20 Best Movies of 2017

So, finally, 2017 has come to an end. The million dollar question: What have been the best movies of 2017? Before I answer that question let me make it clear that the report card for 2017 doesn’t look very good. Yes, there have been a few sparks here and there, but in terms of what we can call truly great, there is not much to choose from. In fact, if you remove last quarter out of the equation, things look even more dire. Film industries, including Hollywood, seriously need to do something about the consistently bad quality of movies that release in the first half of the year.

Anyway, we can only hope that things start changing and we get to see more quality films throughout the year — and not just last few months. With that said, below is the list of best films of 2017. I liked all the films on this list — some more than others — and loved at least three. Again, the top 20 movies of 2017:

 

20. Raw

Director Julia Ducournau’s ‘Raw’ gained a reputation on the Fall festival circuit, when it was presented to the queasy audiences of the Toronto Film Festival. Reports indicated Ducournau’s film prompted walk outs and fainting spells. But truth be told, Ducouranu isn’t interested in making a gory film but rather she is after something much bigger: a film that’s is filled with symbolism and social commentary. She mostly succeeds!

 

19. Split

If there’s anything that M.Night Shyamalan has a grasp on as a director it’s how to build tension, especially tension to a climatic moment. In ‘Split’, he is no different. He builds the movie for a explosive climax and comes out with mixed results. In any case, ‘Split’ is worth a watch for the incredible James McAvoy performance alone. Rest everything is a bonus.

 

18. The Lovers

How refreshing to see an actress over sixty find a great role, one in which she is permitted to be a real sexual being. We saw it take place in Sarah Polley’s elegiac and haunting Away from Her (2007) but it is not a common theme on film these days. What makes it even more extraordinary is that three-time Oscar nominee Debra Winger is back in the role that could bring the gifted actress an overdue Academy Award. ‘The Lovers’ sensitively portrays older people showing that they can have interesting stories as well.

 

17. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Despite winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, it is a real shame that the film didn’t find the audience and acclaim that it deserved. The film is the story of a depressed woman, who after she burglarized, finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But soon enough, they find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. The film is a dark comedy that offers observations on gender dynamics and social norms in modern America.

 

16. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos hardly ever disappoints. He is one of those filmmakers who is not afraid to all out and try something different. While ‘The Killing a Sacred Deer’ may not be his best work but still it delivers as a highly enjoyable film. The film follows Dr. Steven Murphy, a celebrated cardiovascular surgeon who presides over an immaculate household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the periphery of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who deceptively manoeuvres himself into the doctor’s life in gradually unsettling ways. Soon, the full scope of Martin’s intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter his domestic bliss forever. Watching the movie is like slowly uncovering pieces of puzzle. 

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  • No place for David Lowery’s A GHOST STORY (with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara) ? I think it’s one of the most original movies in recent times. But hardly for everyone, I know. My No.1 for this year, easily.

    It was pleasant surprise to see SONG TO SONG ranked so high on this list . Bravo !