Continuing my top 10 lists for 2017, we move onto Movies.
Despite a record low number of films I’ve seen at the cinema this year, I’ve still managed to get in quite a few films from the comfort of my sofa. I don’t think watching films will ever be something I don’t enjoy, to a degree I even enjoy watching films I know are going to be crap!
However this list is for the best, now I will say there’s a lot of stuff that’s been released this year that I still have not seen, so this list could well be subject to change over the next several months as I continue to catch up on 2017’s releases from the comfort of my sofa, but as time is running out in the calendar year, here’s the best of what I have seen.
- Hacksaw Ridge
Released right at the start of the year (In the UK), this true story of a wartime solider who refused to kill, became a hero and won the hearts of his colleagues and a nation.
- Blade Runner 2049
The long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece didn’t answer the questions we had from the original, but like the original this slow burning detective story gave us a worthy follow up that if anything enhanced the original.
- Brigsby Bear
This limited release saw Mark Hamill make the list but not for the expected film, although his part in this is quite small, as always! Without wanting to give too much away this film tells the story of an ambrutly ended TV show, and it’s number 1 fan’s attempts at finishing the story off himself with his new found friends. It’s better than I explain it and there’s kind of an early twist! Just watch it.
- A Dark Song
Perhaps the one film on this list that I wish I had seen at the cinema. This chilling story stars just two people as they attempt to contact a woman’s dead son in a secluded house in Wales. Thing’s get a little crazy and it leads to a purely terrifying conclusion.
Split gave us the return of M. Night Shyamalan to our screens and a stunning performance from James McAvoy who is rapidly becoming one of my favourite actors in recent years. Again it’s difficult to write about the film without giving much away, and an ending that provides a tease for a potential great follow up story.
- Baby Driver
With all the Kevin Spacey stuff going on, it would have been easy to leave this film off the list, but it didn’t seem right to do so. Fast car films get done quite well these days, and adding in the usual bank robberies and get the girl story, you’ve got a film that may not necessarily do anything new, but is damn right enjoyable to watch.
- Wind River
Again it would be all too easy to discount this purely because it was released on Weinstein company time, but it’s not very often we get these sort of films on the big screen anymore, the kind of thing that’s better suited to a two part or even week long TV drama, but this murder mystery in the snow story shows that the genre still has a place on the big screen when it’s done well and at the right pace.
- Shot Caller
A late entry only having been released to UK cinemas this month. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau better known as Jaime from Game of Thrones follows his portrail of a recently released from jail gangster who is forced to re-enter the world of crime. We also see flash backs to his time in prison and how he got there. It’s violent, it’s bloody, it’s brilliant.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
The 2nd Guardians film provided more of the same slapstick humour as our heroes took on a villian of a more personal nature, while the end dragged on a little too long for my liking the rest of the film was good enough to live up to the hype and get it on the list.
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Another film that had high expectations after the first film ended up being a surprise smash hit, and thankfully the follow up is also well written and providing more quirky British humour on the spy genre. More American involvement was a worry, but enough twists and turns kept it entertaining enough to warrant more chapters in the franchise.
- Hacksaw Ridge