The Top 5 Cinematic Moments Of 2017 (From Baby Driver To Get Out)

As the year winds down and we take a look at all the movies we’ve seen in 2017, it’s hard to narrow down the top five cinematic moments because there have been so many great moments on screen. Whose to say that final gunfight Wind River shouldn’t be on this list. Should I have included the scene from Thor: Ragnarok where Loki realizes that the Hulk is still alive? While it goes without saying this list like anything else is subjective, here’s my top five cinematic moments from the past year.

Honorable Mention – Wonder Woman No Mans Land Scene

Who didn’t get goosebumps as Diana (Gal Gadot) crossed No Mans Land much to the astonishment of Steve (Chris Pine) and a whole battalion of British Soldiers? It was a fantastic moment and quite an empowering moment for all the little girls in the audience. Check it out!

5. The Opening Chase Sequence In Baby Driver

The opening six minutes of Baby Driver has one of the greatest chase sequences that I’ve ever seen. This sequence sets the tone for the entire film and showcases the directorial talent of Edgar Wright. Check it out below.

4. Father and Son Moment In Call Me By Your Name

There’s a scene where Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and Mr. Perlman (Micheal Stuhlbarg) on the couch and the discussion of love comes up. This is, of course just after we learn that Oliver (Armie Hammer) is heading home after a whirlwind summer romance. Without giving too much away, let’s just say in a single statement we are witness to one of the most potent elements of love is acceptance. This trailer alone should persuade you to see the film.

3. The Sunken Place From Get Out

Many would be hard-pressed to find a movie that makes the kind of social statement that Get Out does. While many critics point to the scene where the African American gentleman is running across the lawn as being a standout moment, there’s another moment that stood out more in my opinion. Catherine Keener’s scene with Daniel Kaluuya in the living room where Chris is sent to the Sunken Place for the first time was both poignant and powerful as well. Check it out for yourself.

2. The Opening Scene In Lady Bird

The first three minutes of Lady Bird start off as anyone would expect. Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother (Laurie Metcalf) are finishing up visiting colleges which are nearby, and that morphs into a typical mother/daughter argument. What happens next is utterly shocking at sets the mood for one this year’s best releases. If you are interested in seeing what happens, it’s in the first 15 seconds of the trailer.

1. Eliza Makes A Connection In The Shape Of Water

The scene where Eliza (Sally Hawkins) and the amphibian creature (Doug Jones) make a connection via music stands out as my favorite scene of the year. Both characters realize without uttering one word that they judge each other for their actions and not by anything superficial. Hawkins character has no real reason to show any kindness to the creature, but she does. Some might refer to The Shape Of Water as a fairytale with a twist, but in reality, it’s a love story. Check out the trailer

Do you agree with the scenes that I’ve selected? Do you think Wonder Woman should have been ranked higher? Be sure to leave a comment. Here’s hoping that 2018 will bring us plenty of great scenes to discuss.

Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.