2017 has begun, and there are honestly not that many films to look forward to! It has been proven that sequels, remakes, and prequels dominate the major movie release schedule this year. Remakes don’t usually work well, and lackluster franchises that will see follow-ups released this year such as Transformers, Despicable Me , and the DC Extended Universe don’t hold hopes very high for this year in cinema. However, here’s hoping that these ten films will deliver something we all can enjoy!
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Yeah, that’s how low I’m setting the bar this year. However, for what they’re worth, something can be enjoyed in each of the Pirates sequels. Plus, we have new directors, a pair of collaborators, making their feature film debut. We have nearly an entire cast of new characters, a new story, a new villain, and new writers for both the story and the script. Anything can happen! Fingers crossed!
Yet another film whose predecessors people have been largely displeases with. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one of those films that I like less and less every time I watch it. The Wolverine is decent. I am hoping Logan will be good because Hugh Jackman should end his career as Wolverine, the most reprised role in a superhero franchise to date, with a bang. He deserves it. The character deserves it. The audience deserves a good Wolverine movie~
8. Beauty and the Beast
I love the Disney animated film, and the studio has a great streak of live-action films based on their previous works so far. Even though it looks like Beauty and the Beast will be nearly a mirror copy of the 1991 classic, it looks like this live-action adaptation will be just as magical. With the beautiful Emma Watson leading an impressive cast, she could carry the entire film with her superb acting and magnificent singing voice that sounds like it could rival even that of Paige O’Hara’s, who voiced Belle in the animated film.
Christopher Nolan used to make some of the best films I have ever seen in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception. He has since fallen from power as director after The Dark Knight Rises failed to meet expectations and Interstellar was, excuse me, boring. With Dunkirk, Nolan is tackling a new genre, leaving him with new ways to show his talents. Hopefully, this will be his next great film.
6. Thor: Ragnarok
Say what you want about the Thor movies. Marvel Studios has yet to produce a truly terrible film. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins save both of their movies. We may have already seen Thor and Hulk fight, but as the strongest heroes in the Avengers, their battle in Thor: Ragnarok could prove to be one of the highlights of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Taika Waititi in the director’s chair, this could be worth the three-year wait.
5. The Lego Batman Movie
The Lego Movie was one of the most pleasant movie surprises in recent memory. There have been so many Batman films over the decades, and despite his dark and brooding nature, The Lego Batman Movie can still do the character justice. Some humor and light-heartedness never hurt anyone. Despite a difference in director and screenwriters, this looks like one of the most promising movies of the year.
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Normally, a Spider-Man film would be higher on this kind of list for me personally. I have some sharp skepticism for this movie, what, with its possible four villains and setting up a fifth. We’re gonna have the Vulture, the Tinkerer, Shocker, an unnamed villain, and the Hobgoblin could be getting set up for the sequel. The best thing that could happen for this movie in terms of the baddies is that everyone except for Vulture will play minor roles. Other than that, Spider-Man: Homecoming is looking to be the next great film for the web-head! He’s finally back at home with Marvel Studios, and president Kevin Feige is the best man for the job as producer! Even if the movie isn’t good, Tom Holland will save it as the best Spider-Man and Peter Parker we’ve ever had in a live-action film!
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Everybody loves Guardians of the Galaxy and everybody loves baby Groot! There is hardly a soul I know who isn’t looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! The first one really is one of the best films out of the fourteen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that have been released so far, and this is easily going to be one of the best superhero films of the year. But then again, the competition for best of the genre fo 2017 isn’t that strong outside of its own franchise. Yeah, it’s probably no wonder by now as to why Wonder Woman and Justice League are not on this list. I’m excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and so is everyone else!
2. War for the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was unexpectedly good. Dawn was the best film I saw in 2014. Director Matt Reeves is returning for the second Apes film in a row, and even though War may not recreate the emotional depth and brilliant themes of Dawn, the reboot series is on a strong streak. This third film is looking quite promising as the origin of the Planet of the Apes will finally come full circle. Andy Serkis always delivers captivating performances whether he’s a a chimpanzee, a giant ape, or a scrawny, skulking creep, and there’s no reason to not expect he’ll bring his amazing talents to the big screen yet again. Prepare for war and retake the planet!
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII
Yeah, was any other film going to be my most anticipated of the year? Unlike most Star Wars fans it seems, I love The Force Awakens. It’s amazing that we are getting good Star Wars films again, and we should all celebrate that. I can’t wait to see Mark Hamill return as Luke, to see Rey’s back story explored in depth, to see where they will take Finn, and to see the parallels drawn between Rey and Kylo Ren! I don’t mind nearly as much as other people that The Force Awakens is a “remake” of A New Hope, but Lucasfilm can do so many great things with the eighth episode of this landmark franchise. Hopefully, rehashing The Empire Strikes Back isn’t one of them. Part of what makes that movie so great is that it was completely different from the original. It took risks. Episode VIII should do the same.
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