Saturday, 13 January 2018

Favourite Movies of 2017

I started out 2017 with the aim of watching 50 films and definitely achieved that with 60 new-to-me movies viewed throughout the year. However, I only made it to the cinema a handful of times and not many of the films I watched were actually released in 2017 (nor were that great) and I haven't managed to see all the movies released in 2017 that took my fancy. However of those I did watch, I have compiled my top 5 list (technically 6, as we have 2 at joint 5th place!):

5. The Babysitter
In at number 5 is comedy horror, The Babysitter. When schoolboy Cole's parents go out for the night, his babysitter Bee looks after him. Cole doesn't have much in the way of friends but Bee plays games with him, listens to his problems, oh, and also happens to be super hot. On one particular night, after having put Cole to bed, Bee invites her friends over to Cole's house whilst his parents are out. Cole creeps onto the landing to spy on his crush and her pals to find they are a bunch of homicidal maniacs who prey on unsuspecting geeks. This Netflix Original is stylised like a 80's slasher and is in equal parts cheesy, trashy and hilarious however not without it's flaws: it floats into the realms of too ridiculous & features some uncomfortable jokes relating to race.

5. Call Me By Your Name
Set in 1980's Italy, Elio is a regular teen, enjoying his summer in the sun with his family, friends and kind-of-girlfriend, Marzia. His father employs an assistant, Oliver, who comes to stay with them. At first, Elio cannot abide the handsome American but over time their relationship builds and they become inseparable. Based on the book of the same name, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age exploration of sexuality which is equal parts beautiful as it is heart shattering. It's one to watch if you enjoy a drama and particularly if you enjoyed Blue Is The Warmest Colour but beware of the total whitewashing, the irritating fact that once again we have heterosexual actors playing gay/bisexual characters and that uncomfortable scene featuring a peach...It's literally the opposite of The Babysitter but I just couldn't decide which I like more.

Remakes tend to be a sensitive subject but I think it's fair to say that whilst a classic, the original IT hasn't aged very gracefully and therefore a modern revamp brought to us by the director of Mama, was not completely unnecessary. IT follows bullied school boy, Bill and his group of friends take the task of finding the monster clown, Pennywise, responsible for his brother and other local kids' disappearances. Bill SkarsgÄrd's Pennywise sure is creepy and there is the odd jump-scare but the film ultimately isn't as terrifying as the trailer makes out. What it slightly lacks in fright, it certainly makes up for with entertainment. IT is genuinely funny with Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard on hand to help bring that Goonies, 80's vibe that none of us can get enough of currently.

3. Get Out
Main character Chris and Rose have been dating for a while and the time has come for Chris to meet his girlfriend's parents. When he arrives at the family's huge estate in the middle of nowhere, he's greeted by a plethora of black servants who have a very bizarre demeanour. Chris previously had his suspicions about Rose's dad being racist but nothing prepared him for the hell that awaits him. Get Out is gem of the horror genre that landed it multiple award nominations & featuring on many "best of 2017" lists and not without good reason. It's a sharp, highly intelligent and satirical approach to race has made it a huge hit. The movie is sickeningly unsettling and at times makes for really awkward viewing. I can't wait to see what Jordan Peele does next after this fantastic directorial debut.

2. Baby Driver
Baby is a getaway driver for a gang of robbers who don't particularly like him. He keeps his cool on the job and drowns out his tinnitus by always having an iPod laden with his favourite songs to hand. Baby wants only to pay off his debts and leave the life of crime behind, to lead a normal life with his waitress girlfriend, Deborah but his criminal mastermind boss Doc has other ideas and coerces him into one more job that turns sour. So, am I biased because I'm not-so-secretly in love with Ansel Elgort? Maybe. But, as a firm fan of Shaun of the Dead and especially Scott Pilgrim, I was always set to love Edgar Wright's latest offering. In short, Baby Driver is a triumph: I love the way it's shot, I love the soundtrack and I love the story line. There's action, comedy and romance - something for everyone.

1. Wonder
Auggie has Treacher Collins syndrome which causes facial deformities. This condition and the multiple surgeries cause his parents to make the decision to home school him but, when he's of age to start 5th grade, his parents decide he should go to school, where he is picked on but also befriends popular kid, Jack. Wonder follows Auggie's experience at school and flits between life from his & his sister, Via's viewpoint. Stephen Chbosky is a master of emotional manipulation but, you'll already know that if you're familiar with the movie or book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". Jason Tremblay is an incredibly talented actor and adorable as Auggie however there's a big but, in line with improving representation in Hollywood, Chbosky would have done better to star a child with Treacher Collins syndrome rather than using prosthetics/makeup. That aside Wonder is a lovely heartwarming family film that I really loved.

Honourable mentions: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Wonder Woman, Annabelle: Creation & The Florida Project

Still to watch list: Happy Death Day, Split, Flatliners, & Jigsaw.

And that's it for another 2017 round up post. What were your favourite movies of 2017?

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