2017 feels like its racing by.


In one way this is horrifying as I’ve just finished buying last year’s Christmas shopping it seems, but on the other hand it means there’s been a deluge of movies released. There have been some fantastic productions released – from wartime epics to cannibal veggies – and some great cinematic moments already, BUT there have been some utter poo-piles as well.


Here are our best and worst films of 2017 so far...

Dunkirk was heralded upon release as Nolan’s greatest effort, high praise considering his body of work, however the hype was real. A taut, wired movie covering skirmishes on land, sea and air, what Nolan does brilliantly is to throw his audience straight into the fire using brilliant cinematography and unnerving musical cues, creating the sense of panic, dread and urgency that war brings. It’s a nerve-shredding watch but unrivalled this year so far.


There are honourable mentions for Get Out, Logan, Hounds of Love, The Love Witch, Beauty and the Beast, Okja, Silence and Moonlight – all were fantastic in their own right and have helped shaped the cinematic landscape of 2017. That’s before even mentioning the likes of Baby Driver


In the interest of balance, some delicious dishonourable mentions to Passengers, Fifty Shades Darker, Ghost in the Shell, All Eyez on Me, Spider-Man: Homecoming – you all made my year just that bit worse for your existence, but thanks for trying. It’s not about winning, it’s about taking part…


With a ton of potentially incredible movies still to come in 2017 (It, Call Me By Your Name, Mother!, Darkest Hour, Murder on the Orient Express, Breathe, Blade Runner: 2049 and, of course, Star Wars: The Last Jedi to name oh but a few) I can’t wait to compile the final ‘Best of 2017’ list in early January 2018 and to see how many movers and shakers there are compared to our half-year compilation.


See you at the cinema.

© 2016 Matt Hudson / What I Watched Tonight / Essex

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