Happy New Year everyone! Is it time for resolutions? Probably, but to celebrate the New Year, here are my Top 10 Anticipated Films in 2017…released in the UK, of course! So some may have already been shown to our cousins across the Atlantic. Good for them! Yes, the film schedule may be chockful of superhero films, so I’ve limited them to one…well, technical two…It’s a jam-packed year, so I’ve had to narrow down my choices a lot!
The second science fiction film from Luc Besson is a must-watch, for sure, for the visuals alone. The Fifth Element is one of the most colourful and beautiful science fiction films of all time. Why would this be any different? The trailer is spectacular, but I’m placing it at number ten because it’s an unknown quantity. Visuals aren’t everything…
- La La Land
I hate musicals. ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Grease,’ ‘Moulin Rouge,’ and so many others I have watched, but not enjoyed. I just can’t get my head around people bursting into song and dance! I can watch the most absurd of movies, but my mind won’t allow me to enjoy a simple musical. But this one, for starters, has Ryan Gosling, my mancrush. Second, there’s plenty of buzz around ‘La La Land,’ because it’s already been released in the USA. I’m ready to have my mind changed about musicals!
- Trainspotting 2
Another thing I tried to avoid on this list were sequels and spin-offs, but that’s bloody hard with the film schedule in general! For Trainspotting 2, I did wonder the point of a sequel twenty years after the original. It didn’t work well at all for ‘Independence Day: Resurgence,’ did it? However, this is Danny Boyle we’re talking about. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a poor film from him. And ‘Trainspotting 2’ is based on the sequel in novel form to ‘Trainspotting,’ ‘Porno.’ It’ll be interesting to see the cast in the 21st century as well!
- Stephen King’s IT
The TV movie based on Stephen King’s great novel ‘IT’ was literally a movie of two halves. The first half was creepy, the second half was laughable. It’s a tough book to translate onto the screen. I believe that this will be the first part, with the second part to come out next year (maybe?). I have no reason to have faith in this film, especially after the release of the decidedly silly looking picture of Pennywise. However, I still hold some hope that it will be a decent adaptation of the book I rank as King’s finest. Fingers crossed!
- The Circle
I was recommended the book ‘The Circle’ by someone shortly after its release. I never got round to reading it, but with the film coming out, I won’t have to read it! Joking aside, it looks like it will tackle the issues surrounding social networks. Will it be a topical, pertinent film for the 21st century generation? Or just a meagre attempt to tap into the zeitgeist? Having never read the book, I can’t tell you. But I will after I’ve watched it!
Any film by Christopher Nolan is a must-see. Even though I wasn’t fond of ‘Interstellar,’ it still had scenes of greatness embedded in an overly long film. He’s always managed to capture audience’s imaginations. ‘Dunkirk’ is a little different from his recent film. Nolan directing a war film? That’s something I want to see! It will be Nolan a little outside of his comfort zone. That’s enough reason to see it alone.
- Blade Runner 2049
Apply the same reasoning to my initial thoughts about ‘Trainspotting 2’ to ‘Blade Runner 2049.’ It’s over thirty years since the original came out. What’s the need for a sequel? Unlike ‘Trainspotting 2,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ doesn’t even have any source material. I cared little for this film until two things happened. First, I saw ‘Arrival.’ Director Denis Villeneuve was at the helm of that great science fiction film, and he’s also at the helm of ‘Blade Runner 2049. Secondly, I saw the trailer. Of course, you should never judge a film by its trailer, but it sent goosebumps up and down my spine!
- The Lego Batman Movie
‘The Lego Movie’ was a very pleasant surprise. Funny, satirical, and entertaining, it had everything you want from a kids movie. And, of course, it gave us Lego Batman (first try!). Maybe the amount of Lego Batman we received was just enough. Maybe, like in some spin offs, having a side character take main stage will be a mistake. However, I doubt that will be the case with Lego Batman. From the few trailers we’ve seen, it looks just as funny as its predecessor (“I like to fight around!”).
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
Hooked on a feeling…that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was one of the best MCU films. Now it’s time for the sequel, with the original Guardians plus Baby Groot. The first one was the MCU take on the sci fi genre, taking us on the typical ride of a superhero origin story as well. And it was a big success! The sequels to the origin stories in the MCU, on the whole, have been disappointing (‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘Thor The Dark World’ being notable atrocities). However, there’s a good chance that ‘vol. 2’ will measure up to its predecessor. It has Baby Groot, for goodness sake!
- War for the Planet of the Apes
Without a doubt, this is my most anticipated film of 2017. ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a contender for one of my favourite movies of all time (in my Top 20, perhaps!).I even saw it three times at the cinema! It was a Shakespearean tragedy with apes, brilliant on every measure. I know, I know: the third in the trilogy is usually the worst. But rules were made to be broken. My anticipation for this film may result in the actual film being a disappointment. But I will try to temper my expectations…
(Of course, I’m also hyped for typical fare such as ‘Logan,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ ‘Thor: Ragnorak,’ and am even slightly intrigued about ‘Justice League,’ but they didn’t make the list!)