Hey guys! It’s nearing the end of the year and so I’ve seen almost all of the movies I’m going to see at the cinema for the year! I still have Aquaman, Once Upon A Deadpool, Bumblebee and maybe Mary Poppins Returns, but honestly, I can see most of them in the New Year and ya girl’s tired.
But, one of my goals for 2019 is to talk more about movies here on my blog since they’re such a big part of my life irl, but I hardly talk about them with you guys! So, today I’m talking about the top 12 movies I saw in the cinema this year!
*You might notice that there are some pretty big films missing from this list, one big example being Infinity War but if I’m honest I’ve only seen that movie twice and I pass up all opportunities to ever rewatch it. You can read my review here but honestly, it just feels like a jumble of poor characterisation and I never get a happy or satisfied feeling from it, so… sorry???
If you want to find out about any of the other movies I’ve been watching this year, you can check out my Watching At A Glance series!
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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
I think this movie was a surprise to everyone, to be honest. I don’t think many of us can honestly say that we were really looking forward to it, I definitely wasn’t even planning on going to see it but it ended up being one of the only interesting movies out at the time and joke’s on me, I guess because I saw this movie twice at the cinema and have been itching to watch it again ever since.
I really loved the characters and the set in this film, so aside from the fun cast and the actual humour of the film, visually watching this is pretty cool too. You can read my review here if you’re interested in any of my more in-depth thoughts on the film.
Oh boy, this was another great film I saw earlier on in the year, so great I saw it twice. In a crazy trend with Marvel movies this year, I saw this in the cinema, bought the DVD (and the soundtrack!) and haven’t watched it since! That being said, this is definitely one of the better MCU movies out there and it’s something completely new!
I really gained an appreciation for visuals in movies this year and Black Panther really didn’t let me down, it’s visually stunning, the characters are fun and interesting, it brought something completely refreshing to the superhero genre & it afforded so many people the representation they deserve to see onscreen!
There were some truly brilliant and heartwarming movies that came out this year, and this was kind of one of them??? I mean, we got a wonderful movie with the Deadpool x Cable bromance we’ve been lacking in live-action cinema, we got a beautiful found family/friendship storyline, as well as a plus-size main character who, by the way, is a Kiwi and it made my life when he got cast.
This is a really fun flick – if you loved the first one but wanted more of the “superhero/ action” vibes you would get from a usual superhero film, this is the one for you. And, don’t worry if you missed it Once Upon A Deadpool is out now, and that looks pretty fun too!
Yes, Solo is on my top 12 of the year list, and yes it beat out Infinity War. You know what movie I came out of feeling satisfied and happy with? Well, it wasn’t Infinity War, that’s for damn sure.
This was predictable af and it definitely wasn’t the best Star Wars movie I’ve ever seen but, I enjoyed it a hell of a lot more than I did The Last Jedi. It was fun to actually sort of like Han Solo for once and it was doubly lovely to meet a young Chewie and learn more about him, everything else was a bit of a blur but really, I was just in it for the legendary bromance!
2018 has been a great year for children’s movies and throwbacks to my childhood! We got a Jumanji sequel, a new Pooh Bear film and a Mamma Mia sequel, I mean what’s not to love?
Incredibles 2 wasn’t the best but it was a whole lot of fun and it had a really interesting villain. Also, it sparked a discussion on flashing lights/scenes in film which I really appreciated – but unfortunately, I don’t think has stuck since there are many similar types of scenes in Into The Spiderverse, and that film doesn’t have a warning beforehand.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
Hi, welcome to my blog, my name is Ellyn and I love dinosaurs. A lot. Probably too much. I only saw this one twice in cinema but I have watched it a few times since then on DVD and I have actually lost count of how many times I’ve watched the other 4 movies in the franchise, which makes me very happy but might freak you guys out so, whoops?
Anywayyy… I love dinosaurs and I love the lore of this franchise so of course, this was on the list! I literally didn’t stop talking about this film for months, because ya girl was obsessed!
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
Have you ever seen a movie that was so sad and so romantic and so beautiful that you sort of want to cry and vomit from happiness? Yeah, I think that’s what this movie is for me. This movie is fantastic, if you’re looking for a historical fiction movie with a sweet romance and a strong mc, you should definitely give this a watch!
MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Can you believe that Andy Garcias’ dramatic ass saved film in 2018? Honestly, I’m so thankful for his roles this year and I can only hope his 2019 movies are just as good.
Mamma Mia was a bunch of fun, the soundtrack was great and completely different to what I had expected. This movie was a lot of things for me, I found some new Abba favourites in this film, and it also ruined one of my favourites (I will literally never listen to Waterloo the same way again. I really enjoy this film just as a general movie and let’s be honest if Andy Garcia and Cher hadn’t sung Fernando this movie would have been docked a star but instead, we were truly blessed with one of the best covers in history.
If they make a Mamma Mia 3 I will 100% be going to see it.
This movie is hilarious and I am so so glad I saw it. This is literally a movie about a wonderful group of older women who have a book club together and pick a book to read each month, and this time they choose to read 50 Shades of Grey because they think they’re getting boring. This movie is about these older women coming into themselves and being totally okay with getting older and having different lifestyles to when they were younger. It tackles growing older with humour and a touch of romance. It’s the perfect movie to watch when you have a spare hour or two or if you need to fid a suitable movie to watch with your mother. I watched this with my mum when it came out and honestly, we quote it to each other almost daily after having only seen the film once, that’s how much fun it was for us!
I don’t remember the last time I watched anything to do with Winnie The Pooh but lately, we’ve been getting a few stories revolving around the WTP stories and I’ve been missing them in cinema every time they’re out so I was determined to see this one in cinema, and I did!
Basically, I love Eeyore, and I think I relate a little too strongly to the donkey. I love Pooh Bear, I love the whole idea of these characters who represent these different mental health issues being super friends and just loving each other??? I never realised as a kid but there’s a reason why we all relate to a particular WTP character, and why I’ve always related to Eeyore so much…
I got the chance to see this in Gold Class and honestly, it was amazing. The soundtrack is amazing, the cinematography is amazing, Rami Malek is amazing and that last song set/performance in the film will go down in history as some of Rami Malek’s best acting. I absolutely can’t wait to see what other amazing roles he takes in his career.
SPIDERMAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
I literally just saw this a few days ago and I will definitely have a review coming up soon but I loved this! This is based off my favourite comic book series so of course, I loved it! We got to see some of my favourite Spider characters on screen, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage!) and Spider-Gwen! This was a totally different onscreen take on SpiderMan and I loved it, especially from the perspective of Miles Morales who I absolutely loved!