Adam’s Favorite Films Of 2017
I really feel that 2017 was a fantastic year for movies in every genre. I’ll be honest, it was difficult to sort the order for the most part. The top 3 have pretty much been set for awhile, but I did juggle with the rest quite a bit. In the end, it was a great year and 2018 has a lot to live up to.
Before I begin, a few honorable mentions:
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
A Monster Calls
A Ghost Story
A Cure for Wellness
#10- John Wick 2
The headshot king is back and the action doesn’t disappoint. While I feel the ending borrows heavily from The Dark Knight, I still loved it and can’t wait for chapter 3. Added note, the 4K disc is stunning here.
#9- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I know a few people were disappointed with the sequel, I feel strongly the other way. The action, humor, and characters were all great with only a few story missteps. The soundtrack is once gain the star and fits very well into the film. This is also another reference 4K title, the opening credits are spectacular in HDR.
This one was a very happy surprise. Steven Soderbergh does what he does best with a fun crime caper. His cast is charming and well written with a story that has heart. I honestly had a smile on my face early on in the film that didn’t stop throughout.
#7- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It’s pretty hard to think that a Star Wars movie wouldn’t make my own top 10 list (I’m looking at you Solo.) I still have several issues with The Last Jedi, but I did still enjoy it overall. While I feel their are better movies, I also look at how often I’d go back and rewatch.
#6-The Shape Of Water
I dare say this is one of Guillermo del Toro’s best films and that’s saying quite a bit considering his filmography. The atmosphere, soundtrack, characters, all fit perfectly into this world del Toro has crafted for us. It’s a beautiful movie that deserves more attention. This film reminds me of classic cinema and I love it!
The final movie for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is fitting, sad, and beautiful. Strangely enough, I had mixed feelings at first with the idea of no more Wolverine. With the pending acquisition of the Fox Marvel properties and the inevitable reboot, it makes Logan being the end for this version of Wolverine perfect. The 4K Blu Ray disc has the added benefit of a “Noir” version of the movie and its seriously the best way to view this film in my opinion.
#4- Thor: Ragnarok
This was my top anticipated movie of 2017 and it definitely didn’t disappoint! Taika Waititi is right at home and succeeds where I feel Rian Johnson struggled a bit with The Last Jedi, he makes it his own but doesn’t disregard casually what came before. Their are a few nitpicking things I feel could have put Thor higher on the list, but I still love this movie and will be revisiting it very often.
#3- Blade Runner 2049
Arguably the biggest under appreciated film of 2017; BR 2049 is one of the most beautifully shot. The cinematography is gorgeous, the story is compelling, and the cast is excellent. Everything from the music to the visual effects keep your attention at all times. Long time Blade Runner fans I feel we’re given a worthy sequel by Denis Villeneuve and hopefully it finds a new life in the home market.
This was easily my movie that “expected the least but got the most” as far as movies go. Terrifying and amazing are the words I would use to describe this and that I feel is doing it an injustice. It’s been a while since I was genuinely scared during a movie and that speaks volumes of how great it was. The 4K Blu Ray is being released shortly and this is a must have to own in my opinion.
To put this into perspective, the ending for this film was ruined for me before seeing it yet it still is my number one movie of 2017. I really can’t say enough about how much I love this movie. M Night Shyamalan crafted an intriguing tale about an abduction with a villain played masterfully by James Mcavoy. As a local to the Philadelphia area, I feel the various scenic shots were beautifully captured. I’d like to make a special note to cinematographer Mike Gioulakis for capturing the beauty that can be found here. I’d never spoil a movie for anyone else so if you haven’t checked this out yet, I strongly recommend you do so.
That’s my Best Of List for 2017.