For our first Roundtable of January, let’s try to start the year on an optimistic note. What upcoming movies are you most anticipating in 2017?
If you haven’t paid much attention to the movies coming out this year, this Wikipedia page is a good start.
I’ll get the obvious out of the way and say that, yes, I’m really looking forward to ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’, even despite the fact that I’m one of the few who really didn’t care for ‘Rogue One’.
Other than that, the movie I’m really excited to see is ‘Logan’, thanks to that kick-ass trailer that promises a much darker tone than we’ve seen in any other ‘X-Men’ (or ‘Wolverine’) movie. Of all the superhero movies being released in 2017, it’s by far the one I’m anticipating the most and I think may turn out to be one of the year’s best films (superhero or otherwise).
M. Enois Duarte
In order of those I’m most enthusiastic about, these are the films I’m willing to pay theater price to watch on the big screen in 2017:
‘Blade Runner 2049’
‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’
‘War for the Planet of the Apes’
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’
‘John Wick: Chapter 2’
‘Ghost in the Shell’
‘Beauty and the Beast’
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’
‘The Dark Tower’
‘Despicable Me 3’
‘The Great Wall’
My Most Anticipated Comic Book Movie: ‘Logan’ – Forgetting how bad the first standalone Wolverine movie was, the trailer for ‘Logan’ looks like it just might be the best comic book movie ever made. The director has confirmed that it will be rated R for violence, which points to Fox allowing the filmmakers to give this one an edge. It won’t be obnoxiously profane like ‘Deadpool’, but it also won’t be cheery formulaic family fun like the Marvel Studios movies.
My Most Anticipated Science Fiction Movie: Tie between ‘Alien: Covenant’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ – Many viewers had major issues with ‘Prometheus’. While I see the flaws in it, I still think its strengths outweigh its weaknesses. Although I wish it was a straightforward sequel to ‘Prometheus’ (who’s to say that it’s not?), I’m very excited to see where the follow-up film takes it. As for ‘Blade Runner’, after seeing Denis Villenueve’s ‘Arrival’ and the teaser for this new sequel, I’m 100% on-board.
My Most Anticipated Blockbuster: ‘The Mummy’ – C’mon. It can’t be any worse than the Brendan Frasier ones, can it? Aside from the bland ‘Jack Reacher’ sequel, Tom Cruise has been on a role for the last several years. Maybe, just maybe, this ‘Mummy’ will be worthwhile.
My Most Anticipated Movie of the Year: ‘Dunkirk’ – I love all Christopher Nolan movies. They walk the balance between crowd-pleasing blockbusters and arthouse cerebral cinema.
Seeing him tackle an amazing World War II story makes me wish it was July already. As I did for ‘Interstellar’, I’ll be road-tripping just to catch this one on a 70 mm IMAX screen.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
As a lifelong comic book geek, I’m particularly excited about ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. The ‘Thor’ movies haven’t exactly ranked among Marvel’s best, but I’m looking forward to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ just the same, particularly because of the spectacular ‘Planet Hulk’ storyline being woven into it somehow. Though I prefer four-color fun over the dark and dour, ‘Logan’ very much has my attention, especially given the up-until-the-third-act strength of what James Mangold delivered a few years ago with ‘The Wolverine’.
As far as the Distinguished Competition goes, I’ll give ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Justice League’ a fair shot, although I’m far more optimistic about the former than the latter. On the very different end of the comic spectrum, I’m intrigued by the adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ ‘Wilson’.
I haven’t kept up with ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ all that much, but the gloriously over-the-top havoc wrought in the first movie made it such an immediate favorite that I’m all-in for the sequel regardless. Like pretty much everyone else on this roundtable, I have my eyes on ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and the as-yet-untitled ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’. I never got around to reading any of the books, but I don’t think I’ll be able to say no to the long overdue adaptation of ‘The Dark Tower’. This Edgar Wright fanboy can’t wait for ‘Baby Driver’. I love the cast and premise for ‘Table 19’, about an Island of Misfit Toys-style table at a wedding for guests everyone hoped wouldn’t make it. Alex Garland’s adaptation of ‘Annihilation’ sounds wonderfully daring.
At the risk of this response being unreadably long, I’m also interested in ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, ‘It Comes at Night’, ‘Split’, the live-action spin on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (which I’ll be seeing with my wife no matter what), ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’, whatever ‘God Particle’ turns out to be, Pixar’s ‘Coco’, and whatever chance ‘Kong: Skull Island’ has of washing the taste of Peter Jackson’s bloated remake out of my mouth.
I saw 1 ¼ movies in the theater in 2016. (A misguided attempt to take my kids on their first theatrical outing did not go particularly well.) Realistically, I doubt that I’ll do much better this year. Most of the upcoming movies that interest me, I’ll wind up catching on Blu-ray or Netflix.
If I only pay to see one movie in the theater this year, it will be ‘Blade Runner 2049’. The original is one of my favorite films and, honestly, I was pretty relieved when I heard that Ridley Scott handed the reins of the belated sequel to Denis Villeneuve. I’m eager to see what he cooks up.
If I can squeeze in a date movie, it’ll probably be ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. Surprisingly, my wife had as much fun with the first one as I did, and I know I can talk her into seeing the next one.
I’m unlikely to make it to a theater for them, but I’m already prepared to blind-buy ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ and ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ on Blu-ray. The ‘Resident Evil’ franchise is one of my great guilty pleasures and the last couple made fantastic 3D eye candy. I really hope that the new ‘John Wick’ can live up to the first movie and isn’t a ‘Jack Reacher 2’ fiasco.
Tell us what movies you most want to see in 2017.