2017 was kind of a down year for the movies industry. Its box-office totals were way down compared to last year. It started the summer off with a string of busts that were supposed to be box-office guaranties. That being said, there were still a lot of good things to watch last year, so here are my top five films of 2017 in reverse order!
Homecoming was the movie Spider-Man fans had been waiting for. It brought Spider-Man back home to the MCU, and it did not disappoint. It served up the comedy and action you would expect from an MCU flick while firmly cementing Spidey in the MCU. Its only major flaw was that it played it too safe.
Rian Johnson had the impossible task of living up to fan expectations with The Last Jedi, and he didn’t quite do it, but he did expand the universe in meaningful ways while trying new things. Which is no small feat. I can’t wait to see where all the stuff he set in motion ends up, and that is what a middle movie in a trilogy should do.
Taika Waititi gazed upon the MCU and found it lacking a true comedy, so he fixed that, and it was amazingly successful. I am not sure that Thor: Ragnarok lines up 100% of the way with the rest of the MCU, but it was too much fun to care. It was one of my favorite MCU films to date.
Wonder Woman finally got her chance to shine, and she didn’t waste it. It was by far the best movie DC has put out recently, and it made the mess that was Justice League look even worse by comparison. Heck with Patty Jenkins just being in charge of Wonder Woman, make her in charge of the whole DCEU!
People were wondering if Christopher Nolan had anything left in the tank, but Dunkirk proved that he is still a world class director. Dunkirk was a stunning achievement, and it showed that there are still interesting war movies left to be made. Expect Dunkirk to make some noise this award season.
So that is my top five list! What was your top 5? I would love to hear about it you liked (or didn’t).