Written by J.T. Johnson
Sometimes, there comes a year that is better than most when it comes to releasing some quality entertainment out of Hollywood. After all, it’s a quantity over quality game in the business of show! Thankfully, 2017 is one of those rare years where we actually got a damn fine selection of great movies.
We got several great sequels and even a few standout horror films. Once again, the superhero genre came out swinging with several wonderful new additions across all three major universes including Marvel, Fox, and DC. Enough talk, though. Let’s get down to it. Here are my picks for the Top Ten Best Films of 2017!
10. THOR: RAGNAROK
The third Thor film proves to be the best entry into that particular franchise and one of the great entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie contains more lighthearted humor than before and this mostly works in the film’s favor. It was also great to see Thor in a different light as he went on his journey with his brother Loki and fellow Avenger, the Incredible Hulk.
9. BLADE RUNNER 2049
As much as I didn’t mind that they were making a sequel to “Blade Runner”, I was still skeptical as hell going in due to just how insanely awesome the first film is. Thankfully, any worries that I had were washed away as I watched this new epic from “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve. The movie expands upon the story and the themes from the original film, giving us a sequel that was definitely worth the 35 year wait. While it was great to see Harrison Ford back as Deckard, Ryan Gosling deserves special praise for his performance as Officer K, the new Blade Runner and a replicant that has to chase down his own kind.
8. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
This is one sequel that had some big shoes to fill. 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a gamble for Marvel Studios as they were testing out a property that even some comic book fans didn’t know much about and it turned out to be one of the best films they’ve made so far. The sequel is not quite as fresh as the original, but it does move our characters forward and it has a particularly touching performance from Michael Rooker as Peter Quill’s father figure, Yondu.
7. WONDER WOMAN
“Wonder Woman” is not just a groundbreaking film for female superheroes. It’s also just a damn good movie with a lot of heart and a vast improvement over what DC has done with their own cinematic universe. It is filled with great action and supporting characters that all work together to provide one of the most satisfying superhero films.
Here’s one of a few horror films that came out of nowhere to dominate the box-office. I knew that there was a good chance this film would do well after seeing the audience response to the first trailer, but like everyone else I was still surprised by its monumental success. It’s well earned because it is a film that honors both the novel it is based on and the original 1990 mini-series. A great cast heads up this chilling film and I can’t wait to see “It: Chapter Two” when it finally hits in 2019.
5. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Writer and director Rian Johnson stepped in with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and took the franchise into a great new direction while also staying true to what the franchise represents. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and Mark Hamill give fantastic performances while we also get an unintentionally appropriate farewell to Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. There is also plenty of spectacle and all the wow moments you would come to expect from a great Star Wars movie!
4. GET OUT
When I heard that Jordan Peele was directing a horror film, I didn’t know what to think. After watching the film, I realized that Peele is now one of the best horror/thriller directors in the business. “Get Out” is both an effective thriller and a scathing look at racism in America without making you feel like it’s preaching to you. For horror film fans such as myself that may be looking for the next great horror film, look no further than “Get Out”.
Instead of giving us a overly patriotic American war film, director Christopher Nolan gives us an intense yet quiet look at the Dunkirk Evacuation, an event that kept the British alive before America even entered World War II. The cast, playing mostly fictional characters, give superb performances with minimal dialogue. Told from the land, sea, and air, this is one war movie you don’t want to miss.
2. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
It is extremely rare for a third film in a series to be shoulder-to-shoulder with the first two entries, but “War for the Planet of the Apes” does this almost effortlessly. The performances are great and the visual-effects are astounding. More importantly, this film brings the rebooted “Apes” trilogy to a satisfying close with a beautiful exodus storyline about the effects of war and the search for paradise.
After 17 years in the role, Hugh Jackman finally said farewell to Wolverine, the character that made him a star in 2000’s “X-Men”. The movie is a tragic yet also hopeful film about a man who is trying to survive and protect the one friend he has left in the world before discovering what his true quest really is. Not only does Jackman give his best performance as Logan, but Patrick Stewart also gives a hell of a final performance as Professor X and Dafne Keen is fantastic as X-23/Laura, the girl that Logan has to protect through most of the film. The movie transcends the superhero genre, becoming one of the best films ever made and an easy winner for the Best Film of 2017.