JB’s 5 Favorite Movies of 2017!

JB’s 5 Favorite Movies of 2017!

I saw 16 movies in the theaters in 2017. (Who says people don’t go to the movies anymore?)

Most of them fell into the comic book genre, but hey – that is the cinematic era we are living in. Some I had high hopes going into (Alien: Covenant, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and came out disappointed, others I had no expectations going in and was pleasantly surprised (Daddy’s Home 2, Split).

Here are my 5 favorite movies of 2017! (Be warned: potential spoilers!)

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming

While I felt like after three tries they finally nailed the casting of Peter Parker and enjoyed Michael Keaton as Vulture, I wasn’t huge on the upgraded Spidey suit (despite it being consistent with what is going on in the MCU).

Tom Holland plays the part perfectly, and the humor is spot on. It was a relief not to see Parker’s origin story yet again, so good on them for not going there.

4. Thor: Ragnarok

After watching the first Thor and frankly being rather bored with it, I didn’t even bother to see it’s follow up, Thor: The Dark World. It’s safe to say that if they hadn’t changed the tone as significantly as they did, I never would have gone to see Ragnarok either.

Fortunately, things turned out as they did and I really enjoyed the latest installment. While it may have been a little goofy at times, it was a welcome change for the often-serious Thor. Perhaps what really stole the show for me was Taika Waititi (the film’s director) voicing the character of Korg. Hilarious.

3. Wonder Woman

This felt like finally, DC had something good on their hands and didn’t mess it up.

I admittedly knew nothing of Wonder Woman going in, and perhaps that ignorance helped as I fully enjoyed the story that was told. Chris Pine is solid as Steve Trevor, but all the credit and then some has to go to the leading lady, Gal Gadot. She absolutely nails the character and keeps the audience’s attention from start to finish. You can’t go wrong with her orchestral theme either, which we first heard in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

2. Dunkirk

I’m not sure how, but apparently some people didn’t enjoy Dunkirk, or were disappointed with it.

I felt the exact opposite.

I thought this movie was riveting and exciting. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and the ticking clock feeling had me delightfully anxious throughout. I enjoyed how the multiple timelines came together for a moment, then continued on their way. All the characters were superb and I left the theater thinking about what had just happened and what it must have been like to live through that. A very powerful experience.

1. Blade Runner 2049

Echoing many of my thoughts in a review I did for Blade Runner 2049, I thought this was the standout movie for me in 2017.

The effects, the performances, and the further exploration of the world that Ridley Scott first built back in the 1982 original were all highlights. I fully intend on owning this one for myself, as the re-watch factor is high in this movie. So many details to pay attention to.

Let’s see what 2018 can bring!

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