Empire Have Released Their List Of The Ten Best Films Of 2017 And There's A Few Shocks
Though 2017 has been lacking in many regards, it’s fair to say that the film releases have been pretty swell… mostly. Sure, there’s been a few flops – Valerian and… some Transformers film? There was one of them, right? There usually is – but nothing to drag down the triumphs we’ve been handed.
To think of a few great films I’ve seen this year, you’ve got Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Logan Lucky, Thor: Ragnarok, Blade Runner 2049, Suburbicon, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and Baby Driver. I know I’m missing a few, and that’s without mentioning the supposedly brilliant ones that I haven’t seen.
There’s Get Out, Call Me by Your Name, Lego Batman, The Disaster Artist, It, War for the Planet of the Apes and The Big Sick. So like I say, it’s been a good year for film, and we’ve not had to deal with anything quite as pretentious and fucking awful as The Revenant – the worst film ever made.
With that in mind, Empire, tasked with a dangerously hard decision to make, have compiled a list of the best film of 2017, and it’s a fairly sturdy one.
As you might have suspected, the film they have in first place is a bit left-field, but it’s one that most people would agree with. It’s Get Out, obviously… I should really watch that.
Released in March, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut has managed to gross $254 million from its laughably small $4.5 million budget. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed films in recent years and though it’s listed as a comedy, it’s one of the few genuinely well made and entertaining horror films to come out for ages… except for It.
Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 – one of the best films I’ve ever seen – is up there at second and, considering it performed so poorly in the box office, that serves as a very small consolation to Warner Bros.
Several places after that, Nolan’s World War Two film, Dunkirk, places sixth, which is surprising, given it’s very mixed reviews.
Anyway, here’s the full list…
10. Call Me By Your Name
9. The Handmaiden
7. God’s Own Country
5. The Death Of Stalin
3. La La Land
2. Blade Runner 2049
1. Get Out
I thought that La La Land and Moonlight were 2016 films, but apparently they came out in 2017 in the UK.
But yeah, there’s your list.
I know I haven’t seen all of the films on that list, but I’d like to see a wider range of genres. Logan being there is a shock, but a pleasant one, since superhero films are so often overlooked. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Wonder Woman wasn’t there, because that’s an awful film, but genuinely, Thor: Ragnarok was one of the best cinema experiences that I’ve ever had.
Film “experts” need to learn that a film can be both fun and beautiful. La La Land proves that they’re making a step in the right direction there, but some of the shots in Thor Ragnarok were absolutely stunning. There’s two shots in that film that I would rather watch on repeat for three hours than the whole of God’s Own Country or The Death of Stalin.
But then again, what do I know?
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