THE BEST MOVIES OF 2017
BY GILBERTO CAMPA
The final ride of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the most personal and intimate X-Men film that we will ever see. There are many reasons why “Logan” is my favorite film of 2017 from the performances, the story, the cinematography, the overall tone of the movie and most importantly the stakes that are at hand. There are no aliens to fight, no world ending machine to destroy, the main antagonist in many ways is Logan himself. In a year full of Genre breaking and original movies, Logan takes a look at the genre of CBM and sets its own path as a true Western and a fitting end to the last of the X-Men….Logan.
Everything about this film screams originality, a film that Edgar Wright had been trying to create for years and we finally got to see that movie this year in “Baby Driver”. From the very start the music completely drives (Ha!) the movie as you are introduced to the different cast of characters that all shine in their own special way. This film will be a classic many years from now and cannot be praised enough!
3. Wind River
After writing Sicario & Hell or High Water which are both outstanding films on their own rights, Taylor Sheridan continues his hot streak as he gave us a very good look into an issue that not many people know about. Making his directorial debut (along with writing it) not only was the movie paced well but the performances were excellent from everyone especially Jeremy Renner who may have delivered the best performance of his career. This is a film that is a must to see as you never know what is going to happen next but it keeps you satisfied and entertained throughout.
4. The Big Sick
The first biographical romantic comedy based on the beautiful true story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and how he met and fell in love with his wife Emily V. Gordon (who also co wrote the film) is an incredible story about love, family, life and how many of those things can often conflict with each other. Produced by Judd Apatow the humor is well rounded in the movie but it plays well to the overall story as it is humor that brings together Kumail and Emily. This is a story that is very relevant in 2017 as we have all done things that go against our family values for the person that we truly love and care for and sometimes that can lead to being alienated from them. The Big Sick is a must see as it is one of the most emotional movies of the year.
5. The Shape Of Water
Del Toro being Del Toro and it’s certainly not a bad thing with a great cast and a very unique and original story that is centered on the time of the 1960’s during the Cold War and tells the story of Eliza and Doug Jones character (The creature from the ocean) as they develop a very special relationship that is the catalyst of the movie. This film was beautiful to watch and see and just like some other movies on my list, the music is also incredible as it helps to push the movie and deliver the emotional scenes that are just as human as any other kind of reaction.
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
You can see my full thesis on this film in the review section but to keep things short, I was happy with what I saw and experience in “The Last Jedi” and I was intrigued with the choices and narrative decisions made to push the story forward. Taking many risk’s that may or may not have paid off Rian Johnson has put together a unique and very different Star Wars movie that is one of the most divisive of the year and keeps the story wide open for Episode 9.
7. Wonder Woman
The First female centric superhero movie based on the most famous female superhero of all time, that is what Patty Jenkins had with her in terms of anticipation and pressure. And did she deliver? you better believe it from the performances of Gal Gadot and Chris Pine along with the story, action, music and cinematography Wonder Woman is a triumph and one of the most important movies of the year, if not all time. Back in 1978 people saw that a man can fly and in 2017 we all witnessed that a Woman can do anything, and that’s really the most important thing about the movie.
8. War for the Planet of the Apes
The last stand of Caesar and his apes against the humans in the final battle for the future, great performances and a great story drive this entire movie as we get to see a type of Caesar that we have never see before and even though it is not a full on war, it is a very satisfying and tremendous end to the Apes trilogy as Andy Serkis gives one of the best performances of the year.
9. Blade Runner 2049
The sequel to the cult classic is a very different type of movie and is a lot more intimate compared to what you think is going to happen. Blade Runner 2049 is a thing of beauty as Deni V and the amazing cinematographer Roger Deakins throw you completely into the world of the replicants and the ultimate battle for what it truly means to be human. Along with good performances from Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto and of course Deckard himself, Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049 is a movie that needs to be experienced by everyone.
10. Get Out
Thrills after thrills after thrills that is what this movie had for me, in one of the most original movies as of late Jordan Peele takes you on a journey of mystery and race done in a very weird way as you get to witness one of the biggest twist in any movie which makes you question a lot of things. This is a film that I cannot speak enough of so if you’re looking for something different and out of the box please check this one out.