With 2017 drawn to a finite close, it is time to disclose what could be considered the best films to have been released last year:
Directed by Andy Muschietti and starring (to name just a few) Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfgard and Sophia Lillis is a psychological thrill to horror fans and general audiences alike. This film is a great showcasing of how classics can be revamped with modern technology. The acting was superb and is a true suspense filled horror. It reiterated that horrors do not need to be a cheesy jump scare gore fest to be undeniably terrifying. It was chilling. It was eerie. ‘IT’ was a great depiction of how to truly write children and their nightmares.
4. ‘Get Out’
Directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams provided an intense dark comedy with some incredibly disturbing scenes. It pushed boundaries by showing modern-day racism with a unique sci-fi twist. The actor's transformations from normal family relationships into a distorted and creepy connection are an interesting concept and acted beautifully. The comedy relief is almost always delivered at the perfect time. A dark comedy, you surely should put on your must-watch list.
3. 'Thor: Ragnarok'
Directed by Taiki Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hiddleston is a beautiful masterpiece of 80's nostalgia and excellent comedy. It brought life to the Marvel cinematic universe and their predictable humour. Some scenes were artistically stunning in colour palette and overall filming technique. Along with it were some spectacular on-screen chemistry and the wittiness was second to none. A great, feel good, readily laughable movie to watch.
Now here comes the toughest choice - both movies were truly remarkable and thoroughly surprising in how emotionally evocative they were to watch. The characters were stunningly written and performed with such precision that these actors will be known for the rest of their careers to have played these roles. Without further ado, here are the top 2 films of 2017:
Directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen was a gorgeous movie start to finish. The characters were both relatable and so emotionally driven you to empathise with every single reaction that took place. The connection between them all was so palpable it was painful to watch when any of these brilliant lights were snuffed out. Logan showcased how a comic book-based movie should be made. They were written for a teenage boy's fantasy – filled with gore, emotion, pain and action. It was not supposed to be child-friendly and this movie certainly illustrates that. It was raw and enrichingly pure, it would be hard not to have felt your chest squeeze at some of the most passionate and painful scenes to have been written this year.
1.'War for the Planet of the Apes'
Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson is a breathtakingly emotive and grim film to experience. The motion capture and all round visual effects are superb and cannot be faulted. But, what strikes you most when viewing this film is the complex and agonising storyline. It will resonate with you for days. The characters stampede all over your mind and soul with their distressing path and bittersweet end. You are hopeful, tormented, saddened and happy all rolled into one crying broken shell of emotion. You can only watch and live through this film, noting its incredible intricacy and beautifully sculpted telling. It is gritty down to its core and simply stunning.
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