2017 was a doozy, in more ways than one. In addition to having to face the harsh reality of what a post-Trump elected world looked like, we lost some great people like Chris Cornell and Tom Petty.
But for all of the bullshit we’ve had to put up with this year, one thing was certain: 2017 was a great year for film. And so before we say ‘so long’ to 2017, here’s a rundown of some of the characters from films we loved this year that made it a little less shitty.
Kumail from The Big Sick
The Big Sick tells the story of how real-life couple Kumail Nanjani and wife Emily Gordon meet and get together. Nanjani, a well-known comedian who’s been in shows such as Portlandia and Silicon Valley, plays himself in the movie, with Gordon portrayed by Zoe Kazan.
Why we love him: After learning that Emily had fallen into a coma and had been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease—despite already being dumped by her a few weeks prior—Kumail sticks it out at the hospital and helps Emily’s parents come to grips with their daughter’s illness.
Rose from The Last Jedi
Why we love her: Scrappy and tenacious, Rose was instrumental in driving home the importance of fighting for something you believe in. She showed Finn the oppression that lied behind the glitz and glamour of the casino and consequently lit the spark that would go on to inspire a stable boy.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson from Lady Bird
The best reviewed movie of 2017—it’s one of the only films to ever receive a 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes—Lady Bird revolves around the relationship of Marion McPherson, a hardworking nurse from California, and her strong-willed daughter, Christine aka Lady Bird.
Why we love her: Flawed and entirely relatable, Lady Bird reminds you of the tumultuous period of peak adolescence, when you feel like it’s you against the rest of the world, but with a warmth and vulnerability you can’t help but love.
Chris Washington from Get Out
One of this year’s best movies, Get Out was a meditation on race and class with a decidedly horrific twist. The film centers on Chris and his girlfriend Rose as they return to Rose’s hometown to spend the weekend with her family. Unbeknownst to Chris, something more sinister lies in wake.
Why we love him: While Chris spends most of the movie trying to shake off what he hopes is just paranoia, he manages to get to the bottom of things just in time to save his skin.
Patti from Patti Cake$
If there’s one thing Patti Cake$ has in spades it’s heart. This story of a downtrodden Jersey girl who wants to make it big as a rapper will warm the cockles of your cold dead heart and give you the best case of LSS.
Why we love her: When you think about a breakout rap star, a plus size Jersey girl is usually the last person that comes to mind. Patti breaks the stereotype that you need to look the part to play the part.
Jimmy Logan from Logan Lucky
Logan Lucky centers on two seemingly dim-witted brothers who attempt to pull off a heist at a NASCAR race in North Carolina with the help of a ragtag group of criminals.
Why we love him: He might not be the best role model for his kid but you gotta hand it to him for getting the job done.
Baby from Baby Driver
The latest film from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver blends together all the best elements of comedy/action flicks into one riotous and rollicking romp of a movie.
Why we love him: The kid’s got the best taste in tunes.
Auggie Pullman from Wonder
Based on the bestseller of the same name, this Stephen Chbosky-directed heart-wrenching film tells the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial deformities as he enters a mainstream school for the first time.
Why we love him: He doesn’t let the assholes get him down. Auggie reminds us all of that scared, insecure kid we once were.
Wonder Woman from Wonder Woman
The film revolves around Diana, daughter of Hippolyta and would-be weapon of mass destruction, as she navigates war-torn Europe to seek out her ultimate nemesis: the god of war himself, Ares.
Why we love her: Her unflinching determination to do good and protect those who can’t protect themselves is a beacon of hope for these times.