The Best of 2018

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As we near the end of 2018, it’s fun to look back at what a long and awesome year of movies and TV shows we’ve been treated to. And like most things in life, there’s the good and the bad. In this review, I take a look back at the best of 2018’s movies and TV shows that I watched. I’ll try to keep spoilers down to a minimum but you have been warned! There will be indications as to which movies or TV shows contain spoilers and links to reviews of those which I have reviewed.

BOJACK HORSEMAN: Season 5

Kicking off this list is everyone’s favourite cartoon horse and washed-up celebrity, Bojack Horseman. Netflix released season 5 in September and it showed Bojack taking the job on Flip McVicker’s new show, Philbert. Princess Carolyn continues to look for a child to adopt, Mr Peanutbutter and Diane go through a rough patch and Todd creates a sex robot who becomes the head of whattimeisitrightnow.com. Bojack Horseman season 5 delves deeper into Bojack’s mental state and sees him internally struggle with his insecurities while trying to deal with the joys and troubles of the outside world. One of the best things about Bojack Horseman’s recent seasons is the music, and season 5 is no exception. The ending was admittedly a little disappointing but season 5 as a whole was one of the best seasons of Bojack Horseman. Season 6 has been confirmed, and I for one can’t wait.

BLACK PANTHER

2018 was a year of diversity within Hollywood, and one of the films that portrayed this best is Marvel’s Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther marks a turning point in the future of Hollywood movies. With a predominately black cast, Black Panther tells the story of T’Challa rising to the throne of Wakanda and finding the balance of being a good king and a hero while encountering a powerful enemy who poses a huge threat to  T’Challa and his country. Black Panther smashed records and was an entertaining movie that combined beautiful cinematography with great action and a good storyline to produce a film that will be loved for generations to come.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – Contains spoilers!

The biggest film of 2018 and now the fourth highest grossing movie of all time, Anthony and Joe Russo directed Avengers: Infinity War, a film that was loved by billions this year. It saw most of Marvel’s heroes (with Hawkeye and Ant-Man missing) face off against the biggest villain yet, Thanos, who is on a mission to collect all six infinity stones and kill half the universe. He succeeds and in a literal snap of his fingers, half of the universe turned to dust. It’s now down to the remaining heroes, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Bruce Banner, Black Widow, Hawkeye (now Ronin), Nebula, Rocket Raccoon, War Machine, Okoye, M’Baku, Ant-Man and Pepper Potts to try to rewind time and undo the decimation. All this will be revealed in next year’s Avengers: Endgame, which is gearing up to be the biggest movie of next year too.

DEADPOOL 2 – Contains spoilers!

Ryan Reynolds is back in red spandex to break more fourth walls and kick ass in Deadpool 2, the highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s Deadpool. To stop a young mutant and the Juggernaut from creating a horrific future, Wade must team up with Cable and Domino to save the day. Reynolds proves again that he was made to play Deadpool, the jokes were more self-aware and hilarious and the action was something to adore. David Leitch (director of Deadpool 2 and John Wick) was perfectly suited to direct the sequel and, together with Ryan Reynolds’ incredible acting and great writing from Rhett Reece and Paul Wernick, Deadpool 2 was a brilliant sequel and certainly lived up to the hype plus plus.

READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg directs Ready Player One, a story set in 2045 where everyone lives in a huge virtual reality world called the Oasis, where the late creator, James Halliday, has left an Easter Egg challenge where the first gamer to find all three Easter Eggs would inherit the Oasis and half a trillion dollars. With gorgeous animation and an engaging storyline, Ready Player One was a great film that I had fun watching, and the hidden real-life easter eggs made the film even better.

McMAFIA: Season 1 – Contains spoilers!

Way back in January of this year, BBC released a thrilling look into the world of the mafia. The series followed Alex Godman, the son of an ex-mafia Russian family trying to forget the past. Alex is lured into the dark and hidden realm of crime that sees Alex being brought closer to those who have wronged his family. Meanwhile, Alex’s family have no idea about his actions that bring him closer to the mafia. Eventually, Alex tells his family about his actions with Vadim (the family’s nemesis) and the mafia, before heading to Moscow for one final confrontation with Vadim, before becoming the top of the food chain and was backed by the government by the looks of it while also cutting off all ties with his family back home in a dramatic and brilliant finale that had me on the edge of my seat. BBC have commissioned the show for an eight-episode season 2 that hasn’t begun filming yet, but I am already excited for season 2 and wondering what’s next for Alex Godman.

BLACKKKLANSMAN

Similarly to Black Panther, BlacKKKlansman brought more diversity to cinemas by bringing a true story to life before showing it’s relevance into modern-day America. Starring John David Washington and directed by Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman tells the true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s. The film ends by looking at the events in Charlottesville last year, where the Ku Klux Klan launched the ‘Unite the Right’ Rally to promote their ideology of white supremacy. The film provided a shocking and eye-opening look at racism in the last 50 years, and the way that Lee was able to direct and portray this in a movie was fantastically done.

GAME NIGHT

One of the best comedies of 2018, Game Night is a film I am looking forward to rewatching. The Fabergé Egg chase was one of my favourite scenes of cinema this year. Game Night had a good cast with even better character chemistry and jokes that were brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this film the first and second times, and it is definitely one of my favourite comedies of all time.

AMERICAN ANIMALS

Another true story film that took me by surprise this year was Bart Layton’s American Animals. It’s the true story of the 2003 Transy Book Heist, where 4 young men dared to try to steal a book worth $12 million but it goes horribly wrong. Told in Reservoir-Dog-esque way that gets the real men to explain and talk about the heist American Animals was a film that wasn’t heard of or seen by many this year but deserves to be.

