Best Surprises of 2017

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December 20, 2017

Best Surprises of 2017

As the year comes closer and closer to an end, there will certainly be no shortage of critics talking about the films that disappointed the most. It is perfectly understandable as months of hype finally leading to a mediocre final product can really set anyone off. However, we want to take a step back and do the exact opposite for this one.

We will be looking at the pleasant surprises that came our way in 2017. Presented in this article are a couple of great films which we did not see coming at all. If you haven’t seen these movies yourself, then do yourself a favor and watch them after you read the article.


Early in his career, M. Night Shyamalan was showered with praise from critics and audiences alike. With works like the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, he was well on his way to becoming one of contemporary cinema’s new masters. Yet, this all changed when he released a whole series of stinkers and box office bombs, all of which were universally reviled.

It wasn’t until The Visit that people started paying attention to the director’s work. By all means, that film harkens back to Shymalan’s earlier works and was hailed by many as an improvement to his previous works. Yet, by no means was it the redemption the director needed.

Now, with the release of Split earlier this year, there can certainly be no more questions regarding the director’s status in the industry. A tale of suspense and horror that is able to strike the right nerves with audiences and critics alike.

Of course, it needs to be stated here that the film’s success is inextricably linked to James McAvoy’s stellar performance. He inhibits each of the character’s many personalities perfectly. Funny, intimidating, and downright scary when the scene demands it – his on-screen presence is riveting, to say the least.

Though the script tumbles a couple of times, everything eventually pays off in the third act, as everything comes to a startling conclusion. Of course, the most interesting part of it is the final twist which sets the movie up for a potential crossover sequel. Needless to say, we are more than excited to come back to this universe Shyamalan has built, we hope sooner rather than later.

Get Out

Unlike Split, Get Out really did not surprise anyone for being a good movie. Coming from the mind of Jordan Peele, the film itself showcases his love for genre films. It is able to build the right kind of suspense and terror needed to scare its audiences effectively.

However, what surprised critics most about Get Out is the fact it is perhaps one of the best horror films of the year, or even of the decade. Like most great films, it certainly had a lot to say and it left audiences asking a number of uncomfortable, albeit relevant questions regarding the state of racism in American society today.

This article presented readers with a couple of films that surprises us the most. Do yourself a favor and watch it as soon as you can.

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