Below are some of my personal favourite films of 2017. They are not ranked but grouped into the key cinema trends of the past year.
- Call Me by Your Name
- God’s Own Country
- Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
- Goodbye Christopher Robin
- A Ghost Story
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer
- My Cousin Rachel
- Mary Shelley
Call Me by Your Name and God’s Own Country are outstanding love stories in the loosely labelled gay-love genre. They illustrate the great strides being taken in the cinematic representation and normalisation of non-heterosexual relationship stories. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri stands alone for its powerhouse depiction of anger and disempowerment in America today. Goodbye Christopher Robin and Maudie are my standout bio-pics of the year, and Gifted is a delightful feel-good story. A Ghost Story, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Mother are highly original works from the chaotic absurdist genre that push the boundaries of conservative filmmaking. Finally, My Cousin Rachel and Mary Shelley stand tall in the period drama field and Churchill is one of the finest historical dramas of the year.
What are your standout films of 2017?