Popular and Significant Movies of 2018

By Tayler Chauvette

  1. Black Panther

A movie with a almost full cast of color, director of color, and a African storyline. Also, the first african american as a superhero. This movie was a breakthrough in representation for People of Color.  Not only is it an incredible movie in its own right, it’s also an awesome addition to the Marvel Universe and has one of the best soundtracks of this decade thanks to Kendrick Lamar

Women and men of color made up the incredibly talented and powerful cast, including, Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger). The Black Panther is continuing to add to its growing number of awards, including, from the BET Awards: Best movie and best actor, the Teen Choice Awards: Choice Movie: Si-Fi, Choice Movie Actress: Si-Fi, and Choice Movie: Villain, the SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture, and the MTV: Best Villain, Best Hero, Movie of the Year, and Best Actor in a Movie. The movie’s popularity has caused it to earn over 1.1 billion dollars.

2. Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is the first movie in 25 years telling a story about Asian-Americans with an all-Asian ensemble on such a big screen. I saw this movie, and I would 100% recommend it. Crazy Rich Asians is a very funny and heartwarming story that will make you laugh and cry. It shows a couple’s journey through meeting the family and not backing down to the judgement that comes with it. The cast of main characters features actors and actresses of Asian ethnicity who are witty, charming, and funny, some include: Henry Golding (Nick Young), Constance Wu (Rachel Chu), Awkwafina (Peik Lin), Gemma Chan (Astrid Leong-Teo), and Michelle Yeoh (Eleanor Sung-Young). Crazy Rich Asians is just beginning to earn awards for its funny and interesting story with amazing actors and actresses, one coming from the Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Comedy. An award that truly describes the movie. The movie has earned over two hundred million dollars and will hopefully continue earning more.

3. A Star is Born

A Star is Born is Lady Gaga’s first time ever acting in a movie or TV show. While some people may not be overly interested in this fact, this shows how much she was able to overcome to be given an opportunity like this. I saw the movie and really enjoyed it. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s acting is amazing and the chemistry between them makes the movie even more interesting — not to mention, the incredible songs that accompanied the acting. The cast is made up of very talented actresses and actors, as well as, musicians and singers: Bradley Cooper (Jackson Maine), Lady Gaga (Ally), Sam Elliott (Bobby), and Dave Chappelle (Noodles). Since the movie is still newly out, it is just beginning to win awards for its brilliance. Some including, the Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Actress and the Golden Globes for Best Original Song. The movie earned a little over four hundred million dollars.

4. Love, Simon

Love, Simon is about a high-schooler embracing, with his school and family backing him, his sexuality. Simon’s journey inspires all people to embrace who they are. I would 10/10 recommend this movie. Not only is it inspiring, it is funny, loving, and interesting. The talented cast includes: Nick Robinson (Simon Spier), Keiynan Lonsdale, Jennifer Garner (Emily Spier), and Josh Duhamel (Jack Spier). The movie has won many awards for its amazing story and the quality of acting. Some awards being: Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie, Comedy and Choice Movie, and Breakout Star, as well as, Best Kiss Award from the MTV Movie Awards. The movie earned over seventy million dollars

5. The Favourite

This movie is significant because its main characters consist of strong and prominent women.  Although, I didn’t personally see this, my friends did and they loved it. They described it as a light-hearted comedy that was a fun movie to watch a rainy day. The cast includes a wide array of very powerful women: Olivia Colman (Queen Anne), Emma Stone (Abigail Masham), and Rachel Weisz (Sarah Churchill). Because The Favourite is a new movie, it is just beginning to fill its shelves with awards. Some of them include, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture from the Golden Globes and Best Actress and Best Comedic Actress from the Women Film Critics Circle Awards. The movie has earned a little over forty million dollars so far.

6. Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns  is another installment of the classic Mary Poppins. The movie includes a big surprise when Dick Van Dyke makes an appearance dancing on a desk, while including stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is a great way to reminisce about the good old days when we had no homework or tests and could just play all day. The cast includes stars, an actor from the classic Mary Poppins, and many other talented actors and actresses. Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins), Dick Van Dyke (Mr. Dawes Junior), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jack), Ben Whishaw (Michael Banks), and Emily Mortimer (Jane Banks) all star in the movie. The movie is continuing to win awards with some including: Movie of the Year from the AFI Awards and Best Art Direction & Production Design from the Satellite Awards. So far, the movie has earned about 300 million dollars.

7. Ocean’s 8

This movie is significant because, in the past, the Ocean movies consisted of eight men. This movie is perfectly in time with the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements because it truly shows powerful women who do not need men. I watched this movie when it first came out, and I thought the acting and story was amazing. I was caught in the story from the first minute and did not want the movie to end. Some of my family members and friends also saw the movie and had the same feelings. The movie brings together an amazing group of actresses and shows important, independent women owning their place in society. The powerful actresses include: Sandra Bullock (Debbie Ocean), Cate Blanchett (Lou), Anne Hathaway (Daphne Kluger), Rihanna (Nine Ball), Sarah Paulson (Tammy), and Mindy Kaling (Amita). The movie earned awards for Best Comedy TV spot and Best Teaser Poster (Golden Trailer Awards) and Favorite Action Movie (People’s Choice Awards). The movie gained around three hundred and fifteen million dollars.

8. Green Book

 The movie shows the story of musician Dr. Shirley’s journey in becoming a well known and respected pianist in a world before the Civil Rights Act. His story shows the power of overcoming adversity and not letting anything get in the way of doing what you love.The cast retelling Dr. Shirley’s story is Viggo Mortensen (Tony Lip), Mahershala Ali (Don Shirley), and Linda Cardellini (Dolores). The movie came up big in awards at the Golden Globes with awards for Best Screenplay-Motion Picture, Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. As well as, an award for Best Supporting Actor from the AACTA INternational Awards. The movie is just beginning its earnings with a little over forty-five million dollars.