This year, we saw movies that were ground-breaking as well as movies that were downright awful. Genres were set ablaze, and some releases even questioned the usual genre tropes that we usually see.
The political and social climate that we now see has also ushered in movies that in a few years will be considered as social commentary. The likes of Adam McKay, Pawel Pawlikowski, and even Alfonso Cuaron have all managed to etch their names as this year’s movie knights. Let us look at some of the best movies that were released this year.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The sixth entry in the series saw Tom Cruise risking his life as he attempted and succeeded in pulling stunts that were previously thought to be impossible, no pun intended. Many have even labeled this movie as the best action movie to be released in recent memory. Ethan Hunt, the main protagonist of the series, is given the mission to retrieve three plutonium cores a terrorist. Henry Cavil of DC’s Superman fame is also seen in an all new avatar. Fallout is a must-watch for any action movie enthusiast, and fans of the series will not be disappointed with what is in store for them.
The sci-fi genre has lately been stagnant with many movies that were previously hyped before production delivering very little in terms of actual content. Annihilation is one movie that has managed to rise above the newly established rut in sci-fi. The film stars Oscar Isaac as a soldier and Natalie Portman as a biologist, married to each other, with the latter trying to uncover what happened to her husband. Annihilation is based on the book written by Jeff VanderMeer whereas the screenplay and direction are carried out to perfection by the talented Alex Garland.
Spike Lee’s newest film, BlacKkKlansman follows Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington, a black rookie detective who’s undercover and Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver, the Jewish partner of Stallworth. Zimmerman and Stallworth pose as a single racist man with one acting as the voice and the other acting as the person himself in order to gain the trust of a white supremacy group’s leader, David Duke, portrayed by Topher Grace. The film is based on real-life events that took place in the 70s and mirrors the uprising of white nationalism that we now see in the United States.