It has been another year for movies, we’ve had some of the most interesting stories locally and internationally. So, we list down the note-worthy Hollywood films released this 2017.
10. BLADE RUNNER 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, October 2017)
Thirty years after the original, Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the classic sci-fi film is visually stunning and narratively moving. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford took us deeper into the world of Blade Runner in Blade Runner 2049, giving us a tour of a well-defined future. It’s true that the film is too long, but it’s part of how the story is being told, making us feel the bigness of it all, entering the futuristic world and the mysteries and dangers it holds.
9. KONG: SKULL ISLAND (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, July 2017)
Cinematic universe building are a thing now, and when the news came out the Godzilla and Kong will be in one, who wouldn’t be excited to see the two monsters either battle it out or see fight other monsters in the future? After the 2014 Godzilla , Kong: Skull Island continues the cinematic universe Legendary and Warner Bros. has built. It’s fresh, it’s fun and action-packed from start to finish. There isn’t a dull moment in the film which makes it one of the best Hollywood blockbuster film this 2017. Also, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman in one film is definitely a must-see.
8. SPLIT (M. Night Shyamalan, January 2017)
Promotions of the movie made it look like a psychological thriller, but M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is more than just that. M. Night Shyamalan completely surprised everyone when his 2017 film is actually connected to his 2000 superhero thriller film Unbreakable. The film is satisfying for its character-focused story on a man who has 23 personalities played magnificently by James McAvoy.
7. BABY DRIVER (Edgar Wright, August 2017)
Probably the freshest fun Hollywood movie of 2017. When you fuse action sequences to the beat of a music, it becomes more than just a punch, a car chase, or even gun-toting scenes. Everything also becomes a dance, not just figuratively but also literally. Edgar Wright’s 2017 action romance movie, let’s us, the audience dance with Ansel Elgort’s Baby in Baby Driver. Finding his way out of the bad side because of love.
6. IT (Andy Muschietti, September 2017)
Horror films lately have been successful, critically and in box-office. But Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel is one of the most enjoyable and nightmare inducing horror films of this generation. The film’s tactics to scare the audience is imaginative and effective. And apart from scares the film offers, there’s also the heartwarming bond formed between the outsider kids of the town of Derry, Maine.
5. COCO (Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, November 2017)
Pixar has given us plenty of heartwarming and though provoking animated films for decades. And while their magic have gone short in some, they still manage to come up with fresh and moving stories for the whole family. Coco is one of those films that can entertain and warm your hearts. Because it is one of the films that is closest to everyone’s heart as it tackles family. The film isn’t short on anything here, color, characters, adventure, humor, drama and also imagination.
4. WONDER WOMAN (Patty Jenkins, June 2017)
DC and Warner Bros. have been disappointing with their previous superhero movie offerings, trying to hard to be edgy and forgetting the heart and the soul of the story and their characters. But alas, we finally have something far better than most superhero films, including Marvel. Wonder Woman is more than just a superhero blockbuster movie, it’s also an inspiration. The heart and soul of Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman fills the film with enthusiasm, courage and most of all, hope. Her adventure feels personal that the audience can easily feel, making the movie an emotional experience as well.
3. LOGAN (James Mangold, March 2017)
There isn’t quite any Superhero movies like Logan. It’s bold, it’s emotional and it’s bloody. James Mangold made one of the most memorable superhero films of all time, not because of the size of the project he has done but because of the impact is has left with the audience. Logan made Hugh Jackman’s X-Men journey more than worth it. It’s a comic book superhero film that ties with the human side as close as possible. The heart of a warrior and a father told in one of the most heartbreaking blockbuster movie ever.
2. DUNKIRK (Christopher Nolan, July 2017)
Christopher Nolan has been known to push the boundaries in filmmaking and in Dunkirk, together with Hans Zimmer’s Earth-shattering musical score, the cinematic experience is just unbelievably immersive. It may have a bit thin narrative but Nolan’s Dunkirk is first and foremost, an experience. The war in the French city of Dunkirk is seen and experienced.
1. GET OUT (Jordan Peele, March 2017 -PH Release)
This year’s best surprisingly is a thriller movie. Not just because of its effectiveness but also because of how ingenious it is in using racism as its main theme. And in that, producing an entertaining, at times funny, edge-of-your-seat thrilling movie. It’s a refreshing take on racism and you will really give in to its satirical and heart pounding moments.