Ashley's Top 10 Films of 2017
Since the guys are ahead of me on this one, I’ll try to be short and to the point. Going in order of my very favorite to my kind of favorite:
1. Lady Bird
Because if you’ve ever been a quirky outcast, this movie does a damn fine job encapsulating what it was like growing up and the relationships you had at the time. It hit me in all the feels!
2. Blade Runner 2049
Because holy crap, all sequels should take 35 years to be made if they’re going to follow up the first one this well. Let’s face it: it’ll probably go down as one of the most visual stunning films to have been made in our lifetime. The images haunt you.
3. Star Wars - The Last Jedi
Because aside from the small yet loud percentage of straight-up haters, this movie is what the franchise needed in order to move forward and tell new, diverse stories. The old is dead and good riddance. (Okay, that was harsh. I love the old Star Wars but it’s about time, people.)
Because this film shows a dark side of American history I’m guessing a lot of people probably don’t know much about, myself included, while telling utterly heartbreaking yet somehow empowering stories of the human condition.
5. The Shape of Water
Because love is otherworldly and it’s allowed to be unabashedly eccentric. Also, Guillermo del Toro’s ability to create an atmosphere and a tone is godly.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Because the scene where Groot is looking for Yondu’s prototype fin made me pee my pants laughing and that’s not an easy feat. Plus, character development. I’m sucker for character development. Ignore Quill’s plot line.
7. Get Out
Because Jordan Peele tackles the subject of racism by putting the audience in the main character’s shoes. Shoes that haven’t been depicted in film very often, especially not within the thriller/horror genre.
8. Baby Driver
Because although I’m not too sure about being nostalgic about IPods just yet, I have seen few films incorporate music, without it being an actual musical, in such a delightful way before.
9. The Big Sick
Because for one, there hasn’t been a well-made romcom in I can’t tell you how long, and two, love stories shouldn’t only be “hot guy meets hot girl.” It’s nice to see real challenges impede an on-screen couple for a change.
10. Atomic Blonde
Because Charlize Theron is a gift bestowed upon the human race from heaven and the ending of this movie has a badass twist. Forget some of the slow-moving or jumbled middle parts, and this movie is fire.
I’m realizing a good chunk of these films are about the downtrodden, change, and acceptance, and I love it. It’s 2018! It’s about time some different perspectives were told. If last year is any indication of what’s to come, I’m completely onboard!