With so many great movies with memorable characters this past year, it's hard to narrow down a list of the best movie characters! But at Cineplex we know we have a duty to the people, so the list has been made and is now set in stone! *lightning strikes across the sky*
So without further ado, here are our favourite characters of 2017, in no particular order:
Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist
For many fans of the cult hit The Room, getting a chance to see James Franco flawlessly play Tommy Wiseau on the big screen was a real treat. The Disaster Artist, which follows the behind-the-scenes drama of the making of The Room, was not only hilarious, but at times touching. The heart of the movie is about a man chasing his Hollywood dreams and finding a life long friendship along the way. Tommy Wiseau is both the strangest person you'll ever see on screen and at times the most relatable.
Deckard in Blade Runner 2049
The return of Deckard, 30 years after we last saw him on the big screen, gave any Blade Runner fan goosebumps! Blade Runner 2049 was one of the most highly anticipated movies of this year and even though Ryan Gosling's character was the lead, the movie's twist story line centered around Deckard and Rachel. It was also wonderful to see Harrison Ford back in the iconic role.
X-23 (aka Laura) in Logan
Logan was one of the top superhero movies of this year. It was different and refreshing to watch a weary Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) trying to hide from the world. But the breakout star of the movie was definitely Laura (Dafne Keen), the child mutant with wolverine claws of her own. The biological daughter of Wolverine stole the show anytime she decided to put up a fight. Also, the father/daughter relationship in this movie is powerful and moving. Note to self: Don't judge a quiet young girl by her superpowers.
Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok
Continuing on with female superheroes, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) in Thor: Ragnarok makes our list! She's a tough, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners bad-ass warrior with a core of wounded pain, yet she's also so very much fun to watch. Valkyrie is a hard-drinking scavenger who's dealing with the survivor guilt of being the last remaining Valkyrie after Hela (Cate Blanchett) destroyed their legion, but Thompson imbues her with an edgy, charming sense of humour that makes her a natural fit with Thor and his other allies. She doesn't need any portentous speechifying, just chooses her side and comes out guns blazing, and that makes her one of the best characters we saw onscreen this year.
Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig / Kevin Wendell Crumb / Barry / Orwell / Jade in Split
M. Night Shyamalan made his comeback this year with Split. It was awesome, dark and what we watched was ultimately the origin story of a villain. A villain from a much larger superhero world that M. Night is creating which includes the characters from his movie Unbreakable released in 2000. In Split, James McAvoy brilliantly plays a seriously flawed man with split personalities who succumbs to his evil persona of The Beast. Many of the other "personalities" of this character are charming, thoughtful and good, making it compelling as you flip back and forth in trying to root for this guy throughout the movie.
Ingrid in Ingrid Goes West
There's a little bit of Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) in all of us. One of the most relevant films of 2017, Ingrid Goes West tells the tale of a social media obsession gone too far. While the character of Ingrid is taken to the extreme, her devotion to Instagram is something that will resonate. As Ingrid slowly learns that people only project their best selves online, that everybody has issues, and that perfection is unattainable, we can laugh at ourselves too as we realize along with her that life can't be measured in likes. Ingrid is a definitive character for today's generation, and like it or not, she'll teach you a lesson.
Mother in mother!
How could we forget the titular mother in mother!? Jennifer Lawrence plays against type as a meek and mild wife in Darren Aronofsky's trippy and violent metaphor of a movie. She puts up with so much of Javier Bardem's nonsense that it's a relief when she finally snaps and wreaks the most havoc out of anyone. We've never seen a character quite like Lawrence's mother, and we're not likely to anytime soon.
Bobby from The Florida Project
Willem Dafoe is already Golden Globe nominated and will most likely be Oscar nominated for his performance as the motel manager in The Florida Project. His character in the movie is the moral compass in a world of really bad choices being made. In today's recent climate, it's kind of refreshing to see a man who has the opportunity to take advantage of a situation, do good! We feel relieved when we see him pop up every now and then throughout the movie like a beacon of light on this sinking ship full of flawed characters.
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