There are a lot of great movies coming out in 2017, so it's really hard to narrow down the list of the ones that we are most excited for. We did our best to trim down the list of our Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017.
10. The Dark Tower
If there is anything that the popularity of Game of Thrones and Westworld proves, is that the public has no qualms with heavy handed fantasy. The Dark Tower series, written by Stephen King, has set itself up as (potentially) the next big franchise. The series of novels have a dedicated following, and its first movie seems to have something interesting for long-time fans and new comers alike. One of the most interesting aspects is that this film does not appear to be a direct adaptation of the first book. So questions of linearity where the film lies in relation to the novels come up, and we’re excited for this grand adventure starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.
Release date: July 28, 2017 (USA)
9. John Wick 2
John Wick caught the world by surprise. What many wrote off as something that could have been a straight-to-DVD action movie, turned out to be one of the best American made action movies in quite some time. With enough twists and turns to keep the audience guessing, the film does a great job of getting from point A to point B without steering away from what makes the movie great: its slick “Gun-Fu.” That’s right! Kung-Fu with Guns! John Wick was a great ride, and even if the sequel didn’t have a lick of story, we’re still paying the price of admission to see Keanu Reeves gorgeous hair kicking some serious butt!
8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Park/Spider-Man might have been the best thing about Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first stand-alone Spider-Man film set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means certain standards have to be met. Which means the floor (in terms of quality) will be pretty high, and it’s ceiling will be as high as this rendition of the Web-Head can take it. With this being the youngest Peter Parker we have seen, there’s potential for this to be the superhero equivalent to the Harry Potter franchise!
7. Kong Skull Island
If there was one complaint that audiences had about 2014’s Godzilla, was that it took way too long to get a good glimpse of the world’s most famous lizard. The drawn-out reveal served the tone of tension and dread, but there was little “fun” to be had until the final act. Director Jordon Vogt-Roberts doesn’t appear to have that problem with Kong: Skull Island. There seems to be elements of horror, comedy, and action all jam packed into the first King Kong film that we have seen since Peter Jackson’s in 2005. How can you not be excited with a cast featuring the likes of Academy Award Winner, Brie Larson, Academy Award Nominated, Samuel L. Jackson, and Golden Globe Winners, John Goodman and Tom Hiddleston?
6. The Lego Batman Movie
2014’s The Lego Movie had to be pretty darn good to stand out from the other heavy hitters from that year. It was only a matter of time until we got the “sequel,” but we couldn’t have predicted it to be primarily focused on the Caped Crusader. We still hope there is room for an official sequel, but with Robot Chicken’s Chris McKay at the helm, and having the entire DC Comic’s arsenal of characters at his disposal, this has potential to be one of the best DC movies of all time. Yes, we are going there!
5. Power Rangers
Yeah... this one surprised us too. We weren’t impressed by actual Power suits when they were first revealed, and the first teaser trailer made it look like a Twilight spin-off. It could still be awful, but here’s the thing, that might be okay. Power Rangers is stupid. If you grew up with it and don’t think so, you are remembering it with rose tinted glasses. I loved the Power Rangers. I have a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Morpher on my desk (with the Mastodon Power Coin in, of course). Even with my love for it, I know that it’s dumb, campy, and cringeworthy fun. As long as there are some great action sequences, and it doesn’t take itself seriously, Power Rangers could be back in a big way.
Director Christopher Nolan has set an exceptionally high bar for himself. His cerebral approach to film is always exciting and will put butts in seats for anything with his name on it. While Dunkirk appears to be a “straight-forward” war film, you have to wonder what Nolan has up his sleeve to make Dunkirk stand-out. We’re not expecting Interstellar level twists, but we are going to learn something about Christopher Nolan that we didn’t know before. Whatever that is, count us in.
3. Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHO IS THE LAST JEDI? The Force Awakens was a great love letter to the original Star Wars trilogy, and a perfect way to pull audiences in to the final chapters of the Skywalker stories. Our biggest hope, is that The Last Jedi takes some risks, while continuing to stay true to the spirit of the original trilogy. The Force Awakens was a safe bet. Let’s see if The Last Jedi raises, folds, or goes all-in.
The end of the road. We have finally reached the end of Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine. While the movies he has starred in may not have been consistently good, it’s hard to imagine anyone else with those claws. The first trailer for Logan might be the best trailer in superhero movie history. We get to see Wolverine at his rawest and most unhinged. It also doesn't hurt that it sort of looks like The Last of Us movie that Playstation fans have been begging for.
1. Baby Driver
Alright, this is probably the movie you haven’t heard of, so how can it be number one?!? Simple: Edgar Wright. We haven’t heard from the director since the fallout between him and Marvel in regards to Ant-Man. Wright is a visionary who loves playing with bending and breaking genres, whiles also paying homage to what makes them so great. Baby Driver is about a young getaway driver that listens to music while he does his thing. We don’t know much else about the movie, other than the fact that the action sequences were choreographed with the music in mind. Wrights films are edited to enhance each experience so well and appropriately. There hasn’t been too much buzz, but those who have seen early cuts have already stated that this could easily be the best movie of the year.