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.
As we reach the halfway point of 2017, here’s a look at the best movies of the year
I’ll be the first to admit: this year hasn’t been great for movies so far. Nothing has completely blown me away yet and that’s no surprise considering releases like Transformers: The Last Knight, The Mummy or Rings. With titles like these together it’s an easy reminder that 2017’s movie season hasn’t been all that great. Still, I will keep my hope that after the summer there will be that Arrival or Moonlight just waiting to blow my mind away.
For now, though, it’s time to celebrate the movies that weren’t a shit show. And while there wasn’t that stand out movie, just yet, I’m going to highlight 7 movies (each in alphabetical order) that caught my attention during the first part of the year.
The DCEU badly needed a win and Patty Jenkins delivers big time
Female-led action movies are still having a hard time at the box office. Ghost In The Shell is the recent film to fall victim to such a pattern. These movies make significantly less than male-led action movies and are still considered a gamble to make. With the DCEU’s latest movie streak, they desperately need a movie both fans and critics can agree is good. Wonder Woman is not only the DCEU’s first good movie, it may also be this summer’s best superhero movie.
Everything you need for a fun summer movie experience
For every movie fanatic, summer is like an extra long birthday. This is the time studios release their most anticipated films. It can range from big summer blockbusters to highly anticipated indie movies. As the weather is getting warmer so are the movies. Every year we see more and more movies added to the summer lineup and this year is no different. Marvel and DC are both releasing their superhero movies while FOX is releasing its Alien prequel. Universal is releasing its highly anticipated Mummy movie and its indie darling, The Beguiled. As it is impossible to see all the movies, this guide will highlight everything from big budget to small budget movies that you need (or I strongly recommend not skipping) to see this summer.
One fantastic movie year is done, and another one will shortly begin
Looking back at 2016, there are plenty of films that deserve attention. I’m currently writing my Top 10 Best Movies of 2016 and let me be the first to tell you that it is a tough one. Now turning our sight to 2017, it’s looking more and more like a great year for movie fans. This list contains mostly blockbusters but don’t worry I still have my sight on smaller movies, which usually tend to be the ones I love more. Speaking of sight, I will be certainly watching closely at both DCEU movies that will be coming out this year. Wonder Woman and Justice League will try to make the DCEU relevant and a worthy Marvel adversary. While the DCEU had a rough year, horror movies had an excellent year. The Conjuring 2, The Witch and Don’t Breathe were standouts from this year. Some much-anticipated sequels are coming out as well as directors returning to what they do best. Nolan’s Dunkirk, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Deadpool 2 are all movies that will need to deliver to the expectations. All and all, 2017 will be a blast and here is my list of the most anticipated movies of next year.