The 2017 Ruthies

2017 has been a fantastic year for movie lovers. In amongst the sea of remakes some shining examples of original film making have shone through. For the first time here at Ruthless On Film we have compiled the movies worthy of a Ruthie award.

Read on to find out if your favourite movie from 2017 made the cut.

Best Picture

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s combat thriller is an inspiring celebration of solidarity. It’s an intimate yet visceral and powerful history lesson that demands attention.

Best Director

Edgar Wright for Baby Driver

Baby Driver is a fresh spin on the usual heist tale.  In a twist to Wright’s other successes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and The World’s End, this is a movie that isn’t an all-out comedy. It’s a homage to Reservoir Dogs with a gorgeous sprinkling of love for good measure.

Edgar Wright deserves a victory lap for his new heart-racing action-comedy movie.

Best Actor

Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

Not unlike Baby Driver, music plays a pivotal role in Atomic Blonde. The soundtrack brings another level of energy and angst to the already pulse-racing movie. Atomic Blonde is sleek, stylish and undoubtedly sexy.

Best Drama

The Florida Project

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project gives a poignant insight into the magic of childhood and for those brief moments we are privileged to live in it.

Willem Dafoe gives a performance of a lifetime, while Bria Vina provides a strong, memorable character. However, the standout star of the movie is undoubtedly Brooklynn Prince.

Best Action

Wonder Woman

After a fair few misses the DC Extended Universe finally redeemed itself. Wonder Woman is a refreshingly baddass breath of fresh air in a male-dominated genre.

Best Sci-Fi

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is as fantastic as it is profound. The sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic is as visually stunning as it is philosophically profound. It explores the primacy of feelings, memories and what it truly means to be human.

Best Horror

It

I wouldn’t say that It was a scary movie, it’s more creepy than anything. In fact, It is more of a horror-adventure movie; The Goonies meets Nightmare On Elm Street. You get the nostalgic weirdness of Stranger Things but with the chills you’ve come to associate with any Stephen King material.

Worst Picture

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Despite its talented cast and legendary origins Ritchie’s interpretation of the King Arthur story is bombastic.

So there you are, those were the movies worthy of winning Ruthies this year. I hope you enjoyed the roundup and I look forward to more awesome, and not-so awesome movies in 2018.

Happy holidays.

By Ruth Walker

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