Top 10 Movies of 2017

2017 has already passed and with another exciting year ahead, let’s look back into my top 10 movies of 2017. I will also look at other movies which I also liked but did not make it to my list.

This list is purely subjective and does not reflect any official list of any sort


10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Coming in at number 10 is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Directed by Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards tells the story of a mother seeking justice for her daughter’s death. Easily the strongest aspect of this movie is the acting, this movie has incredibly complex characters, sometimes you root for them sometimes you hate them.

The star here however is Frances McDormand who’s incredibly unpredictable and just owns this movie. You are fascinated by her actions and you want to see where she’s gonna go with it. This is a great dark comedy that keeps you rooting for the good and sometimes bad guys and this is why Three Billboards is my top 10 movie of the year.


9. Detroit

Number 9 was an incredibly tough film to watch, it tells the story of the 1967 Detroit riots, particularly an incident that occurred at the Algiers Motel.

Detroit is a movie that’s brilliantly acted to the point that it hits too close to home. This movie will make you angry, devastated and yearning for justice for the victims. But on an impressive note, Katheryn Bigelow directed this masterfully telling a painfully unforgettable story, one that you will remember for quite sometime.


8. It

It is an adaptation and a remake of the classic Stephen King Book, It. I love horror movies and there’s nothing I love more than a horror movie with a deep story and this movie gave me exactly that.

Your cast of kids were hilarious and likable and you root for them all the way through. Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise was also great but another great thing about this movie were the scares, they were scary, fun and I enjoyed them quite a lot.


7. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Number 7 is of course your friendly neighborhood spider-man. It’s exciting to see Spider-Man be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We first saw him at Captain America: Civil War and to see him have his own movie with the MCU elements was very refreshing for the character.

Tom Holland is perfect as the young Peter Parker and the addition of Robert Downey Jr. elevates the movie even more.


6. Blade Runner 2049

Coming in at number 6 is Blade Runner 2049. Directed by Denis Villenueve shot by Roger Deakins, this movie is gorgeous. It’s visually appealing and at times immersive. Ryan Gosling was great as well was Harrison Ford, this is a sequel that has thought put into it and I’d love to visit this world again, in the future.


5. Get Out

Number 5 is Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out tackles plenty of themes and subjects regarding interracial dating. From a film making stand point, Jordan Peele did a great job directing this movie, for a debut movie it’s impressive.

The social commentary however is another story, as this presents experiences that are too familiar when it comes to interracial dating or being the odd one in a crowd. Get Out bends the horror thriller genre and it also adds a bit of dark comedy in it but it blends it all into one tight movie.


4. Logan

Coming in at number 4 is Logan. Easily the best super hero movie of the year. Logan delivers a fitting finale for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Another great aspect of the film is Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier portrayed in a state that we’ve never seen him before.

Logan breaks your typical superhero genre by adding a bit of drama and western but also incorporating the R rating exceptionally well. In Logan we see Wolverine slice up bad guys and it is brutal and beautiful and it’s why Logan is my top 4 movie of 2017.


3. Wind River

Wind River was a really nice surprise, having very little knowledge prior to watching it. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, this movie is dark, cold but incredibly enthralling.

Jeremy Renner is great as this is possibly his best performance in a film since The Hurt Locker. Elizabeth Olsen is also great and both leads compliment each other really well. This movie sucked me in from start to finish and with a tense climax, this movie delivers and that’s why it’s top 3.


2. War for the Planet of the Apes

Seldom does a trilogy get better with each sequential release, however this reboot of the planet of the apes series did exactly that. We saw Ceasar grow from a baby ape to a fearless leader and what journey it has been.

Andy Serkis has been amazing with his motion capture giving us a strong consistent performance as Ceasar. Another impressive aspect of this film is the use of CG on the apes. They were as realistic as they could be and they’re incredible. Overall War for the Planet of the Apes closes of a story that’s well crafted and well thought of and that’s why it’s top 2 in my list.


