Starting off List Week for 2017, we are going to talk about some movies that came out of nowhere to be way better than expected, but also a few that were severely underwhelming after having loads of potential. 2017 ended up being a very strong year for movies, but there are certainly a handful of films that did not live up to the hype. So, here is the start of List Week, and Josh’s top five surprises and disappointments from the last year.
5.) “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
There isn’t necessarily anything surprising about a Spider-Man movie being good. However, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” I was particularly impressed with the new feel and freshness that this film brought to the series.
“Okja” is a very likeable film overall. Director Joon-ho Bong adds a sense of humor even during intense and deep moments. It is a story of friendship that keeps the energy going throughout. You can feel the raw emotion from Mija, who is played by Ahn Seo Hyun. She definitely gives a strong performance that helped “Okja” make this list.
The small budget film “Columbus” is a remarkable movie. The film is wonderfully shot and portrays the beauty found in a small Indiana town. Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho make a great duo in the film, but Richardson really steals the show, bringing home a top-notch performance, and really impressing me as a whole.
2.) “Good Time”
“Good Time” was a surprise to me, as I did not hear too much buzz surrounding it leading up to the release. Robert Pattinson completely stole the show in playing Connie from the moment he is on screen. Pattinson gives one of the best performances of the year in this riveting film.
1.) “Wind River”
One of my favorite films of the year was “Wind River.” It was perfectly directed by Taylor Sheridan, who did a great job last year writing “Hell or High Water.” Wind River is intense and gripping, with some absolutely brutal scenes, and truly was the most surprising movie of the year, and one that I loved from start to finish.
5.) “The Dark Tower”
“The Dark Tower” is not the worst thing of all time, but it is certainly not a good film. I did not have extremely high expectations for this movie due to the trailers, but any film that stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is going to catch my attention, and this movie did not deliver on its’ strong cast.
Putting “mother!” in the disappointment category doesn’t necessarily mean I thought this was a bad film. I thought it was average, and maybe slightly above average. “mother!” falls in this category because I had such high expectations, being that Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in this film.
3.) “Atomic Blonde”
“Atomic Blonde” is a classic case of an unbelievable trailer that ended up showing pretty much everything good about the movie. It is a pretty boring action movie, and that is coming from someone who loves watching action films. There is one fantastic scene, but that is the movie’s only real redeeming quality.
“Downsizing” stars Matt Damon, and it really let me down. It is a pretty boring film throughout, and the concept of creating a small world is good, but the execution is not, and Alexander Payne’s directing just did not cut it for me with this movie.
Directed by George Clooney and once again starring Matt Damon with Julianne Moore, I had high expectations for “Suburbicon.” The movie was definitely the most disappointing of the year for me. The way in which George Clooney goes about getting his message across is completely mishandled, and it really feels like a film that is all over the place.
What was your biggest surprise of 2017? Biggest disappointment? Comment below with your thoughts.