Monday, 26 December 2016

My Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies for 2017!

As 2016 draws to a close, its time to look forward into 2017. Like in 2016, the new year will see the box office being dominated yet again by superhero movies and also, Star Wars. Hopefully, the quality of these films and blockbusters as a whole will improve after a lacklustre year. 2017 also brings some fresh, smaller film especially as award season flourishes. In saying that, here are the 10 films that I am looking forward to most in 2017.

Of course there are more movies I am looking forward to than jut these ten so here are some honourable mentions:
  • Justice League
  • Wonder Woman
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Logan
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes
  • T2: Trainspotting

Now lets get onto the list!

10. John Wick: Chapter 2

Starting off the list is the sequel to the hit 2015 action film 'John Wick'. Keanu Reeves is back as the master assassin as directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch look to create another hit action film. Sequels are a hard thing to do but with a very promising trailer being released recently has made critics and fans look forward to this one. If this is anything like the first then we are in for a treat as the 'Gun-Fu' style action movie was one of 2015's biggest surprises. After a year where the likes of 'Jason Bourne' disappointed, 2017 needs a strong action movie to get things started and 'John Wick: Chapter 2' looks set to deliver.

UK Release Date: 17th February

9. Beauty and the Beast

After the successes of 'Cinderella' and 'The Jungle Book', it seems as if live action remakes of Disney classics are going to be a yearly thing. If they are all at that same quality then there is no problem and I fully expect 'Beauty and the Beast' to follow in their footsteps. The tale is already magical and it will be amazing to see these characters brought to life, with a brilliant cast playing them. Luke Evans seems to have been a great choice as Gaston with Emma Watson looking like a dream casting as Belle. If the film can do the animated classic justice then it will be a marvellous film with great visuals and music. Definitely one to look forward to considering Disney's recent record.

UK Release Date: 17th March

8. Blade Runner 2049

1982's 'Blade Runner' is now getting a sequel after 35 years. This may make many groan but you just have to look at the talent involved in this film to make you have faith in it. For one, Harrison Ford is returning to the 'Blade Runner' series, as he reprises his role as Rick Deckard. Taking over from Ridley Scott is Denis Villeneuve who has been one of Hollywood' best directors of recent years with 'Prisoners', 'Sicario' and of course, 2016's hit movie 'Arrival'. The rest of the cast is also very impressive with the likes of Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista joining Ford. This continuation has all the chance to fail but also has all the tools to make a hit.

UK Release Date: 6th October

7. La La Land

The film that is being tipped to dominate during award season i yet to come out in the UK unfortunately. Good news is that the film is out in early January so there is not long to wait for this one. 'La La Land' looks to be one of the most lively films of the year as critics have been praising this film very highly. Ryan Gosling again stars in this movie and is joined by Emma Stone with both being tipped for Oscar nominations. There is a lot of buzz around this film and with a great trailer being released, I cannot wait to see this one. 

UK Release Date: 12th January

6. Baby Driver

There has only recently been some information released about this film as it seems to still be in production. However, there is one big reason to why this film is so high up. 'Baby Driver' will be the 5th feature length film of my one of my favourite directors, Edgar Wright. With Wright you are guaranteed quality as he looks to create an action thriller that will have his classic comedy moments. With a cast featuring Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal and Kevin Spacey, there seems to be a lot to look forward to with this one. I haven't been disappointed with Wright's work yet and I don't expect that to happen come August.

UK Release Date: 18th August

5. Dunkirk

Much like the last addition to this list, the influence of the director has given a film a high spot in my list. Chritopher Nolan is back with the war film 'Dunkirk' and it looks incredible. This story looks powerful with gritty realistic action and who better than Christopher Nolan to direct this? With Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance starring in this film, it looks to be a worthy addition to Nolan's filmography. The trailer for this film has already blown many away and the finished article cannot come quick enough.

UK Release Date: 21st July

4. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

'Guardians of the Galaxy' surprised us all back in 2014 a the rag tag team of superheroes brought a fresh and fun adventure. The group are back once again with director James Gunn also returning. With the trailer delivering good laughs and action, the film looks certain to be a success. With new cast members such as Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone joining the already impressive cast, GOTG2 looks set to be just as fun as the first one. Lets hope for just as good a soundtrack this time too. GOTG2 looks to offer something different to most of the superhero films and with 2016 showing the genre's fatigue, a movie like this is much needed.

UK Release Date: 28th April

3. Thor: Ragnarok

Again, a director being a part of a film has lead to a high placing and it couldn't be any truer for 'Thor: Ragnarok'. I don't really care about the two previous Thor movies but with Taika Waititi on board, I cannot wait for this one. The New Zealander has produced some of the best comedies in recent years. The inclusion of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and Benedict Cumberbatch's Dr Strange, the film looks to have created a buddy road trip film that certainly has me excited. The movie has the potential to be the bet yet from Marvel as its story looks set to give us something completely different within the genre. Once a trailer drops for this film, it will be the topic of conversation for months to come.

UK Release Date: 27th October

2. Spider-Man Homecoming

In a year that look to be dominated by superhero movies yet again, it only makes sense that the one I'm looking forward to most is from my favourite superhero, Spider-Man. Tom Holland did a great job in Civil War bringing a new look to the Spider-Man character. We will finally get to see Peter Parker as a teenager going through high school as they look to have nailed the wise cracking side of Spider-Man. Michael Keaton will alo be bringing life to the villain 'The Vulture', a character who we haven't seen before on the big screen. Hopefully with the property in Marvel's hands, we will get another great Spider-Man movie.

UK Release Date: 7th July

And my most anticipated movie of 2017 is.............

1. Star Wars Episode VIII

The title for the next instalment of the Star Wars saga hasn't even been announced yet but that doesn't stop this from being my number one. As a huge Star Wars fan, I cannot wait for more of this story after it returned in 2015. There are so many questions that need to be answered after 'The Force Awakens' that the film will look to explore in the next film. I cannot wait to see our favourite heroes yet again as we dive further into the Star Wars saga. 'The Force Awakens' had me feeling all kind of emotion that was unmatched by any film in 2015 and I expect and hope that Episode VIII does the same thing. The film is pretty much a year away but I cannot hide my excitement for this film. December 2017 really cannot come quick enough.

UK Release Date: 15th December

So that concludes my list for the 10 films that I am looking forward to most in 2017. What movies in 2017 are you most looking forward to? Be sure to let me know. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it is much appreciated!

By Angus McGregor