For movie fans, this has got to be one of the best years yet, because so many movies have hit the big screens and many of them have been amazing. We can only hope that Hollywood will have the stamina and creativity to keep this trend going on for many more years. This is because we can't imagine life without the anticipation of great movies that are sure to quench our thirsts for great content.
Fans of superhero movies, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to be specific, had an amazing year. This year the MCU has produced the best superhero movies ever, which have gone ahead to shatter box office records and prove just how superior they are in the superhero movie business. The best news is that most, if not all these great movies are pointing towards a 2019 or 2020 sequel, which is really good news.
However, since no industry is perfect, we've also had some really disappointing movies in theatres this year. Some of the reasons we felt so ripped off by these movies were the fact that their trailers were so good, and they had a good marketing budget that we were all expecting them to be amazing.
20 Worth Seeing – The Avengers: Infinity War
The Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1) is a superhero film based on Marvel comics, which hit theatres on April 23. The movie is a two-part sequel to The Avengers 2012 and Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015. Part 2 is scheduled for May 2019. In the movie, the Avengers have no choice but to battle their most powerful enemy yet, called Thanos, whose goal is to collect the six infinity stones and eliminate half of all beings in the universe.
The film had a very high rating because of its amazing cast performance, visual effects, emotional weight, and its action sequence. Listed as one of the most expensive movies ever made, the movie grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
19 Letdown – Pacific Rim Uprising
Pacific Rim Uprising, a science fiction film is a sequel of the 2013 Pacific Rim movie. The film, which was directed by Steven S. DeKnight, is about Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot who reunites with Mako Mori his estranged sister to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots against a new threat.
The film didn't break even; it grossed $290.1 million worldwide against its budget of about $175 million and an additional $140 million for promotion and advertisement. Critics had mixed reactions about the movie, some criticized the plot, the scope, and the failure to reprise lead casts from the prequel, while others praised the visual effects and performance.
18 Worth Seeing – Black Panther
The Black Panther movie is a comic book superhero epic that was released on February 16. It's the first Marvel movie with a predominantly black cast. Chadwick Boseman who played the role of the Black Panther made his first appearance in the film Captain America: Civil War. In the movie, Black Panther returns home to Wakanda to take his rightful place as king.
As the new king, he must defeat his foes and lead his people towards a better future. The movie did so well because of its cultural significance, direction, soundtrack, and costume designs. Black Panther also grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, and in the process broke numerous box office records.
17 Letdown – Red Sparrow
The spy thriller film Red Sparrow is based on a novel. The movie, which features Jennifer Lawrence, is about a Ballerina who suffers an injury that ends her career. She is recruited by a Russian intelligence service that trains her to use her mind and body for their purposes.
The film was considered moderately successful grossing $151 million worldwide against a $69 million budget. However, it was criticized for being too long, having more style than substance and some people thought that the salary for one star was a bit too much. On a more positive note, others praised Jennifer for her performance in the movie.
16 Worth Seeing – Annihilation
Directed by Alex Garland, Annihilation is a film based on a science fiction novel. However, Garland didn't stick to the book’s storyline but kept the core concept. In the film a biologist Lena whose husband disappears signs up for a dangerous expedition into a mysterious zone known as The Shimmer where the laws of nature don't apply.
The movie was released on February 23 and has grossed over $43 million worldwide. It was praised for its action, visual and provoking story. The sequel to the film is in the making.
15 Letdown – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a Space Western film based on a young character, Han Solo from the Star Wars film. The legend Harrison Ford who plays Solo embarks on a dangerous mission where he finds himself in the middle of a robbery along with other criminals among them Lando Calrissian.
The movie which was released on May 25 grossed only $392.6 million. It was one of the most expensive movies made with a budget of $275 million. Solo generally got positive reviews for the actors' performance but some critics believed that the movie’s storyline was predictable. Overall, the movie didn't meet the box office’s high expectations.
14 Worth Seeing – Ready Player One
Ready Player One is a science fiction adventure movie released on March 29 by Warner Bros Pictures. The movie takes place in 2045 when humanity uses visual reality software to escape the real world. When the creator of software called Oasis dies, he released a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter egg, which gives the winner full ownership of the Oasis.
The film needed to gross at least $440 million to break even, which it surpassed by grossing $582 million worldwide. The film received positive reviews for its visual effects and brisk pacing. The directors are contemplating its sequel.
13 Letdown – The Cloverfield Paradox
The Cloverfield Paradox is an American science fiction film directed by Julius Onah and is the third installment of the Cloverfield film series. The plot follows a group of astronauts in a spaceship who use a particle accelerator to try to find the cause of the energy crisis on Earth.
In the process, they get lost and have to find their way back home. The movie’s release date of February 4, 2018, was a surprise to its fans because they weren't expecting it for another three months. The movie got unfavorable reviews due to its surprise release date and many storylines.
12 Worth Seeing – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Written by Ol Parker, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 114-minute jukebox musical romantic comedy film and a sequel of 2008's Mamma Mia!. Due to the success of its prequel, Universal Pictures had long been interested in a sequel of the first film and finally released it in July this year. With a budget of $75 million, the movie grossed over $319 million worldwide.
In the movie, the main character called Sophia prepares for the grand opening of her mother Donna’s hotel, while continuing to learn more about her mother’s past. Critics have given the movie a mixed review; some commend the cast for their performance and music numbers while others think that reprising some of the songs from the first film was uninspired.
11 Letdown – Super Troopers 2
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, Super Troopers 2 is a crime comedy film about a team of Super Troopers who are called to set up a new highway patrol station when a border dispute arises between US and Canada. The movie is a sequel to the 2001 film Super Troopers and was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures on April 20.
