Monday, 15 January 2018

2017 Film Watch List Continued

In May last year I did a post all about the films I'd seen at the cinema during the first five months or so of 2017. It's now time for me to talk about the rest of the films I've watched since then as we're into 2018 already and I want to start again and do the same thing this year. As me and George have unlimited cards we go to the cinema quite a lot and end up seeing so many different things! I definitely think we saw more in the second half of the year, and the majority of them were actually really good too so I'd been really looking forward to writing this up.
2017 cinema watch list

Colossal - ⭐⭐⭐

This was a bit of a strange one and really didn't end how I expected it too! It stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis who I'm a really big fan of and the story is actually really interesting as it's so out there. There is a giant creature of some sort that is destroying Seoul, South Korea and over time we see that Gloria (Anne Hathaway's character) is somehow connected to it and she ends up sort of going to war a little bit with someone she thinks is a really good friend. It was definitely a weird one and I'm not sure I'd be in a hurry to watch it again but I'm glad I saw it as it's not usually my sort of film.

Baywatch - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I went into this film not really expecting much but I ended up absolutely loving it! Most people I imagine will know of Baywatch so I'm sure you can guess it wasn't a serious film but just a really lighthearted comedy that was really easy to watch. It stars The Rock who I kind of love a little bit and also Zac Efron and I actually really liked all of the characters. It's definitely one I'd watch again and would buy on DVD at some point. I kind of hope they make another.

My Cousin Rachel - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was definitely more of a serious film and nothing like most of the others. I was so intrigued by this for months. After first seeing the trailer I knew I had to go and see it and it didn't let me down. It stars Sam Claflin who plays a young Englishman plotting revenge against his late cousin's wife. He believes she is responsible for his death and I have to admit it does look like that throughout the film, but we're never really told whether he was right or not. Even though he's convinced she's evil and a murderer, he also kind of falls for her in a weird way and is under her spell, only making things even more complicated. In the end we're left to make our own decision, was she evil or just misunderstood? I go back and forth on the answer a lot but I highly recommend watching it.

The House - ⭐⭐⭐

Will Ferrell is just my favourite so any film with him in, I tend to like. For our 6 year anniversary we went for a meal and then went to see this and it was a really funny film. Definitely not the best thing ever but I didn't expect it to be. Aswell as Will Ferrell, it also stars Amy Poehler who plays his wife, and together their characters decide to open an underground casino with a neighbour so they can raise money for their daughters scholarship. Of course plenty of things go wrong and nothing is straightforward but it's definitely a funny, lighthearted film, perfect for a Friday night.

Spiderman Homecoming - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Action sort of films like this aren't usually my sort of thing but I really wanted to see the new Spiderman one and it didn't disappoint. Tom Holland was brilliant and I think he was brilliant for the role. It had a great story, great characters and had me hooked all the way through. I can't wait for more in the future.

Annabelle Creation - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love a good horror film. There have been quite a few come out recently but we've not managed to see many which is so annoying as I usually really enjoy them! I find with some horrors though they just don't stay in the cinema for long so it can be tricky trying to find a time to go. I've been a fan of The Conjuring films for a while, I think they are so good and the first Annabelle film which is part of that series was so creepy and had such a good storyline, so I really couldn't wait for this one. Like the first, it was genuinely really creepy and scary and I was definitely a little terrified that night going to sleep! I think the whole series of films is great and I already can't wait for the next one which I think is all about the nun from the second conjuring film.

IT - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another horror and one that has kind of stuck in my mind a little ever since! I'm not the biggest fan of clowns anyway but this reminded me just how scary they can be. I loved the group of kids in the film because they were genuinely hilarious. So many little jokes and one liners and they were all really great actors, especially Finn Wolfhard who is also in Stranger Things. I'd never seen the original IT so I had no expectations really but I was really impressed and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in the next one.

Kingsman The Golden Circle - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I never expected to like the first Kingsman film, I'm not sure why, I just didn't think it was my sort of movie but I've watched it a few times and everytime I've loved it! It was nothing like I had watched before and I loved each of the characters, especially Colin Firths so I was eager to see the second one a few months ago. I was actually quite sad watching his character in the second one but overall I loved the whole film and it was an amazing sequel. It's not often you find a sequel to be as good as the first film but this really was and wasn't a let down in any sort of way. I always worry a little when a film is so good and they reveal they'll be doing more, because you don't want it to be ruined but hopefully if they do another, it will be just as good as the second one was.

Murder On The Orient Express - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I've read mixed reviews of this but it was one I really, really enjoyed! I remember seeing the trailer for this a long time ago and thinking then it had to be one I went to see, and I think we ended up going opening night. It's full of so many big names so I thought it would be pretty good and I went into it not really knowing much about the story. In the end I loved how it was done and I really didn't expect the twist! All the way through I kept changing my mind over who had committed the crime but the way it ended, totally surprised me!

Paddington 2 - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aww I just loved this film. I don't need to go on about Paddington that much as I've mentioned it several times on my blog over the last few months but it's just the best. The first film is one of my favourites and I really hoped the second one would live up to my expectations but it exceeded them! The second film sees Paddington wrongly get into a bit of bother, ending up in prison and planning his escape! He's just adorable and everything about it is brilliant. I'm always wanting things to work out for him and it actually breaks my heart a little when he's sad! The story, the characters, the location, the effects, I love it all and I can't wait for a third film!

Daddys Home 2 - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was so looking forward to seeing this! I absolutely love the first Daddy's Home film, though it's definitely one that some people hate. It's another starring Will Ferrell who I've already mentioned and he again teamed up with Mark Wahlberg to play two dads trying to get along and play happy families with their children, stepchildren and wives. It's one of those films you'll either really enjoy or really cringe at but I just found it so funny. I thought it was just as good as the first film, and I really hoped it would be, as at first I really couldn't work out how they were going to do a sequel. I definitely don't think they should do anymore but both the first and second are films I'd be able to watch again and again. They are the sorts of films that just make me laugh on a down day and are great to watch with family.

Pitch Perfect 3 - ⭐⭐⭐

I kind of went into this film expecting to be disappointed so I suppose it's not a surprise that that's how I felt afterwards. I love the first Pitch Perfect, and even the second one, though it did take some time to grow on me, but I just felt like there was no need for a third and I really didn't know what they were going to do with it. It wasn't the worst film of the year and I'm sure I'll watch it again but overall I didn't think the songs were as good, I didn't feel like some of the story made sense (why get rid of jesse and benji?!) and I just didn't find it as funny as the previous ones.

So that's the rest of the films I managed to see in the cinema in 2017! I've really enjoyed writing this and the first one early last year so I'm really looking forward to doing it again in 2018. There have been so many brilliant films out recently but I think my favourites have to be Paddington 2, Baywatch and Daddys Home 2. I'd love to know if you've seen any of the films on this list and what you thought of them?

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