2018 is officially over and as we step into 2019 and get ready for another amazing year of films… Day and a Dream is giving me the opportunity to give my top 5 movies of 2018. Overall, I watched 42 films in the past year and I didn’t anticipate my top 5 looking like this at all. Of course, the number one film was a give me, but the other 4 shocked me in ways that I wasn’t prepared for. I kept up with my film rankings via letterboxd, an app for film lovers. All 42 films are ranked and I’ll attach the list at the end of the article. Let’s get started, shall we?

5. Bumblebee

This just may be the biggest surprise for me. After loving but being incredibly underwhelmed by Micheal Bay’s Transformers saga, Travis Knight revamps them with Bumblebee. The story was beautiful, the acting was amazing, and we finally got the G1 Transformers. Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena have standout performances for this film. This is by far the superior Transformers film and should be treated as such. It may not bring in as much money as its predecessors but it is definitely better as a film. It comes in at number simply because of the simplicity that turned into greatness and gave us the Transformers film that we deserve.

4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This film was simply amazing. The best Spider-Man film to date and deserves as much love as Black Panther from our community. Miles Morales is already slightly in the MCU as his uncle Aaron is being played by Donald Glover. In this cartoon Spider-Verse, we get introduced to Miles Morales our Blaxican Brooklyn native from a different universe. The graffiti, the Brooklyn hip-hop, Miles’ Hispanic heritage wasn’t ignored either. Plus, the effects were crazy. Yes, this was a cartoon but it wasn’t filmed like your regular cartoon. The voice acting was so well done too. Shamiek Moore, Bryan Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld (yes, she’s back), and more did an awesome job. This is the Spider-Man film we deserved.

3. White Boy Rick

Personally, this film was my favorite of 2018 for personal reasons, but I can’t be biased with these rankings. The true story of Richard Wershe Jr. was amazing. I’ve literally watched every documentary, interview, etc. about White Boy Rick. I’ve followed the story since I was 18, and the film just left me amazed. The film was mostly spot on with the story of Rick. Matthew McConaughey’s acting was superb and Richie Merrit did an amazing job as White Boy Rick. The inclusion of Detroit Native Danny Brown was also a great thing about this film, and YG’s film debut was good. The pacing of the film and editing was done well. Bryan Tyree Henry who apparently had an amazing year added to this great cast. The cast and the accuracy of the story make this film the number three film in my rankings.

2. Mission Impossible: Fallout

Now, I’ve seen maybe one other MI film, but this movie simply blew me away and almost came in at number one. Henry Cavill (MY Superman) and Tom Cruise gave some of my favorite performances of the year. What I did notice is while all the MI films are connected, they’re their own films within themselves. The action scenes, the cinematography, the acting, and the suspenseful ending were all that brings this film in at number 2. The scenery was also great for this film. Filming the Vatican, Jerusalem, Mecca, and Saudi Arabia helped make the film beautiful. The pull on the religious wars in the Middle East was incredible. There were a lot of politics in this film and it was done beautifully. The political climate in the world makes this film so much more incredible. If this was indeed the last MI film, it was a great way to go out.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

This was definitely one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen in my life. A 10 year build up that pays off in a major way. You have to respect what Marvel and Disney have done. This was one of the greatest film sagas of all time. The saga comes to an end this April, but the focus is Infinity War. We finally saw Thanos, we saw our heroes fail, we felt pain, we had all different kinds of emotions. We were left wondering and pondering on what is to come. The film was beautiful, and the acting was downright incredible. So many heroes fit into one film, and it paid off in a major way. The Russo Brothers did their best work and put blood, sweat, and tears into this film. Thanos was everything we imagined him to be and more. This was the best film to be released in 2018, and there’s definitely no debate. Marvel has shifted the culture of CBM yet again, and the dominance will not be stifled in 2019.

There’s my top 5 guys! If you want to tell me your top 5, tweet me @RascalFKennedy. 2018 was an amazing year for film, and 2019 will be no different. If you want to see the rankings of all 42 films the link is right here: 2018 Films Ranked https://boxd.it/1vap8

– Rascal F. Kennedy