Top 10 Movies of the 2017 Holidays

January 11, 2018 // in QuickView - Micro Reviews by David Deverett

While 2018 will be filled with movies that everyone will be excited for, these 10 movies made the end of 2017 interesting for many reasons.


Here is my list for the top 10 movies I saw ranked from worst to best.


#10: Downsizing


While the idea and performances from Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau along with cameos featuring Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis were great, Downsizing ultimately wasted its potential with dull writing and directing by Alexander Payne and a slow and long pace and flow. Hope they don’t make a sequel to Downsizing, which I supposed would jokingly be called Upsizing.


#9: Lady Bird


Even though Greta Gerwig’s writing and directing along with performances from an all-star cast headed by Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf were fantastic, Lady Bird’s open-ended ending and mellow story made this film drop to the bottom of my list.


#8: Pitch Perfect 3


With Pitch Perfect 1 & 2 adored by fans, Pitch Perfect 3 said farewell to the Bellas as they headed for their USO tour. Only thing missing: the Troublemakers.


#7: Ferdinand


The beautiful animation and amazing voice cast headed by John Cena and Kate McKinnon made Ferdinand fun to watch and enjoy.


#6: The Shape of Water


Sally Hawkins’ performance and Guillermo del Toro’s writing and directing made The Shape of Water (a weird and crazy take on Beauty and the Beast) a film that was interesting and bizarre but definitely worth seeing.


#5: Darkest Hour


With Timothy Spall and John Lithgow’s take(s) on Winston Churchill remembered for different purposes, Gary Oldman’s performance as Churchill in Darkest Hour blows both actors out of the water, thanks to great acting and perfect makeup and hairstyling.


#4: The Greatest Showman


Hugh Jackman’s performance as P.T. Barnum along with songs from the Oscar-winning team of La La Land made the film a pleasure to enjoy and a thrill to watch.


#3: Molly’s Game


Jessica Chastain’s performance as Molly Bloom and Aaron Sorkin’s writing and directing were a perfect match for a story about a woman who ran high-stakes poker games with every type of celebrity you could think of.


#2: Star Wars: The Last Jedi


While there were great performances from Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac and Carrie Fisher, Star Wars: The Last Jedi did not end up being #1 on my list thanks to plot and character holes that never got resolved in the movie.


And #1: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


Thanks to a fresh new take on a classic movie from 1995, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle had lots of laughs from an all-star cast (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillian) and adventure that made me impressed as well as satisfied with how the film turned out.


Overall 2017’s holiday films were a little better than 2016’s but still a lot of fun to see, even if they all weren’t “Wow’s”.


Honorable Mention

All the Money in the World


While it was slow and long, All the Money in the World deserves an Honorable Mention thanks to Ridley Scott’s nick-of-time thinking of still making his release date by hiring Christopher Plummer to replace Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty, reshooting his movie in 9 days and getting it ready on time for Christmas Day, resulting in Golden Globe nominations for himself and Plummer along with Michelle Williams.