The Top Films of 2017
2017 has been a great year for fantastic movies across multiple genres, from the blockbuster success of the Wonder Woman origin story to the everyday heroism of Dunkirk, 2017 has been filled with both big studio hits as well as smaller films that have been embraced by the movie-going public. It will be interesting to see how the eclectic movies released this year fare as we move closer to award season. There have been a couple of stand-out hits but the field does remain wide open for a dark horse to move to the front of the pack. Let’s take a look at 5 films that are receiving a lot of buzz:
Dunkirk - the evacuation of Dunkirk during WWII is an event that resonates with many due to the heroic deeds of everyday people. Director Christopher Nolan focuses on three simultaneous time lines that highlight the actions of the military as well as the civilian boat brigades. The lavish sets and impressive cast is making Dunkirk a popular choice for award season.
Wonder Woman - One of the summer’s stand-out blockbusters, Wonder Woman exceeding all box office expectations. This film, directed by Patty Jenkins, combines fantasy with time period drama. The origin story of one of DC Comics’ most enduring characters follows Wonder Woman as she leaves the Amazonian island of her birth to join America in its fight against the Germans in WWI. The CGI is incredible and Gal Gadot successfully builds on the brief cameo she had Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Beguiled - this Civil War era telling of a group of women at remote boarding school in Virginia and how their lives change with the arrival of a wounded Union soldier. Sofia Coppola directs this lush film with an eye on the rivalry between the women and the pent-up tension that the soldier’s arrival brings to the surface. Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning all give captivating performances.
Baby Driver -this fun crime caper tells the story of Baby, a fresh-faced getaway car driver. The story unfolds as he tries to leave behind his life of crime and go straight, which is obviously easier said than done. Ansel Elgort’s performance as Baby is electrifying. The scenes about the potential romance between Baby and a waitress at a dinner make Baby Driver a fun and action packed film with a heart.
The Lost City of Z - filmmaker James Gray’s adaptation of David Grann’s book of the same name follows the adventures of Percy Fawcett’s in the Amazon as he searches for a lost South American tribe. Based on a true story this highly acclaimed period piece features Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, and Robert Pattison.
These 5 films all illustrate how varied and interesting the crop of movies released in 2017 has been. With many big studio flops, there has been room for smaller films to flourish. Have you seen a lot of films this year, and which has been your favorite?