This year, many disappointing trends turned good
Each year, I want to celebrate films that changed my perspective of them. These 5 films aren’t necessarily the best movies of the year, but they surprised me in ways that I didn’t expect. These are movies that are either tied to a long tradition of terrible (either the franchise or the director) or just didn’t look good from the trailer but managed to defy all odds. Here are my 5 most surprising movies of 2017.
Who knew that the DCEU could deliver a great movie? Wonder Woman stands among the best of the Marvel movies. It’s a film with a lot of heart and with a lot of firsts. It’s the first comic book movie directed by a woman, and it’s the first comic book movie starring a woman. And thankfully, it’s the DCEU’s first good movie. The story and characters feel real while the film is directed beautifully by Patty Jenkins. Most surprisingly, this year a DC movie was better than Thor: Ragnarok.
Finally, Netflix has made a movie worthy of the subscription fees. For many years, Netflix has tried to get into the movie business without much success. Okja is the movie that Netflix has been waiting for. It’s just the kind of film that’s too bonkers for mainstream cinema, which makes it a perfect Netflix film. And these are the types of movies that Netflix should continue to make. Okja has put Netflix on the right track.
M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t been on the top of his game in a while. Sure, The Visit was an enjoyable found footage style horror movie, but it wasn’t anything close to The Sixth Sense or even Signs. With Split, Shyamalan is back, and he’s redeemed himself. James McAvoy gives a complex and truly amazing performance as an unhinged man with many personalities. If these are types of films Shyamalan will produce from now on then I will be happy to watch them.
Before I Fall
YA book adaptations aren’t dead yet and Before I Fall is the proof. Director Ry Russo-Young has made a solid indie-like YA film in a post-Hunger Games world. What makes it so surprising is that Before I Fall isn’t afraid to explore interesting concepts of life and one’s place in it. It feels more adult than it should and thus, it’s a much better film than I could have ever expected. If you’re missing YA movies, Before I Fall is the movie for you.
Life turned out to be more than an Alien rip off. Although it should give its merits to the film, Life is a fun and exciting sci-fi-horror. Its star-studded cast makes it a much better movie than it should. It has great suspense, and it’s a great movie to watch with friends. If you haven’t caught this one in theatres, you might want to watch it in your next movie night.