5. Isle Of Dogs
Wes Anderson’s brand of comedy typically isn’t for all audiences, but Isle Of Dogs‘ use of wordplay, physical humor, and an all-star cast led to some powerful laughs for just about anyone. Cat lovers were likely less amused by the movie and its antics, but what exactly were they expecting when watching a film with this kind of title? Like with Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson portrays animals in a human way, and it works really well.
No one would expect a biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney — starring noted dramatic thespians like Christian Bale and Amy Adams — to be the least bit funny. But in the wonderful hands of Anchorman and Step-Brothers helmer Adam McKay, Vice can and often is downright hilarious. And terrifying. But also hilarious. McKay’s approach to Cheney’s long political career appears to be “we have to laugh, for fear of being driven crazy.”
3. Sorry To Bother You
Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You is a head trip from start to finish, and that’s not a bad thing. Audiences willing to follow Lakeith Stanfield’s Cassius on this wild ride through telemarketing, oppression, social issues, and so much more will be rewarded with laughs towards things both out there and thought-provoking. Whether one does or doesn’t indulge in drugs before watching this film, they’ll certainly feel like they’re on them while watching.
2. Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2 had a lot of hype to live up to following the first feature’s success, and there was certainly a question of whether Marvel and Fox could pull off making a successful R-rated superhero comedy twice. It’s safe to say that they succeeded, and thanks to the sequel and the PG-13 cut featuring Fred Savage, the company has quite a bit of cash to keep in its “prison wallet” for safekeeping. Isn’t it so great that term is mainstream now?
1. Game Night
In a year where several off-beat comedies stood above some traditional comedies, the top spot in 2018 belongs to Game Night. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams make a great down to Earth and seemingly normal couple, which makes their funny moments so relatable from start to finish. There are also stand-out moments from actors who aren’t necessarily known for their comedy, such as Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler, which really shows how much this film does right.