It’s a new year, which means new releases! I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited about a lot of films that are coming out this year. Here are a few in particular I’m really looking forward to.
1. Dunkirk (July 21, Directed by Christopher Nolan)
This is hands down my most anticipated film of 2017 so it had to be first. Christopher Nolan is easily my favorite director, no competition. I first saw Memento (2000) in a high school film class and it completely changed my view on movies. Then two years later Inception (2010) came out and blew my mind. It remains one of my favorite films and solidified Nolan as my favorite director. I have seen almost all of his films and absolutely cannot wait for this one.
Dunkirk is set in early World War II and follows the evacuation of allied soldiers from Belgium, France and the British Empire. That is all we know and to be honest all I want to know. I’m really excited to see how Nolan tackles this setting and story. July can’t come soon enough.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, Directed by James Gunn)
When the first Guardians film came out I was not expecting as much as I did. Honestly, it blew me away and remains one of my favorite Marvel films of all time. The team dynamic is so solid and built with dynamic characters. Not to mention the humor is so on point. Needless to say I have been waiting for this sequel.
Again, I do not know much about this film, but from what I do know it follows more of the team’s adventures and delves more into Starlord’s past. I’m interested to see how this connects to the other movies as with every Marvel film. Also super excited for Baby Groot because he looks absolutely adorable.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, Directed by Jon Watts)
I figured next on my list should be the other Marvel film I’m looking forward to. When I first heard that Spider-Man was going to be remade again, I was pretty indifferent about it. Honestly, I thought it was a little too soon and personally would like to see other stories told. The only thing that spiked my interest a little was the fact that they were going to cast teenagers and kids. Then he was introduced in Civil War and immediately my mind had changed.
I’m probably not alone in this opinion but Spider-Man was hands down one of the best parts of Civil War. Tom Holland stole the show with his performance and was perfect. The real reason I’m so excited is to see more of Holland’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s take on Spider-Man since they have just gotten the movie rights back.
4. Wonder Woman (June 2, Directed by Patty Jenkins)
Okay so this is the final super hero film that I am looking forward to this year. I have no idea what to expect from it though because DC recently has not had a great track record film wise. Their TV shows on the CW and Gotham on Fox have gotten a stronger response than their films (Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy aside). I cannot personally judge their recent films as I have not seen any of them, but it is clear that they are due for a win and Wonder Woman could be it.
Marvel has yet to have a film where the main focus is a woman. Sure, we have the Jessica Jones TV series on Netflix, but its crazy we have yet to have one film about a female superhero. Where is our Black Widow prequel!? Needless to say, I’m excited that DC has finally, FINALLY, given us this. I hope they own the crap out of her too and all of their female characters. It’s an area where they can get a leg up on Marvel, their main competitor. Also, it is cool to see that this is directed by a woman. I’m hoping for a film that empowers women and showcases some female badassness. We shall see though.
4. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (October 6, Directed by Matthew Vaughn)
Alright, so I have two guilty pleasures. One of them is spy movies. They’re usually funny, action packed, and involve some mystery. They also allow me to indulge in me in my desire to be a spy (which I would be HORRIBLE at). When I saw trailers for the first Kingsman, I was immediately on board. I mean a film about an attractive street kid from England who gets recruited into a competitive training program with Colin Firth as his mentor, what’s not to love? I thoroughly enjoyed it and really loved the comedy elements where they made fun of the genre. Recently, I found out they were making a sequel. I’m excited to see where they take the story and pray that they don’t ruin it.
5. Baby Driver (August 11, Directed by Edgar Wright)
Baby Driver is film I recently heard about. I saw that it was written and directed by Edgar Wright who is a director I’ve been meaning to get into. He is known for the way he does comedy and definitely uses visual cues and film techniques to his advantage in a refreshing way. I loved Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010). When I saw he was coming out with a new film, I clicked on it intrigued to learn more and found out that his next film is a heist film.
Heist films are my other guilty pleasure. One that I cannot get enough of. This fact alone sold me. Then after researching the film more, I learned that the whole film is choreographed to music as the main character suffers from tinnitus. He plays music to drown out the ringing in his ears. According to Wright, he will be presenting us with a wide range of music. This is super cool to me for two reasons. One, I love whenever a film highlights sound/music and uses it in unique ways. Two, I myself am an avid music lover myself and just love this idea. I’m curious to see if the music will be used to convey plot and just how he does this. So we’re basically getting a heist film with a focus on sound and music, where has this film been all my life?! After Dunkirk, this is my other most anticipated film of the year.
6. Coco (November 22nd, Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina)
This list would not be complete without talking about at least one animated film. Personally, there is a soft spot in my heart for animated films. I always look forward to seeing what Disney Animation Studios and Pixar puts out. It does not look like Disney Animation Studios has anything scheduled for this year (please correct me if I’m wrong). Pixar is gifting us with two releases, Cars 3 and Coco. I never got into the Cars films, but Coco looks interesting.
For one, it’s new original content which makes me super happy. Pixar has announced quite a few sequels, Incredibles 2 is the only one I’m super excited for, so it’s nice to see something new. One of things I like about Pixar is it’s unique ideas, so the fact we’re getting a new world and new characters is awesome!
Two, we’re getting diverse characters which is always a plus. Three, the premise and plot are also interesting. This story takes place in Mexico and our main character, Miguel, loves music, but his family has banned it in their household. At some point he makes a trip to the Land of the Dead. For more details about this film’s plot and themes I recommend checking out this EW Article. However, if you don’t want to anything I suggest not reading it. Personally, I skimmed it because I prefer going in pretty blind. Four, the images we’ve received are beautiful. This is definitely the animated film to watch out for this year.
These are the six releases that I’m looking forward to the most. Two honorable mentions go to Star Wars: Episode VIII and Blade Runner 2049. What are you most looking movies are you looking forward to? Which is your most anticipated film of 2017?