It’s been a year full of movies, good and bad, and while I haven’t seen all of the films this year I have seen a whole lot of them and so because it’s the last day of the year I figured I might as well rank them. So, here’s my list. Enjoy!
14. The Mummy
When I heard they were remaking The Mummy I was kind of skeptical at first but then I heard that Tom Cruise was playing the lead and I got excited. Tom Cruise has been making fantastic movies for decades. There was no way he could star in a film about some explorers who run into real life mummies and the movie end up becoming a fail. How terribly wrong I was. From the first trailer I saw I knew this film wasn’t going to be as good as I had hoped but this movie wasn’t just boring or corny. It was poorly written, the plot was terrible, and it was painful watching Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe, who are both great actors, stoop down to the level of this horrid film.
I was hoping I was going to enjoy this movie but I ended up disliking nearly everything about it. This is undoubtedly the worst movie I’ve seen this year.
13. The Dark Tower
Here was a movie based on a Stephen King novel with Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba starring in it. What could go wrong? Obviously a whole lot. The story was at first going in the right direction and then it bombed real quick. The action scenes were horrendous, the music didn’t help the movie in the slightest, the CGI was poorly done, and it was simply a bad movie. This is one of those movies that I’m going to forget I ever watched.
12. The Lego Batman Movie
When The Lego Movie came out three years ago I went to see it twice, that’s how hilarious it was. Lego Batman shined in that film and made the movie just that much funnier. You would think if he got his own film it would be one of the funniest children’s movies ever made and unfortunately it wasn’t. That rugged Lego Batman charm was gone within the first thirty minutes and I was left with an overly sentimental children’s flick that was taking far too long to end. This movie was made specifically for children 3-8 years old. Anyone outside that range would look at that movie slack-jawed with boredom. This was the first movie I had seen this year and unfortunately it was one of the worst films too.
11. The Lost City of Z
I tried to enjoy this film but it was simply too boring to handle. I’m not one to fall asleep on movies but this entire film was basically one giant lullaby for me. This movie’s only saving grace was that it was easy to follow, it was gorgeously directed, and it had a satisfying end but other than that this was a very, very lackluster film that took way too long to come to an end.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I had been waiting for three years for Guardians of the Galaxy’s sequel and it was very unfortunate that it fell under the sequel curse. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 posed some interesting ideas and a lovable new character in Mantis but overall it was a poorly made film with the team hollering every sentence they spoke. Ugh, it was terrible. While the movie wasn’t fantastic I still can’t wait to see the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War.
9. Transformers: The Last Knight
I love Transformers, there’s no doubt about that. They’re one of the coolest creations in this modern era and their movies are very enjoyable, to a certain extent, and this movie was no exception. Whenever the Transformers are onscreen the movie gets ten times better but they’re not solely Transformer movies. There are also humans in the films and that’s where the problem always lies.
This Transformers was much easier to follow than the previous one and the last thirty-twenty minutes of the movie is pretty epic but getting to that point is the challenge. I’m fine with Mark Wahlberg’s character and Anthony Hopkins doesn’t exactly ruin the film but the story is a little boring and a tad wack, if I’m being honest. Was this one of the worst movies of the year? I wouldn’t say so. I enjoyed it the first time I watched but it definitely should’ve been much, much better.
8. Justice League
People said Justice League was a complete travesty and I highly disagree with that. I went and saw Justice League and the entire time I was waiting for the movie to become horrendous and it never did! In fact, I enjoyed the movie thoroughly.
The story was consistent, the characters were great and easy to root for, and the action scenes in this film were stellar. The main problem of this movie was its CGI. The CGI was smily awful but besides that I’m excited to see this film again when it’s available to rent and if you ended up not seeing it I recommend that you do. It’s a very decent movie that is totally worth watching.
7. Wonder Woman
I love this new version of Wonder Woman. When she made her debut in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice I was so excited and I immediately was a fan of this new Wonder Woman. She was not only an amazing superhero but she was handling business more than Superman and Batman.
