Cheers to 2018 and boy, time flies so fast! I spent the last few weeks or months catching up on all the movies because usually the “good ones” come out this Awards season. Overall, 2017 was truly a remarkable year in movies, big-budget movies did well both with critics and at the box office (including Justice League, which, apart from the weak villain and final act, was still a good film for me), while some films were surprise hits as most of them were not expected to deliver, did.
With so many amazing movies this year, it was extremely difficult for me to rank them. I could not rank my top 3 or 4 that I must advise you to just flip a coin and see which movie is on top. Again, as what I have said in my previous list of my favourite songs of 2017, you might not like some of my choices, or your list of favourite films of 2017 may be entirely different, but these films listed below hit me the most and gave me all the feels.
War for the Planet of the Apes – a great conclusion to the franchise.
Logan – Hugh Jackman is Logan. Period.
3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – The cast was UH-mazing, especially Frances McDormand who I adored in this film.
Split – even if you take out the tie-in at the end, this movie is a great film and James McAvoy gives an amazing performance portraying 20+ characters!
Ingrid Goes West – the most underrated movie of the year in my opinion. Aubrey Plaza was annoyingly lovable.
mother! – I’d say the most polarising movie this year, it’s either you liked it or loathed it. For me, it’s something weird and interesting and odd, and I liked it.
10 Spider Man: Homecoming / Thor: Ragnarok
I had a difficult time picking between the two, so I included the both of them! Tom Holland, for me, is the best Peter Parker ever and his debut solo movie is nothing short of awesome; it is indeed a perfect homecoming for this beloved Marvel superhero. On the other hand, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok is the best Thor movie ever! It’s fun, funny, and action-packed to say the least. Both of these superhero movies showcased two of the best villains in the MCU – The Vulture (Michael Keaton) and Hela (Cate Blanchett).
9 The Big Sick
The Big Sick is about an aspiring Pakistani comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), and Emily (Kazan) and their blossoming relationship from a one-night stand. With Kumail’s very strict and traditional Muslim family, and Emily’s unpredictable sickness, their lives took a complicated turn. Hilarious, heartfelt, and clever, this film boasts with lovable leads and social/cultural norms to prove that The Big Sick is more than just laughs and gags. I felt very much delighted after watching this lovable piece of work.
8 A Ghost Story
This film is about a disorientated white-sheet with two holes (played by Oscar Winner Casey Affleck), a ghost, who, after his death, comes back home to console his wife and haunt the halls of their home. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but A Ghost Story is a beautiful art film about loss, the pain, and the passing of time. Also, you will get to see a whole 9 minutes of Rooney Mara eating pie. Delicious!
7 Wonder Woman
I think Wonder Woman is one of the most popular films of 2017. There was a lot on the line for this film, mainly because DC has yet to come up with a very good movie, well, apart from Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. Sure did, Wonder Woman was a commercial and critical success! We can take out the mediocre and anticlimactic final act, but from the gorgeous origin story, to the jaw-dropping No Man’s Land sequence, Wonder Woman is overall a badass movie.
Just like Wonder Woman, IT is one of the most successful films of 2017. This Stephen King classic has a huge cult following to begin with, and not only did the remake succeed in terms of receiving great reviews from the fans who grew up watching the original, it also generated a new generation of fans. I personally love watching horror movies and IT amplifies the horror genre with a great young cast, a frightening fiend and a heart in its core storyline.
5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
My list will never be complete without Star Wars! I know, The Last Jedi may be polarising to the other fans, but for me, this movie is spectacular. So spectacular, I want to put this as one of the best in the franchise. This Rian Johnson cinematic masterpiece is filled with stunning and absolutely brilliant action scenes with a story so bold and fearless, some people created a petition to make this film as a non-canon. I don’t really care about what is canon or non-canon, they just have to accept the fact that this is where the whole franchise is going and I have invested both in Rey and Kylo Ren that I cannot hardly wait what the future holds for this epic journey from a galaxy far, far away.
4 Lady Bird
Everybody seems to love this film, and who wouldn’t? I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film from start to finish. Saoirse Ronan is an absolute delight to watch and Laurie Metcalfe is so real, humane, and grounded, her portrayal is definitely one of the best depictions of a mother in a film. Lady Bird stands above the rest as the perfect, definitive movie of our generation.
I had a pleasure watching Dunkirk in all its 70mm IMAX glory and it was truly a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. It’s like entering into a historic museum with dioramas that are so real, you feel like you are part of the action. It’s no secret that I am a fan of director Christopher Nolan and I have to say, technically, Dunkirk may be one of his greatest works to date and the most glorious film of 2017. With every edge-of-your-seat minute, Dunkirk is an ambitious visual spectacle and dramatic storytelling at its finest.
2 Get Out
Talking about a surprise hit of a film, Get Out exceeded all my expectations in the horror genre. This film is so tense from beginning to end that it’s like opening Pandora’s box that you are so clueless as to what is going to happen next. This is something all great movies should do – to make you think twice while being entertained at the same time. Just when you thought Hollywood has covered every topic of racism in every movie possible, there’s even a more creative and refreshing way of depicting it. I could not rave more about the originality of this genius Jordan Peele masterpiece.
1 Call Me By Your Name
It’s such a beautiful, beautiful film – from the story, to the remarkable performances of the cast, to the musical score, to the breath-taking, immersive cinematography that you can literally feel the Italian summer, the lush greens, the freezing river, the palpable chemistry between Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, and of course, the peach. Chalamet delivers THE breakout performance of the year and his final scenes between him and his dad (Michael Stuhlbarg) is one of the most beautiful moments between a father and a son I have ever witnessed on film. The way this scene was written, directed, and performed – from Stuhlbarg’s lovely and devastating monologue to Chalamet’s vulnerability and heartbreak summed up with just a stare of moving emotion and emptiness is sheer genius, I can’t stop thinking about it.