Every year about this time I take some time to share the films I’m most looking forward to in the coming year. And this year, there are so many potentially good movies that I’ve upped my usual ten Crown Jewels to fifteen (and there are still more I’m at least interested in, if not looking forward to). So let’s dive right in and take a look at my most anticipated movies of 2017!
15. Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge Spider-Man fan, and his last few solo movies didn’t help much. But this newest film has so much going for it. Tom Holland did a spectacular job in Civil War, so it’s great to see him back for this. Sony and Marvel have finally agreed to a crossover between companies, which means they can pull in MCU references and Tony Stark himself. And while I’m not crazy about the villain’s character design, I’m looking forward to what Michael Keaton does with the Vulture. Maybe this is the film that gets the Spidey franchise back on track.
14. Logan (March 3)
I don’t normally get excited for R-rated movies, and Wolverine’s standalone films have historically been a bit … disappointing, to say the least. But the trailer promises a darker, more post-apocalyptic tone and some strong relationship bonding, and I think that more serious direction might be just what the franchise needs. If it can deliver on those promises with a good story, it might just be a good watch.
13. The Circle (April 28)
This movie has a lot of big names in it, including Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, and John Boyega, which instantly makes me interested. The plot feels a little familiar, with a Google-turned-Big-Brother internet corporation invading everyone’s privacy while keeping some secrets of its own, but it’s still intriguing enough to catch my attention and make me want to know more.
12. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21)
I know nothing about this film except for what I’ve seen in the trailer, and it instantly had my attention. It’s so visually rich, from the environments to the aliens to the colors, and even the music choice gives it a distinct flavor. It’s apparently based on a graphic novel series about a time-traveling secret agent, and it stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne. And yeah, that’s all I know, but it’s enough to make me interested. If nothing else, it’ll be quite the visual spectacle.
11. Kong: Skull Island (March 10)
Another film with a lot of big name actors, including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebell, and John C. Reilly. But there’s really only one name you need to know, and that’s Kong. As in King Kong. As in the giant ape who I think now exists in the same universe as Godzilla, which means we’re probably setting up for a versus movie, which will be awesome. But this film looks gorgeous and full of talent, so it’s definitely more than a pit stop on the way to the big fight.
10. Dunkirk (July 21)
Christopher Nolan’s movies are always surrounded by hype, and there’s usually a good reason. Even his lesser films look spectacular and make you think. Now that he’s tackling World War II at one of its most hopeless points, I’m excited to see what he’ll do with it. The trailer is already delivering on the visual spectacle; hopefully there’s a good story to go along with it.
9. Thor: Ragnarok (November 3)
Thor is one of my favorite heroes, but his last outing disappointed me for many different reasons. I’m hoping this movie has something better to offer, and with Cate Blanchett as Hela, as well as the Hulk and Dr. Strange making appearances, it’s got plenty of potential. All I ask is that it learn from the mistakes of the last film and deliver on its promises.
8. Justice League (November 17)
DC has been promoting this one for a while, ever since we knew they were building their own movie universe. And this brings them all together: Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg (and maybe Superman?). We’ve got a good cast of characters, so hopefully we have a good movie for them to be in. While I personally enjoyed Suicide Squad, I’ll admit DC has yet to put out a technically good movie in this universe, but I have hopes that they’ll change that by the time this film comes out (more on that later).
7. Murder on the Orient Express (November 22)
This is one of Agatha Christie’s greatest mysteries, and it’s got an all-star cast worthy of its reputation: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfieffer, Penelope Cruz, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Michael Pena, and Leslie Odom Jr. Branagh directs and stars as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, which, to be honest, I’m having trouble visualizing, but that’s probably because David Suchet will forever be my Poirot. In any case, I’m excited to see what Branagh and the rest of this cast bring to this timeless tale of murder most foul.
6. The Space Between Us (February 3)
Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson are two actors I’ve had my eye on for a while. I like their work, so seeing them together raises my hopes for this film significantly, as does Gary Oldman’s inclusion. The concept of a boy born on Mars experiencing Earth for the first time intrigues me, and the trailer seems to be showing Asa doing a great job portraying that sense of mind-blown wonder. The only thing that worries me is the fact that its release date keeps getting pushed back, but hopefully that only means they’re putting extra effort into making it as good as possible.
5. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (December 15)
This may seem a little lower than deserved, but that’s only because there’s been hardly any promotional material. We only just found out the name, and that barely tells us anything. But as soon as I see a poster or a trailer, this’ll be shooting up the list. Seeing The Force Awakens in theaters was my Star Wars experience, and I can’t wait to see Rey, Finn, and Poe back in action. Who knows? Maybe Luke Skywalker will actually get some dialogue this time.
4. War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a near-perfect movie for me; the CG and motion capture were incredible, the acting was compelling, and the story was unpredictable, emotional, and fair to both sides of the human-ape conflict. Now we’ve got the true war coming, when the apes take over once and for all, and it looks like all those traits carry over to this movie. And we’ve got great leads–Woody Harrelson over the humans, and Andy Serkis as Caesar over the apes. This is one war I’m not missing out on.
3. Beauty and the Beast (March 17)
There are very few remakes I’m actually glad exist, but this is one of them. In fact, I’m thrilled for it: Emma Watson, one of my favorite actresses, as my favorite Disney princess in one of my favorite Disney movies, with an incredible cast backing her up: Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad. The trailer shows off the film’s beautiful cinematography and CG, and many moments feel ripped directly from the original film. All of it comes together to create the one remake I actually want.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
The first film was easily Marvel’s quirkiest hit, and it remains one of its most popular. The sequel has plenty to love of its own: new characters like Mantis, Ego the Living Planet, and Simon Williams (look him up); actors like Kurt Russell, Nathan Fillion, and even Sylvester Stallone; Star-Lord desperately trying to be cool; Drax being hilarious and awesome; Rocket still as sarcastic as ever; and of course, the ever adorable Baby Groot. Just look at his cute little face! How is this not the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? I can’t wait for the return of these lovable misfits who really shouldn’t be guarding our galaxy but are anyway.
1. Wonder Woman (June 2)
This is it. This is where all my hopes for DC movies lie. Wonder Woman was probably my favorite part of Batman v Superman, so I’m really counting on her origin story to do her justice. The trailers have shown us incredible action, beautiful colors and cinematography, and a sense of humor. And listening to the cast and director speak, they seem to really get the character, that her strength comes not just from her skill in battle but from her compassion and her heart. And this is the first big female-led superhero film, something people have been wanting for years. I NEED this movie to be good, but DC doesn’t have a good track record and I’ve been fooled by their trailers before, so just please, PLEASE don’t mess this up. Please be as awesome as you look.
So those are my most anticipated movies of 2017, and if even half of them deliver on their potential, it’ll be a good year for movies. Which films are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments, and have a Happy 2017!