A new year means a look at what 2017 brought us and which 10 films are lucky enough to have made it on to my top 10 favourite films of the year. These are not necessarily the best 10 films of the year, but the 10 films that I enjoyed the most this year. I have tried to see as many as I can but there are a few films that I have not managed to see just yet, but I will revisiting this list after I have seen all the Oscar Nominated films.
So lets start with some honourable mentions which just missed out on the top 10:
Detroit, Wonder Woman, IT, Spider-man: Homecoming, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Wind River and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
All these films were good and enjoyed a lot, but there were 10 other films I enjoyed more, so let’s get started with number 10.
10) John Wick Chapter 2! The first John Wick was a huge surprise, featuring great action and an interesting world that had been set up. The sequel had a really tough act to follow but the action is upped, the stakes are raised and the fighting is just constant leaving the character and story in a really interesting place going into Chapter 3.
9) Breathe! 2017 was a great year for Andrew Garfield, if it was up to me I would have given him the Oscar for his performance in Hacksaw Ridge, but he turns in another truly fantastic performance in this heart warming story, directed by the legendary Andy Serkis.
8) Thor: Ragnarok! I did not have this film in my list for a while, but after looking back on it, I had such a good time and the film has a lot of great moments from all the Planet Hulk moments, to the end battle. We got to meet one of the world’s favourite new side characters, Korg and the film is hilarious, again setting up a really interesting place for the characters involved going into Avengers: Infinity War.
7) War for the Planet of the Apes! One of the greatest trilogies of all time. This franchise will go down because of the steps it has made in advancing technology and it deserves some recognition on that front at least, but I was made to care so much about this story of Caesar and their battle about the humans, and this final film tying altogether was a really well done film and I am truly sad that it is the last film we will see in this franchise, at least for a while.
6) Get Out! A film that will be a lot higher on a lot of other people’s lists, but it certainly deserves a place in the top 10 of the year. This horror is creepy and unique in this world of remakes and sequels, it was so refreshing to see a new story. Daniel Kaluuya is fantastic and I really hope he gets a lot more work after this film, hopefully becoming a leading man in Hollywood.
5) The Disaster Artist! The cast of this film is what really got me excited. I’m a big fan of James Franco, I think he is an under rated actor but his performance as the insane Tommy Wiseau is hilarious and perfect. This was the funniest film of the year, not just poking fun at The Room, but the film has a lot of heart as you really get Tommy’s point of view when he is making what he wants to be a huge success and his big chance.
4) Star Wars: The Last Jedi! We all knew it was going to be on my list, it took everything I had not to put it at 1, but I needed to think it through properly. I don’t love everything that happens in the film (looking at you Canto Bight) but I love what it does with Rey and Kylo Ren, who continue to move up on my favourite Star Wars characters. I can not wait for Episode 9!
3) Baby Driver! This film was number 1 for a very long time. I’m a big Edgar Wright fan so I was always excited for his next film and this film did not let me down. The action is fantastic, I love the characters, the story, the music, it is a great film that has a lot of fun.
2) Dunkirk! I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan, he is my favourite director working at the moment, every film he makes, I have really enjoyed and Dunkirk was no exception. If you did not see this film in IMAX, you missed out big time, the tension that the sound creates and the beautifully shot and told film is fantastic, I really hope it gets the attention it deserves from the award season.
1! Blade Runner 2049! I’m not the biggest fan of the first Blade Runner but I really wish that I had the chance to have seen it in the cinema. I was not expecting to enjoy this film as much as I did. This film might be the most beautifully shot film I have ever seen, ever single shot could be a poster, it is so well shot and I really hope Roger Deakins wins for best cinematography for this film. The slow burn is fantastic, I love the future world that it takes place in. This film is fantastic, which is why it is my favourite film of 2017!
What was your favourite film of 2017?
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