Personally, 2017, has been a great year for films. Thanks to what I do, I was able to see a lot more films this year. I even fell in love with a genre that I had previously not enjoyed.( My list will reflect that.) Without dragging this introduction out; let’s get into my top 10 films of 2017!
10. Power Rangers
So, maybe it’s nostalgia or perhaps the millennial in me, but I really loved Saban’s Power Ranger movie! I saw it 5 times in two weeks. I found it to be funny, heartfelt, entertaining and still felt like the Power Rangers. It also improved on some of the things, like the rangers actually having a real friendship and seeming like real teens. Also it doesn’t hurt your movie to have Ludi Lin in it. He’s a dreamboat.
9. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The first Kingman movie was a breakout hit! Probably the best film of that year. Kingsman: The Golden Circle was good but didn’t have that same punch as the first. However, the addition of the Stateman was a nice touch to the lore of that world. The Golden Circle still had well executed fight scenes, a fun cameo and some touching moments. A good movie but not as great as the first.
Talk about a comeback! M. Night Shyamalan’s Split was an incredible return to form. Split was intense, well shot, well acted and had probably the best twist ending of 2017. There is something to be said about Shyamalan’s creative mind; as this was something he had planned all along. Split was a great horror/thriller and like unbreakable, a great superhero film.
Logan was a breath of fresh air to a genre that is so crowded; and at the same time a sad sigh of goodbye. Logan took the superhero genre and gave it a western vibe. In a world were everything is “gritty” because its trendy; this was true grit.( Western pun intended.) The film was raw and powerful, like the two main characters in it. The acting was outstanding! The fact that it’s getting snubbed during award season is ridiculous! The film also has an amazing use of color. Also I think I cried the hardest to this film in 2017.
6. Anabelle: Creation
This is a great example of a film making me fall in love with a genre I hated; which is horror. Annabelle: Creation was terrifying! Yes it had a few jump scares and some misdirects; but then it had misdirects on it’s misdirects. The use of sound(and sometimes the lack of) really added to a suspenseful atmosphere. Annabelle: Creation also made me care about the protagonists. When was the last time you cared about the characters in a horror film? The film was a lot of fun and the advanced screening I went to had the funniest audience ever.
5. Wonder Woman
I will be the first to admit that I was not thrilled about Gal Gadot’s casting as the Amazon Princess. Batman V Superman didn’t do her any favors. However, her performance is Wonder Woman was proof that she is the right gal for the job. (See what I did there?) Wonder Woman exceeded all expectations and has become the light of hope for the DCEU(or is it DC Films). The film had an engaging story, great cast, stunning cinematography and was overall kick ass. The trench scene is the best scene in the whole film and maybe even the best in 2017! My one nit pick, is the villain. No one should be surprised by the whiny prince from Dragonheart being Aries.
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
To think that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is this years Batman V Superman. Really think about that. Still, I enjoyed it a lot. There were a couple things I was disappointed in; Snoke, Captain Phasma, Rey’s Parents and the lack of more shirtless Kylo Ren. ( Matt the radar technician didn’t lie.) Overall, it felt like a worthy sequel to The Force Awakens; propelling is in the direction of a finale. Great lightsaber fights, a hilarious opening, and of course PORGS!
All the hype for IT is earned! IT was the blockbuster 2017 needed. I dare say the film was perfect. Everything about IT was phenomenal. The cast was stellar and had amazing chemistry. Bill Skarsgard killed it as Pennywise and turned him into a sex symbol. Every second of the film was utilized with purpose; no filler shots to pan the runtime. The movie is gorgeous frame to frame. Another amazing use of sound design. All the while being a scary horror film! I can not wait for the sequel.
2. Thor : Ragnarok
Can you believe that one of the most hyped up movies of 2017 was a sequel to Thor? Another film that played with genre turning it into basically an action comedy. Though some see it as hindrance; as the film could only really work as a comedy. With that being said; it was hilarious! I mean, laughing so hard, I almost peed my pants funny. I may be slightly bias because I love Taika Waititi but he did one hell of a job with a franchise people were done with. Thor: Ragnarok was so much fun, another great cast, the soundtrack is awesome and is a real standout in MCU. Also R.I.P to Doug.
1. The Shape of Water
This film is a masterpiece. Everything about The Shape of Water is fantastic. Guillermo Del Toro is unparalleled in film making and storytelling. My breath was taken from the very first shot. I know it’s easy to be captivated by Del Toro’s visual but the story is the real star! The actors do an Oscar worthy performance making this fairytale feel real. Sally Hawkins gives a performance like no other and she doesn’t talk through majority of the film( she does sing.) Doug Jones as the creature is performance art! The score is probably my favorite from a Del Toro film; so beautiful and haunting. I need The Shape of Water to win all the awards. It is truly deserving of praise and love.
Coco, the best animated film of 2017. As a Latina I related to this film so much. Also I cried like a baby. Beauty and The Beast kept true to the animated film and added some new elements that I really enjoyed. Get Out was a great thriller and had a lot of mystery. It’s better after multiple watches. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a fun ride and has the most quotable line of 2017. Lastly, the surprise comedy hit, Fifty Shades Darker. Before you kill me, I have never laughed so hard in my life. It was hilariously bad and I watch it every time I’m having a bad day.