Best and Worst films of 2017

The Best & Worst Movies in 2017!

Another movie year done, and while many of us are happy to say goodbye to 2017, the year did deliver a selection of films worth watching, as well as a few duds to avoid. This was a slower year for me and I only managed to see 52 new films this year (reading 42 books, and writing your second novel will take up a lot of spare time!) Anyway, here are a selection of 2017’s films to watch, or not!

Best 5
1: Your Name
Your Name (2017)I went into this film blind. I knew nothing about it other than it was a popular anime film (Japanese animation). Your Name, is a beautiful exaggeration of adolescent identity issues, impermanence, and destinies. Those themes are blended seamlessly into a touching, often hilarious, romance story. This film is also beautifully drawn and animated, and the music by Radwimps, adds an extra emotional punch.
2: War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)This movie flips the script on what a big summer blockbuster should be. Instead of bombastic pyrotechnics and overblown histrionics, we’re treated to great character moments and incredibly photorealistic CGI. Make no mistake folks, War for the Planet of the Apes understands that an effective movie going experience isn’t necessarily achieved by upping the explosive ante. And that great characters are the key to a memorable movie you’ll want to own and watch again.
3: Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)Blade Runner 2049 is beautiful, thoughtful, tragic, weird, and moving. One screening will not be enough to fully appreciate how good this film is. It’s every bit as good as the original, and perhaps (certainly in some key ways) even better. What it lacks in showy scene stealing performances, it easily makes up with incredible production design, and a thoughtful approach to the main character’s motivations and actions.
4: The Lego Batman Movie
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)The LEGO Batman Movie, is fantastic! For me, a near perfect experience at the movie theater. It’s funny, charming, exciting and even moving. It blasts along at a blistering pace, yet somehow manages to bullseye every emotional mark it targets. I laughed out loud, genuinely cared about the characters, and was entertained by the action. I loved how (like The LEGO Movie) it incorporated the spirit of play, yet still had time to tell a story about family.
5: Baby Driver
Sully (2016)From frame one until three minutes before the credits rolled, I had a blast with this film. It shimmies and shakes with the best movies in the heist genre. The dialogue is snappy and the music selection superb. The cast is game for the well-timed mayhem, and the chemistry between Baby (Ansel Elgort) and Debora (Lily James) anchors the film perfectly.
Honorable Mention: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Worst 5
1: Baywatch
Baywatch 2017Wow, just wow! Baywatch is terrible in just about every way possible. The story doesn’t make any sense, the visual effects are terrible, and the action is poorly shot.
2: The Space Between Us
The Space Between Us (2017)Oh boy, this doesn’t work at all. As a romance, it doesn’t develop its characters enough to generate any chemistry between its young leads. As a science fiction film, it shows no respect for actual science.
3: Snatched
Snatched (2017)Snatched paints its two-dimensional characters with a dumb broad brush, and makes 90 minutes feel like an eternity. Who on earth thought an audience wanted to see Amy Schumer whine like a bratty teenager for 90 minutes? Or watch Goldie Hawn become that ‘cat lady?’ Both women are so much better than this, that I have to wonder if they lost a bet or were blackmailed into doing this horrible film.
4: The Mummy
Hardcore Henry (2016)The Mummy isn’t so much a movie, as it is a trailer for the Dark Universe, and from what I’ve seen so far, I’m out.
5: Transformers: The Last Knight
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)It’s official, Michael Bay has no more F***’s to give for this series. It’s obvious by how this “story” is constructed and by how the action is assembled. The Last Knight showcases some of the laziest direction I have ever witnessed, and it’s loaded with unforgivable continuity errors. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of the massive scale of destruction in these films. There’s no “wow” factor there anymore.

These are my lists and your lists will likely be different. Each to their own as they say. If you agree or disagree, feel free to comment. I would just ask you keep any talk about 2017’s movie’s respectful and polite. Many thanks for your time.

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