When they made a movie concerning only the Amazonian warrior I was stoked. She was already an incredible superhero. How bad could her movie be? And thankfully, it was as amazing as I hoped it would be. Patty Jenkins brought a beautiful directorial eye to the film and she truly made Gal Gadot shine. The movie’s main problem, however, was Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor. At times he overshadowed Wonder Woman’s development in the movie and the forced romance between Diana Prince and him was just unnecessary. I wish I could say I loved Wonder Woman but there was too much focus on Steve Trevor and not enough focus on Diana Prince’s growth into the Amazonian warrior we know today as Wonder Woman. If you haven’t seen it yet though I highly recommend that you do. It’s a rather enjoyable film.
6. The Fate of the Furious
I’m telling you right now, I am NOT a Fast and Furious fan. I watched Furious 7 and I did not like it at all. And then I saw the franchise’s latest installment and I was trying to diss it but as the movie progressed it just kept getting better and better and better. I couldn’t believe it. I was riveted. I was able to follow the plot, I was following the characters’ stories, and the action was off the chain! It was such an enjoyable movie I even shed a tiny tear at the end. Yes, I cried to a Fast and Furious movie. I was utterly shocked.
When the next installment in this unstoppable franchise brings out a new trailer I’m going to be so excited. (Wow, I can’t believe I’m saying this.) So yes, this was one of my favorite movies of 2017.
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming was a flawlessly made movie. Michael Keaton’s Vulture was relatable and one of the best Marvel villains to date. The story flowed effortlessly and Peter Parker was as lovable as lovable could get. Marvel took a gamble by introducing Spider-Man to the MCU and it royally paid off. This was a very fantastic movie.
4. Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok was one of Marvel’s most unconventional installments in its ever expanding franchise and it worked! The humorous aspect of this movie was perfect and the characters were so enjoyable to watch I couldn’t keep a smile off of my face. And yes, this film didn’t exactly have a very cohesive story but that’s what made this movie so perfect. It didn’t need a solid story to have me locked in all the way until the end. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a better constructed film but Thor: Ragnarok plucked at my happiness nerves. I can’t wait for this movie to become available to buy because I’m totally owning this movie.
Whenever Christopher Nolan is making another film I get very, very excited because he is clearly one of this era’s greatest visionary directors and Dunkirk was no exception. This film had me riveted from beginning to end because of its shocking realism and its horrific scenarios. The only problem with this movie was how difficult it was to follow. Because this film was broken up into three different times, one week, one day, and one hour, at times I had no idea what was going on. That’s not a good thing when it comes to making a solidly perfectly movie.
To be honest, the only reason this film was as good as it was is because it was so loud. If it wasn’t for Christopher Nolan’s directorial genius and Han Zimmer’s hypnotically disturbing score this movie wouldn’t have been as enjoyable as it was.
2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Disney buying Star Wars back in 2012 was one of the greatest decisions the company could’ve made and their three movies have been absolutely wonderful to watch. The Last Jedi was clearly the most progressive film out of the three movies as it pushed beyond boundaries and established itself apart from the rest of the franchise. I loved this because one of my most enduring worries about the film was that it would end up becoming a carbon copy of The Empire Strikes Back. I’m glad to say that it wasn’t.
Rian Johnson took these new characters from The Force Awakens and evolved each of their stories in the best possible way while taking the older characters and respectfully evolving their story lines as well. While not everything was utterly perfect in the film it became the movie I had been hoping to see this December and I am very glad about it.
1. War for the Planet of the Apes
I can’t believe I’m saying this but this was my favorite movie of the year. I watched this film expecting it to be like every other Planet of the Apes movie I’d ever seen and it was strikingly different from the get go. I have never gotten so emotional over some CGI created beings in my life. Andy Serkis is a remarkable actor. He brought a realism to Caesar unlike anything I had ever seen. And Woody Harrelson, gosh he was evil in this movie.
The music was exceptional. The cinematography was gorgeously personal and portrayed the world in the way the apes saw it. The story was utterly sensational and never wavered. By the time it got halfway through the film I was crying at every other scene, it was that emotionally resonant to me. It’s a shame more people didn’t see this film because I believe it deserved to be nominated for best film of the year. It was just too impeccably made to not be at least brought up in the Oscar conversation.
I don’t know why exactly this movie impacted me as much as it did but if you haven’t seen it please check it out. You won’t regret it in the slightest.
Well, this is how I ranked all of the movies I have seen this year. I thank you for reading and I hope you have the most wonderful day. Happy New Year’s Eve!