Arts

2017’s best films in no particular order

Arts

2017’s best films in no particular order

3 months ago
By Jake Woods

Baby Driver is by far my favourite film of 2017 so far. Having seen it four times in the cinema I love every aspect of this movie. 20 years in the making and written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver has something for everyone and in all the right amounts. Although predominantly a crime thriller, the film incorporates elements of romance and comedy, but in a way that doesn’t take away from the action; instead adding to the story and making you invested in the characters. However, the best part is the music and how it plays a huge part in the story, as a huge lover of music this drew me to the film and I love how it is used not only as a soundtrack but as an element of the main character. The car chases, robberies, well placed comedy and invested romance: this is the best film of 2017.

Wonder Woman pleasantly surprised me. DC films are generally known as flops, especially next to the superhero movie giant, Marvel. Wonder Woman was not a disappointment. The aspect I liked most, was that this film was made by women. Directed by Patty Jenkins, and featuring a large number of female actresses, this film empowered women in cinema – as well as being a film that boosted women in lead roles and women in film in general. The origin story of Wonder Woman was enthralling; although the action was as you would expect, what sold me was the human element of the characters, struggling with real problems and the comedy of Diana not being accustomed to everyday behaviour.

Blade Runner 2049 featured many things that made it one of my favourite movies this year. Firstly was the fact that Ryan Gosling was the lead. Secondly was the fact the movie was science fiction but what I loved most of all was the cinematography and the score. Both these elements made a capturing film that made you feel both in awe of the colours and shots used and slightly uncomfortable thanks to a futuristic, apocalyptic and eerie score. As well as the second to none score and camerawork, the story is gripping. A science fiction mystery that has you following the breadcrumb trail all the way until the end. A final aspect that I loved about Blade Runner 2049 was that it transports you to another world. Although it is set in future west USA, the film makes it feel like it is on another planet and isn’t that what film is all about?

Logan
was arguably the most emotional of the Marvel films and most definitely the most human of all the X Men films. Logan shows themes of family, decay and loss. Logan is a new take on the X Men franchise, seeing the end of an era and the introduction of a new generation of mutants. Logan is a very gritty take on a superhero movie that hasn’t been seen before. What makes this movie one of the best of 2017 is its ability to be so relatable, which is something that superhero films have struggled with I’m the past. In comparison to other superhero films this film is not cheesy or funny but instead an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end. This movie shows superheroes in a damaged and vulnerable state, which I loved. Seeing characters who are meant to be superhuman struggling is so human and that relatability is what made this film so unique and therefore one of my top picks of 2017.

Logan Lucky was a very original and humorous take on a heist film. Featuring an all star cast, 21 Jump Streets Channing Tatum, Star Wars baddie Adam Driver, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and 007s Daniel Craig like you’ve never seen him before. Unlike other crime heist films that feature fast car chases and huge standoff shootouts, Logan Lucky shows a simple minded approach to robbing bank vaults. I loved this originality that features simple people in a not so simple situation. Daniel Craig’s performance was another reason I loved this film so much. To see him go from the sharp and sophisticated British secret agent to a redneck explosive expert was fresh and it was great to see him in such a different role to what you are used to. Another aspect that made this film one of the best of 2017 was the comedy. The simple mindedness of the characters made this film really funny and the dialogue and how the characters interact with one another was hilarious. This film is funny but not through the use of jokes and one liners but through the characters and their personalities. A great mix of action and comedy made this one of the best films of 2017.