So as we reach the halfway point of 2017, we look back on our favourite 10 films of the year so far.
We are pleased to see it’s not all sequels and yet despite claims of suffering comic book film fatigue, 2 comic book films made the list and again both from the Marvel studio, yet DC Comics Wonder Woman only narrowly missed our list.
So here is our countdown, we are sure some you will have disliked and some you may agree, which is why we, of course, love films, as they really do provide something for everyone!
10. A Dog’s Purpose (review )
We had conflicting views about seeing this, in part due to stories of animal cruelty which seems to be have been adapted to make worse than what actually happened. The bottom line is the book was wonderful, if sometimes sad read and the film shared that just as well, its end sequence shows just how much love a dog has for humans. A film where you certainly will feel every emotion.
9. Life (Review)
This film seems to conflict many, some like it and a lot despise it, what we enjoyed was that like 10 Cloverfield Lane opened without a massive marketing campaign, it really was very much a carbon copy of Alien but great casting and an ending which we really were surprised by, we were really pleasantly surprised by this one. Rival Alien Covenant was also a great film, but we went in with such high expectations, we eventually came out disappointed, in part due to poor marketing. We went in expecting an Alien film when really we should have gone in expecting Prometheus 2
8. Hacksaw Ridge (review)
We are not really fans of the war genre, but this story was truly inspiring. A great performance from Andrew Garfield as a medic who refused to fire a weapon during war. The war scenes show just how much damage those weapons did, so we can only admire someone who only served to save the lives of others.
7. Logan (Review)
In the X-Men films, Hugh Jackman has been great as Logan, the Wolverine yet in his previous 2 stand-alone films we were disappointed, the 3rd corrects that, as a brilliant film about getting old and aimed away from the PG13 market, it ended up a great gritty action film, which serves as a fitting finale.
6. A Monster Calls ( Review )
Like A Dogs Purpose, based on a breathtakingly good book, this adaptation was perfect at bringing it to life, we loved how they used art to tell the film in a way words told the story in the book. A beautiful film about loss
5. John Wick 2 (Review)
A Superb action film, yet we were not as invested in John seeking revenge as the first film as whilst we routed for him, our passion wasn’t as high as when he was taking out bad guys for hurting his dog. If you love action films this is still a must see!
4. La La Land (Review)
There is a reason this film got so many Oscar nominations and wins, a great film about following your dreams and the costs that they can incur done as a fantastic musical
3. Kong: Skull Island (Review)
We love a creature feature and this big budget B-Movie was a real leave your brain at the door, popcorn-pleasing film. Again this is one where we see many saying it was awful but for entertainment, we found it a lot of fun.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (review)
Much bigger than the first, with almost too much CGI, thanks to great characters and performances, we loved this second outing for the Guardians. We still prefer the first film but this really was a fun action film with some great comedy moments.
And at Number 1: Baby Driver (Review)
This has been our favourite film of the year so far by a long way, fantastic performances, great story, amazing car chase sequences and a stunning soundtrack, this deserves to be a massive hit but we fear it could end up just being a cult classic like other Edgar Wright films, we urge you to check this film out
So there you have it, sure some you will be saying yes that makes my top 10 and some you will be thinking are you mad? We have a great second half year of films coming but will any be able to catch up to the baby Driver that has sped way into the lead so far