Studios were skeptical about releasing a sequel after seventeen years and it seems like they were right to do so. Critics said the movie was a long-awaited disappointment with lazy jokes. The film also grossed $31 million worldwide against a production budget of $13.5 million. Regardless, Jay recently announced that he has started writing the script for the next sequel Super Troopers 3: Winter Soldiers.
10 Worth Seeing – Ant-Man And The Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp, produced by Marvel and Walt Disney Studios is a superhero film based on Marvel comics. The movie, which was released in July, grossed over $466 million worldwide. It's a sequel of the film Ant-Man, which hit theatres in 2015. It had the same stars who reprised their roles in this sequel.
In the movie, Scott Lang who plays Ant-Man tries to balance being a father and a superhero. An urgent mission is presented that finds Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Ant-Man and the Wasp both have powers to change their sizes in the movie. Critics praised the movie for its humor, levity, and performances.
9 Letdown – Mute
Mute is a neo-noir science fiction film that revolves around a mute bartender who became mute after a childhood accident. But his mother never allowed him to undergo surgery. In the movie, the bartender searches for the love of his life who mysteriously disappeared. The movie was directed by Duncan Jones who also co-wrote the script.
Mute is described as a spiritual sequel to Duncan’s 2009 film Moon. Released on February 23, the film got many unfavorable reviews. Critics say the problem with the movie is that it tells two stories that are at odds, such that they don’t seem as if they should be in the same movie.
8 Worth Seeing – Mission: Impossible Fall Out
Mission: Impossible Fallout is an action spy film starring Tom Cruise; it’s the sixth movie of the Mission Impossible film series. Many critics say that this movie is the best of all the six so far and have praised it for its direction, stunts, and action sequences.
In the movie, Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt where he and the IMF team join forces with CIA to prevent a disaster; they find themselves in a desperate race against time after their mission goes wrong. The film grossed over $503 million worldwide, making it the ninth highest earning film so far this year.
7 Letdown – Slender Man
Slender Man is a film directed by Sylvain White, which was released on the 10th of August. In the movie, four girlfriends fascinated by the internet, summon the Slender Man. A week later one of them, Katie disappears and the other three begin to investigate for clues.
The three contact Slender Man in an attempt to get Katie back. When the teaser trailer was released, reviewers started saying the movie was a low budget film. The movie was criticized for being a picture-thin story and lacked genuinely upsetting scenes but was commended for its visuals and sound effect. The movie grossed $22.7 million against a budget of between $10-28 million.
6 Worth Seeing – Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds is a superhero film based on Marvel comics. It's the eleventh movie in the X-Men film series and a direct sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. In the film, after losing the love of his life, Wade Wilson aka Deadpool must protect a young boy with the help of a team of mutants from the brutal time-traveling cyborg called Cable.
The film grossed over $733 million worldwide against a budget of $110 million. It was praised for its humor, action sequence, and performance. Critics say that it was better than its 2016 prequel. Deadpool 3 is currently in development.
5 Letdown – Winchester
Winchester is a supernatural film directed by The Spierig Brothers. In the movie, Sarah Winchester is the widow of a famed gun manufacturer. The sudden loss of her husband and daughter leaves her in grief. Having received $20 million in inheritance, Winchester convinces herself she is cursed.
Released on February 2, the movie also received mixed reviews. Critics say it was unoriginal, dull, and pointless. It didn't deliver what it had promised but some thought the movie was enjoyable. At least the movie was a Box Office success because it grossed $41.3 million worldwide with a budget of $3.5 million.
4 Worth Seeing – Incredibles 2
Incredibles 2 is a 3D computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film picks off from the events of its 2004 prequel Incredibles. In the movie, Helen, whose superhero identity is Elastigirl, is sent on a mission to make superheroes legal again.
On the other hand, Bob, whose superhero identity is Mr. Incredible is left to care for the kids but struggles especially with the last born baby’s newly emerged powers. A dangerous new threat arises and it's up to the family to neutralize it. The movie had a total worldwide gross of $1.22 billion making it the highest grossing Pixar film so far.
3 Letdown – A Wrinkle In Time
A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay based on a novel by the same name. Starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, the movie is about a high school girl who went on an adventure to a new planet through time and space to rescue her father with the help of her brother, a friend, and three magical beings.
With a budget of $250 million for production and advertisement, the movie underperformed by grossing at $132 million worldwide, this was a huge loss for Disney. The film received negative reviews because of its heavy computer graphics. Some people thought it was too ambitious while others celebrated its diversity, performance, and visuals.
2 Worth Seeing – A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is a science fiction film, which premiered on March 9 this year. The movie was initially produced by an American production company, Platinum Dune before Paramount Pictures bought their script in 2017. It stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, a real-life couple living a life of silence to keep their children safe while hiding from creatures that hunt every sound they can hear.
This movie was a box office hit after it grossed $332 million against a budget of between $17 million to $21 million. This movie was praised for its originality, direction, sound, design, and acting. The sequel of the film is in the making.
1 Letdown – Death Wish
Death Wish, which stars Bruce Willis, is a vigilante action thriller film. It's the sixth in the series. Directed by Eli Roth, Bruce plays Dr. Paul Kersey, a surgeon who goes on a mission to seek revenge against the men who wronged him.
The film grossed $48.5 million against a production budget of $30 million, it received many negative reviews for not adding anything new from the previous films. The movie was released alongside Red Sparrow, which didn't also do as well as expected. Its sequel is set to hit theatres in 2020.