There is a lot of potential for great, memorable movies in 2017. And while we won’t be able to separate the surprises from the disappointments just yet, there are definitely several “Day One” movies that I would happily drive three hours in a snowstorm to be among the first people to see (if you don’t believe me, that’s exactly what I did to see Rogue One).
It could have been a cool trailer, a neat poster, my familiarity with the source material, or high profile involvement. Whatever the case, these are my ten most anticipated films of 2017.
Few director filmographies are as exciting as Christopher Nolan’s, ranging from stylish mysteries, head-trippy sci-fi, to the definitive interpretation of Batman on film. So when Nolan decides to portray one of the most brutal and monumental battles in history, you can bet it’s a must see experience.
Revisiting characters and a story after a twenty year gap is generally never a good idea. But Danny Boyle has been one of the most consistent directors working today, and given this script is based off of Irvine Welsh’s book Porno, the sequel to Trainspotting, I have really high hopes.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Alien: Covenant both should be on this list. But given that the former simply looks like more of the same (not necessarily a bad thing), and the latter looks like a lazy retread of the original (certainly a bad thing), I’m most intrigued by what Marvel Studios has planned for my favourite superhero as part of the MCU. Peter Parker finally looks his age. Tony Stark is his mentor. Michael Keaton plays the villain. Not to mention the tone of the trailer feels like a high school coming of age story. Spider-Man: Homecoming could very well turn out to be the Spider-Man film fans have wanted since the first two Raimi films.
Remember how awesome John Wick was? Well, the entire team in front of and behind the camera is back. I’ve wanted this since I saw the original film. Now, it’s finally here! And it’s being offered as counterprogramming to Fifty Shades Darker. In a perfect world, the audience turn out would be so high that this hits number one instead!
Stephen King’s meta fantasy horror western hybrid has been in production hell for almost a decade. Finally, it is getting its big screen treatment with none other than the great Idris Elba playing the role of gunslinger Roland Deschain. And given the film’s move to a summer release (studio confidence!), this could be one of the year’s biggest surprises.
If War can keep the same series quality that Rise and Dawn established, we could very well have one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time! The effects in the trailer look astounding and director Matt Reeves has yet to do any wrong. With a stellar cast including Woody Harrelson in a role that looks to really expand his already diverse range, War for the Planet of the Apes is one of my most hotly anticipated summer movies of 2017.
It’s already been confirmed with my friends. Day One. In D-Box. I don’t care how dumb the trailer looks. From my experience with these movies, the dumber they are, the more enjoyable they become.
Disney’s live action remakes of their beloved animated classics are 2 for 2 so far. From what I’ve seen of Beauty and the Beast, from the lavish production, the perfect casting of Emma Watson as Belle, and the nostalgia embedded in the trailer’s soundtrack, it’s almost a certainty that this contemporary retelling will capture the magic and wonder of the 1991 original.
Despite the fact that we know nothing about this film, it’s Star Wars. How can you not be excited? (Okay, if you didn’t enjoy either The Force Awakens or Rogue One, I can understand your skepticism.)
It’s been 34 years since Ridley Scott released his sci-fi masterpiece to the world. And given that Blade Runner is one of my all-time favourite films, I was as skeptical as ever when this project was announced.
But a lavish trailer that gave me goosebumps as soon as the Vangelis score blasted through the speakers eased my skepticism. And my faith in director Denis Villeneuve to make a film every bit equal to the original has never been stronger. Thus, I look forward to Blade Runner 2049 more than any other film this year.
What are the films you’re most anxious to see? Let me know in the Comments below!