Hello and welcome to the definitive top ten movies of the year 2017 list. It has been a year hasn’t it, 2017? I often think to myself, well that was certainly a year, some things happened, some films came out. This is a list of the best ones, that’s how these things work. Let’s get on with it!
- The Last Jedi
In at Number 10 it’s possibly the years most divisive movie. A movie that isn’t without its flaws as much of the internet will be sure to tell you. But what I admired most about The Last Jedi is that it took risks. It’s true not all of these risks come through, but for me enough of them payed off to make the film work. It’s one of my favourite Star Wars films and I urge anyone in two minds due to the overwhelming internet hate, to go see for themselves.
- The Death of Stalin
When written down, the synopsis – a comedic take on the struggle for power over the Soviet Union after Stalin dies – doesn’t scream the funniest movie of the year. And yet, here we are. Deftly balancing genuine darkness and grit with the wittiest dialogue since the Thick of it, Death of Stalin is an instant cult British comedy classic.
- Get Out
Finding out that esteemed comedian Jordan Peele is also one of the most talented directors working today is one of those revelations that borders on being impressed and slightly irritated that one man was allowed to posses so many skills. Get Out proves yet again that the best horror movies are about more than just being scary (whilst also being very scary).
- It Comes at Night
It Comes at Night is a beautiful demonstration of slow build tension and an unshakable foreboding that will stick with you days after viewing. It’s also a movie that I will continue to be as vague as possible around, because I saw it without knowing anything about it and it shook me to my core.
- Blade Runner 2049
I must confess, while I like the original Blade Runner I by no means worship it like many others do. So, I watched 2049 with no crippling sense of foreboding that my life would be ruined by an inferior sequel. I also happen to believe that 2049 is a better movie than the original, and in years to come we will all flock back and herald this as a classic.
You made it, I made it, we all made it, it’s the top 5. Kicking off with a surprise is the single best Biopic I have ever seen. It claims this title mostly by being as little like a biopic as it possibly can. It also boasts my personal favourite soundtrack of the year, composed by the incomparable Mica Levi.
Christopher Nolan can do no wrong. To this day his worst movie remains The Prestige – a terrific movie. Once again time is manipulated for maximum dramatic impact, without ever seeming too full of itself. Dunkirk is both very straightforward and dizzyingly complex all at the same time.
It’s hard to surmise the effect Moonlight has on someone in words – or at least it is for I, an illiterate – so I’ll just say that it left me stunned, and I went back to see it again the very next day. Dramatically and Cinematically Moonlight is a masterpiece.
- A Monster Calls
I ambled into the screening of A Monster Calls not expecting much. Little did I know; no other movie would make me feel so much. I utilised the entirety of the credits to compose myself. I often cry at movies, but I was entirely blindsided.
Quite simply Raw is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. Throw a coming of age tale, a terrifying horror story, social commentary, and an eye for some of the best shots of the year and you’ll start to make something like Raw. I’ve never seen anything like it and frankly I doubt I ever will.