Wow! 2017 was an incredible year for movies. In the 5 years I’ve been making my top 10 list, this has been the hardest list to compile. Movies I thought for sure would be on the list when seeing them, are not on the list, I just don’t have room. Before my list here are a few honourable mentions:
War for the Planet of the Apes
Any other year these movies would be on my list, but this year was just so good, I can’t find a place for them. Now on to the list.
10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I had to see this movie multiple times to fully appreciate it. There are still a couple of problems with the movie. The entire Canto Bight sequence is unnecessary and on and feels like a complete waste of time on multiple viewings. However, the stuff between Kylo Ren and Rey is entirely engrossing and easily the best part of the movie. Kylo Ren is becoming one of the best screen villains of the decade, and the performances are all terrific. It’s also a very beautiful looking movie with some incredible shots. Definitely a great entry in the Star Wars franchise.
9. Wind River
I was captivated the entire time when watching this movie. It’s deeply moving and powerful at times. The film builds with each scene leading to its incredible climax. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen both give great performances with Renner giving an Oscar worthy performance. If you missed this one, definitely check it out.
8. Wonder Woman
This was an incredible year for the superhero movie. We had four great superhero movies and Wonder Woman was one of them. Gal Gadot gives a powerhouse performance as Diana. The action sequences are dazzling and well shot, Chris Pine gives a great performance and it’s just great to see a strong female lead as a superhero
The return to form for M. Night Shyamalan. What entire engaging movie. James McAvoy gives an outstanding performance. You truly believe every single character. He gives every personaity their own distinctive look and sound. Anya Taylor-Joy is also wonderful and the ending is one of Shyamalan’s best endings ever.
6. Get Out
I had so much fun with this movie. It gets better with each viewing. The performances are all universally great, the story is unique and once the secrets start being revealed it just becomes a riot. There’s great social commentary as well. Definitely a can’t miss.
5. A Ghost Story
One of the biggest surprises of the year and the latest movie I watched. I was entirely engrossed by the entire movie. It’s touching, moving, emotional, depressing, and yet oddly inspiring. The musical score is beautiful and everything just works so well. There is an incredible 5 minute one take scene where Rooney Mara eats an entire pie. It’s a long scene, but it’s highly effective.
4. The Disaster Artist
“Oh hi great movie!” The Disaster Artist was everything I wanted it to be and more. James Franco is phenomenal as Tommy Wiseau and deserves an Oscar nomination. The movie is consistently funny, and quite inspiring. A movie about friendship and accomplishing your goals against all odds. A great movie.
3. Blade Runner 2049
Probably the most visually stunning movie of the year. Blade Runner 2049 brings you into its world for the entire nearly 3 hour runtime. Every shot is dripping with visual beauty, if Roger Deakins doesn’t win the Oscar for cinematography, it’s a crime! The visual effects are mind blowing and the story is captivating. Not to mention the sound design and musical score.
I’ve never been a big X-Men fan. They’re enjoyable movies, but I’ve never really found myself loving any of them. Logan is a superhero masterpiece. Scratch that, it’s simply a masterpiece. Hugh Jackman gives the best performance of his career, Patrick Stewart gives what I still think is a nomination worthy performance. It’s a shame the Academy will probably ignore it. Newcomer Dafne Keen gives the best child performance of the year as X-23 and the final fight sequence is just incredible. The best superhero movie since The Dark Knight.
1. Baby Driver
Baby Driver is the most fun I had at the movies all year. This is why I go to movies. It’s the coolest movie I’ve seen in years, filled with great performances from Ansel Egort, Jon Hamm, Jamie Fox and Lily James. The action sequences are eye popping and incredibly shot. It’s exciting and fun. However, what makes this movie standout from the rest is the music and how its incorporated into the movie. The entire movie has a real rhythm to it. The action and music are synchronized so every gunshot, every sound, every movement is in-time with the music. It’s an incredible achievement. Like I said, this is the kind of movie that is the perfect example of why we go to movies. It’s my favourite movie of the year and one I’ll be watching for many years to come.
So there it is. My top ten movies of the year. It was an amazing year for movies, hopefully 2018 is just as good.