By Jack Dignan
Well folks, we’re now 15 days into 2017, the first lot of 2017 releases making their way into cinemas. As is the case with every year, there’s already a ton of films I’m looking forwards to, so it’s time to put together a list of my 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017. This list is based on US release dates, so 2016 releases that still haven’t come out here, such as Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea, won’t make the list. Also, I’m sure some of my favourite films of the year will be films I haven’t even heard of yet, but I do look forward to discovering them. This is merely my 10 most anticipated as of right now, and to kick things off, I’ll begin with some honourable mentions.
Honourable Mentions: Alien Covenant, Thor: Ragnarok, Dunkirk, Kong: Skull Island, Baby Driver.
Stephen King is my all-time favourite author, and the first adaptation of his beloved novel ‘It’ left me entertained, but dissatisfied. It was cheap, corny and lacking in scares. It’s a decent movie, but not a great one, and certainly not one I’d see myself going back to rewatch. A two-film remake, though, is something I’m definitely on board with. While we’ve only seen a couple of images so far, it’s already sold me, especially on the look of this new Pennywise. It’s fairly safe to say I’m eager to revisit my favourite killer, demonic clown.
Over the years, Pixar have achieved countless technological achievements, pushing the limits of storytelling and animation. They were the first company to create a feature length 3D animated movie, Toy Story, which still holds up as one of the all time greats. I will forever be in love with them, and despite going through a bit of a sequel phase as of late, a new original film is set to be released this year. Coco is a film I’ve been hearing about for years, and the fact that it’s finally coming out is very pleasing. Focusing in on the day of the dead in Mexico, it has a lot of potential to deliver something spectacular, and I cannot wait.
We’re now 3 films into the DC Extended Universe, and so far it’s been somewhat of a mixed bag, to say the least. Man of Steel was fine, Batman V Superman was great, and Suicide Squad was a disappointment. Wonder Woman is due to be released in a few months and it’s looking like it could put DC back on track, but then again, haven’t we been saying that about their last couple of movies? Justice League, however, I have a lot of hope for. Details are scarce on what’s to go down, and all we’ve seen so far is a brief teaser from Comic-Con, but word of mouth from all involved is sounding like Warner Brothers are steering the ship around, really trying to deliver a film that will please both fans and critics alike, and I do hope this is the case.
Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Denis Villeneuve are teaming up to deliver a long-awaited sequel to a sci-fi classic. Count. Me. In. Villeneuve never fails to deliver, his films always making it into my top 10 of the year every single time. So the fact that he’s taking on the sequel to Blade Runner is very, very exciting stuff, and if the trailer is anything to go off of, it’s going to be one of the most promising films of the year. Every single shot looks truly stunning, a work of art in a way, but that’s to be expected when it comes to Villeneuve. He isn’t capable of directing anything less than extraordinary.
I didn’t know this film was a thing not too long ago, but when I watched the first trailer for it, I was in love. I’m attempting to avoid all other trailers for this film prior to watching it, as that first trailer was perfectly moody and I don’t want anything ruined. I want to go in as blind as possible, experiencing this film in its sheer, uncomfortable greatness. From director Gore Verbinski and lead actor Dane DeHan, A Cure For Wellness is looking absolutely incredible, and it may just be one of the biggest surprises of the year for a lot of people. What this film has in stall for us, I do not know, but goddamn, I can’t wait to find out.
Spider-Man’s back, guys. He’s back. Not too long ago, Marvel finally acquired the rights to the character, making his MCU debut last year in Captain America: Civil War. For me, and a lot of other fans, he was the best part of the movie. He’s the Spider-Man we deserve, and his first solo outing looks truly phenomenal. With Michael Keaton playing the film’s big baddie, backed up by a humongous supporting cast including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, it’s almost impossible for this film to fail. Marvel has a near perfect track record, and once again, it seems they know exactly what they’re doing.
The Planet of the Apes franchise has lasted nearly fifty years, starting in 1968 with one of the best films of all time. From there, four sequels followed, multiple TV shows (both animated and live action), a remake, and in 2011 the first of three prequels. It’s become iconic, the third and seemingly final prequel due for release in the coming months. The prequels, so far, have just managed to get better and better and better, and War For The Planet Of The Apes looks to continue this trend. Stating that the film’s trailer looks intense is one big understatement. If this is to be the final film, it sure looks like one hell of a way to go.
The X-Men continuity is completely out the window at this point in time. I don’t even bother trying to keep up with what’s going on and who’s meant to be where. There’s just no point. It’s never going to make sense. When looking at the films in their own right and not as the next chapter of the franchise, they’re also a mixed bag. Some are brilliant, but others are not. The one actor who’s been leading the franchise this entire time, though, is Hugh Jackman, taking on the role of Wolverine. Logan sees him playing the character for one final time, putting to rest a character he’s been portraying for nearly two decades. It’s going to be hard saying goodbye, but it seems to be a brilliant way to leave, even aiming it at a more adult audience. Logan could easily be the best X-Men film yet.
Let’s be honest, nobody was really that excited for the first Guardians of the Galaxy. That is until the trailers started to come out, and it actually looked surprisingly okay. Still, many remained skeptical, myself included, but when the film came out, it blew everyone away. The film’s tagline read ‘You’re Welcome,’ and indeed I was. Thankfully, the same mistake won’t be made with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as I think just about everyone in the world is hyped for this movie. Plus, the film has Baby Groot. BABY GROOT! If he’s not the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen in your life, you’re just lying to yourself. We all need Baby Groot in our lives.
Is this really a surprise to anybody that knows me or has ever been on my website? I am a massive Star Wars fan, that’s no secret, and so saying that Star Wars Episode VIII is my most anticipated film of 2017 is not in the slightest bit shocking. It’s Star Wars. The Force Awakens was my favourite film of 2015, and Rogue One was my favourite of 2016. While many criticised The Force Awakens for helming too close to Episode IV, which is fair, Episode VIII is sounding like it won’t be making the same mistake. Especially not with Rian Johnson at the helm, director of Looper. Is it too early to guess what my favourite film of 2017 is going to be?
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