My Top 10 Films of 2017

This year, I have watched 547 films (25 released this year and 264 for the first time). My most watched director was Steven Spielberg and my most watched actor was Tom Hanks.

And here are my top 10 films of 2017. This list changes constantly so you can view a constantly updated list on my Letterboxd page.

10. The Handmaiden

Review to come.

9. Logan

Review to come.

8. Hacksaw Ridge

What an amazing true story. One of true bravery and human strength which is handled incredibly well. The story of Desmond Doss could have easily come across as preachy but it definitely doesn’t. Instead, it is inspiring and passionate. Mel Gibson proves himself to be a great director. The quality of this film is exceptional. It looks amazing and is balanced incredibly well; there’s not too much backstory or too many explosions, it’s just great storytelling. Andrew Garfield gives a phenomenal performance and proves that he’s one of the best actors around at the minute.

7. Only The Brave

Wow. This absolutely broke me. I didn’t realise that it was a true story until the end. And then the reality of it all hit me – Donut walking into that room – and I cried like I haven’t cried in a long time! What a great job by Joseph Kosinski. I thought his previous films were pretty average, despite looking quiet good, but this very much feels like a Peter Berg film. That’s mostly because of the tragic true story premise, but the quality of it is right up there, too. I’m just glad Mark Wahlberg wasn’t given the lead, because Josh Brolin and Miles Teller are phenomenal. This film is an amazing tribute to the people it is based on, and what an amazing job they do! I was utterly blown away by it.

6. Call Me By Your Name

Loved, loved, loved this. I think I will be watching it on repeat for the foreseeable future. It’s taken me a good while to enjoy Armie Hammer’s performances, but after The Man From UNCLE I was quickly convinced otherwise. And now this! I am a new fan. And Timothée Chalamet! I can’t wait to see more from him (although with maybe fewer peaches involved). This is such a beautiful and romantic story. I especially love the support of Elio’s family, which I think really makes this to feel so delicate. I could watch the closing scene of Elio staring into the fire forever. Absolutely beautiful!

5. Thor: Ragnarok

Whoever gave this job to Taika Waititi deserves a medal. Somehow, his out-there comedy style and brave improvisational methods suit this superhero world so well that this third instalment in the Thor franchise quickly took its place as my favourite Marvel film. Thor has always been my favourite Marvel superhero, but this film could have gone in any direction after the somewhat forgettable second instalment. And with the MCU picking up the pace with its recent ensemble films, this character instalment needed to make an impact. And that, it most definitely did.

You can read my full review here.

4. The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman took the world by storm at the end of 2017. Whilst it didn’t get off to a great start, word of mouth meant that everybody was wanting to go and see this musical on the big screen by early 2018, many of those seeing it more than once and even participating in the Sing-A-Long special screenings. Soon enough, The Greatest Showman became a must-see phenomenon, making its way to become the fifth-highest grossing live-action musical of all time.

You can read my full review here.

3. La La Land

Review to come.

2. Moonlight

Review to come.

1. Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner is a film that most regard as a classic and many people regard as one of their favourites. It’s certainly one of mine. So if you’re going to reboot one of the best science fiction films around, then you want one of the best directors of this decade, and Denis Villeneuve is definitely amongst them. You’d also want Ryan Gosling as the leading man, so the news of this film seemed quite promising. It just had to live up to that and not be the failure that I think many of us were expecting.

With such talent both behind and in front of the cameras, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the few films that is just as good as its predecessor. It has everything that was so great about the original – including Harrison Ford – but enough originality to make it stand out on its own accord, too. It’s a gorgeous film with a brilliant story – one that I actually understood 90% of – and is a perfect example of why science fiction is quite possibly the best genre of film that there is.

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