Best Movies of October 2017
October had some interesting developments, including a big step forward for Netflix’s original programming. While there was still a lot of sludge to sift through, that topic is better for another article altogether. Instead, let’s keep it positive and run down the best movies of October 2017:
The run of Stephen King movies continues as 1922 is another successful King adaptation in 2017 to start off the best movies of October 2017. With news that a reboot of Pet Semetary is on the way, this trend may continue many years into the future.
1922 rests mostly on the shoulders of an unrecognizable performance from Thomas Jane in the lead role. He provides all the gruff and twang that you would ever expect from a midwestern farmer. He shows seriously stunted emotions that match the character’s personality. His stare is piercing and his actions are reprehensible, but you can’t take your eyes off of him.
There’s a wonderful sense of atmosphere on display in this film. 1922 takes its time to set up the feel of the film. There’s an urge to squirm in your seat when nothing happens. The film just does such a great job of setting the scene with the help of an amazing score. Although many will find the film boring or overly long, it’s still a rewarding watch for those who look forward to a layered, introspective movie.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 86%
Metacritic Score: 70
*To read my full review of 1922, please click here.
#2: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
It’s films such as this one that make me wonder why Adam Sandler ever chooses to act in comedies that cater to the lowest common denominator. The Meyerowitz Stories once again proves that Sandler is a terrific actor that just needs the right material in order to succeed. Sandler displays a very layered performance that is among one of the best of his career. In fact, the entire cast led by Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman provide wonderful performances that follow the film’s subdued nature.
Many might find The Meyerowitz Stories dull. There’s really no big resolution or change made in the lives of the characters. People might leave wanting a bit more. However, that isn’t what the film is shooting to accomplish. Instead, writer/director Noah Baumbach focuses on the subtle details of family life that don’t always cause sweeping changes to a person’s life.
The Meyerowitz Stories is a quiet, quirky film that isn’t exactly for everyone, but it is certainly rewarding to those who give it a chance.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 93%
Metacritic Score: 79
*To read my full review of The Meyerowitz Stories, please click here.
#1: Blade Runner 2049
In this critic’s humble opinion, Blade Runner 2049 somehow managed to improve upon one of the most influential science fiction movies of all-time, easily becoming one of the best movies of October 2017. Rather than continue the meandering, often frustrating structure that the original Blade Runner contained, this sequel has a plot that becomes juicier with every twist and turn.
Denis Villenueve was the perfect choice to direct. The tone of 2049 is perfect, matching that of the original while not afraid to pave new ground. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford need to be commended for their performances as they both really brought their A-game. Ford in particular offers his best performance in years.
After a few weeks in theaters, Blade Runner 2049 has only made about half of what studios projected it would need to turn a profit. This news is such a downer considering the amount of skill on display in the film. Give this movie your money and go see it before it’s too late. It’s a sweeping, epic story that ranks among the best sequels ever made.
Seriously, go see it.
Alright, I’m done. But still, go see it. Please.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 88%
Metacritic Score: 81
*To read my full review of Blade Runner 2049, please click here.
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