As 2018 is just around the corner, lets look at the best films of 2017. It’s been a funny old year for movies, some surprises, and some real turkeys. While putting this together I realized that what we thought may be great films – The Mummy and Alien Covenant, they were just bad, while films that looked set to fail, just impressed – go figure! Anyway this is just a personal choice, here are my top 10 films of 2017!
10. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2.
Perhaps not quite as fresh as the first outing, but still an amazing,funny and vibrant sci-fi film. Great fun, not taking itself too seriously and a welcome inclusion on this list.
Stephen King’s classic novel gets the big screen treatment and it delivered in spades. The young cast are wonderful, the clown is scary enough and oh the feels as the visuals reminded us of Stand By Me, The Goonies and other beloved eighties growing up movies. What a surprise this release was.
Marvel Studios prove their formula works with a colourful, exciting and joyful romp guest starring The Hulk and Cate Blanchet. A superhero masterclass.
Christopher Nolan brought a tense direct and no holds barred depiction of the evacuation of Dunkirk in WW2. No schmalz or glamour, just a hard faced edge of the seat account of the events. Heart stopping.
6. GET OUT.
Disguised as a horror flick, this clever poke in the ribs to the nature of racism became a film that slowly revealed it’s layers the closer you looked at it. Ingenious, funny, thought provoking and truly terrifying.
5. WONDER WOMAN.
The first truly successful DC comics film that garnered critical and audience appreciation. Gal Gadot took the character and made it viable, exciting and truly heroic, with an endearing performance that enchanted us all.
4. ATOMIC BLONDE.
From it’s cold war Berlin setting to the lead performance from Charlize Theron, this stylish gritty spy story was a class act. Action. style and sexy visuals made this a surprising gem.
3. THE DISASTER ARTIST.
The story of the making of the worst film ever The Room, was a funny, sometimes touching, often weird experience,but James Franco captured the essence and tone of the production perfectly. His Tommy Wiseau was pitched perfectly, and in the end it was all strangely uplifting.
Super hero film for grown ups that showed the down side of being the last man standing, Hugh Jackman gave the performance that he always wanted to as the battle weary Wolverine, and the production and acting is un-surpassed in this genre. A heartbreaking farewell to a well loved X-Man that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
1. BLADERUNNER 2049.
Yep controversial number 1 but this sequel that was doomed to fail provided us with a visual spectacle like nothing we had seen before. The story stayed true to the original and the performances were brilliant. Sure it was too long and left us with just as many questions as answers, but a modern masterpiece that will be debated and speculated over for years. Genius
I know this is unfair but honorable mention needs to go to Spider-Man Homecoming, a great reboot that gave us a Peter Parker to relate to and a decent Marvel villain with Michael Keaton as the Vulture, and War For The Planet of the Apes was a visual master piece that showed us an alternate Vietnam war movie with monkeys, Genius.
So what do you think of my top 10? Let us know in the comments below if you agree/disagree and your picks!