While 2017 may not be having the best box office run of recent years, there’s no denying that there were some amazing gems to come out this year across various genres. Superhero fans loved Wonder Woman, horror enthusiasts were terrified by IT, history buffs marveled at Dunkirk, Disney devotees fell in love with Beauty and the Beast, and action lovers found their thrill in Baby Driver. Though the summer was a bit of a dip in box office performance, there are still a lot of awesome movies to look forward to in 2017. I thought it would be cool to talk about some movies that I think people are going to like in 2017.
NOTE: As with most of these top 10’s, this is my personal opinion. However, I welcome all discussion so long as it’s courteous! With that said, let’s get going.
10. Mother! – September 15
Director Darren Aronofsky has released some pretty controversial films over the years. Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan both captivated viewers with Aronofsky’s willingness to not hold back. The trailer for mother! was confusing enough, and I’m just putting my faith in the director that he made another great film. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple experiencing issues after uninvited guests enter their house. It’s a weird concept, but I believe it will be thought provoking so people will talk about it for a while after it’s release.
9. Murder on the Orient Express – November 10
Kenneth Branagh is no stranger to film adaptations based on famous books, and this take on the classic Agatha Christie novel looks mysteriously captivating. The all-star ensemble cast includes Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judy Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley among others. Wow, that’s a lot of famous people so I’m expecting some great performances to come out of this movie. The film is about a detective who tries to solve a murder on a train and has thirteen suspects to choose from. The trailer must have really sold me on this because I had no idea of this film’s existence before.
8. Pitch Perfect 3 – December 22
Everyone’s favorite acapella group is back for one last time! I stayed away from the phenomenon that is this series for a while until someone finally pressured me into watching it, and now I get it. I loved the first two films in the series for their self-acknowledging sense of humor, clever writing, and hilarious acting from the great cast. My worry with this movie is the same worry I have with all third films: is this a blatant cash-grab riding off of the success of the first two or an actually good movie? If the trailer is any indication, fans will probably love this one as much as the other two.
7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle – September 22
I would argue that Kingsman is like the new James Bond. There were clear allusions to past spy movies in 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, but that film owned the long tradition and still managed to create something entirely fresh. The film is still one of my favorite spy/agent movies of all time (including all the James Bond and Jason Bourne films). The Golden Circle features a phenomenal cast including Taron Edgerton, Colin Firth (somehow his character is alive), Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Juliane Moore, Elton John, and Halle Berry. Moreover, Mathew Vaughn is back in the director’s chair, which is a big deal since he famously never returned to a franchise before this. I think he’s one of the best directors out there right now, and I can’t wait to see what he does with this next installment in the Kingsman series.
6. Coco – November 22
It’s Pixar, I don’t really need to say much else. Expect to get really emotional this November as the creative team that brought you so many beloved movies tries to make up for the debatable misfire that was Cars 3. Coco follows Miguel, a boy who dreams of making music despite his family’s ban on the art, as he embarks on a quest to find his family history. If the trailers are any indication, the film looks extraordinary. I can’t be the only one who finds allusions to Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, which is one of my favorite animated movies, and that gives me all the more reason to be excited.
5. Justice League – November 17
Yup, this long awaited superhero team-up is finally happening. Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and possibly Superman (and maybe even Green Lantern???) are all coming together in one movie! Aside from the fangasms this movie will cause when it hits theaters, it actually looks better than director Zack Snyder’s previous attempts with the DC Extended Universe. This film seems to be taking a little more lighthearted and hopeful route than the dark broodiness of Batman v Superman (read our review here). I just hope it doesn’t try to force the lightheartedness as we saw with Suicide Squad (review here). However, Wonder Woman proved to us earlier in the year that DC movies can exemplify the best aspects of being a hero (we put it in the top 5 of the year so far), and I hope that Justice League does that as well. It’s also interesting to note Joss Whedon’s involvement with the film since he took over directing duty recently after Snyder exited following personal matters. Whedon helmed both the Avengers films so he definitely knows what to do with a big budget superhero film. Despite the idea that the DCEU is in a mess, I think Justice League looks amazing, and I can’t wait to see it!
