Best Films Of 2017
Our list of the top ten best movies of the 2017!
10. Get Out
A completely original film from the twisted, comedic mind and Jordan Peele, Get Out is a suspense thriller which keeps you guessing until the very end. It's such a brilliant movie from it's impeccable writing, to it's pitch-perfect acting, and it's haunting soundtrack. Making the film even more amazing is the fact that it's Peele's directorial debut and one which he also wrote the script for. In a world full of sequels, prequels, reboots, and remakes, it's refreshing to see something totally new and unexpected. This is one you won't soon forget.
9. Thor: Ragnarok
Maybe the most fun film of 2017, Thor: Ragnarok is a blast. Director Taika Waititi takes Marvel's most boring franchise and shocks it to new life. This is the funniest, most colorful, and wildest movie Marvel has made thus far, outdoing even Guardians of the Galaxy in the zany space faring realms of the MCU. It's also an emotional story with plenty of heartfelt moments and character development. The way Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Chris Hemsworth's Thor play off each other is great and their battle on the gladiator planet in the middle of the film is one for the ages. This is this year's must-see Marvel movie.
James McAvoy is the reason to watch this film as he gives the best performance of his career as a deranged man suffering from multiple personality disorder who kidnaps three girls for unknown purposes. However, that's not to take away from actress Anya Taylor-Joy who is a revelation in this film as Casey Cooke which is her breakout role. Split is M. Night Shayamalan's best writing since Signs and may well be his best directing work ever. The tension is palpable in this film and it never lets up for a moment. The fact that this one connects to the writer/director's 2000 film Unbreakable makes it even more interesting and exciting.
7. Blade Runner 2049
Making a sequel to a 35 year-old cult classic is a nearly impossible challenge and one not many writers or director's would take on. I can say that I'm glad director Dennis Villenueve and writers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green took on the task and made a follow-up that's on par with the original in every way. This is a different film altogether, but the DNA of Ridley Scott's 1982 Blade Runner is still there. The visual effects team outdid themselves here as they craft a more fleshed-out future world of stark colors and contrasting cultures. It's a brilliant script from beginning to end and every word of dialogue and every movement of the actors faces are expertly crafted to tell this beautiful story.
Never have I felt more in the action while watching a film than when I was watching Dunkirk. Christopher Nolan manages to put the audience on the beach, on the sea, or in the air with the soldiers of World War II in such a way that you can't quickly forget this cinematic experience. It's light on dialogue and heavy on action but somehow never manages to lose sight of the fact that this is a character-driven piece. The technical achievements of this film cannot be overstated as the filmmakers shot mostly in-camera with practical effects without the assistance of computer-generated technology. It's a haunting score as well by the great Hans Zimmer.
5. Wonder Woman
The entire team behind-the-scenes of Wonder Woman was passionate about this project. Bringing this iconic character to life on the big screen was a huge undertaking and they manged to pull it off. Chris Pine plays his role of Steve Trevor perfectly making him masculine and smart without overshadowing Gal Gadot who takes on the title role with poise. She so effortlessly portrays an amazonian warrior princess it makes you wonder if she really is from Themyscira. Directing this film is the magnificent Patty Jenkins who deserves accolades for her efforts here managing to balance the origin story of this superhero with a serious World War I story and the hope of a brighter future.
4. Baby Driver
Baby Driver is the most unique film of the year. It's so creative and different from anything you've seen while remaining true to it's getaway-driver-movie roots. As both writer and director, Edgar Wright shoots some of the most entertaining and exhilarating car chases of all time and pens his most electric dialogue ever. Great performances from Ansel Elgort, LilyJames, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, and Kevin Spacey help tell this story as they all deliver their lines with meaning and stay true to their complicated characters. Music drives this story as each action beat on screen matches what you're hearing in the killer soundtrack which is one of the best of the year.
3. War for the Planet of the Apes
The conclusion of a trilogy is always the most difficult to pull off, especially when the first two entries are as good as Rise and Dawn are. Fortunately, Matt Reeves was up to the task and was able to bring Caesar's journey to a satisfying end here. Andy Serkis gives the best performance of his entire career as the revolutionary leader who goes on a personal quest for vengeance. As the ruthless Colonel, Woody Harrelson gives a surprisingly nuanced and layered performance which may also be one of the best of his career. From the intense, opening battle sequence to the emotionally driven finale War for the Planet of the Apes gives this long-running franchise it's best entry thus far.
After playing his breakout role of Wolverine for 17 years, Hugh Jackman decided to put down the claws with this dystopian, sci-fi, neo-western. No one's ever played a superhero role in as many films or as long as Jackman has played Wolverine, and he was the lead character in most of the X-Men movies, but now he's brought that character to his end. This film features the most brutal and violent scenes in the character's history on film, but there's a reason behind that. The story is about what living a life of violence does to a person and whether or not one can be redeemed after living such a deadly life. It's thematic and direct in-movie references to the classic western Shane only make it that much better.
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The best film of the year is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson takes major risks in the writing and directing of this film by taking bold choices in the direction of the story, characters, mythology, and humor. It's a brilliant piece of film-making from the astonishing visual effects to the outstanding performances, but what makes it stand out is it's unique take on the Force and the Jedi, as well as the surprising character developments and the shocking events that take place in the movie. This film takes plenty of bold moves, but they're all ones that this franchise needed to take to stay alive and keep fans guessing. The Last Jedi is the best overall movie-going experience of the year. An entertaining, enjoyable, surprising adventure full of comedy, action, romance, and drama.