2017 has been a stellar year for nerdy movies. Powerhouses Marvel and DC pumped out several comic book adaptations (with varying degrees of success), iconic franchises like Star Wars, Alien, The Mummy, and Blade Runner saw new installments, and not one but two Stephen King books were adapted for the big screen.
At the beginning of the year, the Bomb Squad listed their most anticipated films of 2017, so it’s only fitting that we revisit the subject now to find out what the favorites were. Here are our top movies of 2017.
Get Out was the immediate stand out to me for films of 2017. Its unique blend of dark comedy and horror really resonated with me. I also want to give a shout out to Blade Runner, which I’ve yet to see, but god damn Ryan Gosling’s jacket in that movie is cool.
For me, it’s between Logan and Wonder Woman, but at the end of the day, Wonder Woman had such an effect on me personally like no other movie has ever done. When the credits rolled, I bawled like a child for a good ten minutes. To me, it meant so much to see a female character handle her own, save the day and not be the “cold, overbearing female” character for being in a leadership position. You saw her thighs jiggle in the No-Man’s Land scene, which was something you don’t normally get to see in “the perfect girl being badass” scene. You saw her being vulnerable, but not being put down for it. It was honestly so inspiring for me and I’m so, so very happy that little girls get this film.
Aside from The Last Jedi, my favourite films from 2017 have to be Logan, Lucky, and Kingsman 2 (both of which conveniently feature both Channing Tatum and a particular John Denver song).
The Handmaiden. This was a TOUGH choice, though. Don’t get me wrong, I could not have asked for a better book-to-screen adaptation than IT… but… The Handmaiden was truly visually stunning, I thought about it for weeks, Park Chan Wook is in my top five directors of all time, it represented female love in a way that was progressive and unique for a male perspective let alone a South Korean perspective and it’s a fiendishly clever, sinfully funny con-job melodrama bursting with glorious lesbian sex. Like, come on. My film buff heart says The Handmaiden and I guess my geek heart says IT. There, that’s fair.
The best movie I saw this year was Get Out. I had no idea what to expect going in, and the movie was just so satisfying on so many different levels. This was Jordan Peele’s first dip into writing and directing a feature film, a horror film no less, and he absolutely nailed it. It delivered a strong statement in such a creative and terrifying way. He also managed to infuse his brilliant sense of humor into the movie seamlessly. I am an instant fan of his work, and can’t wait to see what he does with the Twilight Zone reboot. What a perfect man for the job.
Wonder Woman, hands down. I found the movie incredibly inspiring, from the real-life athletes who played Amazon warriors to the way Diana–a woman–walks into an all-male meeting as if it was the most natural thing in the world for her to be there, to the way she wasn’t afraid to show her softer side. Gal Gadot’s Diana didn’t need to act like one of the boys in order to prove she was “strong”. The supporting cast was mostly excellent, and, despite a rather mundane final villain, I found myself tearing up at the end. I’m not only looking forward to the sequel, I’m secretly hoping for a standalone Amazons of Themyscira movie (preferably set before the film so the badass Robin Wright can return).
What were your favorite films of 2017? Let us know in the comments below.