Top 5 Films of 2017

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?!)

#3 Dunkirk

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.

#2 It

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.

Veronika x

2 thoughts on “Top 5 Films of 2017

  1. I like these films too! (Apart from Dunkirk, which I have to finish yet, oops!) I must say, my favourite film out of these five is probably Wonder Woman and that’s because the female protagonist is a) gorgeous (Gal is just dreamy) and b) very lovable as a person.

    I liked Beauty and the Beast as well and I accept it as a real-life remake and a good film (plus Emma Watson starring as Belle?! Mmmmm…), however, as I have watched the original Disney Beauty and the Beast like a million times (yes, it’s my favourite Disney film, ehm ehm), I wanted this film to be perfect. Buuut, it kind of wasn’t for me. It was like 4/5, but I expected the 5/5, do you know what I mean? I know I can’t really compare these two because they’re different and beautiful in their own ways, but this is my personal view on it.

    It. Well, at first I really didn’t like it. To be honest, I liked only the first twenty minutes or so. But then, after finishing the film and talking about it with you, I realised I didn’t fully understand the story, so I might give it one more chance and watch it again, haha.

    Seriously, who would’ve expected you to put the newest Star Wars film as the number one? (I did.) I really liked this film and my first impression was “woooow”. But. As I thought about it the day after, I found out there were scenes and just things that didn’t fit in or just didn’t make any sense for me. Overall, I still liked it, I just wasn’t as excited about it afterwards.

    My recommendation for you must be The Snowman since I really love Jo Nesbo and even though I read only one book from this author, I plan to read more and more. The Snowman is a film adaptation of his seventh book about a detective Harry Hole (please, read it [hůle] as he’s Norwegian). Even though the critics are not very happy about this film and I myself had some reservations about it, I still really liked it. (I must say I didn’t read the book yet, maybe I’ll change my mind when I do.) Moreover, Michael Fassbender is the best!

    I’m sorry for this humongous comment, but I really wanted to say this. 🙂 Great post, as always. xx

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    1. Wow, thanks for this amazing comment, I love it!! x

      I totally agree that Gal is dreamy and you should definitely watch Dunkirk, it’s a masterpiece! Also, thanks for the recommendation, I’ve put it on my ‘to watch’ list and I will get round to it once uni starts to feel less stressful haha!

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