Mollie's Top Ten List: 2017
With 2018 officially upon us, it’s time for us to reflect on some of our favorite films from the past year. 2017 was a stacked year, and I have to admit that we haven’t seen some of the movies yet that are surrounded by a lot of award buzz. So, for contenders like The Disaster Artist, The Post, and The Shape of Water, this list might have to be amended in the near future. Also, while I have heard Get Out and It are two of the best movies of the year, they won’t appearing on my list because I’ve been too much of a scaredy cat to watch them.
Nevertheless, here are my tentative top ten for the year:
1) Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I realize that I’m completely biased when it comes to Star Wars films because it’s a franchise that personally means a lot to me. However, this film dives into some themes, ideas, and character arcs that have completely stuck with me since my first viewing. I get that it’s divisive, but for me, it’s a Star Wars film that addresses growing up, growing old, balance, and the consequences of our choices.
2) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This is a movie I didn’t even know existed until halfway through the year, but I am incredibly glad we gave it a chance. This dark comedy was not just funny or dark but a good look into the themes of redemption and forgiveness.
This one actually made an appearance on my list for most anticipated films of 2017, and it lived up to the hype. This is Hugh Jackman at his best for this character, and this film gives a fantastic arc to the character of Wolverine.
Also, two words: Dafne Keen.
I always expect a stellar story from Pixar, but the story for Coco was at a completely different level. It managed to honor an entire culture while providing a story about family, dreams, and the costs of pursuing them. Also, I am still listening to that soundtrack and will continue to do so.
5) Only The Brave
This movie was one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. The story of The Granite Mountain Hotshots is incredibly moving, and it manages to not just tell the story of a tragic day but celebrate the lives of the men who made up this team. It defied genre tropes and proved to be a tough but rewarding watch.
6) Wonder Woman
The character of Diana Prince is one of my favorites in film this year, and she completely personifies strength in every way. As a film buff I can see the flaws in this film, but I truly don’t care about any of them. This movie had some many themes that punched me in the gut, and I am still constantly rewatching this movie six months later.
I realize this is another movie that had a lot of divisive reviews, but I love the way that Christopher Nolan went about telling these stories. It was a bold move to not really have a lead character in the film, but Nolan manages to immerse you in the fear, desperation, and hope that were all present on that beach.
8) Wind River
It’s almost hard to put into words how much I loved Wind River and why, but I attribute most of that to writer and director Taylor Sheridan. He blends thought-provoking themes, stark landscapes, and a compelling story to form this brilliant, tension-filled movie. Also, this is one of the best performances of Jeremy Renner’s career.
9) Blade Runner 2049
It is not often that I find a sequel that I believe is better than the original, but Blade Runner 2049 manages to accomplish that feat. Denis Villeneuve gives us an engrossing story with some of the most stunning visuals of the year, and I loved it.
10) The Big Sick
This was one of the best comedies of the year, and I found it to be hilarious and heartwarming throughout most of the story. Kumail Nanjiani is fantastic in playing himself, and he only makes the story shine brighter.
Some honorable mentions:
This is kind of cheating, but I have to include a few honorable mentions because these are films that I either a) immensely enjoyed and/or b) had a lasting impact on me long after the movie was over.
-The Florida Project
So, what are some of the films that you would put on your Top Ten list? Comment below and share them with us! Also, stay tuned for Jonathan’s list, which is going to hit the blog tomorrow.