Through the end of 2016 is the best time to be a movie fan. Oscar contenders arise, the holiday cheer spreads, and from now on we will get a new Star Wars every winter before the end of the year. This doesn’t detract from the fact that 2017 has potential to be a superb year for film. While I have enjoyed 2016, there have been very few excellent films and more disappointments. This gives for an opportune time to look at the most promising aspects of 2017 in film.
Honorable mention: Justice League – I know that I’ll really enjoy this movie to a degree, especially now that one of the lead DC comics writers is attached to the film. However, DC hasn’t had a great track record and I don’t think emulating Marvel will help that. I think Zack Snyder is a stunning visual director, but DC needs to find an identity that is its own.
5: Guardians of the Galaxy 2: My main hope is that they keep it weird. Guardians thrived off of its unique and lovable characters with great comedy. James Gunn is a smart writer and as long as he moves the story forward instead of rehashing it I’ll be happy.
4. Logan: The trailer made me want to cry. Not only is this Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine, but the story seems to be a fine tuned one that’s much more intimate. As opposed to a “CGIfuckathon” by the professed director. It looks like a better version of The Last of Us. Professor X has Alzheimer’s and can’t control his powers, Logan is unhinged, the Mad Max/Sicario feel to it, and hard R rating make this super promising.
3. Dunkirk – Some of you might spit out your morning coffee reading that a Nolan movie isn’t topping my list. If this were an original movie like Inception, this would be entirely different. You somewhat know what to expect with war movies based off of certain events. I have no doubt that Dunkirk will be a great film, especially with the cinematographer Nolan is working with and a vivacious Hans Zimmer score under his mastery of film.
2: Star Wars: Episode 8 – When JJ Abrams proclaims that he is jealous that he can’t direct your screenplay I consider this to be one of the highest compliments in filmmaking. Rain Johnson (Looper) has gotten nothing but praise but also holds the difficult task of not only the hype of Episode 7, but the pitfalls of Episode 7 as well. Episode 8 can’t be a rehash of anything, but Johnson is one hell of a talented director, better than JJ, and I’m pretty sure he has this.
1: Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve is my favorite director at the moment. He has made two of my favorite movies in the last two years (Sicario, Arrival) along with a few other films that were excellent. The man has shown versatility between genres and he has proclaimed that the script for this is “One of the Best he’s ever read” on top of a superb cast and input from Ridley Scott. Blade Runner and Star Wars top my list because they are mostly original movies going into uncharted territory for each respective franchise. His cinematographer (Roger Deakins) is the best in the industry, his composer (Johann Johannsson) is one of the best in the industry. He knows exactly how to make an extraordinary film and expertly utilizes each aspect of filmmaking to do so.
What film are you excited for in 2017?