2017 has almost drawn to a close, and even though it does seem a little early, it’s time to name my top ten films of the year. The key word is ‘my‘. Please do not kill me.
This is definitely not the objective ‘best films of the year’ list. This is my list, based on nothing but my opinion. Also, I have not watched every film this year, so, there are going to be some great ones that I’ve missed.
The Lego Batman Movie
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
10: Wonder Woman
2017 has, by far, been the DCEU’s strongest year so far, and Wonder Woman has been its best film. Patty Jenkins’ World War I piece is an enthralling origin story that takes the character to new heights. It’s not necessarily the most original superhero film, but it is still great, and is truly DC’s shining diamond.
9: Baby Driver
Ansel Elgort proves the true versatility of his acting ability in Edgar Wright’s latest, and it helps that he’s in a really good film. Baby Driver may not be Edgar Wright’s best, but it is still one of 2017’s best, and that really speaks to Wright’s ability. There are problems with Baby Driver, particularly to do with the pacing, but it is still one of 2017’s more memorable efforts.
8: The Big Sick
The biggest surprise of the year is Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick. It truly hit me in the face, and it’s driven be real performances and great writing. It’s a touching story that is serious when it needs to be, and funny when it can be. If you haven’t watched it yet, get onto Amazon Prime and do it now.
7: Get Out
Get Out takes my spot for best horror film of the year for two reasons: I haven’t watched IT, and Get Out is not scary in the conventional sense. Get Out’s true horror is racism, and the reality of the situation is what makes Get Out a truly scary experience. Jordan Peele’s very original satire deserves to be remembered.
6: Thor: Ragnarok
I probably like Thor: Ragnarok more than most people, but, I don’t care. I love what Taika Waititi did with this film, and I love how he made it his own. It’s one of the most unique Marvel films, and it definitely earns points for that. It embraces its comedic genre, and goes all out at making you laugh. It isn’t exactly what you would imagine a Ragnarok movie being, but I’m so happy it is what it is.
Dunkirk is paper thin, but that’s the point. It is a war film that focuses on the event it is centred around rather than the people that are experiencing the event. In doing so, it becomes a very thrilling film, and sadly one that I probably will not enjoy as much on a second viewing because it blew me away on the big screen. Dunkirk is a cinematic masterpiece, and very much the best theatre experience I had this year.
Christopher Nolan is a gift.
4: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a film that makes me smile every single time I think about it. This is largely because Spider-Man has always been important to me, and Homecoming is able to capture the essence of Spider-Man perfectly. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is perfect. Add to this an incredible villain in Michael Keaton’s Vulture, and what you have is a movie that, at least to me, can be re-watched every single day. I cannot fully put into words what Spider-Man: Homecoming is to me, but, all that matters is that it’s good enough to be this high on this list.
What Fox (or, what used to be Fox) must have understood after Deadpool is that they tend to produce exceptional comic book movies when they don’t slip their slimy hands into them.
James Mangold’s Logan is special. It is a farewell to Hugh Jackman that couldn’t have been better, and even though I’m not a fan of the ‘everything has to be darker’ movement, the way Logan handles its maturity is worthy of applause. It isn’t necessarily the greatest comic book film ever, and nor does it have the greatest story, or greatest effects, or anything really. But there is no denying that Logan is one of the most courageous comic book films ever, and definitely the best one of 2017.
Mother! is… Well… It is by far the strangest film I’ve watched this year. There are many that definitively do not like it, but I, on the other hand, love it.
Mother! is intentionally vague and open to interpretation, and if I’m honest, my interpretation was rather embarrassing compared to some others I’ve read. If those are to be true, then what Mother! is, really, is the deepest film of the year. I will not reveal my interpretation or any others I’ve read because I don’t want to spoil this film for anyone who hasn’t watched it.
Mother! is a film that leaves you thinking about it for a very long time. It’s the kind of film that’s a rarity, and the only reason it’s at number two on this list is personal bias.
Number one should be pretty obvious by now. Please save the death threats until after I’ve finished.
1: Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
The Last Jedi being my favourite film of 2017 could be due to the facts that I hadn’t been anticipating a movie this year as much as this one, and that it is the film on this list that I’ve most recently watched.
Regardless, it should be known that I love The Last Jedi because it is a great Star Wars film, and I refuse to take that back. Yes, Finn’s story is a little off-putting, but other than that, The Last Jedi is raw, emotional, risk-taking and has a great number of surprises. Rian Johnson adds his stamp to the film, and the way it utilises both old and new characters is astonishing. Not only do Rey, Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker excel in The Last Jedi, Poe Dameron also shines.
The Last Jedi’s biggest strength is its ability to get people talking, and to leave an impact on people, whether that be a positive or negative one, and this is because it pushes the boundaries with its characters. Kylo Ren and Rey, thanks in large part to Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, are such compelling characters that they even make the likes of Luke Skywalker have to take a backseat to them. And Luke himself is aided by Mark Hamill’s strongest performance to date, and his character is something unexpected in this film too.
Even two days after watching The Last Jedi, it’s still hitting me in waves. I will not deny that this may be because of bias, but, when a film is great, it’s great. It isn’t perfect, but there is so much greatness in The Last Jedi that it can be excused.
As much as this seems like I want the world to be taken over by giant corporations, 2017 belongs to Disney – also for strong Marvel films – and Star Wars. Episode IX can’t come soon enough, but, until then, let’s hope 2018 is a year to remember.