Honorable Mentions

Before revealing my number one movie of the year here are some movies which I also thoroughly enjoyed but didn’t make it to my list.

Thor: Ragnarok

Wonder Woman

Mother!

Lost City of Z

Dunkirk


1. Coco

With no surprise to some Coco takes the top spot on my list. Seldom do I get emotionally taken in a movie and Coco managed to hit me emotionally from start to finish. It’s beautiful animation captures you visually but the story grabs you by the heart. Pixar has done it again releasing a movie that resonates to both kids and adults and a story that will definitely capture your heart.


There you go my top 10 movies of 2017, it has been an interesting year and with the upcoming releases of 2018, it’s safe to say that this year will be an exciting year for movies.

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017

With 2016 nearing it’s end, one could say that this year has been phenomenal with movies. Disney in particular has had a huge success with it’s properties. From the release of Finding Dora, Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Moana not to mention the huge success of the the Marvel movies and recently Star Wars Rogue One. It’s safe to assume that Disney dominated this year’s box office.

2017 in the other hand is looking promising with it’s releases. With possible box office draws like Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2, Kong: Skull Island not to mention intriguing releases such as the remake for Stephen King’s It, a Blade Runner sequel as well as the movie adaptation of The Dark Tower. Nonetheless 2017 should be a great year for cinema and cinema goers alike.

But without further ado, here is my top 10 list for movies I personally can’t wait to watch.

10. Thor: Ragnarok

thor-3Though a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Thor franchise hasn’t quite had the success of Iron Man and Captain America. However with the movie’s third installment, interest are peaked as this time he’s being joined by not one but two major MCU characters in the form of Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange.

However what really intrigued me about this movie is it’s director Taika Waititi. Taika is a film director from New Zealand and being from New Zealand myself I’m rooting for this movie to be exceptional. With a very satirical form of film making it will be interesting to see what he does with the property.

Stars

Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange)

Directed By: Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
Release Date: 3 November 2017

9. It

itEveryone is familiar with the 1990s mini-series with the same title as well as the popular book. Well It is now being remade into a full-length movie and I for one am pretty excited for It. Having seen the mini-series I’m intrigued on how It will transition to a full-length film.

The mini-series of course was in two parts and it fleshed out the characters and really gave that epic feel to it. This movie will be directed by Andres Muschietti who did Mama which is another horror movie nonetheless we can only hope this movie will be something worth remembering in the future.

Stars

Bill Skarsgard (Allegiant)
Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things)
Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special)

Directed By: Andrés Muschietti (Mama)
Release Date: 8 September 2017

8. Justice League

jl Despite the disappointing turn out of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, what that movie did is sort of cement the foundations of the DC Cinematic Universe. Zack Snyder is directing again and a part of me is hoping that he has learned his lesson and actually give this a decent story and be a competent movie overall.

I have a feeling it won’t be as strong as the first avenger movie but I am rooting for it not to be a complete disaster. I am looking forward to this movie just for curiosity’s sake but if anything can redeem the the current state of the DC Cinematic Universe it would be Justice League.

Stars

Ben Affleck (Live By Night)
Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them)
Gal Gadot (Batman V Superman)

Directed By: Zack Snyder (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Release Date: 17 November 2017

7. Dunkirk

dunkirkChristoper Nolan’s next film following Interstellar is Dunkirk. Dunkirk is a WW2 movie and despite moving from the usual Science Fiction that Christopher Nolan usually does. It’ll be interesting to see what he does in a big budget war movie.

As usual expectations will be high coming in to this movie and I have no doubts that Dunkirk will give it’s audience a great cinematic experience.

Stars

Tom Hardy (The Revenant)
Cillian Murphy (Anthropoid)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Directed By: Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
Release Date: 21 July 2017

6. Annihilation

annihilationComing from his amazing directorial debut Alex Garland’s new project is Annihilation. Based on the first book of The Southern Reach Trilogy Annihilation tells the story of four women who venture into a place where the laws of nature don’t apply. I’ve read the book this film is being based off on and I wasn’t too thrilled about it. However with Alex Garland adapting the screenplay I can’t wait to see what he does with this adaptation.

