Top 10 Movies Of 2017

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 02 Jan 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

These are my ten favourite films of 2017, from best (#1) to worst. Please note: I am basing this list on the UK theatrical release date of each film.

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1. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 555,321 | Gross: $226.28M

My most anticipated film of the year did not disappoint, instead proving itself to be a masterfully crafted and deeply effecting action/thriller that stays with you long after the credits roll; it is brutal, somber, visceral, heart-breaking, nuanced, tragic and overall an amazingly accomplished piece of work in every possible way.

2. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

84 Metascore

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

Votes: 396,176 | Gross: $176.04M

The first two acts are fantastic, creating a palpable sense of growing unease and mounting dread, before the explosive finale brings the story to a satisfying conclusion - all the tension culminating in a brutal final confrontation that isn't afraid to go dark; in the end this one of the absolute best horror films I've ever seen.

3. John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Director: Chad Stahelski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose

Votes: 281,051 | Gross: $92.03M

One of the rare sequels that matches the quality of the first, this is a highly entertaining film with amazing fast-paced action that's perfectly choreographed and beautifully brutal; the feature also promises a third entry that has the potential to truly excel, whilst standing on its own feet as a staple of modern action cinema.

4. It Comes at Night (2017)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

78 Metascore

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough

Votes: 68,533 | Gross: $13.99M

This taught, tense and gripping psychological thriller is easily one of the most interesting and affecting films of the year, a layered and enigmatic feature that uses it's brilliantly ominous score and unsettling visuals to create a unnervingly bleak atmosphere; it's truly great stuff, an experience that gets under your skin and stays there for days, that represents smart and inspired film-making done right.

5. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

75 Metascore

A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick.

Director: Chris McKay | Stars: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 115,840 | Gross: $175.75M

At its best when satirising both past Batman films and the overall lore, this is a brilliantly animated, expertly crafted feature with relatable themes and a mile-a-minute pace that packs as many jokes as possible into a taught little package; it's just sad that the best big-screen incarnation of Batman we're going to get for a long time is made out of plastic.

6. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval

Votes: 200,591 | Gross: $146.88M

The conclusion to this consistently high-quality, intelligent trilogy is just as good if not better than its predecessors, telling a dark and mature tale without ever feeling too dour; the superb score, impressive spectacle and almost photo-realistic CGI all enhance the the story rather than overshadow it, and it's the genuine emotional resonance that allows this film to have the lasting impact that it does.

7. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 213,732 | Gross: $47.70M

While it may lack a proper ending, instead leaving things very unchanged and providing little closure, this is an endearing drama that is wonderfully written, astutely directed and masterfully acted; it feels less like a movie and more like a slice of life.

8. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, History

79 Metascore

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 84,904 | Gross: $7.08M

You do start to feel the length, but this is a thought-provoking and ambiguous film that tackles challenging themes of both faith and the loss of it whilst keeping you riveted throughout; it feels profound, almost like it is more than 'just a movie.'

9. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 49,311 | Gross: $0.51M

Not just a 'cannibal movie' but rather a complex coming-of-age drama with themes of repressed taboo desires (cranked up to eleven) and feelings of alienation; it's effecting on many levels, an indie film with artistic direction and a masterfully realistic edge, and is a remarkable achievement.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 478,707 | Gross: $389.81M

It isn't as good as the first and the finale gets too big for its own good, but this is still a fun film with a keen focus on character that stands mostly alone from the wider universe and as such provides an entertaining sequel experience that maintains the enjoyable rag-tag spirit of its predecessor (even though it never surpasses it in terms of quality.)

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