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Most entertaining movies of 2017

In the spirit of the award season, I want to talk about my personal favorite movies of the year.

2017 was the year when I tried to see as many movies as possible. I would go to the movies every other weekend with my family and go with my friends whenever they suggested we go.

After the Oscars, I’ve been thinking back on the movies I saw this year, and the ones I enjoyed the most. I have compiled three movies in my head and I would like to talk about them. Here they are, in no specific order.

#3: “Baby Driver”

Baby Driver was an awesome movie. That’s the main word: awesome. “Baby Driver” is a movie from action director Edgar Wright.

The movie follows a boy named Baby who acts as a getaway driver for a group of criminals. Follow Baby as he falls in love and tries to escape his life of crime, only to get sucked back in.

“Baby Driver” is the epitome of style over substance. When you look at the plot of the movie, it’s very basic. The dialogue is very basic. Everything about the movie is basic, except for the cinematography.

You see, if you have ever seen another Edgar Wright movie (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim) you know what I am talking about, Edgar Wright has a very specific style. Specifically in this movie, everything goes along to the beat of music.

Whenever somebody does something in “Baby Driver,” it will sync up with the music playing in the background. For example, somebody will be walking and it will line up with the drum beat playing in the background. It’s super cool!

If you haven’t seen “Baby Driver,” watch the first 12 minutes online. It’s a really interesting first scene, and if you enjoy it you are sure to love the full film.

#2: “The Book of Henry”

Now, I already talked about this film in a prior review, so I won’t go to in depth. “The Book of Henry” is honest to God one of the worst films I have seen in my entire life. The plot is so ridiculous that it become funny. I have not laughed so hard in a movie theater in a long time.

The movie is about a little smart kid who decides to murder his neighbor’s father. Before he can carry out the murder he gets cancer, and dies. His mom then has to kill the father for her dead son. It’s epic.

If that sounds like a bizarre concept for a movie, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It gets way crazier. Watch it, if you like the “so bad it’s good, kind of” type of movie.

#1: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

This movie was fantastic, and I don’t mean that lightly. I truly believe this is the movie that should win Best Picture. Anyone who hasn’t seen it, go see it.

The movie is about a mother who buys three billboards to advertise her daughter’s murder, to keep the case in the public eye. The movie is full of memorable characters, who all feel unique.

The interesting thing about the film for me is that, it takes you on somewhat of a moral journey. The show is very character centric, and the characters you are rooting for will completely change by the end.

The shots are beautiful, the settings are memorable, the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat, the movie basically has everything you can want.

For this year, I consider “Three Billboards” the closest thing to a perfect movie.

So, those are my three movies. Hopefully one of them popped out to you. These are all worthwhile movies—well, at least two of them—and I hope you enjoyed the awards season.

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