2018 is coming to a close, so the time has come to look back on the year that was for the movie industry. Throughout the year, a handful of films truly dominated the discussion and coverage. But, there were also several films that got lost in the shuffle and have wound up being largely forgotten as a result, or just never had the push necessary to get the exposure they deserved.
Blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther took over the first half of the year, while Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Mission: Impossible - Fallout controlled the summer. Now that the year is nearing the end, the surprisingly great final few weeks sees Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bumblebee, Aquaman, and Mary Poppins Returns enter theaters and the forefront of pop culture conversations. All of these latest blockbusters have been largely well-received, and the earlier mentions proved to dominate the box office as well.
However, with so much attention going to the blockbuster titles, not to mention other tentpole movies like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, some other films can be forgotten. But with the amount of movies that come out every single year, there's a variety of reasons for why certain titles slipped by unnoticed, without the attention they deserved, or even to lesser acclaim. So, here's seven of the most underrated movies of 2018 - and a few underseen ones.
7. Uncle Drew
Uncle Drew is the perfect example of a simple movie that knows exactly what it is. Based on the old Pepsi commercials featuring NBA All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in old-man-makeup, playing pick up basketball against unknowing strangers, this is a movie based around his Uncle Drew persona. The film is just an excuse to get Irving paired up with several former NBA stars, such as Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, and Reggie Miller, to goof off as they try to win a tournament.
Surprisingly, it mostly works. Uncle Drew's cast's chemistry makes the movie successful in delivering on several laughs. The story is straightforward and follows Get Out star Lil Rel Howery. With smaller comedic roles for Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll, Uncle Drew is a good time but never found the audience it deserved, receiving just a slightly positive consensus of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. It's probably a movie for NBA fans of all generations, first and foremost, thanks to all the basketball references, but the ridiculous nature of Uncle Drew should also be enough for everyone to enjoy.
Even with Tom Hardy in the lead, Venom received a critical lashing right from the get go. Currently sitting at a 29% Rotten Tomatoes critics score, Venom has earned some brutal reviews. It is a true origin story for one of Marvel Comics' most iconic anti-heroes. Many questioned the reason for this movie to exist without any ties to Spider-Man, though. Despite this, Sony's first installment in their Spider-Man villain cinematic universe has found quite a following - as evident by the film grossing well over $800 million at the box office.
While many believed they were laughing at Venom, what they may not have realized is that they were laughing with the giant, weirdly humorous symbiote. Hardy went all out for this performance, even pulling double duty on the voice of Venom. Director Ruben Fleischer is able to strike the right tone and deliver on some pretty entertaining superhero action. The film has already achieved cult hit status in North American, but Venom just may be an underrated movie as a whole given the consensus, despite it becoming one of the highest grossing movies of 2018 thanks to how much money it pulled in international markets.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody
The life of Freddie Mercury and the early days of Queen are explored in Bohemian Rhapsody, but only 62% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes found it to be a favorable portrayal. The movie has been a box office hit despite this, and it's a bit odd that the overall reaction hasn't been as fond. Rami Malek's lead performance as Mercury is fabulous and should net him an Academy Award nomination, if not a win. The movie may be hurt thanks to the involvement of Bryan Singer and not concentrating more on Freddie Mercury's sexuality for some, but Bohemian Rhapsody as a whole is a musically filled exploration of Freddie and the band through the highs and lows.
The supporting cast is solid, with Lucy Boynton having the best performance of them as Freddie's lover Mary Austin. With the Queen concert scenes - especially the final Live Aid concert - delivering on the much-needed scale, Bohemian Rhapsody has the performances, story, and music necessary for it to be a crowd-pleaser. It has had a mixed reception instead, earning it a surprising spot on our underrated list.