacle, that it feels like someone is going to burst into song at any moment (side note: I am totally here for a CRA musical).
Charlotte Ames-Ettridge, Sub-editor
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
I watched almost the entire movie with a huge smile on my face (I teared up a little in the end). It’s one of those movies that makes me want to instantly pack my bags, leave everything behind and go on endless adventures just like the free-spirited Danna Sheridan does. It’s my favourite film this year because all the elements – the visuals, soundtracks, acting – worked so well together. And because sometimes you just need a light-hearted, fun story. I can’t wait to watch it again.
Joanne Ma, Reporter