2017 in Review: Film

It’s that wonderful time of the year when publications reflect on the past year’s entertainment releases and decide which is the best of the best. Members of The DailyER and Seeds Entertainment voted for their top five films of 2017. Action and superhero films continued to entertain audiences and critics, but there were some independent films that gave movie-goers a surprise this year.

1.) Get Out

Comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut in “Get Out” presents a witty and horrific extreme of modern racism that is harbored in a small and mysterious white community. Main character Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is reluctant to meet his white girlfriend’s family for the first time, and after finally cracking, a series of events unfold that shed light on the legitimacy of their relationship and a darker fetishization of Washington. This satirical spin on liberal ignorance will define a new genre of horror to make all viewers strangely uncomfortable, and for that reason Seeds Entertainment voted it the top movie of the year.

2.) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

A fun follow-up to the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the adventures of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), also known as the outlaw “Star-Lord,” and his ragtag crew as they fight villains old and new alike, learn to work together and discover Quill’s past. GOTG 2 maintains the series’ unique place in the MCU with its colorful visuals, quick humor and well-crafted soundtrack, making it a worthy sequel. It’s also worth mentioning that Baby Groot pulled the most cinematic heartstrings this year.

3.) Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s first historical film, “Dunkirk,” tells the incredible story of the evacuation of 300,000 British soldiers at Dunkirk, France, during World War II. Nolan depicts the epic tale through three perspectives: air, land and sea. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the entire movie is the surprisingly little amount of dialogue between characters. Taking on new storytelling techniques, Christopher Nolan delivers one of the most riveting films of the year.

4.) Brigsby Bear

“Brigsby Bear,” featuring “Saturday Night Live” actor Kyle Mooney’s first leading film role, tells a unique story that manages to touch on the concepts of fandom and family without veering into tropes and melodrama. Mooney is the perfect vehicle for the uniquely memorable brand of humor that he developed with his Good Neighbor comedy group. “Brigsby Bear” has a good shot at being a cult classic for years to come as this former YouTube star takes the big screen, and it was surprisingly one of the funniest and sweetest films of the year.

5.) Spider-Man: Homecoming

After entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016 with “Captain America: Civil War,” Tom Holland became a fan favorite as Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” entertaining crowds with his quick wit and teen angst. The New York webslinger did not disappoint as Holland’s antics were true to the character from the comic books. The action scenes with Spider-Man were exciting to watch, and the more human scenes with Peter Parker dealing with high school problems such as homecoming and detention were just as enjoyable. The latter aspect was reminiscent of the coming-of-age films by John Hughes from the 1980s. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is one of the best Marvel films to date.