It has been another year where science fiction stands out with interesting stories. This time we see the unconventional stories become successful. For a long time there was this believe that stories about women or minorities will not sell forgetting that the majority of the population consists of those groups. It has also been a year where creative freedom with limited to no studio intervention became most successful. These are the science fiction films that I will see over and over again. They may not have the highest scores with critics but for me these are the best of 2018:
This horror film tells the story of several American soldiers who are dropped behind enemy lines the day before D-Day and discover secret Nazi experiments. The film has gone through a lot. The story was rewritten, the release date was pushed back. On January 18, 2018, the film was initially reported as being the fourth film in the Cloverfield franchise, though Abrams denied this at CinemaCon on April 25, 2018.
Everything seemed as if the film will become a mess but surprisingly it didn’t. Maybe it needed to go through all that to become a better product? I don’t know but I like the final products and its good that it is a standalone film.
I mean the idea of having a villain is the main protagonist of the story is not very common. But for the audience, it’s not such a crazy idea. Many would like to know why the villain became the way he is. Today people are more understanding of the flaws of characters and what to know more. For people such as me who don’t know the comic book stories, this is an opportunity to know about the character. The story is not perfect but there is a lot I learned about them a character from the film. There are even easter eggs and other details that flew over my head because I’m not so familiar with the material. In my opinion, it is the first good villain-centric film I have seen in a while.
8. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Up next I have Ant-Man and the Wasp. The sequel to Ant-Man is even better than the first installment. This time the tone is a bit more serious but it still has its funny moments.
This is the best transformers’ movie so far. Unlike the previous films, we know this is more centered on the story and character’s backgrounds than battle scenes. Don’t get me wrong there are some awesome battle scenes but they are not the only attraction of the movie. You get to know the characters’ behaviors and why they are the way they are. It has some silly jokes but those don’t bother me that much. I would still watch it over and over again.
6. A Quite Place
I haven’t seen all horror films released but this is something else. The films tell the story of a family facing struggles in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind monsters with an acute sense of hearing. This was a film you had to see it in the theatre. To understand the frustration of the family trying to be quite all the time.
Based on the novel of the same name, the story follows a group of women who enter “The Shimmer”, a mysterious quarantined zone of mutating landscapes and transforming creatures. One of the, a
cellular-biology professor and former soldier, is most motivated because her husband was the only survivor of a military expedition. In order to save his
4. Avengers: Infinity War
The continuation of the Avengers’ story: the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and other allies attempt to stop Thanos from getting all Infinity Stones. For those who are invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this storyline meant that several characters would die, also because it is the contract expiration of many of the actors playing the original Avengers. The film didn’t disappoint, the story, cinematography, soundtrack, everything was just right.
3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
This film takes place in a shared multiverse called the “Spider-Verse”.
Miles Morales becomes one of many Spider-Men as they team up to save New York City from Kingpin. The movie has a great story, looks great on screen and has a dope soundtrack. I’ve said a lot already in my previous post about this movie. It explains why it is one of my favorites of this year.
2. Ready Player One
Based on the novel of the same name, The film takes place in 2045, when much of humanity uses the virtual reality software OASIS to escape reality. Wade Watts, an orphaned teenager living with his aunt, discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS. The film has references of popular culture from various time periods, mainly the seventies and eighties but also extending to the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s; reviewers have identified well over a hundred references to movies, tv series, music, toys, video games, anime and comic books from these eras. The story resonated with me because of his message of inclusion. Within the game, everyone had access to books, songs, tv shows, like an open source concept which gives everyone free access to these sources.
1. Black Panther
The film is part of the MCU. A character we have seen before T’Challa is crowned king of Wakanda following his father’s death (Captain America: Civil War, 2016), but his sovereignty is challenged by an adversary who plans to abandon the country’s isolationist policies and begin a global revolution. This is the first movie I have seen with a majority of black actors that puts people of color in powerful positions as well as portraying women as powerful as men. Even though there have been black superheroes before none of them had the impact Black Panther has. The story takes place on the African Continent, the fictional country of Wakanda has African Traditions including costumes, and language. I have watched it a lot and plan to watch it over and over again.
Here they are, the best in Sci-Fi of 2018 in my opinion. There are many more good movies but these have in some way make an impact in cinema in one way or the other.