Films to Keep an Eye on in 2017

Now that we are well into the new year, we have a great deal to look forward to in 2017. There are some movies coming out this year to definitely keep an eye on for better or for worse. Looking through the list of releases, there is some big sequels, continuations, reboots, and new movies that could make the top or the bottom of the list once January rolls around again. So with that said, let us step away from the past and looking with a cautiously optimistic eye to the future for some potential big movies in 2017.

Honorable Mention
Kingsmen: The Golden Circle
The Mummy (Remake)
Alien: Covenant

the_space_between_us_poster5 The Space Between Us

Damn, I struggled. I struggled so hard on which should be the spot to take number 5 and become the movie I would actually discuss. Either the reboot of one of my favorite movie franchises with the return of Ridley Scott to the director chair… Or… The movie that might be at least intriguing to discuss for more parties than just myself. The Space Between Us won out.

I don’t know how this movie is going to go. It is either going to be surprisingly good or painstakingly bad. It is either going to be the next Fault in Our Stars or a dime a dozen Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation devoid of actual substance or merit. The concept of a young man traveling to earth to see his girlfriend to quickly find his organs won’t last on the planet is definitely a fascinating concept. I just hope it turns out well. We will certainly see.

gotg_vol2_poster4 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is somewhat low on this list because… Well we all know that this thing is, AT LEAST, going to be good and EASILY one of the more enjoyable movies of 2017. There isn’t any surprise here. It is going to make money, it is going to be great, it is more than likely going to receive a 4 or higher from me by sheer force of existing. It is just going to be an enjoyable movie no matter what we do, so might as well put it on the list… But not too high.

download3 Murder on the Orient Express

I admit, this one is just complete joy on my part. One of my favorite books of all time is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I read it all the time and at least once every winter. It is a simple story and one of the best in the long and storied tell of detective Hercule Poirot! And yes, Poirot is 1000x better than Sherlock Holmes! Yeah! I said it! Fight me scrub lords!

At either rate, when I saw November has a modern remake of this classic book and movie, I was elated. Especially when I see that the movie is boasting stars like Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Kenneth Branagh, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad, Michael Pena, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Marwan Kenzari! This thing is fucking stacked! Ugh, this movie better be awesome because I am looking forward to it!

star_wars_episode_viii2 Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Everyone knew this movie was going to be on here. It is always going to be for me as long as a Star Wars movie is being released. Star Wars is certainly been chugging along, making bank, and making some pretty great movies since Disney revived them. It has been hit with some challenges of nostalgia goggles covering the fact that the movies are decent at best, but I still find both of them to be enjoyable and great additions to the franchise. They certainly aren’t groundbreaking masterpieces. But they are at least on par with the old trilogy and wipe the floor with the prequels on any debate.

As such I am looking forward to seeing how this series progresses and where it is going. Empire Strikes Back is said to be the best of the franchise by some, maybe the middle part of this sequel will do the same.

wonder_woman_2017_film1 Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman takes the top spot for the reason that this is the movie that has a lot riding on it. It is the first female featured superhero movie and has already beat Marvel to the punch considering Black Widow still hasn’t got hers. So already it has that accolade.  But this movie is going to be more than that. The viability of DC building anything that could even scuff the shoes of the Marvel Universe and the viability of women as marketable lead superheroes hinges on the success of this film.

I might be making this out to be more than what it is, after all Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad made money and one was trash and the other was passable. Already women are breaking through the glass ceiling in a number of ways in superhero movies with more characters and even the general population FINALLY pushing back on the goddamn toy companies to make gender neutral toys instead of just trying to pander to the young boy demographic. But this is the first time that a female superhero is taking center stage in her own movie. Less we forget how movies like Cutthroat Island and Showgirls set back feminine presence in mainstream cinema until the mid 2000’s and Can’t Stop the Music also hurt women as taking on directing roles. A movie can make or break several things in mainstream culture. This is the reason why Wonder Woman is number one. This movie has a lot to lose by even being “okay.” It is my hope that this movie is a cinematic masterpiece, keeps the viability of DC alive, and more importantly shows to the doubting sexism of the general populace that women can be just as great at leading roles as males.

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