Here's the films released in 2017 that I got the most enjoyment out of.
I like to label this film as the biggest surprise of the year. Power Rangers could've easily been a disposable, forgettable wannabe of the Bay-formers, but I ended up liking what I saw......a lot. This film goes through a familiar origin route with training exercises & a deadline involving the villain, but the plot is very engaging to watch & it's all thanks to the characters. True, Zordon may be a generic mentor & Alpha 5 is merely comic relief, but Rita Repulsa has a decent balance between sinister & over the top & Jason, Zack. Trini, Billy & Kimberly are so believable, routable & interesting, I fell in love with them. Hell, I even think they're better than the original Jason, Zack, Trini, Billy & Kimberly (don't tell Linkara). Overall, Power Rangers is one of the best executions of a HollyWood product that I'm glad I saw.
Warner Bros probably shouldn't have released two Lego movies in the same year, but the second spinoff was a great rollercoaster ride. Sure, it had some flaws like an underdeveloped Ninja team, but they don't get in the way of all the great stuff. The story is both funny & heartwarming at the same time. The gags come thick & fast & the emotional stuff were highly effective. If that wasn't enough, this film pays tribute to three different genres. The first act is a fun take on the Togukatsu genre, the secondary conflict introduces America's best Kaiju & the second & third act is a great spiritual martial arts journey. It may not be as good as the other two, but I still liked The Lego Ninjago Movie enough to have a great time.
Although It became a box office hit & an internet darling, but I feel like Gerald's Game deserves all that a little bit more. It manages to make a limited concept engaging by offering some of the best scares done in horror movie history. You start to feel for the poor woman handcuffed to the bed & you end up routing for her escape. If that isn't enough, we get verbal tension with the voices inside her head & we get plot points that range from weird to hard-to-look-away. If you like Stephen King books, this adaptation of one of his best novels is completely worth your time.
I bet people probably forgot about this film until they started reading this list. Blame is a prime example of less is more. The film puts audiences into a dystopian sci-fi setting that is highly immersive, full of intrigue & it makes the action set pieces tense to sit through. Also, since its the first time I saw a CGI anime, I will admit that I liked the visuals. The animation this film has to offer is visually stunning thanks to a lot of gorgeous colours that makes the film look like a work of art. It may not be the most memorable film out there, but Blame is a visual beauty of a sci-fi film that I want people to check out.
I've been supportive of the Cars franchise from the very beginning (yes, I even like Cars 2) & this film felt like the perfect end to Lightning McQueen's journey. It's pretty much the typical athlete's comeback plot & the execution is practically worthy of the Rocky franchise. In this film, we finally get a worthy rival for McQueen, the plot goes through so many crazy scenarios to make its climax more gripping & I respect all the brave decisions this film makes. To further prove how well written the story is, I thought I was going to hate Cruz Ramirez, but she grew on me the further the film went. If you're a fan of the first Cars, I highly recommend this sequel. If you're not a fan of the franchise, I'm not going to shove this down your throat.
Colossal is the living definition of unique. It gives audiences an interesting concept where a girl & a monster are somehow connected & it lives up to that mystery. The characters are funny, quirky & well-written which helps make the story engaging & hilarious. But there's also a heart beating throughout the nonsense. The lead protagonist figures out how to do good with her unusual skill & her buddy ends up corrupted when he gives it a try. If you haven't seen Colossal, I would highly suggest you do so because it's a silly gem that's a lot of fun to watch.
Faster than a speeding waistband, more powerful than boxer shorts & able to leap tall buildings without getting a wedgie. It's Captain Underpants. The hero who fights for truth, justice & all things pre-shrunk & cottony. He's also the superhero I least expected to see in the theatres. I consumed the book series as a kid & this film was very satisfying. It adapted the book in a way that's both similar to the book & completely different. It could've been an annoying comedy, but the silliness is just right. I was laughing a lot more than I expected & the film managed to make its characters enjoyable. George & Harold are immediately likeable & routable, which is great because they're responsible for the emotional scenes that work really well. But the rest of the characters are great with the hilariously evil, yet sympathetic Professor Poopypants & Mr Krupp/Captain Underpants is a perfect example of a split personality. The two are so different, you won't believe that they're the same person. If you loved the books as a kid, then you're going to love this silly event. It's a laughter-fest from start to finish.
I think it's about time we have a film that showcases the importance of Mexico's Day Of The Dead. The meaning of the holiday gives Coco the heart & soul it deserves by having the characters go through a journey with nice life lessons & the emotional scenes genuinely got to me. Outside of that, we get Pixar executing some tired tropes the best way they can, the main character & the comic relief sidekick are some of the company's best & the music helps add to the immersion of both worlds living & dead. If you haven't seen Coco yet, jump into the bandwagon. It's worth it.
Once again, Paddington Bear has been done justice on the big screen. The writers manage to create a brilliant plot with very little material. All Paddington wanted was to buy a pop-up book for his Aunt Lucy, yet he ends up in prison after being framed. It's strange & limited, yet the writers make it work in a feature length format. What's even better is that the filmmakers continue every aspect that worked in the first film. The humour is a lot more hilarious than what the trailers suggested, the heartwarming side is genuinely warm & the end result is just too charming. Paddington 2 is is a lovely, feel-good British flick that can be enjoyed by practically everyone.
This particular Netflix took the Cannes Film Festival by storm & the high publicity is well deserved. It tells a familiar story of the friendship between a child & its abnormal friend & puts it in a brand new direction. You may disagree with me when I say that the child protagonist is trying to prevent her massive pig from being slaughtered into meat, but the stakes are different enough for audiences to not stop talking about this flick. In a way, it's kind of like a live-action Studio Ghibli film for adults. There's a certain whimsy to the premise, yet the swearing & unfortunate moments make it inappropriate for kids. If you love films that take familiar concepts & put new spins on it, then look no further than Okja.
