Editor’s Picks: Top Movies of 2017

2017 was a mixed bag for movies. Some were really good, others a giant flop. Maybe expectations were too high, or movies just weren’t what we had hoped. Before we look ahead to the exiting movies of 2018, let’s take a look back at the top movies of 2017 (in no particular order):

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Wonder Woman – Its about time we got a female superhero lead and who better than Wonder Woman. One of DC’s strongest characters from the comics came at a perfect time for the struggling DCEU. Not only was the movie true to the source material of the comics, it finally proved that women can be in the spotlight in a male lead superhero world. With amazing visual effects, being entertaining to watch, and a compelling story Wonder Woman was one of the top movies of 2017.

The Big Sick – While it flew under the radar, The Big Sick slowly snuck up the list. It was clever, charming, funny and interesting all while being loosely based on a true story. While many people may not have heard of it and if they did probably ignored it for the summer blockbusters, if you did you easily missed out on a great film. The film succeeds where most fail with every character being the perfect complement to the rest. The interactions between each character draws you in and pulls the compassion from the audience out. Released in theaters in July, The Big Sick is available for streaming, rental, and purchasing.

The Greatest Showman – Critics couldn’t be more wrong about this film. Maybe too many expect the greatest musical every made and missed out on something fun. Too many pointed out how it wasn’t true to the life of PT Barnum, but had the film stuck too close to the character it would’ve been stripped of the family fun it was intended to be. The Greatest Showman was meant to be a lighthearted, fun, and entertaining film to remind people of how it felt to actually attend their favorite circus. Too often critics overlook the intent of movies for a more realistic and culturally accurate representation, for that they often miss out on the energy and fun of seeing movies.

The Lego Batman Movie – The original Lego Movie looked to expand into the superhero genre with The Lego Batman Movie and knocked it out of the park. Batman has always been a fan favorite and finally got a family friendly film for the younger audiences. Loaded with one-liners and humor throughout, it was more than just a crowd pleaser for the kids. If you’re looking for an adventurous yet entertaining film to sit down with on family movie night, look no further than the Lego Batman Movie.

Logan – An early fan favorite, Wolverine finally got the R-rating it deserved. If the franchise was going to go out in a blaze of glory with actor Hugh Jackman stepping out of the role, it would have to be violent. While fans have mixed feelings about the film, there was no shortage of action. No one knows the future of the beloved character even now with Disney’s acquisition of Fox properties. However, there will never be a shortage of interest in the character should someone decide to tackle Wolverine head on. Logan was the perfect send off for Jackman and should the character be recast, someone will have big claws to fill.

2017 is wrapping up and 2018 has a full slate of movies. Can any of them top the rollercoaster of films that kicked off this year? Will superheroes continue to reign supreme or will fatigue finally set in? Where are all the laugh out loud comedies we’ve been missing? 2018 has some catching up to do.

*Editors note: While there have been plenty of great films in 2017, the list is compiled of movies the author has seen and is not a reflection of the entire staff.

 

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