2017 looks to be another great year in movies. There are some big blockbusters on the horizons that might end up being critical darlings as well. I’m still going through my favorites of 2016, but let’s take a second and look to the future. Here are 4 of my most anticipated films of 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th)
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise to fans and critics alike. This cast of misfits went from C-list Marvel heroes to recognizable names. Groot and Rocket Racoon became fan-favorites. All because of the Marvel/Disney machine, Kevin Fergie, and the talented James Gunn. Gunn took his indie style and sensibility and created the most original Marvel movie since Iron Man. It was funny and charming. Basically, the sequel has a lot to live up to. The entire cast is back with a few additions. Hopefully, this movie can deliver when it hits theaters this summer.
Wonder Woman (June 2nd)
I’m excited for Wonder Woman. I’m an idiot… or I have too much faith… or maybe I’m an idiot. The DC Expanded Universe is an absolute mess. Man of Steel was a decent start, but far from the home run it needed to be. Batman V. Superman was a sloppy movie, that I (kinda) enjoyed, but most didn’t. Suicide Squad is irredeemable. Truly a terrible movie with bad characters and no plot. With that being said, Wonder Woman might be the first quality product to come out of that franchise. Gal Gadot is one of the best things in BvS. The trailer was amazing, the cast looks solid and the director is talented. I know we said the same thing about Suicide Squad, but this movie didn’t have a trailer company come in and edit the final film. So, this is a different thing. I have high hopes for this movie. If it disappoints commercially and/or critically I don’t know where DC and Warner Bros. end up.
Dunkirk (July 21st)
I don’t know much about this movie. I know it’s based on a battle during World War II. The other information I know, is Christopher Nolan is directing it. Because of his track record, I will blindly watch a Christopher Nolan joint with no information. I’m excited to go in semi-unsullied and enjoy Nolan’s vision again.
Star Wars Episode VIII (Dec. 15th)
Obvious, I know. Star Wars is the biggest property in pop culture. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the second highest-grossing film of all-time. It was also very enjoyable. It re-established the Star Wars mythos after three prequels everyone hated. It introduced new characters that we fell in love with and it left questions unanswered for a fascinating follow-up. Where has Luke been all this time? What will happen to Kylo Ren? Will Ray be tempted by the dark side? What makes me even more excited is that it will deviate drastically from the formula established in the original trilogy. Hopefully, Disney and Lucasfilms can recapture the magic.