We are halfway through the year! That means it’s time to do the checklist of what’s been the best of 2017 thus far. These films included anything released between January 1st and June 30th. Note that I haven’t really had the chance to review many of these (I do brief reviews off to the side) but expect more coverage of July releases including a Dunkirk review right as the embargo releases. Until then, here’s the top five:
Comic book adaptations are the Western of the 21st century. Throughout the 50-60s there was an influx of Western movies, a new one releasing every few months, if that. The crawl of comic book movies and progression to phenomena has been a long time coming. You can attribute their mainstream success thanks to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and the connectedness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This success has launched a stronger emphasis for DC to keep up with Marvel and for Fox to increase production on the X-men movies. 2016 saw six superhero movies from these three behemoths and 2017 will grace us with another six. Through these years we’ve only see a few game-changers, such as, The Dark Knight. Well it’s time to add another and it goes by the name of Logan.
Through the end of 2016 is the best time to be a movie fan. Oscar contenders arise, the holiday cheer spreads, and from now on we will get a new Star Wars every winter before the end of the year. This doesn’t detract from the fact that 2017 has potential to be a superb year for film. While I have enjoyed 2016, there have been very few excellent films and more disappointments. This gives for an opportune time to look at the most promising aspects of 2017 in film.