2017 has been one of the best years for movies that I have witnessed in a long time. Being able to see over 100 movies released this year led to many hours narrowing down my list to the few that I named here. These may not be all the most well known movies, but these are the movies that I loved the most.
Sadly there are some key 2017 releases that I have not yet been able to see so these movies did not make it into consideration for this list.
The Florida Project
Call Me By Your Name
The Darkest Hour
A Ghost Story
Whether or not these would factor into my list is still possible and I may update this post accordingly afterward.
Before I get to my top 10 of the year I would like to leave some honorable mentions! Some movies that I still really enjoyed but didn’t quite crack the excellence of this years top 10:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Disaster Artist
Finally, my top 10 movies of 2017:
Director Yorgos Lanthimo creates a film that may not be to everyones liking, the slow pacing, and monotone style of dialogue may throw some off but those who are willing to stick through to the end will be rewarded greatly. An ending filled with questions, leaving the audience with different interpretations for almost anyone you talk to. Being able to constantly debate what the film meant and almost always getting a different answer makes the experience so much more entertaining. With an amazing performance by the young Barry Keoghan, and Lanthimos’ signature robotic like dialogue truly completing this unsettling film.
Logan is the perfect ending to 17 years of Hugh Jackman playing the hot headed mutant with adamantium claws. Hugh Jackman, and Patrick Stewart put on Oscar-worthy performances perfectly portraying the emotional toll these two must go through together one last time. Transcending the superhero genre and entering the realm of an amazing Oscar worthy story, with perfect writing , and an ending that would bring anyone to tears. Logan is a iconic film that anyone and everyone should make an effort to see.
Director Denis Villeneuve creates a movie that I believe takes what its predecessor gave as building blocks, and builds something ten times better. This may not be the popular opinion due to everyone loving the classic but hear me out, every scene is jaw dropping, filled with vibrant colors and expansive beautiful sets. A performance similar to his in Drive Gosling perfectly matches the tone of this dark brooding film, where most of the time, dialogue is not necessary because the background, and amazing score do the talking for him . Blade Runner 2049 may be a bit long and slow at times, but sticking around to the end is a rewarding experience that will stick with you forever.
#7 Wind River
An emotional rollercoaster that will make you shutter at the thought of it. Jeremy Renner puts on his best performance yet as a Wyoming game hunter that helps the FBI track down a killer in his hometown. Writer/director Taylor Sheridan continues to prove himself as one of the next great hollywood writers (Sicario, Hell or High Water), while also making his directorial debut taking full advantage of the beauty of the state of Wyoming with epic wide shots of some of the most beautiful, and expansive lands I have ever seen on film.
#6: Get Out
Jordan Peeles’ directorial debut was perhaps the biggest surprise hit of 2017. With its completely new and innovative take on horror movie, perfectly blending Peeles comedic aspects while simultaneously terrifying the viewer with this ludicrous story . Get Out helped prove Jordan Peele to be one of the hottest new directors in hollywood, and proved that he is not just a one trick pony who can only write comedy skits for Key & Peele. Daniel Kaluuya does a wonderful job showing the audience the pure terror unfolding in front of him, both confusing, and unsettling the viewer does not know if he should dig deeper so he can help others, or if he should simply run.
#5: The Big Sick
Kumail Nanjiani and wife Emily V. Gordon teamed up to write this years best comedy by far. A true story of how the two ended up together, with Nunjiani playing himself and providing all the uncomfortable humor he is best known for, it makes all the gut wrenching sad moments in the film much easier to make it past. The film is both hysterical and very touching as Nunjiani tries to care for his ill girlfriend. The Big Sick is heartwarming, funny, and teaches a lot about Pakistani culture. A film that everyone will find a reason to enjoy. One of the best romantic comedies to come out in years, an absolute riot that anyone can find a reason to enjoy.
In this dark comedy written and directed by Martin Mcdonagh an entire town deals with the repercussions of the murder of a 17-year-old girl. With amazing performances coming from Frances Mcdormand as the mother of the murdered young girl, Woody Harrelson the sheriff of the town who can’t find any leads on the murder, and Sam Rockwell the racist alcoholic deputy who can’t do anything right. Three Billboards makes you laugh, cry, and cringe at every twist and turn. A truly original take on life and how people deal with the pain of it all.
#3: Baby Driver
In what is easily the most action packed movie on my list, writer and director Edgar Wright (one of my favorites) manages to once again blow everyone away. With the hilarious sharp humor, to the jaw dropping racing scenes, and the deep rooted connection to music involved through the entire film, this movie has everything. With an ensemble cast containing Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, and Jaimie Foxx theres something for everyone on this wild ride of a film.
#2: Lady bird
Lady Bird is possibly the most uplifting movie on this list (and possibly of 2017). Saoirse Ronan continues to pick amazing roles as the spunky young teen trying to finish her senior year of high school, while dealing with boys, friends, and figuring how to go to school in New York despite her mothers disapproval. Joined by Laurie Metcalf as her mother, both of them give an Oscar-worthy performance perfectly displaying the argumentative mother, daughter dynamic while being in both heart wrenching, and hilarious fashion. Both Timothèe Chalamet, and Lucas Hedges give fantastic performancesas well, continuing to lock themselves in as the next generation of amazing actors. Anyone who has ever argued with a parent out of pure teen angst should see this movie as it is one of the best to release this year.
Director and writer Guillermo Del Toro has released his best work yet with The Shape of Water. Del Toro continues to dazzle audiences with some of the most beautiful set design to reach the big screen this year. A modern adult fairy tale about the love of a mute girl, and an amphibian man brought into her work by a angry, racist, closed minded man. Sally Hawkins is flawless in her attempts to portray every emotion without words. The love felt between these two beings is very clearly shown with every movement on the screen, a deeper bind being rooted here than some may feel in any other love story this year. Michael Shannen does a fantastic job as the despicable man who brought this creature in, trying to hunt it down and kill it after its escape. Richard Jennings also does a fantastic job as Hawkings, best friend/room mate, a gay man in a time where that simply was not accepted, his loneliness is put on display only to be by his longing for a companion. I could go on forever on why this movie is so spectacular which is why it has earned its spot on as the number one movie of 2017.
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