2017 promises many terrific films, some being long anticipated sequels in their respective franchises. Let’s take a look at the 8 movies I’m most looking forward to in 2017:
8. Wonder Woman
With the exception of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy I’m definitely more of a Marvel than DC fan. However, it’s about damn time one of these superhero cinematic universes had a movie whose title character is a woman. The trailer showcases what a badass Wonder Woman/Diana Prince is and it’s nice to actually experience her character’s dynamic personality, something we didn’t get much of in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I’m also intrigued by the contrast of Amazonian culture in the World War II time period. Moreover, it’ll be refreshing to experience a superhero origin story many are unfamiliar with as opposed to seeing the origin stories of individuals like Superman, Batman or Spider-Man for the umpteenth time. After lukewarm or severely negative reactions to Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, this may finally be the enticing movie that saves the DCEU (DC Extended Universe).
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Part of me thinks it’s ridiculous that the Spider-Man character is being rebooted for a third time. Another part of me is stoked based on Tom Holland’s performance in Captain America: Civil War and all the potential connections to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Holland captures the nerdy, high school, wisecracking nature of Peter Parker sometimes lacking in previous Spider-Man films. Skipping the origin story and moving full speed into his adventures as Spider-Man with Tony Stark/Iron Man appearing to be heavily involved creates so much potential for the MCU.
6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The excitement continues with the quirkiest group of characters within the MCU. This group’s chemistry is eccentric and electric. That alone is enough excitement for a sequel. Add in the bonuses of Baby Groot, Mantis, and Peter Quill’s father being Ego the living planet. You don’t need to convince me that this movie is worth seeing.
5. War for the Planet of the Apes
The prequel trilogy to the legendary Planet of the Apes has been a pleasant surprise. They’ve created a multi-faceted, morally complex conflict that has audiences rooting for individuals rather than purely the apes or humans. Caesar’s character development has been a fascinating evolution to witness for which Andy Serkis deserves a lot of credit. I’m thrilled at the prospect of seeing how the prequel trilogy comes full-circle with the original film. My only concern is that the new film seems to lack any kind of empathetic human character, except perhaps . Caesar’s relationship with empathetic human characters played an essential role in creating the multi-faceted, moral complexity of the previous films.
Update: Based on the trailers and information we’ve had since this post was published, I no longer have this concern due to the character of Nova.
4. Beauty and the Beast
One of my favorite Disney films receives the live-action remake treatment with the incredibly talented likes of Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Watson. The cinematography in the trailer is beautiful and I hope to see some clever, thought-provoking twists with this classic fairy tale.
3. Thor: Ragnarok
I’ve always enjoyed the Thor movies for delivering a more fantastical story within the MCU. Furthermore, they feature Loki.
Thor: Ragnarok promises to be even more exciting with the inclusion of the Hulk/Bruce Banner. It’s time to finally understand Thor’s vision from Avengers: Age of Ultron and how this connects to Thanos and the Infinity Stones, and what Loki has been up to since faking his death and masquerading as Odin.
Hugh Jackman’s last time playing the iconic Wolverine is enough to create mass appeal for this film. The story is adapted from the bold and brilliant graphic novel Wolverine: Old Man Logan, and with Charles Xavier replacing Hawkeye’s role from the source material. The desolate setting where most of the mutants are dead, the physical danger and exhaustion catching up to Logan and Charles but contrasted with the hope of this mysterious young mutant girl and the heart that emanates from the relationships between these three characters . . . This is the movie X-MEN fans deserve.
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII
Star Wars: The Force Awakens ended on more of a cliffhanger than any other Star Wars film. I’m among the legions of fans clamoring for the answer of what will happen following the meeting between Rey and Luke Skywalker. The questions and possibilities this film can explore are endless and promising. Beyond the mysteries and character development surrounding Rey and Luke, I’m particularly interested in seeing how the stories of Leia, Finn, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, and Snoke progress. The bottom line is it’s a new Star Wars film and only needs to adhere to what has happened, not what will happen. The Force Awakens and Rogue One are fantastic and I expect the same from Star Wars: Episode VIII. More to say about this film in future blog posts . . .