We continue our top films that were released on the USA screen in 2017. We will start the second part of our top ten with nothing else but "La La Land ", a holiday film for admirers of the aesthetic beauty of films.
You can find the first part of our top in our first article.
La La Land
Despite the fact that the film was released in 2016, it only reached USA by January 2017. "La La Land" did not receive the Best Picture of the Year award. But he distinguished himself with victories in 6 other nominations "Best Director" (Damien Chazelle), "Best Actress" (Stone), "Best Cinematography", "Best Music for a Film", "Best Song for a Film" ("City of Stars" ) and "Best Production Designer".
The director of the film once again turns to the musical theme. This is not surprising, because Damien himself was a professional musician. He dreamed of becoming a jazz drummer, which served as a prerequisite for the creation of another famous film Shazelle "Obsession" in 2014.
In "La La Land" the idea of the director and screenwriter Damien Chazelle goes to another level. During the viewing, the viewer does not leave the feeling of the scale of the film's intention. There are also references to other masterpieces in the genre of musical films: "Umbrellas of Cherbourg", "Girls from Rochefort", as well as even visually similar scenes that make La La Land akin to the classics "Singing in the Rain" and "American in Paris. ".
The main characters of the film Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) cherish dreams of becoming famous in the field of art and, oddly enough, they succeed. Dreams come true, but at what cost. We do not see drama in its pure form in this film, it does not fit the genre, but this does not mean that there was no drama in the life of the heroes of the film, in their feelings. This is revealed in the very finale of La La Land, when after several years the heroes meet again, and the viewer understands that they have achieved success, but what about happiness? This is another question. But it is, but not as they once imagined it.
Blade Runner 2049
It's been 30 years since the events that unfolded in Blade Runner. Now starring Ryan Gosling, he plays a replicant named Kay, tasked with tracking down the rebel replicants. Harrison Ford reappears in the film and again as Rick Deckard. Denis Villeneuve replaced Ridley Scott at the director's wheel. This film was one of the most anticipated of 2017 and did not disappoint.
The ending of the film, not only with the plot, but also with the help of the musical component, sends us to the first part of Blade Runner. And the heroes of Ryan Gosling and Rutger Hauer become in many ways similar. Thanks for creating the effect of nostalgia at the end of the film, we must give Hans Zimmer, whose musical talent manifested itself in "Sherlock Holmes", "Rain Man", "Gladiator", "Interstellar", "Inception" and many other most illustrative and successful films of our time.
Why do we suggest you watch Blade Runner 2049? Because the future is on the doorstep. Steven Spielberg's new film Ready Player One, which we look forward to this year, and Denis Villeneuve's are perhaps the most important films for those living in the second half of the 21st century. What we will see in these pictures is not fiction at all, but a rapidly approaching future.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the eighth film in the Star Wars saga and the highest grossing film of 2017. Recall that in May 2018, the second full-length spin-off of the Star Wars saga, entitled Solo. Star Wars: Tales, will be released, which will tell about the life of the young Han Solo. But this is still in the future, and let's get back to the eighth part of "Star Wars".
The pronounced author's approach in the interpretation of the image of Luke Skywalker was not to the taste of many fans of the saga. Some have argued that bringing so many new things to the film's key character is disrespectful to George Lucas's original trilogy. Viewers are used to seeing Luke in the role of the savior of the universe, rather than the "paranoid hermit" that he seemed to them in the sequel.
Also caused a flurry of emotions and the emergence of a new heroine Rose. And what about Daisy Ridley's Rey and Kyle Rene (Adam Driver)! If for some reason you have not had time to watch "The Last Jedi", then you yourself can draw conclusions whether the film is a revelation and a new turn in the world of "Star Wars" or an author's delight, which leads away from the original idea.
Did the film's director Ryan Johnson manage to breathe new life into the old franchise? It's up to you.
We can't help but insert our old fairy. After this movie, the Star Wars numbered episodes are not the galaxy you are looking for.
"Silence" is one of Martin Scorsese's most underrated films and probably one of the best, where the director reaches new heights in portraying the spiritual quest by asking questions of faith. After the film "The Wolf of Wall Street," Scorsese decided to make a film about Jesuit priests who came to preach in 17th century Japan during the heyday of the Tokugawa shogunate. The Japanese do not accept the religion of strangers and persecute Christians.
The film raises questions of faith, the existence of good and evil in the world, an attempt to understand the world order. Perhaps Scorsese has entered an age where people are more philosophical than ever before. So, despite the fact that the reviews of critics were mostly positive, average Americans were unable to appreciate the film at its true worth, which does not detract from the artistic value of the film.
Filming took place in Taiwan, near Taipei. The Portuguese Jesuit priests are Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson himself. There is someone to look at and something to think about. For fans of Scorsese's work, this is a must watch movie - a must watch.
So we got to the USA hit of 2017. The release of the film was immediately celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival. He received the Competition Jury Prize. Since then, the victorious march of the film by Andrey Zvyagintsev has begun on international platforms. In 2018, it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
"Battlefield" was one of the variants of the title of the film, because the director did not quite like the title "Dislike" proposed by Oleg Negin. But gradually the film crew got used to this name. Why not? It, perhaps, best reflects the deep essence of the film: dislike, alienation of the heroes of the film, the married couple from each other. The boy, their son, acts rather as a symbol of disorder, uselessness. If none of the parents or grandmother needs him, then this speaks of the state of modern society, its coldness, alienation, where there is no place for real feelings.
The film has already won the Grand Prix at the Munich and London International Film Festivals. Perhaps it will earn an Oscar. He is not as politicized as he is being portrayed, especially by the Western media. It has much more of Ingmar Bergman, who is admired by the director of Dislike.
Why is this film not about hate as the antipode of love? Because it's about dislike. And it cannot be translated into other languages of the world with 100 percent accuracy. And the film itself is essentially about the difficulties of translation, because the people depicted in it do not understand not only others, but also themselves
The Topic of Article: Top best films of 2017 according to USAn film critics. Part two.