The year of 2018 is almost up and it would seem Oscar season is gearing up as blockbusters are heading down a path towards one final punch for glory. November has equally seen some unexpected genius and expected awfulness, ranging between American boxing and English wizarding. November may have been a bit of mixed bag but at least it has given me a lot to talk about thematically over the last few weeks…
*DISCLAIMER: Yes, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was my least favourite film ever in existence and would personally land the last spot on the list for me, but since this list is meant to be more general, I have to admit Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was technically more competent than…
#9 Robin Hood (Theatre of DOOM)
A derivative retelling of an age old tale that appears no longer entertaining but tiring and dry; a downright embarrassing and unintentionally humorous shlock of cinematic product that renders itself incompetent on every level.
#8 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Theatre of DOOM)
A convoluted and contrived prelude to a much preferred Harry Potter prequel with an overabundance of messy subplots, terribly written characters and a hefty amount of retcons so poorly executed that J.K. Rowling appears to obviously struggle in distinguishing novel writing to scriptwriting, resulting in an all-time low for the once powerful and magical franchise.
#7 The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Kingdom of the Criminally Dull…)
An underwhelming thriller that shows promise but ultimately tries too hard to entertain through action and, in doing so, misinterprets what made the Millennium films so unique originally.
#6 Bohemian Rhapsody (A CRUSADE!!)
An energetic and entertaining account of Queen’s greatest hits that lacks the power of its titular song, entering a formulaic biopic structure, that is only just saved by the charm and valour of its subject matter, spurred on by an outstanding depiction of Freddie Mercury from Rami Malek.
#5 Widows (A CRUSADE!!)
A heavy and raw dramatic endeavour for inexplicably flawless filmmaker Steve McQueen; highlighting the writing of Gillian Flynn along with dedicated performances ranging between Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Kaluuya and beyond, with only few minor slips in its characters and slow burn to an unkempt finale, despite its unquestionable thrills and twists.
#4 Creed II (A CRUSADE!!)
A powerful and weighty follow up to Ryan Coogler’s Creed which may not entirely match up to it’s predecessor on every level but satisfies greatly with a dedicated cast and crew ensuring that the film packs a punch on par with its heavy-weight protagonist.
#3 The Old Man and the Gun (A CRUSADE!!)
A timeless tale of legacy, channeling the American Dream and the pursuit of happiness, powerfully saluting the legendary Robert Redford, despite sidelining its central story to do so at times.
#2 Boy Erased (Lost Art)
An important insight into the crimes against identity and the injustices of reality with powerful work in-front and behind the camera from Joel Edgerton, backed by his impressive cast and crew, investigating the human plight for freedom in some undeniably passionate ways.
#1 Wildlife (Lost Art)
A visually ingenious depiction of family drama, directed with remarkable finesse from Paul Dano, showcasing Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal and a flawless beyond belief Carey Mulligan at their best.
- Wilkinson, A 2018, Robert Redford bids farewell to the silver screen in the pitch-perfect The Old Man & the Gun, Vox, Vox Media Inc., viewed 20 November 2018, <https://www.vox.com/2018/9/25/17887624/old-man-gun-review-robert-redford-retire-david-lowery-sissy-spacek>