Best Movies of 2017, Ranked | Pretty Reel

From The Simpsons predicted inauguration of President Donald Trump, the discovery of Russian tampering in the US general election and Britain’s vote on Brexit, to the unprecedented wildfires that have wreaked havoc on the west coast of United States and Canada, it is an honest assessment to judge the year 2017 as a peculiarity, an anomaly perhaps that harbored the calamitous and downright bizarre. However, 2017 was also a year where the film industry flourished. The sheer quality of movie releases would thrill any movie buff, so let’s see why 2017 was such a great year for movies…

10/10 Blade Runner 2049

Warner Bros.

In Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner 2049 jumps 30 years into the future as Ryan Gosling takes on the role of Officer K who attempts to recapture Blade Runner Rick’s past. Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for three decades. Between the stunning visuals and clever script, this is truly one of the best sequels in recent memory.

9/10 The Square

BAC Films

From the unique mind of Ruben Östlund was born The Square. After 2015’s Force Majeure, a ridiculously constructed piece of cinema that embraced its absurdity in a brilliantly funny way, the Swedish director followed up his critical success with The Square, a euro-satire that targets those in the world of art with its relentless comedy, and subtle mockery. Set in Östlund’s native Sweden, The Square documents the problems faced by an art curator, who struggles to organize a particularly divisive new art exhibition.

8/10 The Meyerowitz stories


From eccentric filmmaker Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories is another of the director’s take on faulty family dynamics. The Meyerowitz stories detail the estrangement of the Meyerowitz siblings: Matthew, Danny, and Jean, and their reunion at their father Harold’s art show. In typical Baumbach fashion, this is an original, idiosyncratic film that is peppered with humorous undertones and touching, poignant moments.

7/10 Good time


In this atmospheric and dizzying haze, Robert Pattinson stars alongside Benny Safdie as two brothers, Connie (Pattinson) and Nick (Safdie). Connie enlists the help of her brother Nick, who has an intellectual disability, as they plot to rob a New York bank. Following the catastrophic robbery of the brother, Nick finds himself locked up without anyone, and his brother tries to free him. Directed by the Safdie brothers, Good Time is an overworked and frenetically unbridled picture, and their distinctive style that often depicts intense brutality gives their films that authentic feel of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

6/10 The Florida Project


Set in the shadow of Disneyland Florida, The Florida Project is a kaleidoscopic depiction of the two contrasting lives of a mother and daughter living in a motel. Mischievous six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) is having the best time of her life, innocently playing with friends and ignoring the perils of the world she inhabits, her mother, Halley (Bria Vinaite) while superficially keeping it together for her daughter is struggling with financial difficulties and an acute lack of prospects. It is a film which mixes the purity of youth with the sordidity of adulthood. Willem Dafoe plays the humane and compassionate hotel manager and is nothing short of stunning.

5/10 Dunkirk

Warner Bros.

In Christopher Nolan’s summer blockbuster, he takes us to the picturesque sandy beaches of northern France. It sounds idyllic. However, the city of Dunkirk, for all its mesmerizing natural beauty, hosted a rescue mission that saw nearly half a million British and Allied troops evacuated by sea. Nolan’s description of the true story captures the scale of the largest rescue operation in military history from land, sea and air. It’s a fabulously shot script on the incredibly rare IMAX 9802.

4/10 Lady Bird


Saoirse Ronan won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her portrayal of Christine McPherson in Greta Gerwig’s adorable film Lady Bird. It recounts the high school escapades of Christine, a charismatic teenager facing personal and school problems. Navigating his cantankerous relationship with his mother, his frosty friendship with his ex-best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein), and his budding love life, while dealing with the demands of his studies and the pressure to get a place at a new university. -very popular yorker.

This is quintessential Gerwig, the beauty of the narrative lies in the fine detail of its characters and the quick-witted facetiousness of Christine “Lady Bird” herself.

3/10 Call me by your name

Sony Pictures Classics

The celebration of the LGBTQ+ community extends beyond the world’s many pride festivals, with one of those celebrations taking place in the movie world as well. From God’s Own Country and A Fantastic Woman to Moonlight, the production of LGBTQ+ films has been prolific. Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino was one of those movies that received an impressive critical acclaim and is a story of forbidden love between a teenager, Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), in the context of sunny northern Italy in the summer of 1983.

2/10 The shape of water

Fox projector pictures

We’ve grown accustomed to particular mythical creatures that feature heavily in Guillermo Del Toro’s films, from Fauno in Pan’s Labyrinth to Vampires in Blade II, and unsurprisingly The Shape of Water is no different, featuring the mystical “Amphibian Man”. The Best Picture winner tells the story of Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaner working at a strictly classified government testing facility in Baltimore. While at the facility, Elisa discovers an amphibian man and befriends him. The US Secret Service plans to deploy the otherworldly humanoid during the Cold War, but Elisa hatches a plan to rescue her new companion. The Mexican director’s film was a triumph with the Academy, nominated for 13 awards and winning four of those Oscars.

1/10 Get out

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Get Out is to Jordan Peele what IT is to author Stephen King: its flagship title. Although ostensibly just a horror-thriller, Get Out was a true political statement that managed to fuse several disparate genres together to form this quirky hybrid hybrid doodle of a movie if you will, though its many parts work harmoniously together at the instead of the internal dysfunction that gives most Labradoodles borderline personality disorder.

It’s a 21st century love story between a black man, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), and a white woman, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), who take a trip to meet Rose’s family at their estate in suburb. Towing the conventional horror line, the initial tranquility is soon disturbed by a horrifying reality. Get Out unpacks racism (especially liberal racism) in a really clever yet simple way. The film features all the classic racist tropes that a person of color has to deal with in a majority white designed society.

Best Movies of 2017, Ranked | Pretty Reel