As hard as it may be to believe, we’ve reached the conclusion of 2017. For some this is probably a good thing, others likely want to hold onto this year and never let it go and others may be so incredibly confused that they aren’t quite sure what year it is exactly.
Regardless, 2017 is coming to an end and this is generally the point where everyone begins looking back at the year that was and how they spent it. Now, one of the activities that consumed a fair amount of my time in 2017 was visiting the theater, checking out the latest, greatest and the not-so-greatest flicks Hollywood had to offer. Having seen nearly a film a week for the entire year (sometimes as many as two to three a week), I saw a lot of what 2017 gave us as far as film goes.
Anyway, here are my Top 10 films of 2017:
10. Table 19 – A funny, lighthearted flick that not many saw. Once you think you’ve figured out where the story is going, it takes you in a completely unexpected and opposite direction. Plus, Anna Kendrick shows she can actually do more than just sing acapella.
9. IT – Creepy, chilling, freaky and any other synonym one can come up with for frightening only just begins to describe this horror classic. Not generally a big fan of horror flicks, but this is definitely one to check out, unless you have a fear of clowns, of course.
8. Baby Driver – Bank heists, fast cars and rollicking, feel-good tunes. Baby Driver is a terribly fun ride and then some and even a little bit more.
7. Detroit – Strong performances and even stronger direction highlight this fact-based flick that failed to get much attention at the box office. Probably a little too long, but it’s still one of the best films 2017 provided.
6. The Big Sick – This quirky, indie romcom about culture clash, forbidden love and an unheard of medical condition, is certainly one to check out. It’s funny, touching and deliriously offbeat.
5. Patti Cake$ – Go after your dreams no matter your circumstances, your color, gender or size is the idea behind this gritty and inspiring flick. A number of star-turning performances are included as well.
4. Dunkirk – Master director Christopher Nolan. What more do you really need to say. Quite simply, he’s did it again. The story, the direction and the breathtaking cinematography are all outstanding. Check out Dunkirk, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Shape of Water – Definitely not one for everyone. But for those interested, they’ll witness a director at the top of his game in nearly every facet. The performances of Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and the Michael Shannon don’t hurt either. Shannon steals absolutely every scene in which he appears.
2. Lady Bird – Writing and directing are strengths on display with this one, but it’s the performances of Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf that separate it from other such films.
1. Darkest Hour – Gary Oldman is absolutely outstanding as Winston Churchill, turning in the performance of the year. Watch him bring this monumental historical figure to live is such a joy, treat to witness.