4. Thor: Ragnarok – November 3
If you asked me a year ago, I would say that I wasn’t too excited for Thor: Ragnarok. The first Thor was pretty good, but the second one just felt bland and inconsequential. Then I saw the trailer. The hype is real. Marvel’s been having a pretty great year so far with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man Homecoming both winning in the eyes of critics and audiences. However, I think Thor: Ragnarok will best the two aforementioned movies just because of how insane and trippy it looks. Thor fights the Hulk in a gladiator match? WTF, Marvel, that’s amazing! Moreover, Marvel really went all out on casting this. Aside from the return of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, and Idris Elba, the film also features Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, and JEFF GOLDBLUM. It looks like Marvel just gave the film to director Taika Waititi and said, “Here, take this, and go crazy with it.” We’ll have to see how awesome the film really is in November.
3. Blade Runner 2049
This was a movie I was really skeptical about since it’s inception. How do you follow one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time? Sure, Harrison Ford would come back, but would this be another Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? (on a side note, I personally don’t think it’s that bad, it just could have been so much better) Then I saw the director for Blade Runner 2049, and I was immediately sold. Denis Villeneuve is in my opinion one of the best working directors today. All of his films are just amazing (read our Arrival review here), and I can’t see him messing this up. He’s handled big projects before with big actors and big sets (ex. the border scene in Sicario is mesmerizing). Moreover, Ryan Gosling, fresh off of his Oscar nomination for La La Land, plays the lead, Officer K, and the cast includes Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, and Harrison Ford returning as the iconic Rick Deckard. It looks like this film will be action packed and thought provoking, and I believe the dynamic duo of Villenueve and executive producer Ridley Scott (who helmed the 1982 original) will pull it off.
2. The Disaster Artist – December 1
If you’ve been with Blugger for a while, you may know that I am a huge fan of The Room (feel free to read our *honest* April Fools review here). The Room is commonly regarded as the best worst movie ever made. Tommy Wiseau wrote, directed, produced, and starred in a movie about a guy named Johnny whose “future wife” is cheating on him with his best friend. The Disaster Artist is about the making of this movie. The film stars James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutchinson, and many more. While the trailer highlights the wacky aspects of The Room, it also seems to be focused on this core central theme of friendship and perseverance. In this regard, I think this movie will be extremely heartfelt. It’s also genuine since director James Franco actually both acted and directed as Tommy Wiseau on the set of The Disaster Artist. I recently read the book by Greg Sestero (who plays Mark, Johnny’s best friend, in The Room) that this movie is based on, and it’s absolutely stunning. I would go so far as to say that it is the best book I have read in a long time. This film is also getting some serious Oscar buzz, and it’s being distributed by A24, which won best picture for Moonlight last year. If this get’s nominated for best picture at next year’s Academy Awards, it would be one of the most ironic/full circle things to happen in Hollywood.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – December 15
I mean, it’s Star Wars, I’m obviously going to put it at the top spot. Even if someone from the future told me the movie sucked, I would still put it at #1. There are just so many things I want out of this movie, and my expectations are probably too high, but I really can’t help it. The film picks up where The Force Awakens left off (read our review here), and supposedly centers around Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Mark Hamill’s iconic Luke Skywalker. No one really knows what The Last Jedi is about, and I like that the trailer didn’t give much away. I just know that I will be there at the earliest possible screening I can attend and that I will probably spend a lot of money on just re-watching this in the theaters. If you would like to read my analysis on the trailer for The Last Jedi, here it is. I can’t wait to see what director Rian Johnson brings to this galaxy far far away in December.
So those are my top ten most anticipated movies of Fall 2017! What do you think about this list? Would you add, delete, or change anything? Please feel free to let me know in the comments section!
Also, if you like what you read, feel free to check out our top ten most anticipated video games for Fall 2017! Thanks!