With the titanic number of films released each year, it’s hard to keep up with the good and the bad.
Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best and five worst films from 2017 – in no particular order.
Of course, any list like this is entirely subjective and in the eye of the reviewer – if you’ve got an alternate list hit the comments below and let us know!
10 of the best
Directed by Kiwi maestro Taiki Waititi, the third Thor instalment is by far the best. It has all the superhero movie tropes you’ve come to expect, but everything is layered with a level of knowing hilarity. Chris Hemsworth has never been funnier and there are some killer cameos. Watch this space, because Taika Waititi is going to be huge.
Read more: Thor a thundering success
One of the most talked about films of the year, Get Out is an incredibly funny, incredibly intelligent horror movie about race relations and cultural misappropriation. Equal parts creepy and laugh-out-loud funny, the Jordan Peele penned and directed flick provides more social commentary than your average news digest.
Read more: Buzzy horror worth the hype
THE BIG SICK
Rom-coms are typically a dime a dozen, but The Big Sick? This is something different. Apart from being taken straight from the life of writer Emily V Gordon and her husband/the film’s star Kumail Nanjiani, the film crosses cultural boundaries and packs a really good laugh. There’s also a tonne of heart and, what do you know, some more social commentary. Truly one everyone in the family will enjoy.
Read more: Cool coma comedy charms
It might seem as though World War II dramas have been done to death, but Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is next level. Three interrelated storylines take place over three timelines (one week, one day, one hour) and follow characters on the famous beach, in the water and in the sky. The level of detail and realism in Dunkirk is second-to-none and this film is shaping up as an Oscar frontrunner.
Read more: Powerful wartime drama
Perhaps the most ambitious film of the year, Baby Driver sprung from the mind of quirky auteur Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs The World). The entire heist-romance is choreographed to a cracking soundtrack of eclectic tunes. It’s fast-paced, enthralling and a helluva good time.
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The Promise is set during the little-covered Armenian genocide in the 1910s. It follows three main characters in something of a love triangle, but that is just the entry into the film – it’s real job is informing audiences of the heartbreak, tragedy and cruelty of the genocide. Expect plenty of tears.
Read more: Love story amidst tragedy
Who said a female superhero couldn’t draw a crowd? Wonder Woman absolutely demolished the box office this year, and with good reason – Gal Gadot was incredible as the titular Amazonian warrior and director Patty Jenkins handled the action and heart of the film with a steady hand. Wonder Woman is the hero we all needed this year.
Hidden Figures scored three nominations at this year’s Academy Awards and it was unlucky not to walk away with any statues. It is a brilliant, genuinely feel-good film about a trio of brave, determined, intelligent African-American women who were instrumental in getting the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth. One of the best historical biopics in recent years.
Read more: Top minds hidden no more
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
Teen movies rarely transcend their genre but The Edge of Seventeen? That’s a winner, no matter what category you put it in. It is one of the most realistic, genuine teenage dramas ever released and Hailee Steinfeld is incredible in the lead role. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll re-examine your teen years. Woody Harrelson is awesome as a snarky history teacher.
Read more: New teen classic emerges
Have a big drink before you watch Lion, because you’ll be expelling lots of fluids as this unbelievable true story moves along. Following Aussie student Saroo Brierly (played brilliantly by Dev Patel) on his attempt to find his Indian birth family after becoming separated from them more than 20 years earlier, Lion takes you places you never thought movies could. The best home-grown film of the year, without doubt.
Read more: A life-affirming true story
Five of the worst
Controversial choice as it’s picking up lots of critical praise, but Mother is just not an enjoyable film to watch. To the average viewer, it makes little to no sense and you spend the entire runtime wondering what point it’s trying to make. The last half hour especially is just chaotic, frenetic torture that will probably make you physically uncomfortable. You’ve got to wonder how talent such as Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris ended up in this stinker of a film.
Read more: Confronting and confusing
It’s supposed to be a comedy, but The House is anything but funny. It follows Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell as clueless parents trying to pay their daughter’s way to college by setting up a casino in their basement. The jokes are unfunny at best and offensive at worst (seriously, who thinks it’s okay to joke about rape?) and is not worth anyone’s time. Steer well clear.
Read more: Irredeemably disastrous
A stupid, ridiculous, unadulterated mess, CHIPS is one giant disappointment. It takes the brilliance of character actor Michael Pena and puts him in a thankless second-lead role, probably ruining his chances of ever leading a film again. Everything about it is terrible, barring the numerous cameos from friends of director/star Dax Shepard and his wife Kristen Bell.
Read more: Cop comedy misses mark
THE GREAT WALL
Whoever thought it was a good idea to cast white man Matt Damon as the saviour of an ancient group of Chinese warriors who only job is to protect the land beyond the Great Wall deserves to be fired and never work in Hollywood again. The most culturally tone-deaf film falls into that classic trap of ‘white man comes and saves non-white people with his superior skills’. The accents are also awful. Viewers will struggle to figure out why this movie exists.
Read more: All spectacle, no substance
Amy Schumer’s second big screen outing is 100 per cent worse than her first. Snatched pairs Schumer with Goldie Hawn as her mother, on a trip to South America where they are kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers. Again, it’s just not funny and relies on ridiculous clichés to keep the story moving. Just so, so bad.
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