The BFI London Film Festival 2017 had many great movies to offer and while there were some movies that literally couldn’t have been greater, there were also a few that couldn’t quite carry their audience along and disappointed them instead. It was hard to decide which of the more than 200 movies shown at the film festival were the ones I liked the most and which were the most disappointing during the past two weeks. Nevertheless, I managed to do so and I present you with my favorite London Film Festival movies and the ones I will never watch again.
Three Movies That Exceeded The Expectations
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
This movie was literally one of the best I have seen this year at the film festival. It got the most applause after the screening and once you’ve seen it you know why. Professor Marston depicts the love story behind the creation of Wonder Woman and it was quite the special one given their time. Which was something that made this movie so enjoyable, as it was something different and it was actually quite interesting to see where the ideas for Wonder Woman came from. It is definitely a must watch of 2017!
Read our full review of Professor Marston here.
Call Me by Your Name
Call Me by Your Name was one of those movies that just moves you on so many levels. The storyline might not have been the strongest, yet it was emotional and especially Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet were phenomenal. It is also a relatable story, which made it so emotional and I am sure a lot of people will be able to relate to Elio and how he struggled with the new emotions he felt towards Oliver in the beginning and also how good it felt after finally acting on those feelings. I am sure that the movie will get a lot of more attention over the next few months and I can only highly recommend it to everyone.
Read our full review of Call Me by Your Name here.
This movie literally blew my mind! Just after ten minutes, the twist that happened was something I wouldn’t have expected at all! The actors’ performances were amazing as well, just like the characters they portrayed, as they were very relatable. Brigsby Bear could have literally been something that happened to your next-door neighbor, instead of being an overdramatic storyline that has several plot holes. It was genuinely a good movie that I can only highly recommend.
Read our full review of Brigsby Bear here.
Three Very Good Movies
Stronger followed the true story of Jeff Baumann, who was one of the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks and the most important witness in identifying one of the terrorists. It was a powerful and very moving story as it depicted the aftermath of the terrorist attack and just how much influence it can have on those who manage to survive, which I thought was quite a nice change storywise. Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany were just phenomenal in their roles respectively and I can see Gyllenhaal receive quite a few nominations for his portrayal of Jeff Baumann.
Read our full review of Stronger here.
Ingrid Goes West
This movie was just too funny and so very timely. I am sure there are people like Ingrid out there, as well as people like Taylor. It just genuinely fits the time we are living in right now, which made it so relatable and hilarious at the same time. Plus, Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen are a fantastic duo! You will definitely have a great time watching this movie.
Read our full review of Ingrid Goes West here.
The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water was such a beautiful movie, not just storywise but the visual effects and cinematography were also very beautiful. Additionally, the storyline was something else, even though the end was a little predictable. Nevertheless, it is a great movie and Sally Hawkins, as well as Octavia Spencer, were both amazing in it!
Read our full review of The Shape of Water here.
The Three Worst Movies
Wonderstruck was the most confusing movie ever. You watch it, thinking the entire time what the actual f*** is going on until 40 minutes before the movie ends when it finally starts to make sense. Even then it is far too late to actually make this movie better. I can’t recommend this movie to anyone, but I’d agree that you’ll have to make up your own mind about it. It’s a film you’ll either hate or love.
Read our full review of Wonderstruck here.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
The only good thing about this movie was the actors and their performances respectively. The storyline was just a bit too long and could have ended several times before it actually did. To be fair, the characters were quite funny in their own way and you will laugh quite a bit. The overall storyline just couldn’t convince me to actually like the movie in the end.
Read our full review of The Meyerowitz Stories here.
On Chesil Beach
To be honest, I am not a fan of movies that only depict one single day without much that is happening and it is why I didn’t like On Chesil Beach at all. Not even the flashbacks made it more interesting and especially because they didn’t really explain why Florence was so afraid of sleeping with her new husband. The characters seemed rather boring and especially the end didn’t make sense in my mind. I wouldn’t watch it again, especially because I can’t stand Saoirse Ronan’s voice in it.
Read our full review of On Chesil Beach here.