This may look like cheating but I've decided to cover all three of Marvel Studios' entries in one paragraph. The main reason is because all three of them share similar patterns. They're all action comedy hybrids that manage to get you laughing your ass off while also going through a rollercoaster ride of great action scenes that also demonstrate fantastic special effects. When it comes to the often hilarious humour, Guardians increased the usual banter through its new characters, Spider Man had the balls to portray its title character as a noob who makes mistakes & Thor had Taika Watiti (the director of brilliant comedies like What We Do In The Shadows & Hunt For The Wilderpeople) as director. But each of these films also succeed in the story & emotional areas. All the stories are gripping & full of character development. I believed that all of these characters were growing throughout their adventures & it helped increase the good reputation of the studio. Overall, Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 is an example of a sequel done right, Spider Man: Homecoming is a great romp that understands the character's appeal & Thor: Ragnarok is one of the funniest films of the year. All three are brilliant & fans will not be disappointed.
The very idea of a spinoff of The Lego Movie is automatically money-grubbing. But the first in this category is one of the best Batman movies in a VERY long time. It uses the legacy of the Dark Knight to create a non-stop rollercoaster ride of visual gags that respect & mock all aspects of Batman. But this film isn't just successful in the humour, it's also got a beating heart that's phenomenally executed. This film is about Batman learning to work in a team & stop being a loner & while it does sound clichéd, it makes a lot of sense of you put Batman's tragic backstory into context. If you love Lego, you'll love this film. If you love The Lego Movie, you'll love this film. If you love Batman, you'll probably love this film. The recommended audience is so high, it ends up putting The Lego Batman Movie among the examples of kids movies that can hold up for adults.
This film is the living definition of admirable. It recounts a very serious nature of a grieving woman unleashing her rage on the police force without choosing sides. You feel for Mildred Hayes despite the fact that she's a bit of an asshole & the police force are layered enough to be considered general human beings (especially Chief Willoughby). But even with its seriousness, there's a humorous edge sometimes & even though some of the gags are weak, I did giggle sometimes. If you haven't seen this flick, it's completely worth your time because it's completely deserving of its many awards nominations.
A film that blares music non-stop should not have worked, yet Edgar Wright found a way. All he had to do was create a slick & stylish action heist movie that earns all the hipsters' style of praising films (this film is ace is my prime example). The film has tunes playing throughout the entire runtime & instead of finding it annoying, it made the film feel unique & the synchronisation is so good, it's on par with Fantastia. The characters are all colourful & fun to watch. Baby is a likeable lead with an intriguing backstory & the villains are enjoyable, especially the douchey Bats & the slimy Doc. Since this is an Edgar Wright film, the editing is fast-paced & it helps make the car chases a lot of fun to sit through. If you haven't seen Baby Driver, go ahead because you won't be able to wipe that big smile off your face.
The epic revival of Star Wars continues with Episode VIII & it manages to be one of the best movies of the year. I don't know about anyone else, but this is one of the tensest action films ever made. I could feel my heart beating throughout most of the film & that was because the action scenes were thrilling & the strong writing made conversations unsettling to watch. Apart from the great special effects, the characters introduced in episodes IV & VII continue to grow in believable ways & their journeys I was so engrossed in what was happening, I could not keep my jaw shut. I would say that diehard Star Wars fans should check this out immediately, but the fanbase has become toxic. So I'll let you decide on your opinion.
Just from thinking about this film, I find myself endlessly impressed. Jordan Peele is famous for being a TV comedian, so nobody expected him to direct a horror with unsettling themes. That's what he did & the end result is spectacular. The main character is put through a situation that is filled with a mystery so unpredictable, I dare not spoil the resolution. But that's not enough. The social commentary is subtle, unnerving & filled with tension & all that is what makes this film impactful. If you don't like horror, you're dangerously missing out. I don't mean to be disrespectful but this film deserves all the acclaim & I want more attention given to it.
In 2011, audiences were introduced to Caesar, one of cinema's most routable & sympathetic primates. He's gone through a journey that previously spanned two films & the final instalment in his journey continues the epicness. At this point in time, Caesar has been stripped of the one thing he loves & thus, more strong writing takes centre stage. The film doesn't ignore its status as a prequel by explaining how the human race will become primative & the central conflict is endlessly gripping. For those of you who love the Planet Of The Apes reboot franchise, this film is not going to disappoint.
The most unusual independent film results in one of the most thought-provoking gems of the year. It showcases the process of time through the eyes of a recently deceased man & it is incredibly engaging. The moment the film starts, you won't be able to get off your seat. The main character is the reason this film is engaging. He's pretty much Casey Affleck in a white sheet, yet the events surrounding him make him sympathetic. Since there's no plot, I don't want to spoil everything. If you have the time, watch this film immediately because it is one of the greatest movies of all time.
& the number 1 best film of 2017 is:
I don't know any other comic book release of 2017 that left such an impact like this one did. It ends Hugh Jackman's run as Wolverine in a brilliant way. The action scenes are incredibly gory, the special effects are top notch for wire-fu & it succeeds as one of the most upsetting films of the year. The environment is depressing & seeing what fate has in store for Logan & Charles is hard to sit through. But the journey Logan goes through with Charles & Laura is a success because of gripping conflicts that fire on all cylinders. All X-Men fans will love this film to death, it made me feel sad quite a lot & because of this, it's my favourite film of the year. Nothing could top its high quality.