The Top 10 Films of 2017 So Far

We have seen some great films over the last seven months, but which deserve an extra mention? From a Dunkirk evacuation story to talking cars, we’ve got it all covered

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot put in an impeccable performance in the role of Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, in this action packed movie.  Gadot toed the right balance between showing the kind heart in her character, but also portraying the fierce mentality that is required to fight for the side of good. Chris Pine plays a more detached, cynical character in Steve Trevor, but as we might predict, grows closer romantically to Diana in this Patty Jenkins-directed thriller set largely in World War I.

Rating – 5/5

Logan
Another Sci-Fi action film makes the list with James Mangold’s Logan. Adapted from the highly popular X-Men series, Logan does an impeccable job of portraying what things might be like in a post X-men world (heaven forbid). With strong appearances from Hugh Jackman, the ever-consistent Patrick Stewart, and Stephen Merchant, whose gawky frame and stark resemblance to ‘a bit of weird art’ (according to Karl Pilkington) make him the perfect person to play Caliban. Special mentions should also go to the young Dafne Keen who made a stunning screen debut in her role as Laura.

Rating – 5/5

Alien: Covenant

Recent research by Betway Insider suggests that the possibility of another planet like Earth’s existing is 1 in 3, and with this idea heavily romanticised, a whole host of films have been released recently that have hit upon this idea. Despite being the 6th film in the saga, Alien: Covenant holds up rather well and is propelled forward by an extremely impressive Michael Fassbender performance. Katherine Waterston also provides a strong female protagonist as Ridley Scott delivers a gripping science-fiction horror.

Rating – 4/5

The Big Sick

Michael Showalter directs a film that shows how love can be found between an inter-racial couple despite their cultural differences. Comedian Kumail is torn between the expectations of his traditionalist family, who want him to marry a Pakistani woman and his feelings for Emily. He has his ups and downs in his relationship with the girl, who later goes into a medically induced coma. Although a Romantic Comedy in principle, The Big Sick also explores deeper issues of the conflicts between family and romance.

Rating – 4/5

Get Out

This film continues the theme of inter-racial relationships, but in a more extreme fashion. Chris goes with his girlfriend Rose to meet her family, some of whom behave mysteriously as a sense of danger crescendos throughout. Jordan Peele has directed a piece of work that contains echoes of horror movies but also examines the realities of racism. Get Out has been voted as the best film of 2017 so far, but it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Rating – 5/5

Despicable Me 3

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, Despicable Me 3 sees Gru get re-acquainted with his long-lost twin brother Dru. Together they aim to defeat supervillain Balthazar Bratt, who is on a revenge mission to destroy Hollywood. The humour is a little on the eccentric side, as you’d expect from a film starring small, yellow, cylindrical creatures – or indeed one that features Steve Coogan. Those who appreciate colourful animation and quirky jokes though have much to look forward to.

Rating – 3/5

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

David Beckham is known for his bending free-kicks, but here he attempts to bend his skills towards acting, making a cameo in Guy Ritchie’s fantasy film. The concept of an ex-Manchester United footballer playing the part of a grumpy Knight is just about as wacky as the film itself, which explores the challenges Arthur faces whilst growing up in the hard, back alleys of Londinium. Charlie Hunnam plays the main character in the movie, which strays a little on the wild side but also throws up political ideas. Getting smooth acting from Becks, though, is like getting a sword out of a stone.

Rating – 3/5

Cars 3

This might be a kids-centred film about talking cars, but it contains themes of age and insecurity that we can all relate to. Lightning McQueen, a seven-time Piston Cup racing legend, fears a new generation of more technologically advanced cars, such as the arrogant Jackson Storm, threatens his status. Lightning tries to find new ways of staying ahead of the pack and in his frustration, has ups and downs in his relationship with others, such as trainer Cruz Ramirez. Can Lightning strike twice?

Rating – 4/5

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Another superhero film from the popular trilogy, this Jon Watts piece sees Peter Parker attempt to balance regular high-school life with the small matter of being Spider-Man. 21-year-old Tom Halland plays Spidey, who uses his budding superpowers to fight crime in his neighbourhood, whilst also having the imperfections of any normal kid. His two worlds become intertwined as the film goes on, with thrilling results.

Rating – 4/5

Dunkirk

The story of Dunkirk from the Second World War has become so well-known, the phrase ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ can be used to convey a group’s stoicism and determination in the face of danger. It is of little surprise therefore that the evacuation story has caught on, with Christopher Nolan directing arguably his best work to date. Dialogue may be limited, but in many ways this adds to the sense of suspense in one of the greatest war films of all time.

Rating – 5/5

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