2017 was a massive year for films and I feel one of the best. Although some films on this list came out at the middle and end of 2016, I didn’t see them until the start of 2017 and I have loved them ever since.
I went to the cinema more in the last year and it’s because so many good films came out! So here are my Top 10 Favourite Films of 2017!
10. To The Bone
To The Bone is at number 10 because I feel as though it made me think in a different way. For those who haven’t seen it, the film deals with eating disorders and Lily Collins is the main actress who has anorexia and meets Keanu Reeves who “is a doctor which challenges her to face her condition and embrace life” – IMDb.
It sheds light on eating disorders and mental health which is one of the first of its kind especially about ED’s. Hearing that both the Director and Lily Collins both struggled with ED’s makes this film hit even harder watching it a second time. It feels as though they both are telling some of their stories.
It is such a hard film to watch in my opinion, I cried for most of it and I had to stop it at one point due to the fact I couldn’t hear over my sobs. It made me realise that people go through this every day and even though they refuse to eat or they make themselves throw up, it is a mental condition and that’s what they’ve taught their body to do. It is such a good film to bring more awareness to eating disorders and I urge everyone to watch it at some point, preferably with a box of tissues.
9. Beauty and The Beast
Beauty and the Beast, well wow. I love Disney and I was so excited to see this but also very sceptical. I love the original film and I just didn’t want a live-action remake to disappoint. I went to see this film with Jack on our first date and let’s just say, I wasn’t the one crying for once. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens really took the script and made their characters their own.
I was so stunned with how the Beast looked in the film. It was beautifully shot as well and the music was just perfect. I honestly loved this film so much but I haven’t watched it since April because I haven’t felt I loved it that much to watch it again. I do love the film and I think every part of it is beautiful.
8. Baby Driver
I loved Baby Driver so much and I will just clarify after the Kevin Spacy accusations came to light, I was very saddened but because of those claims, I will not be talking about him in this part.
Baby Driver is such a cinematic masterpiece. Edgar Wright is an amazing filmmaker and blew this one out the bag. The cuts were fast-paced and by the time I knew it, the film was over. I am such a fan of Ansel Elgort and seeing him drive like a maniac was even better. Lily James and Ansel are such good actors and their chemistry on-screen was so beautiful to see.
The storyline was something I haven’t really seen before and I really liked the originality of it. Baby’s foster dad and he were so cute. If you spotted something when Baby’s mum was singing in the booth, you’ll know what I’m talking about but the second time I watched the film, it hit me hard.
I saw Split just before the New Year finally because I don’t like horrors but I sucked up the courage and it actually wasn’t that scary. I have been interested in DID (Previously Multiple Personality Disorder) for around 2 years and I have been wondering how people deal with this and what happens when an Alter (the name for another person in the brain of DID sufferers) becomes present.
Although this film was somehow correct in the way they displayed how Alters can come forward at any time, it also didn’t really explain DID in the way I had hoped. They demonise the condition and make it seem like some Alters in the brain of someone with DID are bad. It was sad to see that this was the route that they took but at the same time, there was light shed on the condition.
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
How could I not add this in? Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a film that blew my mind. It is only number 6 because of some plot holes I didn’t understand and I only saw it to the end of the year but I would still watch it again due to it being so good! Spoilers below, if you haven’t watched it yet, skip over the rest of this overview!
I must say because of Carrie Fisher dying in 2016, I didn’t expect them to keep her alive throughout this movie and just when you think she’s died, she somehow flies through the air and gets back to the ship. This just didn’t make sense to me. Why keep a character alive when she isn’t in real life. I don’t know how they’re gonna do the next one but I already can tell it may be an “off-screen” death.
5. La La Land
I started the year off by watching La La Land in the cinema and let me tell you, I fell in love. I love musicals and although I disagree with some parts of the film like a white ordinary guy saving jazz, it overall was a beautifully shot film.
I must say watching it in the cinema did it justice because I then got the film and it was still really good but the big screen and amazing sound just didn’t make it all the cinematic anymore. It was like an event when I saw it, it felt special but seeing it on my laptop just takes that away now.
4. Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 was such a good film! I loved it so much! Chris Pratt looked very good in this film too. I loved the storyline and the fact his “dad” was some kind of evil planet was super cool. I didn’t really like that the group split up, to begin with but after a while, I understood why.
This is a feel-good cheer up film and I love it. Baby Groot was so cute and the bit at the end when he is a teenager was hilarious!
3. Before I Fall
Before I Fall stars Zoey Deutch who was the main character in Vampire Academy and I watched this film because of that but immediately loved it. It is one of those films like Groundhog Day and I love these kinds of films.
It teaches the audience that your actions have an impact on someone and it deals with quite serious issues like suicide and bullying. It made me cry at one point (you can tell I cry at everything from this post, I swear) but it struck a chord with me. Why make every day the same when it may be the last. It really hit home with my mental health and helped understand that being mean to people really doesn’t help as you don’t know what they’ve been through or what they are going through.
2. Me Before You
Me Before You came out in June 2016 but I didn’t see it until the start of 2017 and I loved it from the moment I saw it. It is a such a beautiful story and the fact Lou (Emilia Clarke) goes above and beyond to make Will (Sam Claflin) happy even though he is disabled and I think how the story progresses is just sweet.
I really like how the film is shot and the lessons that the film teaches to the audience. It is a love story different to a normal one but it makes me cry so much and I even did a presentation on the film for my course at Uni.
Of course, No.1 is Moana, I probably have talked about this is some of my posts but I love this film so much. The animation is so well done and the storyline is so beautiful! I love that Moana is not about finding love but finding what you love to do aka for Moana, it is travelling the sea. It did come out at the end of 2016 but I didn’t watch it till 2017 and I am so happy I did.
Not only is the animation great, the music is even better. I love all of the songs and Lin Manuel-Miranda did such an amazing job of producing such beautiful songs. This movie is definitely one of my favourite movies of all time. Moana is such a beautiful film with relatable characters and it kind of helped me to see what I want to do as well with life. I love creating things and writing and it really helped me to realise, that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
So there we go! My top 10 favourite films of 2017! Are some of these the same as yours or are some different? I would love to know!
Till Next Time,