Alex Garland did an incredible job with Ex Machina, which I think was the best movie of 2015 and to see him tackle another Sci-Fi project is exciting. I’m looking forward to this movie and I am sure it will be just as good if not better than Ex Machina.

Stars

Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Oscar Isaacs (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Directed By: Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Release Date: 2017

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming

spidermanThe third comicbook movie on this list is of course Spider-Man. Ever since we’ve learned that Spider-Man will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a whole new wave of excitement swept over fans all over the world. We’ve already seen him in Captain America: Civil War and everyone loved him.

Now that we know he’s going to have his own solo franchise under the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). This gives the property a much needed boost as now we know he can interact with the other heroes within the MCU. I personally can’t wait to see this movie and once again I’m sure it will be a great comicbook movie.

Stars

Tom Holland (Captain America: Civil War)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Robert Downey Jr (Captain America: Civil War)

Directed By: Jon Watts (Cop Car)
Release Date: 7 July 2017

4. Star Wars: Episode VIII

starwars-ep-8With the revitalized success that the Star Wars is getting we can only assume this well oiled machine will keep going. Following The Force Awakens is Episode VIII and it continues the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and the new character from episode VII.

I can only hope this won’t make the same mistake as The Force Awakens did which is being a carbon copy of A New Hope. But rather give the audience something new and exciting.

Stars

Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Adam Driver (Silence)
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Directed By: Rian Johnson (Looper)
Release Date: 15 December 2017

3. The Dark Tower

the-dark-towerNumber 3 is a book adaptation and it is one a lot of people have been waiting for. This is of course the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. A lot of people have been wanting to see Roland Deschain’s story in the big screen and I’m personally very much excited about this project.

Idris Elba will be playing the main character and Matthew McConaughey will be playing the Man in Black and with those two attached to this project it gives that star power that can push this as a huge blockbuster movie.

Stars

Idris Elba (Star Trek: Beyond)
Matthew McConaughey (Gold)
Katheryn Winnick (Vikings)

Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel
Release Date: 28 July 2017

2. Beauty and the Beast

beauty-and-the-beast-posterGrowing up in the 90s I was a huge fan of the Disney Renaissance. With Disney having a successful track record of transforming it’s animated properties into live action. I can assume that Disney will do this property right and give it a great live action adaptation.

With an all star cast and two strong leads in the form of Emma Watson and Luke Evans. I can guarantee Beauty and the Beast will be a terrific movie, one that fans of the original can enjoy.

Stars

Emma Watson (Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train)
Dan Stevens (Night at Museum 3)

Directed By: Bill Condon(Mr. Holmes)
Release Date: 17 March 2017

1. Logan

loganFinally my most anticipated film is Logan. With Fox taking the same approach they did with Deadpool, making this movie Rated-R. There’s no better way to send off Hugh Jackman with his final role as Wolverine with Logan. With 16 Years in his belt as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has expressed his interest to move away from the property.

Though as disheartening as it is to hear this, it is completely understandable and with his final role as Wolverine, no doubt Logan will be an emotional and satisfying send off. I personally can’t wait to see this movie and I’m sure it will be all sorts of amazing.

Stars

Hugh Jackman (Eddie the Eagle)
Patrick Stewart (Green Room)
Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies)

Directed By: James Mangold (The Wolverine)
Release Date: 3 March 2017

So there you go my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2016. Again this is just movies that I’m looking forward to. There are a lot of movies to look forward to in 2017. From Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 to the next Fast and Furious movie as well as another Transformers movie and Kong: Skull Island. 2017 will be another great year for movies. These 10 are the one I’m looking forward to the most but feel free to comment what are yours. Merry Christmas and have a nice day.