2017 has been a good year for movies, hasn’t it?
As the year comes to a close, we inevitably begin to look back on what has happened during the last twelve months. And what better place to start than with movies? So join us as we take a look back on our favorite releases in the last year, and who knows, you might even find your next favorite!
Sharing the inspirational true story of the three young women who played a vital role in the early years of the NASA space program, Hidden Figures is the kind of movie we want to see more of in our lives. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae were a perfect team throughout and this movie absolutely deserved all of the praise that it received. (This technically came out in the last days of 2016, but we all saw it in 2017 and we just want to gush about it, so it stays!)
We knew that Hugh Jackman’s swan song as Wolverine was going to be sad, we just weren’t prepared for just how painful it would be. Logan was so far from your standard X-Men movie and yet it was all the better for it. Logan’s relationships with both Charles and Laura were so well portrayed and we still don’t fully want to accept that it’s over. The one shining light from this is Dafne Keen, who was incredible in her role as X-23/Laura and we would love to see her in a movie of her own one day soon.
Beauty and the Beast
Let’s be honest, Disney live-action movies are always going to be hit or miss. The animated classics have such a special place in our hearts that it can be hard to watch something else in their place. However, Beauty and the Beast was a pleasant surprise. Each member of the cast brought something new to their role and, by adding additional details that were not in the original, we really learned some more about the characters we already loved.
Far from his role as Captain America, Chris Evans proves he is more than just a pretty face in this understated movie. With a supporting cast including Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate and young McKenna Grace we already had high hopes, but Gifted more than met them. We totally cried watching this, but can you blame us?
We’ve waited far too long for a female superhero movie, but finally DC came through for us. Serving as the origin story for Diana following her introduction in Batman vs Superman, Wonder Woman is the superhero film we have been waiting for. Watching how Diana has become a role model for so many young people has been incredible to see, and we cannot wait for her journey to continue.
The Big Sick
Loosely based on Kumail Nanjiani’s real life, The Big Sick is easily one of our favorite films of this year. Both Nanjiana and Zoe Kazan are perfect in their roles and really made us believe in them as a couple. With a budget of only $5 million, The Big Sick went on to gross more than $50 million worldwide, and it’s easy to see why. We don’t want to give too much away, but definitely recommend checking this movie out if you haven’t already.
Fresh from his official MCU introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Peter is in high school! Avoiding the Spider-Man origin story this time around was definitely a smart move by Marvel, as it allowed for a more focused plotline. Tom Holland was born to play Spider-Man, and, we cannot wait to catch up with him again in Avengers: Infinity War. For one thing, we need to know how that final scene with Aunt May turned out.
It’s hard to believe that Thor had been missing from our screens since Avengers: Age of Ultron. But it felt like he’d never been away and the comedic aspects of Ragnarok were a welcome addition following the intensity of Thor’s previous solo outing. As expected, Hemsworth continues to excel in his role as Thor, whilst the blossoming friendship between him and Bruce Banner was something we didn’t know we wanted, and now cannot live without. But the most important discovery from all of this is: we want to be Valkyrie.
Released just last month, Coco has easily become one of our favorite Pixar films of all time. We don’t want to reveal too much without revealing spoilers but we will say this: if you see Coco, and we highly recommend that you do, bring plenty of tissues.
Based on the book by R.J. Palacio, Wonder shares what should be a simple, but often forgotten message: be kind. If you are familiar with the book already then you’ll be prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that Wonder takes you on, but it’s definitely worth it.
But don’t forget it’s only the beginning of December. We still have a whole month of movies yet to come!
It would be too presumptuous of us to add these to the list before seeing them but, from what we know so far, we’re pretty confident they would have made the cut.
The Last Jedi
It’s Star Wars, need we say more?
Pitch Perfect 3
Another opportunity to join the Bellas is something we’re always on board with.
The Greatest Showman
Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and Zac Efron. Music by Pasek and Paul. This might just be our dream movie.
What has been your favorite movie of 2017?