Saturday 12 January 2019

2018 Cinema Watch List Continued

Now 2019 is well and truly under way, it's time to look back on some of the films I watched in 2018. For the last few years I've put together a few roundup posts of the films we've seen cinema, sharing one in the Summer time and then another once the year is out so since June last year I've been adding to this each month with any new films we've been to see. If you want to see which films we saw during the first half of 2018, you can find that post here, but overall I think 2018 was a great year for films. We had so many cinema dates and saw some absolutely brilliant movies.
A Star Is Born, Christopher Robin, The First Purge, Mamma Mia 2, Fantastic Beasts, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Girl In The Spiders Web, Mary Poppins

The First Purge - ⭐⭐⭐

I'm such a huge fan of the purge films. I wouldn't necessarily say they're horror films but they do have an element of that and I do think they're scary because they feel so real. Whenever I watch any of the films, I always worry and feel tense because it does sometimes seem like something as crazy as the purge could happen in real life and the thought of that just petrifies me. The First Purge was the fourth instalment in the purge franchise and whilst it still had a good story and we saw how this all came about in the first place, I didn't find it was quite as good as the previous films had been. I just didn't feel quite as much suspense this time and it seemed to end pretty quickly once things had really got going. I'd watch it again but it definitely wasn't my favourite.

Mamma Mia Here We Go Again -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was so excited for the new Mamma Mia film, though a little sceptical because the first one has been a favourite of mine for years. Luckily the sequel was brilliant! I wasn't sure how it would be without Meryl Streep as Donna and whilst I do think it's a shame she isn't in it for long, I do think they worked around it really well and it gave the other actors a chance to play a bigger role. I thought the addition of Cher as Sophie's grandma was great casting, she was just fabulous and as always the music was on point. I played the soundtrack so much over Summer!

Christopher Robin - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely adored this film. I might be 24 now but I'll always love Winnie the Pooh like I did when I was young, he just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I loved the story and it was so special to see Pooh along with Eeyore, Piglet and the rest so lifelike, their voices! Pooh sounded exactly like I remember which was lovely and each of the characters just made me smile. It's a great choice for the whole family and one that will take you right back to your childhood.

A Star Is Born - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I am still not over this film. Surprisingly when I first heard about it, I wasn't that fussed by it but once it was released we ended up going to see it anyway and I ended up loving it in every way. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are both absolutely outstanding and deserve every Oscar going. Who knew Bradley could sing so well?! It just pulled at my heartstrings, the ending left me devastated, I still think about it, and the music of course is beautiful. One of the best soundtracks in a long time and a film that I think will be a firm favourite for many years.

Bohemian Rhapsody - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Despite not knowing a huge amount about Freddie Mercury and never really being a massive fan of Queen's music, as soon as I saw the trailer for this film, I knew I had to see it. I mean, I like their music but I'd only heard the obvious songs and I never knew much about their backstory and Freddie's life so this was really interesting to watch. I feel like it reveals a lot but in a respectful way to Freddie and it never felt too intrusive in my opinion. It was great to hear all of the famous songs throughout and the live aid scene was incredible. They made it so it felt like you were actually there. I think the whole cast were exceptional and it's definitely a very close second to A Star Is Born for my favourite film of the year.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald -⭐⭐⭐

I actually wasn't too impressed with the first Fantastic Beasts film but I was really keen to see Crimes Of Grindelwald. I think I wanted to see it mainly because it's starting to be a bit more like the Harry Potter films and characters like Dumbledore are now being added in and playing a bigger role whereas I just found the first film confusing. I did find this one a little hard to follow at times but overall I think it was much better than the first. The revelation at the end was amazing and I'm excited for the next one now. Also Jude Law as Dumbledore, do I need to say more.

The Girl In The Spiders Web - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This film was the one to surprise me in 2018. George has been a fan of the Stieg Larsson/David Lagercrantz books for years so when he saw the trailer for this, he was keen to see it, and despite me not really knowing the plot or having read any of the books, for some reason the trailer really appealed to me too. This would never usually be my sort of my film as it's a crime thriller but I really, really enjoyed it and it's now probably one of my favourites of the year. I was just really taken in by the story and as I'd not read the book, I had no idea where it was going or what to expect. I also think Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander was brilliant.

Mary Poppins Returns - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was really excited to see this but I actually don't think it was as special or magical as everyone made it out to be. Maybe it's because I just wasn't a huge fan of the original Mary Poppins growing up, in that I don't really remember watching it more than few times, so I couldn't really compare it like I think lots of other people have been able to. It's hard to explain how I feel properly about this one because I did like it, there were some really lovely moments, the songs are brilliant and I actually think both Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt were excellent in their roles, but at the end I just felt a bit flat. I didn't feel wowed by it like I expected to. I've been listening to the soundtrack since though and I'm really keen on giving it a second watch. I think it's one that will grow on me over time.

We've seen so many films over the last 12 months at the cinema, it really is hard to whittle it down to a few favourites but I think my top 5 would have to be - A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Christopher Robin, Love Simon and The Girl In The Spiders Web. I'm so excited to see the sorts of film that are released this year. At the moment I think it would take something amazing to top any of these.

Did you see any of these films last year too?

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