The Ten Best Movies of 2017
3. GET OUT – Jordan Peele has created a modern horror movie that deals with race perhaps better than any film before it. It really should be praised and the more I think about it, the more I respect it. Sure it may not be scary in the traditional sense but it might be the smartest film of 2017, turning the tables on how we might view the fears of being a minority and redefining the idea of white privilege.
2. DUNKIRK – My top two films are a tier above the rest. For a movie that has been fairly successful financially and critically, I feel like DUNKIRK is extremely underrated. Yes, you heard me right. Everywhere I turn, I see it on most overrated lists and I know more critics who hate the film than those who support it. I feel like the tables have turned on DUNKIRK and it is the film that’s cool to hate. How Christopher Nolan created a war film that is different than anything I’ve seen before, is an amazing accomplishment. With a constantly rising score from Hans Zimmer, the intensity never lets up. Colliding three different storylines in a cohesive narrative of extremely different viewpoints during a deadly evacuation, DUNKIRK demands to be seen on the big screen.
1. BABY DRIVER – My precious BABY DRIVER. The Edgar Wright film is a non-stop entertaining thrill ride with a fairy tale love story cleverly intertwined. But most importantly, BABY DRIVER, is a musical masterpiece and technical wonder that I have never seen as beautifully put to film. The notes and beats line up to every action in a painstaking editing achievement that should be praised by all. Why it’s not talked about more is baffling to me. While some films have tactfully covered timely human issues in our political climate, BABY DRIVER speeds onto the screen as the exact type of rare quality escapism that anyone can happily embrace. Much like how I view my wife, I feel better about myself for seeing and appreciating the film’s perfection, where others might miss it completely.
Special Recognition to some of the best sequels, superheroes, and superfluous films that were quality fun – BLADE RUNNER 2049, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, LOGAN, THOR: RAGNAROK, SPLIT, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Runners Up (A few extra movies that all didn’t quite connect fully for me but were interesting nonetheless to round out to 25): COLOSSAL, DETROIT, LAST FLAG FLYING, MOLLY’S GAME, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THE TRANSFIGURATION