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Five Best Films of 2017

This year’s list wasn’t easy to make. Not because there were too many outstanding films in 2017. Quite the opposite actually. Sure, many of the award-winning and Oscar-nominated ones were technically great with brilliant performances. But none of them wow-ed me as much as the films in the past years. Not many of them were fantastically unique, impactfully relatable or had a message that’s never been done or conveyed in the same way before. Also, I didn’t have much time to look for and watch those that wasn’t nominated for anything during this season. But thankfully I’ve seen enough to make a top 5 at least.

Anyway, gonna keep it short and simple since the Oscars is already live at the moment. Here it is, the list of top five best movies of 2017 that I’ve seen;


5. Lady Bird

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This coming-of-age comedy drama is pretty much like the female version of Boyhood (2014) minus the groundbreaking 12-year filming approach. It’s all about the social life and family relationship of a final-year high schooler who’s determined to move out of her little town in Sacramento and study at a college in a big city. It’s frustratingly relatable, even for me. The mother character definitely reminds me of my own late mother, and probably millions of others’ mothers as well. Great performances, particularly by the film’s lead, Saoire Ronan, who’s nominated for Best Actress in the Oscars for this titular role.


4. Get Out

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Definitely the most unique meet-the-parents movie I’ve ever seen. Jordan Peele takes his usual, funny YouTube style and makes a creepy flick out of it. Not only it’s compelling, thrilling and hilarious, it’s also a very unique exploration of the common racial stereotyping and tension that seem to be still happening in America. The alternate ending, which was more tragic but realistic, could’ve made the film even more powerful.


3. Logan

(released in Malaysia by 20th Century Fox Malaysia)

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Just because this is a X-Men spinoff, considered as a “superhero movie”, some people might look down on it. But at least it’s nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay in the Oscars; the first time a live-action superhero film to have received it — and it totally deserved it. The story doesn’t revolve around saving the world, rescuing a damsel in distress, forming a team, stopping an alien invasion or conflict/versus. Instead, its more about these mutants saving their own asses as the story explore themes of humanity, redemption and true heroism — seriously, it feels more heroic than any of the X-Men instalments. It’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s tragic, it’s very entertaining, and the performances by Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are absolutely their very best in the series as well. Read my full review here.


2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

(released in Malaysia by 20th Century Fox Malaysia)

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What would you do if you some you loved was raped and murdered but received no justice for months? In the film, Mildred Hayes, played brilliantly by Frances McDormand, pays loads of money for advertisement to shame and put pressure on the sheriff chief portrayed by Woody Harrelson. That’s the main premise but the situation is not as straightforward as it seems. Everyone in town knows the chief is dying from cancer and due to that, she’s hated by almost everyone for putting up the billboards with the chief’s name on it. Hayes also have to deal with her own anger issues, reckless actions, depressed teenage son and divorced husband who has a 19-year-old girlfriend. The film balances comedy and drama extremely well while injecting a heavy sense of courage, sadness and moral conflict. And it ends brilliantly too. As I’m writing this, Sam Rockwell received the Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Oscars for his portrayal as the racist, violent, alcoholic cop in the film. Well deserved, I’d say.


1. The Square

(released in Malaysia by GSC International Screens)

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Out of all the films I’ve seen from this year, The Square is perhaps the most unique and ambitious one. It’s a thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking Swedish satirical comedy drama set in the elite world of contemporary art that explores the themes of inhumanity, freedom of speech and consequences in modern society. Challenging and questioning — how much more does it take before people finally start to really care? There are many scenes that could make you laugh and go, hey. that’s fucked up, but that’s all actually happening in the world right now. Read my full review here.


Honourable Mentions

(in no particular order)

– Molly’s Game
– The Post
– Blade Runner: 2049
John Wick 2 (released by TGV Pictures)
The Lego Batman (released by Warner Bros. Pictures Malaysia)

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