I love films. I watch them all the time, I go to the cinema as much as I can and my Netflix list is probably as long as the Great Wall of China. I love films because they offer escape, entertainment and a good excuse to snack on unhealthy food. They are also my favourite kind of social activity (because you get to be quiet and not social at all, yet it still counts as spending time with people).
2017 has brought many films to the table. I was excited to see many of them and I went to the cinema so many times. I have made a list of all the films I watched, and I picked my favourite five to share with you.
#5 Wonder Woman
Director: Patty Jenkins
Writers: Allan Heinberg (screenplay), Zack Snyder (story)
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright and more
I went to see this film when I was in Amsterdam with my sister. I was excited, she was sceptical. Two and a half hours later, we were both speechless. Blown away. Wonder Woman is a gripping story that had me both laughing and crying like a child. I loved the story, the characters, the scenery. To me, this film is so great not only because it is a solid superhero film, but also because it tackles larger problems such as war (and what to do when facing it).
One of my favourite 2017 quotes comes from this film: “If you see something happening in the world, you can either do nothing or you can do something. And I already tried nothing.”
#4 Beauty and the Beast
Director: Bill Condon
Writers: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay)
Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and more
If you ask me what my favourite Disney princess is, I will immediately say Belle. I love the story of Beauty and the Beast and I was super excited to find out that Emma Watson was going to star in the real-life remake of my favourite fairy tale. Moreover, to have Stephen Chbosky (who I loved since reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower) work on the screenplay – it’s a dream come true!
The film is everything I wanted it to be and more: it’s magical, romantic, respects the original but also brings new things. I still sing the song Gaston in the shower sometimes.
(Also, how great is Josh Gad?!)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance and more
Let’s get this out of the way: I only went to see this film because I knew Harry Styles was going to be in it. I wasn’t hoping for much as I am not the type of girl who enjoys war films. I was in for a surprise. It took exactly 30 seconds for me to realize I was going to like this film – the camera was just beautiful. The colours, the angles. The best part of this film was, however, the sound. I had to cover my ears for several scenes because the noise was just too loud – I consider this a brilliant move. The gun noises were so real because they were louder than the rest of the film – and I would imagine they are much louder in real life too. It made me feel like I was in the film, in the war. I hated it and that’s why I loved it so much. I would definitely go see this film again.
Director: Andy Muschietti
Writers: Chase Palmer (screenplay), Cary Fukunaga (screenplay)
Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard and more
This was the first horror film I have ever watched. I still can’t fully comprehend the fact I actually willingly went to see this in the cinema. I hate anything scary to a point where I can’t even watch some Harry Potter scenes alone. But I went to see It and I loved it. The cast was amazing, the clown was creepy. What I most loved about this film is how it combined different genres & moods so effortlessly. I cannot remember a film during which I was equally scared, happy and heartbroken at the same time. (Every time we got to see Georgie I just wanted to scream and cry. He was adorable.)
#1 Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
Director: Rian Johnson
Writers: Rian Johnson, George Lucas (based on characters created by)
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill and more
By far my favourite 2017 film. I kid you not, I went to the cinema three times just to see The Last Jedi again. I love Star Wars and I was super excited for the film to come out and I actually got to go to the Glasgow midnight premiere which was amazing – there were so many people everywhere, dressed in Star Wars themed clothes and looking super nervous and excited at the same time. I don’t want to say too much because spoilers are evil, and the film came out not so long ago, so I’m just going to say this: it has everything. It’s funny, sad, nostalgic, current, action-packed, emotional. And I am so buying that DVD.
(The film also made me really like all the new sequel characters. My favourites are Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren.)
And this is it, my favourite films that came out in 2017. Obviously, I haven’t watched every single film which came out and there are probably some films that are equally as good as the ones I mentioned, however, these are my personal favourites.
Let me know what films you liked in the comments, I am always looking for new things to watch instead of actually working or going outside.