Although August 2017 will most definitely be remembered for how bad it performed at the box office, there were still some solid flicks to see. While the bigger films of the month fell flat, some fun, and sometimes powerful, independent movies stole the show. Before getting to the list, I must offer a tip of my cap to Kathryn Bigelow‘s Detroit. This film would probably be in the running…if I had seen it. Ohh well, no critic is perfect. Let’s take a look at the best movies of August 2017:
#3: Logan Lucky
Although it can’t help but pale in comparison to director Steven Soderbergh‘s better heist films, Logan Lucky has a lot of fun in its two-hour run time.
The obvious standout from the film is Daniel Craig as the suitably absurd Joe Bang. For awhile now, Craig has starred in some pretty dower, depressing films. It’s nice to see him once again enjoying being in a film. There’s just so many lovable quirks to his character, such as eating eggs for every meal. He even cracks a smile!
If you like the Ocean’s movies, then you’ll definitely like Logan Lucky. It has all the visual style of those suave, cool heist films while also poking fun at the genre by depicting the backwoods areas of West Virginia. Soderbergh even crafts some suitably stupid dialogue that gets a ton of laughs.
Every actor in Logan Lucky looks like they’re having a blast. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver appear to enjoy living it up as hillbillies, almost competing with each other to see who can sound more silly with the most mundane pieces of dialogue.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 93%
Metacritic Score: 78
MovieBabble Score: B
*To read my full review of Logan Lucky, please click here.
#2: Good Time
Good Time is a dirty, dirty movie, and I mean that in the best way possible. This film has a very interested contrast in giving everything a psychedelic feel but also adding a grungey, disgusting aura to every single frame. Good Time feels unlike any other movie of recent memory in this regard. There’s almost a feeling that this is a real life event.
Robert Pattinson gives the best performance of his career as Constantine Nikas, a human being with practically zero redeeming qualities. Pattinson remains magnetic (and even somewhat likable if you can believe it). He’s unhinged yet keeps it together just enough so that he can continue to attempt to accomplish his goals by any means necessary.
Good Time is an interesting watch as it takes place all in one night. Although Pattinson’s character tries to keep digging himself out of a hole, things just seem to get worse. This film is certainly a step above the typical crime caper and worthy of being among the best movies of August 2017.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 88%
Metacritic Score: 80
MovieBabble Score: B+
*To read my full review of Good Time, please click here.
#1: Wind River
Wind River proves that Taylor Sheridan is more than just a great writer, he’s a great director as well. The film is one of rare occasions where the entire final product is perfectly directed. Not a single moment is out of place and every point where emotion must be wrung out of the plot is done with ease. Wind River pulls off techniques that only seasoned directors would even attempt to use. In the mind of this critic, Taylor Sheridan is now a force in this industry.
Other members of the team deserve a ton of credit as well. Jeremy Renner gives a career-defining performance as a hunter/tracker who aids the FBI in their investigation of a murdered woman on an Indian reservation. He’s always very solid, but this time he’s done a little extra. His chemistry with Elizabeth Olsen is impeccable, allowing for a great team to come about.
If nothing else, Wind River has and ending that will make you want to stand up and cheer like you haven’t in quite some time. Retribution is found in the most satisfying of ways. It absolutely deserves its spot with the best movies of August 2017.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 86%
Metacritic Score: 73
MovieBabble Score: A-
*To read my full review of Wind River, please click here.
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