As seems to be a tradition on every blog in the world, my top 10 movies of 2017 are below - along with a few memories of them. I didn't get to the cinema as often as I would have liked this year, but it was still a good year for film enjoyment.
Here's my top 10 - links are to IMDB for more info:
- Baby Driver - I loved the amazing syncopated action and dialogue, and the high octane car chases. I know it's not cool to like Kevin Spacey anymore, but I cannot take away from the fact this film was a lot of fun.
- Manchester by the Sea - Great script, sad story and some incredible acting made this a highlight for me. I can play the pivotal scene back in my head and still find it catches my breath. (I know this was a 2016 film, but I didn't see it until early this year)
- Dunkirk - Visually interesting and with an awe-inspiring soundtrack and sound design. I was impressed with the way that Christopher Nolan told the three stories.
- Logan - Not the last of this franchise, but certainly the most human of the mutant stories. Incredible debut by Dafne Keen.
- Return to Montauk - Caught this gentle story on a plane, excellent acting and a great script.
- Victoria and Abdul - Brilliantly funny story about a Queen forming an unusual friendship with an Indian clerk.
- Atomic Blonde - High action, high style cold war action movie with some amazing stunts and effects.
- War for the Planet of the Apes - much, much better than I expected. A great end to a trilogy of modern 'apes' movies. The motion capture stuff still impresses me.
- Wonder Woman - stupid, funny romp from one of the best superheroes.
- Ghost in the Shell - Perfect soldier, cyber-enhanced, future dystopian world... what's not to love?