Top Ten Movies I Reviewed in 2017

10
Logan

A fitting end to the character of Wolverine, at least until his inevitable introduction into the MCU.

9
Better Watch Out

Surprisingly clever film which will make good viewing for those who seek something other than saccharine holiday fare.

8
It

Proof that horror remakes are not always unnecessary, and has a lot of fun with its monster.

7
Split

Thrilling and suspenseful with a surprising and satisfying twist, but worth watching just for McAvoy.

6
Spider-Man Homecoming

While not the best superhero or Marvel-related release this year, this was still enjoyable and had a great performance from Michael Keaton.

5
The Lego Batman Movie

A tonne of fun and a barrel of laughs, it’s strange that a Lego movie is a better 2017 Batman movie than a live-action Justice League.

4
A Monster Calls

Not only has some interesting visuals but a heartfelt story as well.

3
Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot was one of the best parts of Batman v Superman and shines even more in the best DCEU film yet (or ever, it might seem).

2
Baby Driver

Hilarious, exciting and makes good use of music.

1
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Speaking of a film that makes good use of music, this is a film you could watch again and again, filled with great comedy, action and even emotion.

 

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A Monster Calls Review

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Strange that right after reviewing a “boy meets monster” movie, I review another, even if A Monster Calls is, well, a bit more sophisticated than Monster Trucks. If Creech was a monstrous representation of your favourite childhood dog, than Liam Neeson’s monster is a monstrous representation of your least favourite childhood teacher. He may seem frightening and confusing, but that’s only because the world is frightening and confusing, and he wants you to understand it.

The world is certainly confusing and frightening for young Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall), whose mother Lizzie (Felicity Jones) is suffering from a terminal illness, who is bullied frequently at school and who fears living with his uptight grandmother (Sigourney Weaver).  One night at 12:07, he gets a visit from a tree-like monster, who says he will tell Conor three stories, each containing a lesson, and then Conor must tell him a fourth.

The first two stories the monster tells are animated, and they are a reason why A Monster Calls is worth seeing on the big screen. The animation there is beautifully dark and fantastic, slightly reminiscent of Mirrormask in a sense, and moments where the Monster turns into the stories’ scenery is very cleverly done. The Monster himself is visually well-realised; though he looks like the evil twin of Treebeard, there is still indications of warmth and wisdom in his appearance.

His interactions with Conor are also well-done, with a true sense of honesty. Neeson was the perfect choice to voice this beast, for though he is destructive, he comes off just as regal and mighty as Aslan. The movie also does a fine job of portraying the confusion and anger Conor is going through, through the performance of MacDougall, Weaver and others. You can tell where the story is going, but at the same time, there were directions the film could have gone in that I was glad they didn’t take.

A Monster Calls is a well-made and touching film, and one worth seeing at the cinema too.