Last year was another solid year for movies! Some might say it was one of the best years. It feels like overall quality has risen. There is more pressure to deliver big and strong, consistently, to make sequels. And some of these sequels are pushing the bar in the best possible way.
War For The Planet Of The Apes, Blade Runner 2049 and Logan all ended up on my best of the year list. Thor: Ragnarok and The Lego Batman Movie were outstanding, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi were pretty decent. Transformers: The Last Knight was reliably Michael Bay. I ended up skipping Justice League and The Dark Tower which is too bad because I had so much hope for them.
Honourable Mention) Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
I was worried the first movie would be filled with too many awful "gamer culture" jokes that bombed. Basically, I was worried it would be Pixels. But it wasn't, it was really well-animated, funny and heartfelt, like Shrek. Can't wait to count the injokes in this, but I hope it won't be overkill.
10) Isle of Dogs
This original stop-motion tale from Wes Anderson about a misfit pack on an island full of dogs looks nicely, charmingly odd.
9) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
I have not been this excited for a Spider-Man film in over a decade. (I have heard Homecoming was pretty good though.) The style and the animation look super refreshing.
8) The Incredibles 2
The first movie was a wonderfully melded family/superhero/comedy. With Brad Bird returning, can't wait to see what growing pain issues he will explore next.
7) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
I was not expecting the previous film to be as good as it was. I really like the disaster-movie direction they're taking this in.
6) The New Mutants
The trailer for this film gave me chills. An X-Men horror movie? That sounds awesome!
5) First Man
Ryan Golsing stars as Neil Armstrong, in a biopic about his historic moon landing from the Director of La La Land.
4) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
I was surprised by how much I loved the first film. A natural step up for adults who've grown up reading the Harry Potter books. With a bigger cast and more ambitious settings, I am all in for this.
3) Ready Player One
The older Spielberg gets, the more divisive the content of his work seems to get. 5 years ago, I received a copy of this book in a goody bag. I ripped through it and loved its celebration of geekery. It is a nice juxtaposition of nostalgia and near-future. It has been interesting to read the backlash in the lead up to the movie's release. I hope Spielberg can add some depth and likability, maybe it will be too easy to get lost in the visuals.
2) Deadpool 2
Deadpool was a long-gestating gamble that paid off. Funny and with a good heart. I am super excited to finally see this on the big screen.
1) Avengers: Infinity War
The last decade of Marvel movies has all been leading to this. Heroes will die. Emotions will run high. This was originally going to be two movies, so I am excited knowing that no matter what happens, this isn't even the final form.