With a few days left of 2018 it’s time for another best-of-the-year list! If you haven’t already seen it, I contributed to the HeyUGuys Online Critics Top Ten again this year, so check out what made the top ten from loads of online film critics and bloggers.
This Top Ten is based on UK cinema release and I reviewed most the films in my top ten, so the links go to that original review if you want to know more of my feelings on these films.
I loved all these films and have put them in a rough top ten, though my top three are pretty solid.
Honourable mention: Free Fire
If you search for my list on the HeyUGuys Online Critics Top Ten you’ll see Free Fire made the top ten – that was until I saw another film at the end of December which bumped it off. Free Fire is a completely bonkers film and I can understand why it’s not for everyone. I really enjoyed it though, the action kicks off straight away and it never really lets up, the characters are hilarious and the whole thing is absurd.
10. Battle of the Sexes
I saw the documentary The Battle of the Sexes at Edinburgh Film Festival in 2013, that was the first time I really learnt anything about Billie Jean King and equal rights in men and women’s tennis. I was so happy that the dramatization of these true events was so well-acted and as gripping as the real thing.
9. Wind River
This was a beautiful yet harsh film. The mystery is intriguing and sad, and the cinematography is gorgeous. The performances in Wind River are all brilliant and I was brought to tears a couple of times by them.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so tense watching a film in the cinema. No matter what people say, seeing Dunkirk in IMAX is an experience. It’s tense, scary, upsetting and stressful. It shows the best and worst in people and is a brilliant film.
7. War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes is a brilliant film and a great conclusion to one of the best trilogies we’ve had in recent years. War for the Planet of the Apes is gripping, thoughtful and full of heart. All the animators who bring all the apes to life deserve so much praise, as much, if not more so, the actors who give the performances behind the special effects.
6. Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures was one of the first films I saw this year and it still sticks with me. I love a true story and learning about the incredible women at NASA who never got any credit, and preserved despite all the obstacles that were continuously put in their way was amazing.
5. The Greatest Showman
I saw this film a few days ago and can’t get it out of my head. It looks beautiful, has some charismatic characters and some of the best songs I’ve heard in a musical in ages. I downloaded the soundtrack as soon as I got home and have been listening to it on repeat ever since. The Greatest Showman is so much fun and it’s filled with joy.
Gosh this film put me through the emotional ringer. It is a brilliant conclusion to both Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier and to Hugh Jackman’s Logan. This film is like a Western and I liked how it showed a different side to the superhero film genre.
3. Fast & Furious 8
I love this franchise. I did worry slightly because this would be the first film without Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor and Brian and Dom’s relationship is so much the heart of these films. But Fast & Furious 8 was just as fun, still had family at its heart and was even bigger and bolder than ever before.
2. Wonder Woman
My favourite superhero film of the year. So much of this film gives me a tight feeling in my chest, the Amazon’s training scene, the battle on the beach, and of course the No Man’s Land sequence. I adore everything about that moment, from the way it build’s up as Diana is making her way to the trenches, her decision to cross No Man’s Land and then when here theme music kicks in when she’s fighting soldiers in the village. After rewatching Wonder Woman over Christmas, even the final showdown which is more genre typical doesn’t bother me as much and in fact is a great moment for Diana to grow into the hero she is.
1. Miss Sloane
My favourite film of the year. I loved it when I watched it in the cinema (I felt like punching the air at its climax) and when I rewatched it a few days ago, I loved it just as much. Elizabeth Sloane is a brilliant character. She’s intelligent, manipulative, ruthless and can see what moves her adversaries could make before they do. It’s a gripping film and I recommend it to everyone.
That’s my top ten films of 2017. What’s your favourite films of the year? Do we have any the same?