Best Movie of 2017 Edition
By: Jason Bechard

Hey, I Watched This!

Here I go again. Deviating from my plan for this review column, AGAIN! But I can't help myself. I've got some pretty strong opinions, on this matter, and I've got to share them. With that being said, I've got two contenders, in a very close race, for the title of "Jason's Pick For Best Movie of 2017".

Our first contender is T2 Trainspotting, from director Danny Boyle. That's right, a sequel! A sequel we never knew we wanted, and never thought we would see, but I'm so glad that we did.

Boyle brought us back to that quaint little neighborhood in Scotland, and it was a bittersweet homecoming. The charm of the old neighborhood hasn't dulled with time, and "Danny Boy's" vision still comes across as comfortable and real.

All four original actors returned, and it was like they never left. Ewan McGregor's "Mark", tentatively returning home, 20 years after he ran away, leaving his friends high and dry. Jonny Lee Miller's "Simon/Sick Boy", with his new schemes and big ambitions, but still has a weakness for the ladies. Robert Carlyle's "Begbie", who hasn't changed one iota, despite spending the last 20 years in prison. And lastly, Ewen Bremner's "Spud", who's "on again/off–again" relationship with heroin, has taken its toll on his adulthood, but left him with some surprising gifts.

The story plays out nicely. Nostalgic, a bit sad, wrapped in a crazy, chaotic package. Surprisingly beautiful. With an insane climax that borders on terrifying.

Our second contender is Get Out, from writer/director Jordan Peele. (Yes, the comedian who is one–half of the duo Key and Peele.) Peele directorial debut, and his first step outside of the comedy world, is an amazing dramatic thriller, that borders on horror, with small sprinkles of laughs, to cut the tension.

I am not exaggerating when I say, I was on the edge of my seat. Very early into the movie, the tension slowly starts to build. Odd interactions leave you wondering what's really going on. At one point, I thought I had it figured out. Boy, was I wrong! The tension keeps building, I was squirming in my seat because of the anxiousness this film gave me. It is extremely rare, for a film to evoke this type of reaction, and I loved it!

The entire cast worked so well, that you never saw any true hints of what was really going on.(Except for the hints that we were given on purpose.) Daniel Kaluuya is absolutely deserving of the praise he has garnered for this role, but it goes without saying, that the rest of the cast certainly helped him to bring out his best.

A close race, but for me, the title goes to GET OUT! The surprising and original story gives Get Out the edge over the beautiful nostalgia of T2 Trainspotting, but DAMN, was it a close race!

I give T2 Trainspotting 4.5 stars, and Get Out 5 stars , and the Title of "Jason's Pick of Best Movie of 2017"!