2017 has been a strong year, especially in the summer blockbuster department. It has now come to that time of the year where we look back and decide which 10 films have caught our eye so far.
1. Dunkirk – Director Christopher Nolan has delivered again. His use of practical effects come to fruitition in Dunkirk. Effectively using the IMAX cameras to create a piece of art that will forver be regarded as one of the best war movies of all time.
2. Logan – In Hugh Jackmans final performance as Wolverine, it had to be a special one. I wasn’t let down in the slightest. Logan is an R rates mean machine and doesn’t hold back. Gory, action packed, foul mouthed and a hard hitting plot, Logan is one of the more finest Marvel movies in its long list of films by the company.
3. Get Out – hypnotic, creepy, hilarious and unpredictable. A long list of words that I thought I would ever use in a Horror movie. Surprisingly it works. An injection of fresh air to the horror genre, Jordan Peele gives us one of the more enjoyable horror movies that has hit our screen for a long time.
4. La La Land – a film I never thought i would enjoy. The end result, me listening to the soundtrack on repeat for months on end. Magical and spell bounding, la la Land grabbed me instantly and never let go. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give brilliant performances and their chemistry shines throughout. Certainly a musical for all ages.
5. Lion – Never have I wanted to cry so much at a film. I bravely held back the tears for this incredible true story about a young Indian boy that gets seperated from his family. Years after his seperation, all grown up, he decides to find his parents. Astonishing performances all round, Lion deserved all recognition it got at the awards season earlier this year.
6. Raw – The French film that people can’t stop talking about. And one I’ll never forget. A first year university student struggles to keep to her vow of staying a vegetarian as her lust for meat grows increasingly. A cannibal masterpiece that doesn’t let up. If you think you’ve seen everything, then you neee to see Raw.
7. War for the Planet of the Apes – If it is to be the end of this trilogy, then its ended on a brilliant note. War continues the vibe and feel of Dawn and takes Caesar and co into war with the humans. Stunning visuals and direction from Matt Reeves is awe-inspiring.
8. A Monster Calls – undeservedly underlooked at the box office back in January, this film is an absolute gem and I’m so glad I saw it on the big screen. As a young boy suffers to cope with his Mother dying from Cancer, he befriends a talking tree voiced by Liam Neeson who helps him during his torrid time at home. A wonderfully original and creative piece of work by JA Bayona, it’s definitely one that needs to be seen. And make sure to bring the tissues, this one is a tear jerker!
9. Split – An insanely good performance by James McAvoy that will be remembered for years to come. Split is a surprisingly good thriller that has shown that M Night Shyamalan still has his wicked charm that was so effective back in the early 2000’s. horrifying, tense and brutal. Split is one I’m already dying to see again.
10. Baby Driver – The Day when Edgar Wright makes a bad movie is still yet to come as Baby Driver is another classic in the waiting. Action packed and fun filled, this was the perfect film to really kick start the summer blockbuster season. Full of electric hits that is the beating heart of the movie. Also helps when you have a great cast behind it, too.
So there we go. That’s my 10 films you have to see this year so far. What do you guys think? Have I missed anything out that you felt was better than my 10? If so, let me know! I may have seen it but there are a couple I have missed out on that I’m eager to see!