My Top 5 Best Films of 2017

For my original reviews, click on the film’s title. I’ve only included 2017 films I’ve seen in the theater, but I will give an honorable mention to “Get Out.” I watched it at home on a laptop, but I think it could’ve been enhanced enough by seeing in on the big screen to have taken the number 5 spot.

5. War for the Planet of the ApesStrong action and characters. The CGI and score are great. There are some nice nods to the original film. But, nothing too memorable happens.

4. ItSuspenseful, but rarely scary. Fantastic chemistry with the leads. CGI was lacking at times. Pennywise didn’t really stand out. Finale was a touch anticlimactic.

3. Spider-Man: HomecomingA fun superhero movie. Tom Holland nails the role. Michael Keaton is a fleshed out villain. The CGI is weak in a lot of scenes. They overdo the references to the other Marvel Studio films.

2. Wonder WomanGreat performance by Gail Gadot. She embodies Wonder Woman. Strong chemistry between Gadot and Chris Pine. Fantastic action sequence and inspiring character moments are able to offset a weak villain and so-so final battle.

1. LoganEmotional story with terrific chemistry between Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman. Bloody and violent action. Mediocre villains slowly drag the movie down till the end.

My Top 5 Worst Films of 2017

Once again, I didn’t see movies that looked like crap. So, “Transformers,” “The Emoji Movie,” and “50 Shades Darker” won’t be on this list because I didn’t see any of them. It makes it a lot harder to fill out a “Worst films” list when you avoid garbage. To see my original reviews, click on the link the film’s title.

5. Kong: Skull IslandAction-packed, but filled with underdeveloped characters, while the normally sympathetic Kong is now just a giant action hero.

4. Resident Evil: The Final ChapterA decent story that can’t get past wooden characters, bad acting, mediocre special effects and silly action sequences.

3. Ghost in the ShellStrong visuals can’t cover the uninteresting characters and plodding pace. Action is scarce and disappointingly executed.

2. Atomic BlondeJust drab and boring. None of what makes spy movies good. Nothing intriguing happens. No sexy locales. Characters aren’t interesting. There’s much less action and quirkiness than advertised.

1. The Mummy (2017)Just a bit of a mess. The film wants to be a horror movie, action movie, and the first piece in a monster movie universe. It fails at all. Tom Cruise’s star power elevates the film, but him playing the same character he always plays saps even more originality out of the movie.