We are now half way there! Day 15: Favourite movie.
I’ve said it a few times in past posts, I watch a lot of movies. I am at the cinema at least once a week, sometimes more. I have seen some that I love, some that I like, and some that I will never watch again (The Snowman). Therefore, I will never be able to pick a favourite movie. Instead, I am going to pick my top 10 favourite movies of 2017.
10. Hitman’s Bodyguard
Plot: “The world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Criminal Court. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.”
Ryan Reynolds? Samuel L Jackson? Gary Oldman? Yes please. I wasn’t expecting much from this movie, but I found it hilarious. There is great chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson and they both played their roles effortlessly. The movie is pretty predicable, you know exactly what is going to happen throughout, but that isn’t the point, is it? You may know what’s coming but you’ll have fun watching it.
9. Kong: Skull Island
Plot: “A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.”
Another movie with Samuel L Jackson in! This movie seemed to get a ton of negative reviews, however I really enjoyed it. Although maybe I’m biased because it has Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in it. The acting was great, the CGI was amazing, the plot wasn’t too bogged down with easter eggs to expand their new universe, and the soundtrack was perfect. I would recommend at least giving it a go, no matter what review you have heard.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
Plot: “The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”
So, I am a massive Marvel fan. Anything Marvel and I am first there. With any movie franchise, there is always that worry that the sequel will not match up to the first one. There was no need to worry with Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. It is a very fun movie with a great cast and soundtrack. Groot and Rocket are my favourite pairings in these movies, and they have memorable moments together. The scenery is truly something else, it’s worth seeing just for the special effects.
7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Plot: “Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.”
I would like to start this review by saying that Jack Black does an amazing job at portraying a teenage girl. This is my mams favourite movie at the moment, she goes through phases of being obsessed with a particular movie and then watches it 4 times during the day for about a month. As someone who adores the original, I was a bit nervous about them remaking it, but I absolutely loved it. It was surprising funny and I liked the call backs to the first movie.
6. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Plot: “When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.”
I went to see this one in the cinema with my friend who was very excited because she loved the first movie. I, however, had not seen the first one so I had no idea what to expect. I really enjoyed this one. I was a little bit lost at times and obviously some of the emotional moments did not affect me as much as others, but I still loved it. After I had seen it I went home and watched them both in the right order. I don’t really understand why this movie got such negative reviews. It’s really fun and obviously not to be taken as a serious spy movie.
5. The Greatest Showman
Plot: “Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”
I saw this movie 5 times in the cinema with various people. We then watched it a work with the kids. Fair to say, I have seen it enough times for now. The first time I seen it was January 1st, and I proceeded to listen to the soundtrack non-stop for 5 months afterwards. I get that it isn’t historically accurate in regards to what it was actually like, but it is such a fun movie. I absolutely love Hugh Jackman, he’s great in everything he is in.
Plot: “In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shapeshifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.”
Before I went to see this in the cinema, I watched the original IT with Tim Curry and found it awful. I really didn’t like it so I had low expectations going in to this. I was very surprised though, it had a few jump scares in it and great acting by the children, my favourites being Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie). It wasn’t very scary considering it is classed as a horror, just a few tense moments but a really good movie overall. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
3. Spider-man: Homecoming
Plot: “Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.”
Tom Holland is the best choice for Peter Parker/Spider-Man, he plays both perfectly. Another Marvel movie on my list! I liked how they didn’t feel the need to make it his proper origin story. Spider-Man is one of the more well known superheroes. Everyone knows how he got his powers and that his uncle was killed, so it was good that they left that part out.
Plot: “Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.”
Who thought this one was going to be as emotional as it was? I was crying by the end of it and my friend said very loudly, “Are you crying?!” To which everyone around me turned to look at me. You should watch it just for the imagery alone, Disney and Pixar are just getting better and better with their CGI. Lovely songs, great and original plot, and a main character you really root for.
- Thor: Ragnarok
Plot: “Thor is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, and must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.”
Surprised? Probably not. I loved everything about this movie. Taika Waititi has done a perfect job with Thor, this is exactly what he should be like. I cannot think of anything bad to say about Thor: Ragnarok. It introduced lots of new character that I love, such as Valkyrie, Korg, and The Grandmaster. 10/10.
So that’s it for my favourite movies of 2017! Obviously you will have a different list, or maybe it’s this list but in another order? Let me know. Clearly I have not been able to see all movies that have been released in 2017, so there may be some I would love but I just haven’t seen yet.