What a year! I’m recapping some of the movies I’ve seen in 2018, whether on the big screen or not, and either recently released or from many moons ago. I’ll place them in chronological order I’ve seen them and briefly say why it gets a YAY! or NEIGH!
Neigh much more interesting than Nay.
I might give away a key plot or two, you have been warned!
Not only spoilers, but NEW SMASH spoilers.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, 2017
I want to pose with all my friends like this.
YAY! The soundtrack is phenomenal! One song, ‘Never Enough,’ I’ve used for a Get Up and Groove program at the library I’m currently at. A brief scene involving bolts of fabric has stained my brain for all time, beautiful.
BLACK PANTHER, 2018
Letitia Wright playing Shuri with much humor and ingenuity!
YAY! The right mix of story and effects showcasing a much needed corner of the Marvel Universe. Wakanda forever please! The car scene with holographic, virtual technology made me swoon.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, 2018
I lost it when Tom Holland (L) as Spider-Man died. Robert Downey Jr. (R) as Tony Stark can only look on in helpless horror. Peter’s spider sense warned him but to no avail.
YAY! A successful movie might have deaths, this proved to be the case for the 3rd Avengers movie as the heroes that we have grown to love over the years are dusted off.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, 2018
Have gun will travel. Alden Ehrenreich playing Han Solo.
NEIGH! Maybe I was over saturated with Star Wars as Episode Eight had just come out a few months previously. Solo is satisfying, but doesn’t reach the heights as it should. Lando’s pansexuality didn’t push enough boundaries, drat.
THE MEG, 2018
YAY! The one liners are spot on and the story not too bad. I enjoy good bad movies and this didn’t disappoint one bit. At one point the audience groaned out loud…that’s a win in my book. And who doesn’t like Jason Statham saving the day?
THE NUN, 2018
Uh oh, Taissa Farmiga playing Sister Irene. Let there be light!
NEIGH! Not scary enough that’s for sure. However the ending is what made it for me, it circled back to a brief scene from ‘The Conjuring.’
A SIMPLE FAVOR, 2018
Anna Kendrick (L) as Stephanie and Blake Lively (R) plays Emily who are reluctant strangers with their own mysteries to contend with.
YAY! What starts out funny descends into treachery rather quickly. Deception laced with the right amount of humor made this a stylish hit. Emily repeatedly calling Kendrick a brother fucker is both hilarious and horrendous.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, 2007
Katie Featherston (L) and Micah Sloat (R) are clearly intrigued with what’s happening in the bedroom.
YAY! It’s been years since I’ve seen this and the intriguing terror hasn’t faded. A couple have a camera record strange happenings in their home. When Katie wakes in the middle of the night and stares at Micah for hours and doesn’t remember doing so, the unexplained just got creepy!
A WRINKLE IN TIME, 2018
Reese Witherspoon (L) portraying Mrs. Whatsit. In the book she’s strong and mindful. Reese’s version is flighty and a space case, no thanks.
NEIGH! The book is a gem as I’ve read it at least a dozen times and the Disney adaptation could’ve been much creepier and sinister. Too glossy for me although kudos having the Murrays be a blended, adoptive family. Yes, I know comparing the book to the movie isn’t fair, but whatever.
Captain Picard can rock a beard! Patrick Stewart as Leondegrance (L) is Dad to Guenevere played by Cherie Lunghi (R).
YAY! I haven’t seen this in years and it still holds up. England in shambles but when Arthur draws the sword, a golden age emerges. Helen Mirren and Gabriel Byrne also in the movie, they’re so young and fresh!
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, 2018
Peter, Gwen, and Miles sensing something is amiss.
YAY! Probably best movie I saw in 2018. It had everything – story, animation, great characters, surprises, humor, sacrifices. The friendship between Gwen and Miles couldn’t get enough of and it was heartbreaking and endearing to see a down and out middle aged Peter Parker.
THE PRINCESS SWITCH, 2018
Vanessa Hudgens really shows her acting chops in this Christmas movie.
YAY! Netflix has a slew of Hallmark TV movies, and I watched this gem. While it may seem like a cookie cutter plot, the ending threw me for a loop and I couldn’t be happier. Chicago baker Stacy switches places with a duchess named Margaret. They fall in love with the guys they’re not supposed to, and when the truth comes out, it’s not a big deal. LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH! Yes, please!
BIRD BOX, 2018
Sandra Bullock in Speed 3? She’s not going to get fast being blindfolded like that.
YAY! and NEIGH! I just read the book last weekend and finished the movie yesterday before heading out for NYE plans. Yet again, I’m comparing book to movie (apologies sort of). Josh Malerman’s novel is intense, gloomy, and captivating. The movie version adds a touch too much gloss to everything. I still enjoyed it but…meh.
Thanks for yet another year of reading this blog and I’ll see you in 2019!