I’m sure you’ve all been waiting excitedly for part 2. But before I continue my countdown of the 52 films I watched for the first time in 2018, lets have a quick recap of 52-41.

52. Raiders of the Lost Shark

51. Ibiza Undead

50. Fifty Shades Freed

49. Mom and Dad

48. CHIPS

47. Alien: Covenant

46. Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

45. Killing Hasselhoff

44. The Man From U.N.C.L.E

43. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

42. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

41. Terminal

With some of the worst films about in the last part, surely the next 10 films will be slightly better.

40. Fast and Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious)

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: It’s bigger, but let’s face it, we knew that was going to be the case.

I have many issues with this film franchise, but none are enough to stop me watching the latest instalment. We have explosions, Vin grumbling, The Rock being The Rock, Statham being Statham and some new villain who will no doubt become part of the gang in the next film. It’s the usual stuff with everything being just slightly bigger than before.

I can’t decide my favourite ridiculous part of this film. It’s between hundreds of cars being driven out of 10 storey buildings or The Rock changing the direction of a missile by simply pushing it. Genius!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to Statham and The Rock vs Idris in 2019.

39. XXX: Return of Xander Cage

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: EXTREME!

It’s a grumbling Vin double-bill. This one is slightly higher as he seems to know not to take this one so seriously, and is more enjoyable for it. Which is also quite strange as they try their hardest to turn this into a Fast and Furious franchise by getting together a team who I’m pretty sure are referred to as ‘a family’ by the end of the film. Ruby Rose and Tony Jaa are by far the best additions to the cast and in general, just like the Fast and Furious, the supporting cast are more interesting than our lead protagonist, grumbling Vin. We have plenty of explosions, a ridiculous plot and a cameo from Neymar Jr, what more could you want?

38. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: Do we need to find them?

This takes us to the Wizarding World before the days of Harry Potter or even Voldemort, and I must ask, why? I just didn’t have the same excitement as I would have if we revisited any of the original characters. I know the next instalment has Dumbledore in, but I’m still not sure that would be enough.

Unfortunately for me, the film is quite flat, and I have a couple of theories as to why. Harry Potter’s later, darker films were the result of previous more family friendly films. This is also where we got to love and care for these characters. Fantastic Beasts, however, sticks us into the same darker style of the later films and gives us no time to care for these new characters, before the serious stuff happens. The other reason is because we all know what we are going to get. J K Rowling has now taken on screenplay duties and David Yates (director of Harry Potter 5-8) is still directing. My answer is to let someone else in. Maybe have Rowling collaborate with someone, and I’m sorry, David Yates needs to go. Do you remember how excited we were when the Prisoner of Azkaban came out? It was fresh and original, that’s what this franchise needs, new blood.

37. Geostorm

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: You never forget your first Geostorm

Is Gerard Butler convincing as the creator of a global climate control system consisting of an elaborate network of satellites known as ‘Dutch Boy’? I think the only part of that which is slightly believable is that he named the system.

This is your typical disaster film with the usual, I’m going to run away from this earthquake, lightning and whatever else you can run away from. Gerard growls when he talks, unlike Vin grumbling, I think he may still have some residual bourbon and bad choices leftover from London has Fallen. The plot is as ridiculous as you might expect, and if you switch your brain off, there’s enough going on to enjoy the film.

36. The Hurricane Heist

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: The Hurricane and the Furious

Those of you who have seen the 1998 film Hard Rain may see some similarities. Both have a natural disaster happening around a heist. For me Hard Rain is the better film, but The Hurricane Heist has its moments.

Maggie Grace is good, and it’s nice to see a female lead stand on her own with a male co-star who isn’t a love interest. It’s not ground-breaking but an enjoyable 1h45.

35. Life

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: Alien 7

Life is nothing new. Done!

Okay a little more detail. It’s like Alien, Event Horizon and Prometheus mixed into one, just not as good.

34. Solo: A Star Wars Story

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: An underwhelming story

A Star Wars story that most people didn’t really want, and with good reason. Hopefully after this less than exciting instalment, Disney will think twice before making another Star Wars story about a much-beloved character.

Unfortunately this film falls flat with it’s story. It’s fine, but when you are dealing with one of the worlds most famous fictional characters, it has to be much better than fine. It also makes the mistake of taking a already underwhelming film and then trying to fit in some kind of set up for future films. No Disney! I’m not a mad Star Wars fanatic that can’t cope with the fact Star Wars is continuing on and it’s not how I want it. It would be a boring world if a film came out and it was exactly what you thought it would be. They just need to take their time and come up with decent stories worth telling. Better luck next time.

33. Dear Dictator

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: 10 things I hate about dictators

Michael Caine, the man who won’t turn down a role, becomes a dictator pen-pal with an angry American teen.

Taking inspiration from Mean Girls, Clueless and Easy A, this is a film that has a slightly different twist on the teen movie genre. It’s an easy watch, but I did start to feel a bit old as Katie Holmes is playing the mum. How did that happen? Well I suppose she was nearly thirty when Dawson’s Creek finished!

32. Suburbicon

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: Not what you expect

I really like George Clooney as a director. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was really good. This however just didn’t really work and was frustrating, as the neighbour sub plot was more interesting and would have made a much better film.

Matt Damon and Julianne Moore did a great job but their characters were terrible. Oscar Isaac is well underused and it just ended up feeling like a poor version of Fargo.

31. The Lego Batman Movie

⭐️⭐️ Stars

Quick Verdict: Too much Batman

Remember when Friends ended and they made a Joey spin-off and it was just too much Joey? Remember when The Rock was in The Mummy as The Scorpion King (and was an awful CGI scorpion. I mean really bad) and they decided to make a spin-off called The Scorpion King and it sucked? Well now they’ve made a spin-off from The Lego Movie based on the Batman character, and guess what? It sucks.

That is quite a harsh review considering I put it high up in the ranking of 2 star films. I think I was just annoyed with the Batman character. The supporting characters are great. Robin made me laugh several times and Zach Galifianakis did a great job in the iconic Joker role.

What will be in part 3? Will we finally get a ⭐️⭐️⭐️ star film? Find out next Tuesday.

To be continued………

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