2017 has been a solid year for movies, its had its fair share of trash but there’s been a lot of good stuff to enjoy. Now I’ve actually watched less movies this year than I have in previous years which hasn’t been entirely intentional, but it means I’ve unfortunately missed some films that I would have liked to have watched, such as ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘Raw’. There are also a few films from this year I really want to see but aren’t out in the UK until next year, like Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’ which I’m sure could have potentially made this list.
Despite all that however, there has still been a fair amount of films in 2017 that I have really liked or loved, putting together and ordering this list was tough. I will say that the order of this list isn’t definitive and some of the films could easily be swapped about, though my number 1 film is most certainly my favourite film of the year. So without further ado here are my personal favourite films of 2017.
Blade of the Immortal
John Wick: Chapter 2
The Meyerowitz Stories
15. Kong: Skull Island
In all honestly you could replace this movie with any of my honourable mentions above, but I decided to put this in due to my love of giant monster movies and this one gets it right. With King Kong looking the best he’s ever been, the film serves up some awe-inspiring visuals and monster action, with Legendary continuing to prove that their ‘Monsterverse’ films can stand toe to toe with any Kaiju film Japan has ever produced.
M. Night Shyamalan back on top form with perhaps his best movie yet, a terrific thriller fronted by a tremendous performance from James McAvoy who is utterly compelling. The film maybe a little over the top, but it’s completely engaging from top to bottom.
13. War For the Planet of The Apes
More monkey mayhem on this list with the final film in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ prequel trilogy, a series that has become one of the most consistent and best reboots going today. This last film continues to show that apes together are indeed strong, with a very fitting and emotional end to the overarching story that includes great acting, directing and visual effects.
12. Get Out
One of the most unique and best horror films of the year. Ripe with strong humour, tension and an underlying social satire, this is a more than successful debut for director-writer Jordan Peele who demonstrates that his talents go far beyond just comedy.
11. Baby Driver
Edgar Wright’s slick and stylish action heist film that features great writing and some of the best incorporation of music you’ll see all year seeping into both the story and editing. ‘Baby Driver’ continues Wright’s consistent streak of delivering good to great films with this one being amongst the latter.
Director Christopher Nolan once again plays around with film form and structure to this time portray the events of the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II in an interesting and gripping way, making for an incredible visceral experience best watched on the biggest screen possible.
This adaptation of a Stephen King classic perfectly captures the essence of the book whilst successfully doing it’s own thing, creating a superb horror film that is terrifying but also possesses good heart that really connects you with its main characters. As someone who is a fan of the book, I was very happy with this.
Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riot in a tense and enthralling manner that is bolstered by superb performances. Dealing with themes that still have some relevance today, this is perhaps Bigelow’s finest film to date.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
In what has been a strong year for superhero films this one is my personal favourite and one of my favourite MCU films overall. Connecting with me on a level that a lot of superhero films struggle to these days, this superior sequel provided me with with a fun ride that was emotional, very funny and all around entertaining.
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
For me the best big blockbuster film of the year. This latest chapter in the saga tapped into all my emotions and gave me many truly epic and awesome moments. It may not be perfect, but when the movie shines, it shines as bright as a supernova.
5. Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve continues to cement himself as one of the best modern day directors creating a gorgeous and absorbing sci-fi that builds on it’s predecessor in all the right ways, presenting a sequel that is arguably on par with the beloved original.
4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Yorgos Lanthimos’ odd thriller is one of the most unique films on this list. Heaped with atmosphere, the film is a perturbing and compelling experience that is simply brilliant.
3. A Taxi Driver
I was lucky to have been able to see this movie as it’s not widely available at the moment, but South Korea’s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar is one that is really darn great. Based on events surrounding the 1980 Gwangju uprising this is a deeply moving film that features moments of tension and humour combined with outstanding acting from Song-Kang Ho.
2. The Florida Project
This little indie gem is a drama that follows a young girl and her mother who live in a motel a few miles from Disney world. Mainly told from the child’s perspective, the film draws you right in with its fantastic genuine performances and hits you hard emotionally before ending in a rather peculiar but effective way. Just superb stuff.
If there’s one film that had the biggest impact on me this year, it was this one. Darren Aronofsky’s latest work is an astonishing experience that is deeply engrossing. As soon as I came out of the screening I regarded it as my favourite film of 2017 and nothing managed to top it. Critical opinion of it has been divisive and understandably so, it’s not an easy film to process but I can’t help but love its bold, outrageous nature. ‘Mother! is Aronosfky at his best, once again showing why he is one of my favourite directors.
So those were my favourite films of 2017. There’s a good mix of stuff here, all highly enjoyable in their own way and recommended of course. I look forward to seeing what 2018 provides us, lets hope for more great and interesting movies to consume.
Thanks for reading.
Written by Eric Hart (Blazinhart).