Friday, 6 January 2017

Ross Bishop’s Most Anticipated Films of 2017

As with previous years I’ve pulled together a list of my most anticipated films for the upcoming year.

Last year I had a pretty small list in that I’d only had 3 films I really wanted to see, and two of those ended up being underwhelming to out-right terrible (Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad respectively).

Now 2017 promises a return to form with lots of big blockbusters that I can’t wait to see, just writing this list made me realise how many huge franchise films are out this year. It really puts 2016 to shame.

So here we go…

FYI - with the exception of the top 3, the rest aren't in any particular order.

1) Star Wars: Episode VIII
I was never a huge Star Wars fan, I’ve seen all of them several times and I like them (I’ve just never loved them like so many people do), however I ABSOLUTELY LOVED “The Force Awakens” and therefore I’m very excited to see where Episode VIII takes us.

2) Spider-Man: Homecoming
My (joint) favourite super-hero (Batman is the other one), back in the hands of a Marvel Studio’s led movie. Good times. I’m really hoping for great things here, however this will be the sixth Spider-Man film within 15 years, so hoping it brings something new to the table rather than just more of the same.

3) War For The Planet Of The Apes
Absolutely loved the first two films, they're easily some of the best blockbusters in recent memory. So a new entry that potentially closes off the trilogy(?) has me very excited!

4) Thor: Ragnorok
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Thor, but really enjoyed the 2nd film and the dynamic between Thor and Loki. That topped with the confirmation that Hulk and Doctor Strange are both in the movie, and Marvel saying this is the equivalent of Phase 3’s “Winter Solider” – I can’t wait!

5) Guardians of the Galaxy 2
The original is undeniably one of the strongest Marvel movies in terms of quality story-telling, and the sequel seems to be in keeping with what made the first one great. Count me in on day one!

6) John Wick 2
More Keanu Reeves being bad-ass.
More Gun-Fu.
Take my money.

7) Logan
A gritty R-Rated take on the Old Man Logan story. Yes please.

8) The LEGO Batman Movie
Need I say anymore? It's Batman. It's LEGO.

9) Fast and Furious 8 (Fate of the Furious)
I’ve always enjoyed the Fast & Furious movies, but they really came into their own after Fast Five. They’re the biggest budget pure action blockbuster’s we get these days, so I’m all for it. However this film does have to overcome the lack of Paul Walker, so hoping it doesn’t just become the Vin Diesel show, and that the remaining team are all included equally.

10) Dunkirk
The masterful film-maker Christopher Nolan returns with his take on a WWII epic. This should be very special indeed. 

There’s a few more films I really want to watch, however these are more wait and see…

Justice League / Wonder Woman
Look... Justice League should be on my most anticipated list and if you asked me a few years ago, it would have been. However, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were so disappointing, I’m stopping myself getting excited for these 2 new DC films. I’d love for them both to be absolutely amazing, but I’m not overly confident at this stage.

Alien: Covenant
Again, not sure here. Ridely Scott films has been pretty touch and go in terms of quality in recent years, Prometheus was terrible and the recent teaser trailer makes it look like a remake of the original Alien film.

Blade Runner: 2049
Same reason as above really, Ridely Scott isn’t directing but heavily involved as producer and not sure if picking up on such a cult classic 40 years later will be good or bad. Saying that, the first teaser trailer looks promising…

Ghost in the Shell
It’s rare that a live-action version of anime ends up being any good, but again the first teaser trailer looks very good, so fingers crossed.

Finally we have two big franchise films that of course I’m going to see, but whether I’m really excited for them is debatable….

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
I quite enjoyed the original trilogy of Pirates film (even if they got consecutively worse), but wasn’t a fan of the fourth outing. It seems like the fifth film is going to link more directly to the trilogy and continue from where they left off, so here’s hoping a good fun summer movie.

Transformers: The Last Knight
I’m sure the special FX and action will be incredible, but in terms of an overall quality film, well…

And that's it! I'm sure I've forgotten something, but here’s hoping the majority of the above films deliver.

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