2018 Wrapped Up: Our favourite movie moments of the year
Another year has come to an end, and we’re looking back on our time at the movies in 2018. This year was rich with movie magic, from epic superhero battles to jaw-dropping cinematic moments and hilarious meme material.
Here, some of the top movie moments in 2018.
Best fight scene
In a year packed with action, adventure and more superheroes than you could count on both hands, it was an incredible time for fight sequences. We loved watching T’Challa fight Kilmonger for the Wakandan throne in Black Panther, the insane battle between every character in two different worlds during Avengers: Infinity War, and the ambitiously animated fight between the Spideys and Doc Ock in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
But we’ve got to give this one to the brilliantly choreographed fight sequences in Mission Impossible: Fallout. The film was praised for its amazing stunt-work and fight sequences between Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill, even being called the best action film ever made. We can’t argue with that.
Most WTF film
There were a lot of mind-boggling moments at the movies this year. Boots Riley stunned audiences with his directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You. The film had a lot to say about race relations, and it did it in a wholly unique and satirical way. No one could have predicted how far the film would go, and its absurd ending was one of the biggest talking points among moviegoers this year.
However, we’d be crazy not to give this to the chilling, shocking and downright insane horror film, Hereditary. There were moments in this movie that shook us to our core — and while the whole thing plays out like a family drama about grieving the loss of a loved one, the ending turns everything you thought you knew on its head and delivers one of the most hauntingly horrific sequences in film to date.
Movies delivered many laugh out loud moments this year. Awkwafina showed off her signature humour and quirk in Crazy Rich Asians, while Kate McKinnon continued to kill it in comedy with a sincerely hilarious delivery in The Spy Who Dumped Me. Elsewhere, four friends in their golden years decided to spice up their love lives after reading Fifty Shades of Grey in Book Club… hilarity ensued.
But when it comes to pee-your-pants funny, Ryan Reynolds takes the cake, once again delivering two hours of his classic sharp, dry humour and ridiculous banter in Deadpool 2. From the prolonged James Bond opening sequence parody, to the onslaught of entertaining Canadian jokes, there’s no shortage of comedy, but the scene where the X-force jumps out of the plane only to be completely annihilated is the real winner.
Favourite buddy pairing
We love watching authentic friendships unfold on film, and this year had plenty of inspirational #friendgoals: From Constance Wu and Awkwafina in Crazy Rich Asians to Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen in Book Club, to Ralph and Vanellope in Ralph Breaks the Internet.
We have to give this one to the unexpected and inspiring friendship between Viggo Mortensen as Tony and Mahershala Ali as Dr. Don Shirley in the buzz-worthy Green Book. Based on a real-life friendship, Tony is a rough Italian-American hired to drive classical musician Dr. Don Shirley as he tours the southern states. The pair don’t get along at first, due to the prejudices and racial tensions of the 1960s. But as the two face adversity and get to know one another, their friendship blossoms into something that’s truly beautiful to watch.
Most beautifully shot
Part of the magic of movies is the actual look and feel that you experience on-screen. There were some gorgeous films made this year, from Alex Garland’s ambitious sci-fi epic Annihilation to Barry Jenkins’ poetic and heart-breaking love story, If Beale Street Could Talk. But the most gorgeous film we saw on the big screen? Artist-turned-filmmaker, Julian Schnabel, gave us the story of Vincent Van Gogh, and just like the works of the film’s subject, At Eternity’s Gate was breathtakingly beautiful from start to finish.
Music took centre stage in a number of films based around the music industry this year, so it’s no surprise that there’s fierce competition for best soundtrack. Bohemian Rhapsody rocked us, giving us all the nostalgia in a soundtrack filled with our favourite original Queen anthems, and with Kendrick Lamar as co-producer, Black Panther’s soundtrack was easily one of the best albums of the year, giving us hits like ”All The Stars” and “Pray For Me”.
It’s stiff competition, but the most impressive soundtrack goes to A Star Is Born, in which Lady Gaga flexed her unbelievably versatile musical prowess, while Bradley Cooper proved that he’s a musical force to be reckoned with, too. From country to pop to blues to love ballads, there’s something for everyone on this album. Just try to get “Shallow” out of your head.
In a year full of superhero movies there was, of course, no shortage of villains. This winner comes down to the two biggest films of 2018: Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. We loved Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger, a fully fleshed out character whose motivations and backstory made him completely sympathetic.
But we have to give the edge to the catastrophic finale of Avengers: Infinity War, orchestrated by one scary-looking dude played by Josh Brolin (who was also a worthy contender for this title as Cable in Deadpool 2). Thanos’ intentions were truly earth-shattering. With a goal to eliminate half of the world’s population, Thanos proved himself to be completely heartless, self-serving, and plain evil.
Most unbelievable true story
Every year we get a healthy dose of biopics, and this year truly served up some incredible true stories. From getting up close and personal with Neil Armstrong in First Man, to the harrowing true story of a drug-addicted teen in Beautiful Boy, to the heartbreaking narrative about gay conversion therapy in Boy Erased, there were many films that showed us something real.
No story was as jaw-dropping, hard-hitting and totally unbelievable than Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. The film depicts the crazy true story of how Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington), a black Colorado police officer, infiltrated the KKK by impersonating a white man with the help of his partner (played by Adam Driver). BlacKkKlansman’s story takes place during the 1970s but the film still resonates today, making it not just a biopic, but a frightening look at how far we still have to go as a society.
Most meme-able moment
The biggest movies graced us with many a viral meme this year: Black Panther blew up on social media, while the shocking ending to Avengers: Infinity War dominated the internet. But the one we just couldn’t get enough of was the popular “Hey… I just wanted to take another look at you” meme, featuring that unforgettable romantic exchange between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born.