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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Split Review

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May contain spoilers

Movies which have as its “monster” someone criminally insane is far from a new idea. It was in fact utilised by one of the first horror movies, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and it has been a hallmark of Batman stories for decades. Such a thing has even been a source of controversy, given that studies show mentally ill people are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it.

Now we have Split, where James McAvoy plays Kevin, an antagonist with several personalities. Sometimes he calls himself “Hedwig” and has the mentality of a little boy. Sometimes he’s a woman named Patricia. And then there’s the most fierce and dangerous personality of them all, known simply as “The Beast”.  Kevin has kidnapped three girls specifically to sate The Beast’s hunger.

The film is worth seeing for McAvoy alone, and it is rather impressive how he can make each personality distinct and make every one of them seem unnerving. Though he is reminiscent of Red Dragon’s Francis Dolarhyde – he has an alternate personality that’s a monster and has a background involving domestic abuse – he still feels like his own character. At one point, he, in his Hedwig persona, kisses one of the kidnapped girls, Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and then says ‘You might get pregnant’; a quote that’s humorous and sinister at the same time. Casey is the most prominent of the three girls, the final girl if you will, and Taylor-Joy, a newcomer who has nonetheless done good performances in The Witch and Morgan, creates another good performance here.

The movie is also appropriately tense and eerie, making you genuinely worry about the girls and their fate. The opening titles have a sort of Hitchcock feel to them and chases down a rusty corridor which involve hiding in a locker reminded me of the game Outlast. The film knows how to keep you watching through its entire runtime and its ending…well, let’s just say I didn’t see it coming.

Split is not only frightening but fun to watch, especially McAvoy and the characters he plays.