By Sean Gardner
There were many great films to celebrate this this year. So many in fact that I missed a great deal of them. However, here are my favorites of the ones I did get a chance to see:
One of the most surprising films of the year comes from Jordan Peele, one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele. Get Out is a stirring social commentary on race. It is also an effective thriller which happens to be pretty funny. Needless to say, it is unique and everything most first time directors want their movie to be.
Logan is the perfect ending to the Hugh Jackman as Wolverine saga. Thanks to Jackman, Wolverine is now on par with Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, as one of the most iconic comic book movie characters of all time. Besides Jackman’s performance, Patrick Stewart is at his best. His performance as Professor X is deep, emotional, and, dare I say, Oscar worthy. It is obvious to see that Dafne Keen is a budding star. Logan all around is one of the best movies of the year.
It was a blast, which is a strange thing to say about a horror movie. More like a combination of Goonies and Alien than anything else, It surprised me with its heartfelt coming of age storyline. This movie is scary and creepy, don’t get me wrong. But what elevates it to more than just a horror movie, is its ability to make us care for and identify with the characters.
The Last Jedi
The next chapter in the Star Wars saga did not disappoint. This film seemed needlessly divisive with some fans hating it and others loving it. It’s not a perfect movie, but it takes the franchise in such exciting and new directions that it is easy to overlook its faults.
Jim and Andy
You might not have heard of this one. It was released late in the year on Netfilx where good movies often get buried under mountains of garbage. However, if you take the time to seek it out you will find one of the most fascinating and insightful movies. I enjoy Movies that pull back the curtain on the movie making process. Jim and Andy not only pulls back the curtain on the making of the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, it pulls back the curtain Jim Carrey’s soul. Carrey talks about how he channeled Kaufman and became him for the duration of the shoot. Carrey goes full Aristotle in this movie that is as much philosophical discussion of self discovery as behind the scenes documentary.
I surprised myself a little with this list. This time last year, I thought for sure War for the Planet of the Apes would’ve been on here but to be honest it was a little forgettable. Get Out, from a first time director, came out of nowhere and floored me with its depth. The Disaster Artist is growing on me too. If I made this list a week from now, it would probably be on here. Beauty and the Beast just missed out because it was too similar to the original for me to stand out.
What do you think? What are your favorite films of last year? Let me know in the comments below!