Most Anticipated Films of 2017 - Jonathan's List
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Much like the millions of faithful Star Wars fans around the world, I was about to lose my mind leading up to the release of The Force Awakens last year. It didn’t disappoint, and after the excellent job done with Rogue One in December, I expect the same greatness from Rian Johnson. I’m excited to see Luke and Rey’s dynamic, Finn and Poe’s next journey, Kylo and his knights looking for Luke, and it goes without saying, to see Carrie on screen one last time. Is it December yet?
When it was first announced that Hugh Jackman was coming back one more time to finish out his time as Wolverine, I wasn’t overly thrilled. The other single outings into Logan’s story were just okay at best. However, the first trailer dropped with Johnny Cash’s phenomenal cover of "Hurt," and I was instantly drawn into this gritty Logan story complete with X23 and Professor X. After another great trailer and positive buzz, it looks like Wolverine might finally get the movie he deserves.
3. Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s animated 1991 film is one of my favorite Disney Classics. After Cinderella came out and really impressed, this seemed just like a matter of time. They have collected a really impressive cast, and it looks to contain all the magic from the original. I’ll be there opening night for the musical score alone. If Disney can pull this one off, I’ll be expecting a proper Sleeping Beauty live action film in a few years....and don’t screw around with Maleficent in that one please...please.
4. Thor: Ragnarok
The first Thor film is one of my favorites in the early Marvel films; the set design, pace, humor, and performances were great. The Dark World was very disappointing to me. However, the cast alone in this third film have me elated. I love Cate Blanchett, so her as Hela, should be fantastic. Not to mention Jeff Goldblum. I just love all the risks they are making with this film. It could pay off, or it could be a train wreck, but I’ll be there nonetheless.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The first Guardians film was the one I was most nervous about Marvel tackling, but with the help of Director James Gunn and a great cast, they managed to create one of my favorite Marvel films. The sequel looks to continue on with the great comedic chops, fun atmosphere, dynamic cast, and of course, Baby Groot. It’s going to be an early Christmas for Marvel Studios and Disney this summer; I have no doubt.
6. Wonder Woman
This is the DC film I’m hoping can change it around for me. I loved Man of Steel, didn’t care for Batman V Superman all that much and really despised Suicide Squad...I can already hear the comments. However, Wonder Woman was easily my favorite part of BVS, even in her five minutes of screen time. So I’m very excited to see what Director Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have in store for us. So far, color me impressed with the gorgeous visuals and attention grabbing action work. Also, they should throw in the original tv series theme song in the credits somewhere...just for some fun.
7. Alien Covenant
The original Alien always had a certain level of horror mixed in with the visionary sci-fi film from Director Ridley Scott. I can remember as a kid going to Disney-MGM Studios, and in the Great Movie Ride, the Alien scene always made me uneasy, so much so they dialed down the intensity over the years. If you were to go now there aren’t any animatronic xenomorphs to jump out and cause a costume change anymore. The most recent trailer definitely is a return to that form, trading in its PG-13 for an R rating. So, yeah, bring an extra pair of pants.
8. Spider-man Homecoming
I have a complicated relationship with the Spiderman films. I enjoyed the original two films from Sam Raimi, but the third one is a crap fest. I honestly loved Andrew Garfield’s performance in the next films. The second film is hard to watch, but ultimately Emma’s and Andrew’s chemistry saved it for me....right until her character is killed. Spoilers. So when Marvel announced a new one I wasn't sure I needed it, but Tom Holland killed it in Civil War, and I can’t wait to see what they do with him going forward. I loved the look and feel of the first trailer, so here’s to hoping!
9. Blade Runner 2049
So, I have to admit this before going forward: I’ve only seen Blade Runner a couple of times. I enjoy it, but two people sell me on this sequel: Denis V and Ryan Gosling. After throughly enjoying Gosling in La La Land and his hilarious role in The Nice Guys, I have a new respect for Ryan. The feel and music all scream 80’s, and I cannot wait to see what they do with it. Plus, I’ll take a Harrison Ford movie any day, grumpy Ford days not withstanding.
10. The Circle
Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, Director James Ponsoldt has assembled a great cast made up of Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, and Karen Gillian. The story begins with Mae Holland joining a large internet company, The Circle. I thought the trailer was very intriguing and is also squarely aimed at the current conversations around privacy and security, and if we, as a species, are ready for all the dangers that could bring. It was a tough race for the #10 film, but the cast and premise have me sold on this social thriller.