Top 10 best movies 2017
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T2 Trainspotting (2017)
Notes: Eventually, did we really need this sequel? Probably not but was it a bad movie? Certainly not either. Indeed, what made this movie still work was the fact that Danny Boyle was involved and the original cast as well. It was especially really neat to see Ewan McGregor finally working again with this director after 20 long years but the rest of the cast was fine as well. I also enjoyed the fact that they didn't give all these characters some average middle-class lifes with wife, kids and a decent job. Indeed, Spud was still a heroin addict, Simon (AKA Sick boy) kicked off the habit but was still a cocain addict, Begbie spent all these years in prison and Renton who first seemed to have turned around his life eventually didn't have much to brag about either. So, the set-up was pretty good but I'm afraid the makers still struggled to give these characters something interesting to do. Indeed, the whole thing was pretty random and they were several attempts to get them involved in some various sub-plots but these attempts were all rather all-baked. Anyway, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch.
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
Notes: Usually, the first movie I see each year turns out to be pretty lame. For example, in 2016, I started the year with 'The Fifth Wave' which turned out to be so weak that, even after watching maybe 50 movies released the same year, it was still the worst of the whole bunch. Well, 2017 brook the tradition as the first movie was actualy pretty decent. Indeed, 'The Lego Movie' was at the time a nice surprise and this spin-off was a decent follow-up. Sure, it was maybe not an improvement but, at least, it was not a step down. This time, they slightly turned down the meta aspect of this franchise and, in fact, at least, a third of it was actually a rather straightforward batman installment but it wasn't an issue. Indeed, I really enjoyed how they managed to keep the dark and gloomy mood linked to this character but they still kept the daft sense of humor linked to the Lego franchise and this mix worked really well.
Get Out (2017)
Notes: Since I kept hearing some really great things about this movie, I was really eager to check it out and when I heard we would watch it with my film club, I was just thrilled. Indeed, it would be the first horror movie chosen for our film club so my expectations were really high. Unfortunately, even though it turned out to be a decent watch, I can't say I was really blown away by the damned thing though. I mean, to be honest, after watching this movie, you could be wondering why the critics loved it so much. Seriously, the structure was just really classic and predictable and, from the moment the mystery was revealed, as usual in this genre, the whole thing went just way over the top and, to be honest, I had a rather hard time to really care about what happened afterwards. Still, even though it didn't turn out to be such a masterpiece, it was still fairly entertaining. Indeed, Daniel Kaluuya gave a really a solid performance and even though his character went through some completely unbelievable nonsense, he kept it really grounded and I was always rooting for the guy. His buddy Rodney was also pure gold and, in fact, I wish they brought him as well in this demented journey.
Notes: At last, you have to give some credit to Hugh Jackman as he managed to end his impressive 17 years run as Wolverine with finally a decent solo installment. Still, even though it was indeed pretty good, I have to admit that I wasn't completely convinced though. Indeed, the biggest issue was that the story, even if it was entertaining, was still seriously generic. Furthermore, it was rather disappointing that they didn't give the guy a decent opponent and the best they could come up with was to have him fight an evil version of himself which is a seriously old and tedious gimmick. Still, the damned thing worked anyway. Not really because it was finally R rated and seriously violent, a long lasting wish of Jackman, but above all because the tone was just so dark and gloomy. Indeed, through the whole thing, you get to see some older Logan and Xavier and they were both really in bad shape which was just so refreshing.
