It's the end of 2017. Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? As we close out the year, I thought I would do something a little different and offer my five favorite movies of 2017.
Now, let me stress that these are my favorite movies of the year. That doesn't mean they were necessarily the best made or most artistic. It just means they were the five movies I enjoyed the most. Also, please note that I am only evaluating movies I have actually seen. There are several that have gotten great reviews and attention, I just have not had the time to view them.
So let's get to it....
1. Wind River
The third installment of Taylor Sheridan's 'American West' Trilogy is quite exceptional. As a kindred spirit to his 2016 endeavor, Hell or High Water, we find a movie that is heart-wrenching. Jeremy Renner leads a great cast as a game ranger on a Native American reservation. His uncovering of the body of a young female leads to an FBI investigation that takes place entirely on the reservation. What makes this movie my favorite is the emotional and intellectual thoughts you are left to wrestle with, at its conclusion. I had to watch the movie twice just to deal it all out in my brain.
What can I say, I am a fan of Pixar's storytelling. No movie studio provides emotional depth and character development like Pixar at the top of their game. In Coco, we are catapulted into the culture and history of the Day of the Dead. The world is visually stunning and the emphasis on family and following your dreams cuts straight to the heart. What I loved so much about this film is the way it creates a brand new world that introduced me to a culture I was not familiar with.
3. The Big Sick
This might be a movie some of you haven't heard of, but if you have an Amazon Prime account, I highly recommend you watch it! This little indy film covers the real-life relationship, break-up, coma and reconciliation that comedian/actor Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon endured. Yes, it is based on a true story. The movie dives into the topics of family, culture and honestly (or lack thereof). The roles of Emily's parents are played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, and they are fantastic. The first moments that Hunter is on screen are some of the best moments in the film.
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I keep going back and forth on this one. The Last Jedi has gotten quite a bit of critical acclaim, and overall, it is a good film. I think it fits nicely in the middle of the Star Wars canon, but it is not a perfect movie. In fact, I have several issues with it, but that is for a later time. What I do know is that amidst it's flaws, it is still one of the better movies I saw in 2017. It's always good to see Luke and Leia on the big screen.
I am a huge Christopher Nolan fan, so I admit my bias may show. Some people were not fans of Dunkirk's lack of dialogue and seeming lack of story. In my opinion, the way Nolan steers this story through time and sound is a feat all in its own. I walked away from this film loving the way I was swept into the action on the screen. Sure, there is little dialogue and the time warping can be trippy, but that is what made it such a fascinating movie.
Blade Runner 2049, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming
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