Top 10 Movies of 2017
It’s been a mixed year for movies. There has been a lot of trash, but equally, a lot of fantastic films have graced the big screen too.

So to wave off last year and bring in the new, here are my personal favourite Top 10 films that were released in UK cinema’s in 2017.

10. Ingrid Goes West

A late entry to the list (just knocking Baby Driver off the number 10 spot!), Ingrid Goes West is a surprising, delightfully twisted film. A biting yet playful social commentary that examines obsession, materialism, self-image, and mental health in the age of social media; what has been marketed as a dark comedy ends up being a tragedy more than anything else. Great direction and intriguing writing, with an added wonderful central performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West is a taut character study of a deeply flawed and troubled young woman that is about as relevant as it can get.

9. A Monster Calls

Just about making it on to the list with its New Year’s Day release, A Monster Calls uses Beautiful, sometimes haunting imagery and powerful acting (particularly from the young star Lewis MacDougall) to transform this largely metaphorical movie about loss, grief, and acceptance into a tender, thought provoking mini-masterpiece. Smart writing bring this adaptation of Patrick Ness’ original tale into a more tangible light. Tragic, emotionally raw, and poignant to a tee, A Monster Calls will stick with you for a long, long time. Make sure you have you’re tissues at the ready – there will be tears.
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8. War for the Planet of the Apes

The third and final movie to come from the rebooted trilogy. Dark, powerful, and surprising in its emotional depth, War for the Planet of the Apes is what an indie film would look like if it were given a big budget to play with. It’s not your typical blockbuster outing and it’s not trying to be. It succeeds on selling us a story that in all good reasoning should be absolutely ridiculous, which is largely down to Andy Serkis’ believable and extremely committed central performance as Caesar. It’s a well told, supremely well-crafted final chapter in a trilogy that you would regret missing out on.

7. IT

Playing out as more of an adventure thriller than an outright horror flick, IT is not only the best film to come from the genre this year (and probably this decade), similar to it’s also one of the most exciting cinema experiences I’ve had as well. From perfect casting, great acting and believable character chemistry, to the great writing, and strong moments of pure tension and terror, IT is a remarkable hit and marks a high hurdle for the second half of Steven King’s story to leap over in the future.
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6. Blade Runner 2049

Director Denis Villenevue (Arrival, Prisoners, Sicario) proves that he’s not stopping his stream of success any time soon. Blade Runner 2049 is a visually breath-taking, masterfully crafted drama on the very idea of what it is to be human that manages to surpass its original in almost every way. Ryan Gosling is stoic yet utterly captivating as the android known as ‘K’ and carries the emotional weight of the film on his shoulders. It’s a long one, but the slow methodical pacing only enhances the oppressive and mysterious world of future LA. It’s just a shame that audiences missed out on this one. A box office flop it may be, but it’s also a very strong piece of cinema.

5. Logan

The end of Hugh Jackman’s run as the beloved X-men character showcases some of the best acting he’s given throughout his career. Logan is a solid comic book movie but it’s also a brilliantly crafted film in its own right. Gritty, dark, and a movie that doesn’t hold back from gore or intense emotional scenes, Logan shows us the extent of how broken the strong and powerful character that we once knew has become. A moving drama with fantastic action sequences make this a film hard to shake off. Raw, exciting and beautifully executed, this is a film that is not worth missing.

4. Wonder

Wonder crafts the weight of its emotions almost perfectly. The young Jacob Tremblay delivers a fantastic central performance as Auggie, a kid entering the school world for the first time with an added set of worries and anxieties surrounding his appearance. He sells the nerves, the fear, the sadness, and the joy and is shaping up to be one of the best child actors of our time. A sweet, complex, simultaneously heart-warming and wrenching movie, with the added potential of changing aspects and viewpoints on how we treat the differences of others around us, Wonder really is a wonderful family film that doesn’t patronise or bore the audience with tired clichés. It’s tightly made, hypnotic cinema.

3. Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures is the captivating untold true story of the African American women who played major roles in the early days of the NASA space programme. Uplifting, funny, important, and with an excellent soul inspired soundtrack that encapsulates the era perfectly, Hidden Figures is an enjoyable family friendly story of human achievement through diversity and unification. It reminds us of how the power of unity is always stronger than division. Great central performances from our three female leads land this a near perfect crowd pleaser sure to leave you with a smile across your face and warmth in your heart.
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2. La La Land

As soon as I saw this film in January, I knew it was going to be hard to beat. What can be said about La La Land that hasn’t already been said? Beautiful in both visuals and story, La La Land is an absolute cinematic treat that leaves you with new found appreciation for musicals and the art of film itself. The acting is fuelled with passion, the filmmaking is superb, and the music is enticing. If you’re not typically into musicals I implore you to at least give this one a shot if you haven’t already. It’s delightful and charming in every sense. But you already know this, right?
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1. Detroit

When I saw this film back in September I knew that it was going to be sitting comfortably at the top of my list; it’s outstanding.

Set during the riots of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion in which the city was patrolled under the National Guard, Detroit showcases the devastating power of corruption and racism. The feeling of utter chaos, of uncertainty, of the horror that can lead from misunderstandings is frightfully realised by Kathryn Bigelow’s vice-like grip on direction. She’s created a powerful film that places you in the minds of all of its characters. Will Poulter gives the best performance of the year as Krauss, a corrupt young cop with way too much authority for his own good. He delivers a genuine ‘real life’ scary performance; not only is he deplorable, but his naivety and sense of justice makes him feel all the more real – a person capable of truly terrible things. Detroit is a hard but necessary watch with a message that is as sharp as its craftsmanship. It’s an excellent movie.

What do you think to my list? Agree? Disagree entirely?

What films would you have in your Top 10?

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