One is bound to develop a deeper sense of appreciation for movies based in a different period of time simply for the visible effort put in them. Recreating a specific period in time, now long gone, especially if it’s through props and sets and not special effects is a mammoth task for the entire team, including the production designers, art directors and even the writers, for they are the ones who decide how the setting is going to be exploited to best effect. What’s more is that recreating virtual history isn’t merely limited to props including a store front, an older muscle car, or costumes. It encompasses the mood and the way of life for the period the film chooses to represent.
While the world we live in is full of stories to tell, varying in scale, ranging from intimate home-grown tales, to battles that changed the course of history as we know it, what really adds to the stakes is that every region has a distinct history in terms of its populace, economy, architecture, literature and society, and there exist only limited historical proofs to venerate those beyond a certain period of time. Over the years, notable efforts have been made in this direction, and while each of them ought to be appreciated for virtually transporting us to a different era altogether, there have been some that distinctly recreated the experience more than the others, such that the history itself became a living, breathing character of its own. This article tends to celebrate such movies from the year gone by, and apart from cinephiles, history aficionados are bound to have a greatly informative time watching them. Without further ado, here goes the list of the top period movies of 2018. The list includes historical dramas and period romances.
12. Outlaw King
‘Outlaw King’ is one of those films that you know to be flawed in a department or two, yet wouldn’t mind seeing more of. For this reason alone, fans have lobbied incessantly for a longer version of the film, a director’s cut or a miniseries that details the events of what conspired rather than the trimmed down 120 minute version we got on Netflix. However, even for what it is, ‘Outlaw King’ is ridiculously entertaining for a historical film with sweeping, stunning visuals of the famed Scottish landscapes. Prior to its release, the film generated a lot of incorrect hype specifically for a scene with Chris Pine’s full frontal nudity and believe me when I say that it is one of the last things that you want to see Chris Pine in the film for. His performance genuinely makes you root for the king that was declared an outlaw and must fight back to rebel and claim the throne against the formidable English army. I am no history expert, so it would be tough to comment on whether the English actually acted in the merciless ways this film documents, but as a viewer, I can say that ‘Outlaw King’, showcasing the true story of Scottish King Robert the Bruce, has enough in its core to have been a successful multi-million dollar big screen venture.
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11. Bohemian Rhapsody
Freddie Mercury was a legend, a man who revelled in his own unique identity and embraced it, and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ leaves out no opportunity to tell you that. Yes, there have been questions on the film’s credibility on what it represents as facts regarding Freddie’s life, and how good or well made the film is in totality. However, I am an unapologetic fan, and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, just like the notes in the song, for me was an emotional rollercoaster from start to end. The sheer pleasure of seeing one of the greatest songs ever come to fruition, signature Freddie style, right up to the Mamma Mia and Galileo bits had me giddy in my seat. That coupled with a bravura leading act by Rami Malek turned out to be one of the most credible cinema experiences this year.