Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

From Get Out to Logan, here are my top 10 movies of 2017

I have no idea if it’s the rising political tension in America or the controversies in Hollywood but 2017 has been a fantastic year for film. This year, we’ve seen a nice mixture of indie movies and big-budget extravaganzas. And not one over-shadowed the other. Previous years, there had been an over-emphasis on mainstream blockbusters such as superhero movies and audiences didn’t have a chance to see the smaller films. Not this year. Films like It Comes At Night, or Lady Bird would have never been released in my neck of the woods, and I’m glad they did.

A common theme in my list includes directorial debuts. From Jordan Peele to Greta Gerwig to Taylor Sheridan, these first-time directors are ones to watch for in the future. And as we continue our fight for diversity, movies have been quite diverse this year. The sleeper hit, Get Out, proved that film about race can be mega hits while female directors are starting to push through. With the push from the current American president and movements such as the #MeToo movement, 2017 has created some of the best movies of the century. Here are just 10 of my favorites.

10. It Comes At Night

source: A24

We’ve had terrific horror movies that have changed the way critics and audiences see the genre and It Comes At Night is the perfect example. While I’m not in-love with the idea of post-horror, I do however love the films it seems to produce. You can tell that Trey Edward Shults is really pushing the boundaries of what is considered “horror” and also what is considered a “movie.” The essence of the film is, in fact, not in the film and that may be off-putting to casual movie-goers. But for someone who has watched many (and I mean MANY) horror movies and movies in general, I long for something different, creative and thoughtful. It Comes At Night is all of these.

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9. Logan

source: Twentieth Century Fox

This is the only superhero movie on this list. Therefore, it should be telling. Logan is by far the best of the X-Men movies. It follows a trend set by Deadpool of mixing genre films and superhero films. So far, it has worked magically for the X-Men universe. Logan is my favorite, and it’s sad to see fan-favorite, Hugh Jackman, leave the franchise. His presence in the X-Men universe was always a joy to watch. However, with a swan song this good, it easier to let him go. It’s a daring finale that works on so many levels.

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8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has become quite controversial as of late for its supposed shallow depiction of race. For me, I found it to be a complicated movie about how anger fuels protest and social change. But also how we need to have some compassion to really succeed. Though, Martin McDonagh’s morality play and Frances McDormand’s powerful performance are ultimately the main attractions here. All in all, it’s a daring film, and it surely isn’t for everybody but for me, it was a pleasant surprise.

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7. War for the Planet of the Apes

source: Twentieth Century Fox

We’ve had many spectacular blockbusters this year, yet none were as amazing as War for the Planet of the Apes. Looking back at the trilogy as a whole, Matt Reeves has done something not many directors can say: he has managed to make a trilogy that’s better than the original and is consistently great. I know that it hasn’t been the most successful trilogy box office wise and that this final film was probably the most controversial among the mainstream audience. However, for me, War for the Planet of the Apes was by far the best of the franchise and should be an example of how to end a trilogy.

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6. Wind River

source: VVS Films

Taylor Sheridan has produced some of the darkest and brutal scripts in recent times. Now, his first film in the director’s chair is an extremely successful one. Wind River‘s take on the marginalization of indigenous and the problems that it ensures is truly a timely one. Sheridan’s dark and brutally honest script shines above all while Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner give heartfelt performances. In a year where we had more stories featuring diversity,  Wind River is a film, I hope, that calls for more stories about indigenous on the big screen.

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5. Get Out

source: Universal Pictures

Horror with something on its mind is a first. However, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut also boasts some good directing, a touching screenplay, and a fantastic performance by breakout Daniel Kaluuya. Its clear punch at subtle racism and prejudice offer a fresh look at a problem in America. It’s a new outlook on racism that has been otherwise portrayed as conservative white hillbillies saying the n-word in anger. Get Out tapped in white and black people’s fears, and it has sadly relatable for all races.

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4. Dunkirk

source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Christopher Nolan’s war film could have been just another attempt at pandering to war-mongers. Instead, he offered a sensory movie experience as its audience went on a journey through the gritty war of Dunkirk. It’s by no means a character-driven story we’ve come used to from war movies, and it’s exactly what makes Dunkirk my favorite war movie – it’s ability to take a genre and twist it on its head. Nolan is more interested in the feeling of war instead of the story of it. Dunkirk is awe-inspiring.

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3. Call Me By Your Name

source: Sony Pictures Classics

Transformation. The only word needed to describe the experience of watching Call Me By Your Name. Luca Guadaginino has crafted an adaption with such emotions and power. This gay love story is unlike we’ve seen before. This isn’t a traditional coming out story but a character study by which our characters are coming to terms with their sexuality. Guadaginino sprinkles moments of pure emotional drama with some moments are pure honesty. It’s a story of first love, and whether gay or straight, we can all relate.

Review coming soon

2. Blade Runner 2049

source: Warner Bros. Pictures

I have said it and I’ll say it again: Denis Villeneuve is the greatest director working today. His films are consistently amazing, and every year, his movies find themselves in my top 10. Blade Runner 2049 is no exception. The film is way better than the original, and it merges blockbuster budget with artistic filmmaking. Villeneuve has made a sequel, but it can very well stand on its own. It extends the themes and messages of the first while having its own ideas and messages. Blade Runner 2049 merely is one of the best sequel ever made.

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1. Lady Bird

source: A24

Lady Bird‘s personal and raw moments really caught me off guard. Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut tells her story about her tough relationship with her mother and her need to escape small-town Sacramento. Lady Bird is a film that spoke to me personally, and that’s all thanks to Gerwig’s directing and writing. It’s a small scale film but manages to grow into something truly magnificent. It may tell Gerwig’s personal life story, but it’s also a sentiment that we all have. Told through clever comedy and gripping drama, Lady Bird is this year’s best film.

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Honorable Mentions: ItJohn Wick: Chapter 2, Raw, Coco, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What is your favorite movie of 2017?

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