So to add to the rampant unoriginality of the internet at the end of the year, here are my top 10 films of 2017. I could have easily done 20 or 30 as this was a great year for film but 10 is my sweet spot, so lets get to it.
The Thor films have been the weakest of the MCU. Not really bad just bland (which could be worse). You’d expect movies about an Asgardian God of Thunder to be big and bombastic but they usually end up kind of small (the majority of the first film is set in New Mexico so there) But this 3rd outing does a 180 and takes Thor to where it should be. It’s big, its colorful, the music is amazing and most importantly, it’s fun.
Edgar Wright is my favorite filmmaker. All his film (even the TV show Spaced) show me someone who is having fun being a director. There is a joy that comes through his lens and infects the audience. This film truly captures that joy. Baby Driver is a love letter to the very best of Walter Hill films and it captures that magic that Wright has up his sleeve.
I was white knuckling my arm rest from the moment the film started to when the credits rolled. The movie and the music are unrelenting. It grabs you and doesn’t let go and it hits you with every emotion possible. This is Christopher Nolans masterpiece.
It’s hard to find a trilogy that actually gets better with each film and comes to a satisfying conclusion but the new Apes film did just that. War beautifully wraps up the journey we went on with Caesar; his Rise as an intelligent ape, the Dawn of the apes as a superpower and the War to settle who controls the planet. I teared up a few times and came away happy with how things ended, it’s a true gem.
Anyone who tells you comic book movies are just kid stuff need to be shown Logan. A film that is pure drama with some fantastic elements. Like Thor, the Wolverine solo films have been, umm well, kind of ok. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a goofy turd fest, but things got better with The Wolverine. Then came Logan. Loosely inspired by the Old Man Logan comic book, we see a battered and broken Wolverine (long with a mentally broken Professor X) trying to survive in a world where the mutants have lost. It’s an exciting and heartbreaking film.
A truly divisive film. I have had many a spirited conversation about it. You either love it or you hate it and I loved it. Which is saying a lot since I’m not the biggest Darren Aronofsky (Enjoyed The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream while The Fountain is 90min of Aronofsky masturbating to a picture of himself and the less I speak of bad ass macho Noah the better) But Mother is a bold, audacious and engrossing film that you will continue to speak about after the it ends.
A horror movie with a message. A film of terror that makes a social commentary. Get Out hits all the right horror beats while at the same time shines a light on the issues African Americans face in this country. Jordan Peele showed the world that not only is he a hilarious comedic performer but now he can scare the crap out of them.
Lets face it DC/WB has not been doing well with the live action comic book films. Man of Steel while gorgeous looking brought us a dour and emo Superman. Batman V Superman showed us the fight of the century that was stopped because of a mom’s name and Suicide Squad was Guardians of the Galaxy minus anything entertaining. But them Wonder Woman came in and saved the day with its sense of hope. It finally gave us a DC hero we can look up to and enjoy.
I absolutely adored Denis Villeneuve’s continuation of the Ridley Scott classic. It does what a sequel is supposed to do; keep enough of the familiar and add new elements to make it fresh. The look and tone perfectly captured the look and tone of the original. A lot of people complained about the running time but I for one could have spent more time in this world.
Before my No.1 film here my honorable mentions:
Murder on the Orient Express,
The Disaster Artist
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
The Last Jedi
John Wick 2
Guillermo Del Toro continues to be one the greatest storytellers out there. He has created original modern day fairy tales with Pans Labyrinth, shown his geek cred with Blade 2 and Hellboy and created beautifully terrifying films like Devils Backbone. All those were the warm ups for this, his absolute masterpiece. A true love story that only Del Toro could make.