My top 10 movies of 2017

A lot of people have been doing their end of year lists since the start of December, but I like to wait a little longer just in case there is a late entry – I thought The Greatest Showman might have made it (it didn’t) – so here are my top 10 films of 2017.

Please note that these are for films released in the U.K. during 2017, so even if I saw it in 2016 (like La La Land), it still counts. Equally, I have seen some 2018 movies already, but these won’t get considered until this time next year. It’s only fair.

Five of these have been obvious to me since I first saw the movie, but the other five required serious consideration and two positions have changed a lot. But, at the time of writing, here is what I have decided – they’re in no particular order, except my solid five favourites have been put at the top. Click on the title for the full review.

1. La La Land

C’mon guys, is this really a surprise? Was I ever NOT going to include La La Land? I saw it at the 2016 London Film Festival, at a press screening in December and STILL went to see it at the cinema when it came out. I love everything about it and the themes of the movie – trying to achieve your dreams – really speak to me. It gives me so many feels – from absolute joy at the songs (especially Another Day of Sun) to serious emotion. I always tear up at the scene where Emma Stone gets emotional while saying “maybe I’m not good enough” – her performance is amazing and I connect with Mia so much.

2. Call Me By Your Name

When I went to the Berlin Film Festival in February (as a paying customer, not press), I saw four films – one being Call Me By Your Name. I don’t know why it stood out to me on the programme (especially as I didn’t care much for Armie Hammer) but I took a punt and was blown away. I knew it was special at the time but I never could have anticipated how well it has been received throughout the year and I’m so glad it is getting all this recognition. As soon as I returned to my hotel, I researched Timothee Chalamet, who I didn’t know of, because his performance was brave and captivating and I’m so happy he is landing nominations and these big chat show interviews. I watched it again just before Christmas and it’s still just as good (shoutout to Michael Stuhlbarg‘s speech!)

 

3. Paddington 2 

I loved the first Paddington movie and I didn’t think there could possibly be any way the sequel could be as good as, if not better than, its predecessor. I was so wrong! Paddington 2 is genuinely perfect – there isn’t a single thing I would change. It is so heart-warming and uplifting, truly entertaining and such a treat for adults and kids alike.

4. The Disaster Artist 

This is the most recent entry into my top 10 and it truly deserves its place. The Disaster Artist tells the story of Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) and the making of their notoriously bad 2003 movie The Room. It is very funny, it has heart, it doesn’t take the piss out of Wiseau, and Franco’s performance is the nuts.

 

5. It 

I wasn’t a massive fan of the Tim Curry version of It and I wasn’t particularly excited by this release. Horror really isn’t my bag, so for one to make my top 10 really says something. Bill Skarsgard is fantastically creepy as Pennywise the evil clown, who terrorises the kids in the town of Derry, Maine. I enjoyed it so much because it wasn’t just a horror, it was also a kids’ buddy comedy, like The Goonies, and the child actors were all so excellent.

6. Lion 

I don’t think I have ugly cried at a 2017 movie as much as I cried at this. Blimey, it is an emotional rollercoaster.  The adorable Saroo (Sunny Pawar) loses his brother and ends up in Calcutta, living on the streets and then he is adopted by Australian parents and raised Down Under. Adult Saroo (Dev Patel) then uses Google Earth to find his old neighbourhood and his family. Just writing this has made me well up!

 

7. Hacksaw Ridge 

I’m not generally a war movie person but Hacksaw Ridge is very, very good. Andrew Garfield deserved his Oscar nomination for his performance as Desmond Doss, who refused to use a weapon while fighting with the US Army in the Battle of Okinawa but still managed to single-handedly saved the lives of 75 men. What an incredibly story. I may have cried at this one too.

8. Baby Driver 

I rewatched this over Christmas and it is still just as awesome (although Kevin Spacey‘s role added an awkward level to it). Ansel Elgort recently scored a Golden Globe nomination for this and I’m glad because he excels here. He is Baby, a getaway driver for robberies organised by Doc (Spacey). The support cast are brilliant too, from Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Bernthal. It is funny, it has sweet stunts and choreography and an A++ soundtrack.

 

9. Spider-Man: Homecoming 

I was not onboard for another Spider-Man – I loved both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield‘s turns and I didn’t think a third was necessary. But then I saw Tom Holland playing the webslinger and I stopped whinging. He is perfectly cast, the film doesn’t go over old ground (origins, uncle Ben’s death etc) and feels like a high-school teen comedy/drama rather than a superhero movie (a refreshing change). It is a lot of fun.

10. Beauty and the Beast 

I had a lot of back and forth between this and The Florida Project for my last spot. While I loved the The Florida Project and it is a cooler option to pick, I must admit that I enjoyed Beauty and the Beast more. I LOVE a musical and I love Disney and they didn’t f**k it up like I feared! It is very loyal to the animation, Emma Watson was a perfect choice for Belle and Luke Evans and Josh Gad were excellent as Gaston and Le Fou.

Honourable mentions – The Florida Project, Moonlight, Miss Sloane, Elle, Free Fire and Logan.

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