The other day, I found this article online. So I was wondering, which movies you are looking forward to watch in 2017. I am eagerly anticipating the following movies:
As far as I’m concerned, watching ‘Star Wars 8’ is a no-brainer, because I usually get cinema tickets for Christmas from my sister and she’ll certainly pick that one. I haven’t felt the need to rewatch ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ yet and have forgotten many details, which probably means that the movie isn’t as good as I thought at the time. I’m still interesting how the saga will continue.
However, the most intriguing science-fiction film to be released next year is Luc Besson’s space opera ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’, which currently is the most expensive French film of all time. The longstanding series of graphic novels about the adventures of time-space agent Valérian and his companion (and true star of the series) Laureline are fabulous – and have inspired the design of ‘Star Wars’ and other films. Also, Besson’s ‘The Fifth Element’ is already a successful take on Franco-Belgian science-fiction comics in a certain way, although Jean Giraud’s (aka Moebius) plagiarism lawsuit wasn’t successful despite of obvious similarities between ‘The Fifth Element’ and “L’Incal” (co-written by famed film director Alejandro Jodorowsky). Besson’s recent ‘Lucy’ has shown that he has retained his eye for interesting visuals and his knack for filming action scenes. So my hopes are high, although there’s also a chance that ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ might be total disaster.
Then, there’s ‘Logan’. I’m a bit of a fan of the X-Men series – with the notable exception of the execrable ‘Wolverine: Origins’ – and the last Wolverine solo movie, which was also directed by James Mangold, was a solid stand-alone film. It seems that this is not only the last time Wolverine will be portrayed by Hugh Jackman (so far the only star-making turn in a superhero movie, I believe), but also the characters final adventure in a story inspired by the “Old Man Logan” comics. Usually, superhero movies are designed with the possibility of sequels in mind, so this might be a first film of this genre, which has some final closure for its protagonist.
Finally, I am interested in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’. The original ‘Planet of the Apes’ is one of my favourite movies and, while I mostly like the original movie series for nostalgic reasons, the reboots have successfully adapted the concept to contemporary concerns. (Let’s forget the Tim Burton movie ever happened.)
Oh, I nearly forgot about ‘The Lego Batman Movie’. If it’s as good as ‘The Lego Movie’, it’s a must-see.
There are also a number of movies, which I am not enthusiastic about, but which I’ll certainly see anyway:
I must admit that I’m prejudiced against ‘Blade Runner 2049’. The original movie (director’s cut) is one of my favourite films and it ends on a perfect note with no possibility of a sequel. Although I have liked the works of director Denis Villeneuve so far, I am very skeptical about Harrison Ford showing up in the trailers. How is that going to work without taking something away from the original?
Another one of my favourite movies is the original ‘Ghost in the Shell’, and I’m even more wary about the live action remake of this Japanese anime than about ‘Blade Runner 2049’. First, there’s the issue of “whitewashing” by casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead. I normally wouldn’t care – she’s playing a cyborg, after all -, but this is such an intrinsically Japanese story that it seems to be wrong to cast an American actress. More worryingly, the director Rupert Sanders has only directed ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ so far, which wasn’t very good at all.
After two less than stellar sequels (plus the awful ‘Alien vs. Predator’ movies), I don’t care much about ‘Alien: Covenant’, but Ridley Scott is a hit and miss director and, after the hugely disappointing ‘Prometheus’, this one might be a good one for a change.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ should be good fun, although the first movie profited a lot from coming out of nowhere with no expectations attached. This being a sequel, there’s more potential for disappointment.
I dearly hope that Marvel, now that they have repatriated the rights for Spider-Man, won’t bore us with another origin story. That would be the third in 15 years and I don’t see how it could be made interesting. Spider-Man’s appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ seems to suggest that Marvel’s take on the webslinger might be more irreverent, if not outright comedic, than the Spider-Man movies so far, which I for one would appreciate. I don’t expect ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’’ to amount to more than well-made product, though.
The same could be said for ‘Thor 3’, although Thor is a less compelling character than Spider-Man. If it’s true that this will be a cosmic adventure pairing the Norse god with the Hulk or even Dr. Strange, it might be more than just another standard Marvel movie. However, I’m not optimistic that it’ll break the mold.
The most interesting thing about Warner’s DC superhero movies will be whether they will continue to suck or whether Warner can salvage their franchise. Because I have little interest in the character, I don’t think that I will appreciate ‘Wonder Woman’, but the Justice League movie pairing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and others has all the right ingredients. One would hope that they’ll cook a nice meal out of it.