THIS IS AMERICA

Yes, it’s not a movie or a TV show, but Childish Gambino’s music video is definitely deserving of some praise. Not only is an awesome song, but the music video looks at the life of being black in America and some of the issues, such as gun violence and police brutality. The ‘This is America’ video and song is one of Gambino’s best songs and it carries a strong and powerful message.

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Once again, thanks for reading this week’s review. I wish all you the best for 2019 and hope that you join me next year for more movie reviews! Next week, I’ll be revealing some of the big movies and TV shows coming out in 2019 that I’m looking forward to and hopefully you are too. See you then!

 

Final Space – Season 1: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #26

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! As a heads up, this review will contain spoilers for season 1 of Final Space.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Last week he said he was going to review a classic sci-fi movie but he’s reviewed some random other thing.’ You’re not wrong. But, it’s not random, it’s sci-fi and it’s awesome. My friend Nick recommended it to me and at first, I was a little reluctant to watch Final Space. I even called it a Rick and Morty rip-off. I couldn’t be further from the truth.

Created by Olan Rogers (who also voices Gary Goodspeed), Final Space is the story of Gary Goodspeed, a man who is kept prisoner for 5 years in space on a spaceship called the Galaxy 1. Onboard the ship is KVN (pronounced Kevin), an irritable robot, the SAMEs, a bunch of duplicate robot servants and HUE, the AI system. While out in the galaxy somewhere, Gary meets Mooncake, an adorable but planet-destroying alien. Gary is soon wanted by the Lord Commander, who is hunting down Mooncake. Along the way, Gary and Mooncake meet friends like Avocato, Little Cato and Quinn, who all team up to stop the Lord Commander from kidnapping Mooncake and using him as a weapon to open up Final Space.

Final Space was such good fun to watch, and the best part of the series was the characters. Admittedly, there were characters that I didn’t like. KVN and Tribore were just so annoying, and Tribore basically did nothing. It’s Gary who is one of the best characters and steals the show. He’s so funny and awesome that makes him such a great character. The best thing about Gary’s character is how whatever Gary says is said in a way that will have you bursting out in laughter. He’s basically a funnier, blonde, animated version of Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord. Mooncake is an adorable alien who only says ‘chookity’, ‘pok’ and ‘woo’ (no he’s not a woo girl) but he’s also a planet-destroying being who is undeniably badass. I love Mooncake, and he’s the joint best character on Final Space, joint first with Gary. In joint second place for the best character in Final Space is Avocato and Little Cato. Despite the fact that I thought it was Avocado and Little Cado until I turned on the subtitles, this father-son duo was fantastic to watch on screen. More on them later as it’s a spoiler. Quinn is a good character, but she was a bit dry, and she was lacking in some areas. HUE was one of my favourite characters too, as for an AI he was very intelligent and witty. The SAMEs were also great characters who made me laugh a few times. The Lord Commander (who is voiced by David Tennant but doesn’t sound anything like him) is a good villain, but he kind of reminded me of Emperor Snoke from Star Wars, except we got a backstory for him.

One of the best things about Final Space is the animation. It’s so stunning and every little detail is taken into account. Whether it be Gary’s hair bouncing a bit after he stops running or a background detail that emphasises the mood, the animation was awesome. The animation comes from ShadowMachine, a company based in Los Angeles who has also animated for shows like Robot Chicken and BoJack Horseman. Final Space also uses imagery from NASA, which is incredible as it is a show set in space and actually uses footage from space in its show.

Before I go and talk about spoilers, it’s worth mentioning that the first half of Final Space was a bit boring, but from episode 6 to the end is absolutely amazing. It’s well worth a watch and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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KVN, Little Cato, Gary and Mooncake prepare for battle.

Now we enter spoiler territory. Do NOT read any further if you have not seen or completed Final Space Season 1. If you wish, scroll past this and to the next bold warning to read my final verdict. 

 

 

 

Wow. What a season. Action-packed, full of jokes and moments that will leave you in shock and awe. The biggest shock for me was Avocato’s death, as it happened all so quickly and I had to rewatch that scene to fully appreciate it. That’s a key turning point in the series as it’s where it takes a turn for the better and is so much more fun to watch. It’s also where Little Cato turns more badass in revenge for his father’s death. The final episode was one of the best though, especially the ending. The final showdown had too much going down, and it was hard to keep track of what was going on. However, I like how Olan Rogers and David Sacks (the creators of the show) started every episode off with a countdown of how long Gary has left to live, then recounting it in the last minutes of the final episode. Then in the last half-second of the episode, a light beams over Gary’s almost-dead body in space. What is it? It can’t be Quinn as she’s on the other side of Final Space. Is it Nightfall? Someone else? Guess we have to wait until 2019 to find out.

 

We are out of spoiler territory and it is safe to continue reading.

Overall, the first season of Final Space gets an 8.2/10 from me. It’s a blast to watch, and despite being a bit confusing at times as well as having some bad characters and sometimes looking like an over-animated showdown, Final Space has some great characters with hilarious comedy mixed in with awesome space action that will leave you wanting more.

Thanks for reading this week’s review. I’m off to Turkey today, and won’t be back until late next week, so expect a late review next week. Follow me on Instagram, @ryans.movie.reviews, for the latest movie news, behind the scene looks and everything else, and follow my blog to be the first to read my reviews.

Once again, thanks for reading this weeks review. Go watch Final Space, it’s first season is on Netflix now. Join me next week when I actually review a classic sci-fi movie. See you then!