Happy New Year everybody! Whilst many of us are mostly just glad to put 2016 behind us, I absolutely cannot wait for 2017 to swing into gear: not only will I have my degree by the end of the year and *hopefully* pursuing a career in film criticism, but there are so many fantastic movies that I can’t wait to see! I’m hoping to delve a little bit more into the indie movie world a bit this year, as well as expand my repertoire of classic film (not to mention finally finish that Watchlist I made almost two years ago), but there are some giant films coming out this year that have had my attention since I first discovered they were in production.
Now, here I would normally do my Top Five list, but there were so many movies I’m just itching to see that I had to expand it to a Top Six. So, here’s my Top Six Most Exciting Films of 2017, in order of release dates:
- Wonder Woman (ETA June 2nd)
After DC’s shocking year last year, a lot of people are losing their faith in what used to be the biggest names in superhero films, but all of that could change with Wonder Woman. In what seems to be an origins story with a modern day framing device, this movie will follow Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince as she leaves the Amazonians to fight in the war to end all wars. Wonder Woman was easily the best part of Batman v. Superman, and this trailer looks super badass, complete with Amazonian drums and the epic theme we experienced during BvS, but the best part is Gal Gadot, who both looks the part and has such a presence that this film is bound to make her shine. With a female director behind the camera, here’s hoping she’s given the opportunity to dominate like she deserves.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (ETA July 7th)
I’ve made no secret here on this website: Spider-Man is my favourite superhero ever, and Tom Holland’s debut as the teenage webslinger in Captain America: Civil War was a highlight of last year in film for me, combining the youthful awkwardness of Peter Parker and the cocky quipping that so defines Spider-Man in a way that we’ve never seen before. When that teaser trailer was dropped announcing the full trailer last month, I practically lived on Twitter waiting for it to come out, and it didn’t disappoint. With a brief glimpse of Michael Keaton’s The Vulture, and an even larger role from Tony Stark than expected, Jon Watts’ take on Spidey seems very John Hughes-esque in the best possible way, a true coming of age story for a 15 year old who’s just fought with the Avengers. Your typical teenage stuff.
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle (ETA October 6th)
Kingsman: The Secret Service was one of my favourite movies of 2015, a brilliant fresh take on a tired trope that not only invigorated the spy-genre, but gave us yet another great performance from Colin Firth, launched talented newcomer Taron Egerton’s career, and cemented Matthew Vaughn as my favourite director. When I heard there was going to be a sequel, I flipped. But since then there’s been barely any information shared – all we know is that the film will involve the American Statesmen, bringing Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Julianne Moree among others into the cast; Mark Strong and Taron Egerton will return, and (somehow) Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, who infamously died halfway through the film, will be returning, teased in a cryptic image posted on social media (see above). Plus, Matthew Vaughn will once again be in the director’s chair, the first true sequel he’s ever made, so all signs point to a fantastic film.
- Blade Runner 2049 (ETA October 6th)
Let me take you back to my final year of high school, when I, a not even 18 yet, was given the opportunity to study the original Blade Runner. Never have I ever been so lucky to have been introduced to a film that, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have seen. It’s one of my favourite sci-fi films, and easily my favourite Ridley Scott movie, a brilliant exploration of what it means to be human, full of fantastic performances. Blade Runner 2049 was one of those sequels that, upon announcement, I dreaded – how dare they destroy such a perfect movie? But each piece of information we’ve received about it since then – the fact that Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) is directing, Harrison Ford is returning, Ryan Gosling will be playing an interesting new role – has piqued my interest further and further, and when that trailer dropped a few weeks ago it shot to one of my most anticipated films of the year. For me, it doesn’t even have to do something similar to Blade Runner; if it’s just as interesting in a completely different way, I’ll be satisfying.
- Thor: Ragnarok (ETA November 3rd)
Why would I choose Thor 3 over Guardians 2, I hear the internet roar? Two words: Taika Waititi. One of my favourite local directors, Waititi has directed some of my favourite films, including What We Do In The Shadows and last year’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Apart from working on the script for Moana, this will be Waititi’s first big Hollywood film, and since he’s got some local talent to work with too – Hemsworth, obviously, plus Sam Neill is rumoured to be making a cameo in the film – this is his chance to really show off his irreverent humour and talent to the world on a much larger scale. Even from the little Comic-Con feature following Thor and what he’s been up to since Avengers 2, his humour is on show and on point – if Thor 3 is even half as funny, it’ll be a success in my books.
- Star Wars Episode VIII (ETA December 15th)
How could I make a list like this one without adding any Star Wars? After the Force Awakens so brilliantly returned us to a galaxy far, far away, we were left with so many questions: is Finn okay? Who are the Knights of Ren? Who was Rey waiting for on Jakku? And what in the hell has Luke Skywalker been up to? Literally nothing is known about the film – there aren’t any set photos on IMDb, no plot, not even a definitive title – and the next few months are going to be full of firsts for the film, with a teaser trailer hopefully dropping in the next few months. And, with Looper’s Rian Johnson at the helm, we seem to be in great hands for Star Wars to make it dramatic return next summer.
There are so many other films I could have put on this list: The Space Between Us, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Circle, the list goes on. But I’m most excited for the ones I haven’t even heard of yet, where I’ll enter the theatre unassumingly and leave a new person.
Photos taken from IMDb.com: