What hasn’t already been said about this movie to convey its awesomeness? The acting is stellar, there is suspense the entire time and some solid laughs, which essentially makes this movie the total package. Factoring in that it is Jordan Peele’s directing debut also makes the film that much more impressive. The story is original, and the subtlety of the psychological mind game at play is astounding; it is so effortlessly creepy and intriguing. If this is only a tease of what is to come from Peele’s directing/writing and Daniel Kaluuya’s acting (at least in the United States), then the future of Hollywood has a pretty solid silver lining.
As a fan of the recent Marvel Movie Universe, it was not surprising to me that this new take on our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is top notch. There is a lot of action, an interesting story to re-introduce the web slinger, and great performances all around. It also helps that the villain of the movie (played my Michael Keaton) is actually believable, and far more fascinating than any of the past rivals we have seen Peter Parker face. Tom Holland’s version of this character is without a doubt my favorite, and there is no question that you will be entertained through the entire film.
Even if I weren’t a big fan of horror/thriller movies, this remake of Stephen King’s novel is excellent in every way. I was completely speechless at the performances of the kids in the film, and even more taken aback at the brilliance of Bill Skarsgard’s depiction of Pennywise (which is MUCH more terrifying than Tim Curry’s version). This is a truly great movie that is very calculating and discerning in how it is done, especially considering the subject matter. The pacing of the story is almost perfect; it also gives you just enough background and emotional connection to each character to keep you invested, but never reveals too much. This will become more relevant when we see the Losers’ Club as adults in Chapter 2, and how they are all really affected by the events that occur. Can’t wait for the sequel!
Ingrid Goes West
This movie is about a social media-obsessed woman who moves to L.A. to try and insert herself in to the life of her latest stalking victim from Instagram. The film is honestly nothing like I expected it to be. It’s definitely a dark comedy, but ends up being quite thoughtful and profound at its core. Aubrey Plaza really shines as the lead, and the movie would definitely not be the same without O’Shea Jackson as the primary comedic relief. All the characters are very well portrayed, and the moral of the film, while shrouded in mockery, is pretty relevant in this millennial age.
What an awesome time at the movies this was. I honestly feel that this is one of the best Pixar films EVER made. It’s so vibrant, colorful, thoughtful, perfectly voice acted, and a message at the end that really pulls at the heartstrings. It’s also a lovely tribute to Mexican culture, which is always a pleasure to behold when it’s done with respect for the subject matter. You owe it to yourself to see this one if you have a chance. It is indeed fun for all ages! I fully expect it to take the Academy award for best animated film.
Not enough can be said about how awesome this movie was. Excellent storytelling that grips you and never let’s go, inventive dialogue, and superb acting by all that are involved. It even had the courage to tackle social and racial aspects of our lives and use those norms to manipulate us throughout the runtime. It’s truly a genius work and may just be the modern horror masterpiece of our time. The multiple award accolades are well-deserved for this film.
There were several great comic book movies this year. Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and Thor all come to mind. But the more thought I gave it, the more I came back to this pleasant surprise that was released at the beginning of the year. Logan had such great performances and such emotional depth, that I have to give credit where it’s due. The dark, gritty, and uncompromising story telling is something that has redefined the typical hero movie conventions that we are so used to seeing. It also broke new ground as it is the first superhero film to be nominated for best adapted screenplay. That alone is reason enough for its inclusion on my list. It is officially a game changer for the heights that a hero film can reach.
The Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman delivers a virtuoso performance as Winston Churchill. This movie does an excellent job of capturing the enigmatic prime minister and giving us some background as to why he remains one of the most prominent figures in the history of our world. There are some excellent supporting performances here as well.
I’m sticking to my guns on this one! Yes there were three comic films this year that are arguably better than Wonder Woman (Spider-man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, and Logan). But those movies don’t come close to the significance that this film will have on the future of box office movies. We got a female-led superhero character that dominated the Box office for most of 2017 and it also landed as the best film of the DC comic universe films for the past few years. The action set pieces and cinematography in certain scenes are still some of the best I’ve seen all year. After seeing the later released Justice League, which was vastly disappointing, Wonder Woman is truly an anomaly and in many ways is one of the most unlikely success stories of 2017. It’s a shame that it was completely snubbed for Oscar noms this year; with the female empowerment sentiment that America is feeling at the moment, I am surprised that a movie that champions that effort was not nominated for anything.
John Wick: Chapter 2
It may have come out early in the year but it has the staying power. The story is focused, the action is strong, and Keanu Reeves is a force of nature as he embodies John Wick. It takes the first movie and expands upon the universe while still maintaining a streamlined story. This franchise has mastered “less is more.” John Wick 3 cannot come soon enough.
Simply put Brigsby Bear was probably the most heartfelt and original movie I saw in 2017. The movie you think you’re getting from the trailer and the movie you get are two different things, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. SNL is wasting the talents of Kyle Mooney and this film proves it. Brigsby Bear is a refreshing movie that must be seen.
War for the Planet of the Apes
This movie ends the new Planet of the Apes Trilogy. While the other two were spectacular films this one ends the story in the most satisfying way possible. The acting is top notch, the story is powerful, and the action is fierce. Andy Serkis should be a house hold name with his performance as no other actor in the world could have done what he has done with the character of Caesar. This movie concludes what is arguably the best trilogy with its best movie.
Logan was probably the most overrated and perplexing movie of 2017. The plot holes in this movie make it impossible to navigate and worst of all it is just boring. The title character is practically nonexistent for a third of the movie. This movie absolutely wastes the talents of its actors. While it does have some charms and excitement the moments are always too little too late. This movie relies on you to insert your emotions into the movie instead of actually providing any emotional depth itself.