Just last week we saw award season reach it’s peak with the handing out of the 2018 Oscars. So now it’s time to close award season out with the most important awards of all, the Cam Writes Blog best film awards.
I Kid of course, Sorry this took much longer than usual
A love letter to the Golden Age of cinema La La Land is a sleek and beautifully produced film that is just as fun to watch as it is to listen to. The film’s story is multilayered despite being at face value a little bit basic but it’s stunning presentation and joyous subtext elevate it to one of the best films of the year for cinema fans and a perfect example of how the musical genre can translate to screen and maintain a unique atmosphere
The best word to use to describe Logan is brave, not necessarily because of its subject matter, or particularly it’s presentation, (though the black and white home release could certainly make an good case). No, Logan is brave because of the obvious risks it takes with a genre that has been Cinema’s most popular for nearly the last decade and for its dedication to seeing the vision of its director, writer and creators through to the end, a very bitter end in the case of this film. Yes, it struggles with pacing and it is far from an easy watch, but it’s arguably the film that will have the greatest impact on your more traditional “popcorn-movie cinema go-er” this year, a fact that most people would have doubted from a franchise like X-Men.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a surprisingly difficult film. It manages to simultaneously challenges it’s franchises framework and totally cement it in place, it builds up characters beyond belief and tears them down like they’re nothing. It treads a very fine line between the old and the new, for some fans this was a dichotomy that went too far but it’s easy to make the argument that a good film should challenge as much as satisfy and The Last Jedi does both in spades. Again it suffers from some pacing issues, but to see such a marvelous franchise evolve in such a natural and organic way, to be something truly unexpected, is one of the purest joys a film fan can have and have no doubt about it The Last Jedi is one of those joys.
Baby Driver, poor poor Baby Driver. In any other year Baby Driver would not struggle to take the best film of the Year Crown by a mile. Every aspect of its production is brilliant, it’s performances are stellar, it’s core story line and Direction are some of the best Hollywood has put out this year and it’s production values are slicker than Elvis Presley’s over gelled hair. But even Elvis would give the thumbs up to this film for its stunning use of music, knocking La La Land in to second place as best cinema musical of the year. Edgar Wright’s latest was one of the most stylish, surprising an enchanting films that 2017 had to offer. If you’ve yet to watch it, do yourself a favour and set aside the time you need to do so, you won’t be disappointed.
It takes one hell of a film to beat out Baby Driver and Blade Runner 2049 is that film. Positively overflowing with neon tinged 80s nostalgia, Blade Runner is a love letter to what came before and a perfect example of how a film franchise can, not just live again but, evolve. A slow aching burn of a movie with subtext deeper than the Mariana Trench, Blade Runner is easily the best film of 2017 because it manages to introduce and play with many threads whilst keeping the audience enthralled and on the edge of their seats at all times. What secures the crown for Blade Runner though is how it’s always four or five steps ahead of you, it will make you feel simultaneously like the smartest and dumbest person in the auditorium. All of this comes before even a consideration of its stunning stylistic approach Denis Villeneuve is quickly making a case for himself being one of the best directors in Hollywood and Blade Runner 2049 is the icing on that auteur shaped cake. A film that makes you want to think, cry, laugh, smile and soak in its world, Blade Runner 2049 is absolutely a masterpiece and absolutely the best film of 2017.
But are there any films I missed, or any you think deserved the title more than Blade Runner. Let me know what you’re film of the year was. Next week: album of the year!