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.

Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

Apes Together Strong!

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third movie of the Apes series. It’s directed by Matt Reeves and it stars Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller and Andy Serkis as Ceasar.

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After the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Ceasar and his people are trying to live a peaceful life in the woods. Unfortunately for Ceasar, a tyrant with a battalion of soldiers is hell bent on eliminating Ceasar and his kind.


The Good

One of the strongest points of War for the Planet of The Apes is it delivered some of the most convincing CG effects this year, the Apes looked incredible. The emotions and expressions showed by the apes are convincing and it empowers the movie tenfold.

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Andy Serkis is also to be given credit, once again delivering a powerful performance as Ceasar. Having followed Ceasar’s story from the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. You can’t feel anything but admiration to his character.

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A surprise hit in the movie is Bad Ape. With the dark gloomy tone of the movie, Bad Ape played by Steve Zahn, delivers some much needed humor which in return alleviates some of the serious tone of the film. The character itself is tragic but Steve Zahn managed to make it lovable.


The Bad

War of the Planet of the Apes will not be an easy watch for some, it has a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. There are some scenes that drag and though the scenes themselves are good you can’t help but feel the movie’s length.


Rating

Overall War for the Planet of the Apes delivers a blockbuster with strong characters and more importantly a blockbuster with a deep story. Andy Serkis as Ceasar deserves a recognition for his motion capture performance. Woody Harrelson is also great and gives a strong argument as to why he wants to eradicate the apes and all of it makes a compelling conflict of interest.

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War for the Planet is easily one of the better movies that came up this blockbuster season and if you’re someone who’s followed Ceasar’s story from the beginning you will have a deep appreciation for this movie. War for the Planet of the Apes is highly recommended.

Good Bad 4.8/5
  • Andy Serkis as Ceasar
  • Amazing CG
  • Deep Story
  • Long Running Time