For the third year in a row I’ve been keeping track of all the new films I’ve been watching and thus it’s time for another round up of my 25 favourite films of the year. It’s been a fantastic year with a lot of fanatic movies. Out of the 80 2017 UK releases i’ve seen, these are the ones that i’ve loved the most.
25. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
By no means original nor perfect but J:WttJ is surprisingly fun and pretty funny with a great cast on fine form, Karen Gillan and Jack Black are particularly brilliant. It’s a romp and perfect Sunday afternoon fare.
24. Trainspotting 2
Dazzling and grim with a killer soundtrack. Never saw the first one until just before I caught this sequel and I gotta say I loved this more.
23. Seoul Station
This strange animated prequel to last years superb Train to Busan is an oddity, perhaps a little too grim compared to its predecessor. Yet some great set pieces and a palpable sense of dread make it a great zombie treat.
22. Battle of the Sexes
Great performances and style, this is less about tennis as it is about the central relationship between the two women and it shows.
Spectacular performances from the pro and antagonists. It captures a slice of the culture of the time and isn’t just a grim real life tale.
Weird but I like weird
19. Wonder Woman
That scene in No-Mans Land is one of the best scenes of the year and Gal Gadot is simply breathtaking as Diana
18. The Lego Batman Movie
Funny, sharp and impossible not to enjoy
17. Blade Runner 2049
Visually and musically dazzling with some wonderful set pieces and performances
16. Atomic Blonde
Sexy in every sense of the word. An explosion of the senses with incredible action scenes.
A wonderful little underrated gem. Emotional and engaging.
14. Free Fire
Sharp, concise and fun as hell. Free Fire is a ride from start to finish.
13. The Death of Stalin
Laugh out loud funny and uncompromisingly dark. An excellent mix and a great film.
12. The Limehouse Golem
Old gothic grisly with excellent atmosphere and a great score.
11. Thor: Ragnarok
Very funny, very silly and a breath of fresh air.
10. Get Out
Brilliantly darkly humorous, superbly made with some great moments of cheer, shock and gore.
9. The Red Turtle
A stunning piece of work. Moving, sweet and sublime, this is a masterful story of life that captures a spark of deft imagination and beauty.
8. John Wick: Chapter 2
Stunning action and an extra focus on plot make this a well honed and incredibly enjoyable film
7. La La Land
Music, melancholy and gorgeous visuals. A wonderful old school musical with more than a hint of sadness.
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Bold, beautiful and often jaw dropping. Sure it’s divisive but I’d rather it be a film that takes risks than is horribly safe.
Jackman and Stewart are on incredible form. The film is dark, brutal and heartbreaking but ultimately the film these characters deserved.
Scary, funny but most importantly well made. Pennywise is a fantastic villain and all of the young performers are brilliant and endearing.
3. Baby Driver
Marries my love of action set pieces to music and is brilliant at it.
2. Paddington 2
Made me cry, made me laugh. As good as the first if maybe a tad less so yet it’s warm hearted joyousness is the perfect antidote to the world and an incredible experience.
1. The Big Sick
A true surprise. Funny, tender, heartbreaking and honest. I loved every single second.