Overall, this was a great year for films – superhero films particularly. And whilst I didn’t see as many films as I wanted to, I like to think I saw my fair share of them. And indeed, this year I don’t think any of the films I saw were bad at all. In fact they were mostly good! So picking just five of them wasn’t easy. But nevertheless, here is my Top Five Films of 2017 – at least based on the ones I saw!
This is done in no particular order – except for the last one, which I would consider the best film I saw this year. For full details of what I thought of each film individually, check out my full reviews. I’ll leave a link to them in the titles
This film respected the original animated one and kept as close to the story as possible, but at the same time it added in new touches – all of which worked. It even answered a famous plot hole that some fans believed the original one had. It also added in a couple of new songs – the song Evermore is now one of my favourite Disney songs ever. Every time I hear Dan Stevens baritone voice it’s brings a chill to my spine and a tear to my eye – it’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. I also really liked the re-imaging of LeFou as a gay character, rather than the buffoon he was in the animated one, made his relationship a lot deeper with Gaston.
This was an amazing live action adaptation of a classic film that still had plenty of magic to show. I might even consider this one one of my favourite Disney films of all time, it was that good. I got to see it again around Christmas and I was still blown away by how amazing it looked. Highly recommended whether you’ve seen the original or not.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (who also gave us the equally amazing Arrival), this film carried on with the same themes as Blade Runner, but making it it’s own story at the same time. It didn’t try to better the first film, but created a narrative that felt in tune with the first one, whilst at the same time feeling fresh. The visuals were stunning, the acting brilliant (Ryan Goslin in particular was amazing) and the twists added to the story were actually quite shocking at times. It also didn’t contradict anything established in the first film, which I liked.
If I did have ONE complaint, it was that the music was a bit in your face. The music was incredible, but it was crushingly loud at times! I’m surprised I didn’t go deaf! I guess it was maybe a little too long, but I was willing to look past that as the stuff it had in kept my interest.
If we get another sequel, I am slightly worried that it might turn out to be a bit more action orientated, based on how this one ended – but if this is the only Blade Runner film we get from here on out, I will be happy. A true modern masterpiece that I would recommend if you’re looking for something a little more than your usual shoot-em-up Sci-Fi.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said before? Wonder Woman is by far one of the best superheroine films I’ve ever seen. With Patty Jenkins at the helm, she was able to create the Wonder Woman film that we’ve wanted. Gal Gadot performed with such confidence and aplomb that she made the previous DC installments look weak by comparison. This film proved that superheroines can easily hold their own as well as their male counterparts – maybe even better.
That being said, I did like how they didn’t go out of their way to make the males look inferior. Sure, Wonder Woman was able to do what an entire army couldn’t and kick the ass of Germans – but Steve Trevor was a heroic soldier that made a valiant sacrifice in this film. I also loved the sidekicks as well, they were fleshed out really well and all added some gravitas to this film.
Much like Captain America: The First Avenger, this set a template that hopefully DC can follow for future instalments of their film franchise. And whilst Justice League was a step in the right direction, DC do have a lot of ground to cover. But as long as they have Gal Gadot in their cast, I think they’ll be fine. This film is awesome – go watch it!
Whereas the other Thor films took themselves a bit too seriously, Ragnarok goes for full on comedy. And you know what, it works! Chris Hemsworth got some hilarious moments in here, making Thor a bit more interesting. But Loki also got a lot of good moments in as well – as did the always wonderful Jeff Goldblum. But the award for funniest character has to be Takia Waititi’s portrayal as Korg – pretty much everything he said was laugh out loud hilarity. I think my stomach hurt from laughing so much here!
And I have to give a special mention to Cate Blanchett as Hela – one of the most badass Marvel villainesses to appear on screen. I really hope she does come back as she was such a joy to watch. Blanchett really makes a habit of playing badass villainesses of late.
It might have lacked a some tenderness that the other Marvel films have, but it did have it’s fair share of dramatic battles that were incredible (no pun intended) to watch. And in the end it was a satisfying, entertaining romp that is worth your time. And considering how dark Infinity War is supposed to be, we’ll probably be glad for funny films like this!
Marvel had a great run for their films this year, but Ragnarok was a stand out for me and I can’t wait to watch it again! And again. And again. And maybe again! Can you tell I like this film?
An epic war film detailing the Dunkirk evacuations, this film really threw you into the horror of war. Shown from at least three different POVs, you got to see the war from all sides. The tension in this film was almost unbearable at times, as the music gradually builds up to the full horror, never letting you go for an instant. You’re always on edge the entire way through – and no film perfectly captures the terror of soldiers in battle than this one. Even when you think it’s safe, the fighting goes on. It really makes you terrified for these soldiers, wondering if they’ll survive – and the sudden relief when they make it home.
But even at the end, there is no happy ending. As one troop puts it (Harry Styles’s character – who was awesome in this film, believe it or not) “All we did is survive.” And that sums up how the soldiers must have felt after this. So many lives were lost and yet they were the ones to come out of it alive. I can’t imagine how much relief and sadness they must have felt. It really makes you appreciate the sacrifice these men made – some without choice.
Dunkirk is an outstanding war film that throws you right into the deep end without any build up. But then I imagine that’s what war is like. Sometimes you are thrust into a battle without realising it and all you can do is fight or die. Everything about this film is just perfect and if you haven’t seen it, go get it on DVD! It’s a harrowing movie, but you’ll thank me later. Probably.
So that’s my list, what films did you enjoy in 2017? Let me know and thanks for reading. Let’s see what 2018 is like for movies.