I’ve mentioned Flickchart on here before, right? Yeah, I know I did on last year’s post like this. Well, the quick sales pitch is that it’s a way to rank your favorite movies. The site gives you two movies and you pick the one you like better. From that, you can eventually develop a pretty good ranking of all the movies you’ve seen. I’ve seen a lot of movies. A lot.
In 2017, I saw 33 new movies. That’s 15 fewer than I saw the previous year. Not all of them were in the theater. Some I was able to wait until they hit the Redbox or Netflix. A couple just went straight to Netflix. Honestly, I think you can find some hidden gems among those straight to Netflix films. You can find some real stinkers among those, too.
Anyway, this Top 10 list is based on my Flickchart rankings of movies in 2017. Not everyone will agree with this Top 10. In fact, some people will have a real problem with some of the movies that cracked the Top 10. I don’t, though. They’re the movies I liked. Deal with my favorites.
That sounded mean. What I meant to say was, deal with my favorites. Please. And thank you. And, honestly, I may not 100% agree with the movies that made my top 10 for last year. The list is subject to change as time goes on and as I rewatch and further process what I’ve seen.
10. The LEGO Batman Movie
This was a really clever movie. And, as a lifelong comic book geek, I appreciated all the little Easter Eggs they threw in throughout.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
I don’t think this was as good as the first one. Maybe that’s because I had zero expectations for the first one and was blown away by how entertaining it was. For this one, I definitely had high expectations. Always a mistake when going to see a movie for the first time.
8. Justice League
A lot of people will probably hate that I have this anywhere near a top 10 list of anything. But here it is. I ranked it after I saw it and it’s probably up there on the list because I was excited after seeing it. Did I think it was perfect? No. Did I think it was horrible? Not at all. You know what, I wrote all about it in November.
7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I’m sure there are a number of people who wouldn’t want this on a top 10 list either. But I liked it. I particularly liked that it went against everything anyone was expecting to see in a Star Wars movie. You know what, I wrote all about it in December.
6. Get Out
This one, I feel, could probably stand to be higher on the list. Coming from someone who is typically seen in a comedic light, Jordan Peele, it was surprisingly outstanding. I went into it thinking I was just going to see some kind of horror movie. It’s so much deeper than that. If you haven’t seen it, see it.
This turned out to not just be an excellent super-hero movie, but an excellent movie. I re-watched this last week and actually cried at the end. It’s very touching.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
I’m not sure I agree with this one’s placement. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great. I like Tom Holland as Spider-Man and I’m psyched that Spider-Man gets to interact with other Marvel heroes. I just think that, if I had it to do over again, I’d probably rank it lower. If nothing else, Logan is definitely better than this one.
Yes, this terrified me to my very core. But it was such a good movie! Get past the scary clown imagery, and it’s about so much more than just a psychotic killer clown from outer space. It’s about this group of kids. It’s about their flaws. It’s about their fears. And it’s about how they grow up and overcome those flaws and fears.
2. The Greatest Showman
I didn’t technically see this until 2018. But it was released in 2017, so it counts. And it surprised me just how much I loved this movie. I knew it was a musical, so that part didn’t surprise me. From start to finish, it had me hooked. The music had me tapping my toe. And I kept alternating between being on the verge of tears to having chills run up my spine.
1. Wonder Woman
This is the movie that showed us that DC Comics can actually get it right. For years, I wondered why it was taking so long to get Wonder Woman to the big screen. Upon seeing this, I have to believe she was worth the wait. That’s not to say I’d have loved to have seen Wonder Woman in a movie 20 years ago. But would the 90s have done her justice?
So those are my favorite movies of the year. Did I get it wrong? I mean, there were 23 other movies I saw last year. They can’t all make the Top 10. I know, a lot of people are probabyly asking about Thor: Ragnarok or Beauty and the Beast. Maybe it’s odd that they’re not up there. Well, Beauty and the Beast made me kind of angry. I’m not a huge fan of pointless remakes, especially when they pale in comparison to the originals. But it’s in my top 20. Wanna know what the worst movie I saw last year was? A little thing called The Dark Tower. Funny how Stephen King was close to the top and bottom of this list.