Notes: Like anyone else, I really enjoyed a lot ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and I was really eager to check this sequel. Well, even though this sequel will probably turn out to be a huge success at the box-office, to be honest, I thought it was actually rather disappointing. I mean, sure, it was not bad at all and it was even fairly entertaining but I actually had a hard time to care about the story. I mean, this tale around Ego was not bad but the outcome was rather predictable and this plot was nothing really mind-blowing after all. It’s like the jokes, while they were fun, they were never really hilarious and, on top of that, some of the best ideas of the first movie, like the vintage walkman, were just so overused here. Eventually, it seems that the makers put so much effort in the first movie to properly introduce these really obscure characters that, since this bunch of misfits became so popular, they didn’t have to bother coming up with something really groundbreaking to please the fans this time around.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Notes: I have to admit that it was not bad at all after all. Indeed, it was an interesting choice to set the action in the 70's and, as a result, it really stood out from it predecessors and it was easily the funkiest version of King Kong I have seen so far. It was also pretty neat that, right from the moment that they came to Skull Island, you actually get to see Kong in a massive fight which was quite unexpected as, usually, in this genre, you have to wait forever before something really exciting actually happens. Still, when I think about it, the story was not really strong after all. Indeed, basically, the characters go into quite some trouble to get to this island and, yet, from the very minute they get there, they decide that they actually have to escape. At some point, Samuel L. Jackson even became a bad guy for some rather dubious reasons and the whole thing from this point pretty much lost me. To make things worse, there were maybe 10 or 15 characters and none of them, except maybe John C. Reilly, was properly developed and the biggest victims were Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston, two of the most interesting actors at work nowadays, who really had nothing to do, except looking really attractive. Eventually, in spite of its flaws,I have to admit that it was a still decent watch.
The Mummy (2017)
Notes: Since this movie was so poorly received, I didn't expect much from the damned thing but Nick, my step-son, was really eager to check it out. Well, in fact, probably because I had such low expectations but, to be honest, I thought it was actually not bad at all. I mean, this mummy concept remains rather limited and I thought the makers did a decent job. Sure, it was still nothing really amazing but the action scenes were quite spectacular. Still, even though the action scenes were entertaining enough, they were maybe too many of them, and, as a result, you get to see the mummy in the streets of London causing some major damages only for a few minutes which was rather disappointing. It was also obviously a gimmick to have the mummy played by a woman this time around but Sofia Boutella was seriously charismatic, in spite of the obvious limitations of her character. Eventually, you might wonder if they will move on with their 'Dark universe' considering the lackluster enthusiasm towards this movie and the scenes connecting this movie with the other characters which would be involved in this universe felt really forced and rather awkward.
Notes: After 6 years, you might hope they would have managed to bring something new and exciting but, unfortunately, they didn't make much of an effort and they pretty much recycled the same formula. One thing that bothered me was the fact that, pretty much like in the previous movie, there was just too many people involved in this quest. For example, why on Earth was Barbossa involved again in this adventure? Sure, he is a pretty cool character and Geoffrey Rush is a fine actor but they could have done fine without him. Indeed, Salazar was a very strong villain but he didn't get much screen time since there was just so many people involved. Another annoying thing was the way they forced a family connection between most of the characters. Sure, we live in a small world but it feels as if the makers were scared somehow to add someone completely new to the mix.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Notes: Even though I wasn't really expecting a masterpiece, at least, I hoped this movie would be an improvement on 'Prometheus'. Unfortunately, I turned out to be even more underwhelming and I would go as far as saying that it is the weakest installment in this franchise (of course, without counting the 'Alien vs Predator' crap). Indeed, if one of the biggest issues with 'Prometheus' was probably the fact that it was too ambitious, this time, it was the other way around as Ridley Scott didn't even really try. Seriously, the guy came up with the most generic plot you could think of and pretty much all the new ideas introduced in the previous movie were basically thrown out of the window and the only thing that remained was the fact that David was apparently a really psychotic and megalomaniac robot. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that the crew was actually so boring and uncharismatic. Seriously, was Katherine Waterston really supposed to replace Sigourney Weaver?
Notes: The whole thing had some potential, especially with such a strong cast involved but, eventually, I thought it was still rather disappointing. Basically, they went for some kind of mix of 'Gravity' and 'Alien' but, even though it was certainly watchable, it was also completely forgettable. Indeed, I did like the realistic approach they took and I won't blame the cast, they all gave some decent performances. Unfortunately, in the contrary to 'Gravity' in which there was only one character, there was a crew of 6 members here and, while it didn't seem like a lot of people to handle, none of them was developed at all and, as a result, it was rather difficult to really care for them. A bigger problem was that, from the moment that the alien became hostile, it became really predictable and even rather boring. I mean, seriously, ever since 'Alien' came out, how many science-fiction movies have we seen following pretty much the same formula? Well, this movie's biggest failure was that it didn't add anything new to the genre.
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