1. Wonder Woman
2. Thor: Ragnarok
4. The Disaster Artist
5. LEGO Batman
Honorable Mentions: Get Out, The Last Jedi, IT, Split, War for the Planet of the Apes, Free Fire
If you couldn’t tell, I was pretty overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of 2017’s superhero movies. It honestly might’ve been the best twelve months the genre’s ever seen. In my eyes, the best of the best was Wonder Woman. The DCEU has been pretty disappointing for me thus far, with Man of Steel being the only entry that doesn’t fill me with anger, so Wonder Woman came as both a huge relief and a major surprise. I sat there the entire time thinking, ‘This is what superhero movies should be.’ And yes, I will overlook whatever shoddy excuse Patty Jenkins and co. come up with to get Chris Pine into the sequel. More of him and Gal Gadot on screen, please and thank you.
LEGO Batman was tremendous. Getting to watch every absurd aspect of my favorite superhero play out on the big screen, even in Lego form, was an absolute joy for me. Thor: Ragnarok was probably the most fun I had at the movie theater this year, and Logan was the first superhero movie ever to make me cry. That’s gotta count for something.
The lone non-superhero flick of the bunch, The Disaster Artist, was just wonderful. And if you disagree, well, you don’t understand anything, man. Leave your STUPID comments in your pocket!
1. Wonder Woman
2. Call Me By Your Name
4. Get Out
Nothing I saw in 2017 came close to the overwhelming experience of watching Wonder Woman cross No Man’s Land that first time. I’ve felt an echo of that in each of my rewatches and in my many conversations with other women who had the same experience as I did - and I’ve carried that feeling with me every day since. Wonder Woman is a genuinely revolutionary film that is also a straightforward crowd-pleaser - a much-needed beacon of light in a dark year.
Also infused with light was Call Me By Your Name, a sun-drenched, wildly romantic adaptation of a book that changed my life years ago. Few films are as lushly, overtly warm as this one - or as perfectly executed.
Colossal and Get Out, on the other hand, are darkly funny satires that were deeply unsettling for how real they felt. No two films scared me more this year - and that’s including Raw, a gruesome French horror that turns Colossal’s light “monstrous woman” touch into a backhand across the face. Julia Ducournau’s debut feature is shockingly assured - visually, narratively, and in its vicious lead’s breakout performance.
This year, the rotten pit at the center of Hollywood’s ruling class was exposed like never before, and the movies I loved most make it abundantly clear that old boys’ club of cinema is creatively - and hopefully soon, functionally - obsolete.
1. Lady Bird
2. Disaster Artist
3. Blade Runner 2049
4. Thor: Ragnarok
Honorable mentions: Call Me By Your Name, Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Logan
Where to begin? This past year brought a wide array of amazing and breathtaking movies. For each comedy, there was a tear-jerker, and for each thriller, there was an action-packed rollercoaster. Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird was as emotional as it was relatable, speaking volumes about the hardships of growing up in a dysfunctional family. Not only did it follow a conflicted teen's journey through high school, but it also added in the perspective of her equally troubled parents and the real-world hardships that they faced while trying to raise their unique children.
Along with the fantastic Lady Bird, James Franco's outstanding Disaster Artist and Denis Villeneuve's boundary-pushing Blade Runner 2049 specifically stood out to me. They were both unique and fantastic, one explaining the story of the infamous Tommy Wiseau and the other telling the tale of a lost, confused replicant who just wanted to find his place in the world of man.
However, they were not the only great movies of 2017. It's hard to narrow down the best of the best (and I must admit that there are many I still need to watch, including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Shape of Water, and T2 Trainspotting), but there are certainly some that shine brighter than the rest.
1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
4. Blade Runner 2049
Honorable Mentions: Wonder Woman, The Disaster Artist, It, Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a movie that I was not expecting to love as much as I did. While the entire cast is great, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell are truly exceptional. The characters felt like real people, who had long and complicated histories with each other. The dark comedy worked wonderfully for me and I wanted to watch it again as soon as it was over. Logan was another movie that I didn't think they would be able to pull off properly, but here it is second on my list. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart gave two of the best performances of the year, and that's without even mentioning the wonderful Dafne Keen as X-23. It was the perfect send-off for the X-Men films we grew up with and it's great that Fox was able to get it made before Disney gobbled them up.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the first movie on this list that I went in to expecting to love and my god, did it deliver. I never expected Lucasfilm to give a director this much creative freedom after J.J. Abrams' fun, but safe, The Force Awakens. This is without a doubt Rian Johnson's movie and I couldn't be happier with it. Keeping on track with movies that felt like a singular vision, both Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk could not have been made by anyone else but Denis Villeneuve and Christopher Nolan, respectively. It'll be a toss up at the Oscars between these two movies for the technical awards, as they both had some of the best cinematography, sound design, special effects, and production design of the year.
2. Get Out
3. Thor: Ragnarok
4. John Wick: Chapter 2
5. Gerald's Game
Honorable Mentions: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Cult of Chucky
IT is my personal favorite novel of all time, so it's no surprise that director Andy Muschietti's knockout adaptation of the Losers' Club's battle with Pennywise proved to be my favorite film of 2017. IT isn't a perfect film, but its few flaws never came close to overshadowing just how well characters like Richie, Ben, and Beverly were realized. Bill Skarsgard also succeeded beyond my wildest dreams as Pennywise, and I can't wait to see more of him in 2019.
Jordan Peele's Get Out was my clear favorite film of the year up until IT came out, and remains one of the most compelling and provocative horror stories to be told onscreen this decade. While the MCU has yet to produce an entry I truly hate - and neither has the DCEU for the record - Thor: Ragnarok might just win the prize for most fun film in the franchise. As much as I loved Keanu Reeves' return to action form in John Wick, Chapter 2 outright blew me away, serving up one of the most exhilarating thrill rides I've ever seen in a theater, and making me long for Chapter 3. Rounding out the list is Netflix's Gerald's Game, a near-perfect adaptation of a Stephen King book that was once thought unfilmable. Mike Flanagan remains a director to watch.
Those were our favorite movies of 2017 - now tell us yours in the comments!