Now that we’re half way through 2017, we’ve had some spectacular films. Get Out shook up the box office with it’s unique use of horror and messages surrounding equality and race, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brought the team back to our screens with a bang, expanding on the characters excellently.
But, what are we in store for in the months to come? Have we already seen the best the year has to offer? Who knows, but rest assured there’s still some excellent films to hit our screens. So, without further ado, here’s our Top Ten Films Still to Come in 2017.
The new adaptation of Stephen King’s It looks, rather surprisingly, very good. It boasts a fantastic horror director in Andrés Muschietti (Mama, 2008 and 2013) and the make-up and effects shown in the trailer seem to really fit the real grit of the original. The trailer also seems to show they haven’t steered to far from the terrifying 1990 original, but hopefully there’ll be enough fresh twists for the film to not be a simple carbon copy.
Release date: 8th September (UK)
9) Justice League
With DC’s Expanded Universe gradually building, Justice League looks set to be their crown jewel. After the poor reception of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Suicide Squad (2016), they’re in desperate need to improve. Wonder Woman (2017) looks to have been a strong step toward this but Justice League is the true test. Bringing together DC’s main cast of heroes, despite only really introducing three of them properly, the film will have a lot on it’s plate. We hope to see the film succeed, particularly with the troubling time Zack Snyder has had due to the tragic passing of his daughter Autumn.
Release date: 17th November (UK)
8) Spider-Man: Homecoming
Tom Holland’s introduction as the new Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016) was a highlight for many people. The charisma, wit and all round fun persona he brings is perfect for the role. So his first solo adventure in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is an important one, and it looks to be everything we were promised from his introduction. It’s funny, witty and all round good fun. If the trailers hadn’t have shown near enough the whole plot it’d be much higher on this list.
Release date: 7th July (UK)
7) War for the Planet of the Apes
The Planet of the Apes prequel films released within the past six years have been excellent. Changing the perspective so that we are placed on the Apes side of the war has provided a whole different take on the franchise and along with great writing, spectacular CGI and excellent performances the third instalment has a lot to live up to. It seems to have flown under the radar a bit compared to other blockbusters but, if the previous films are anything to go by, it’s certainly not one to miss.
Release date: 12th July (UK)
6) Blade Runner 2049
Essentially the sequel nobody realised they wanted, Blade Runner 2049 appears to be an excellent return to one of the best Sci-fi films ever made. Kicking off 30 years after the events of the previous film, a new blade runner LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths secrets that could turn what’s left of society into chaos. Along with Gosling, Harrison Ford is back and with Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners (2013), Sicario (2015), Arrival (2016)), one of the most talented directors around, the film is set up to be incredible. Let’s hope so.
Release date: 6th October (UK)
5) Thor: Ragnarok
The Thor films have arguably been the weakest part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, never really feeling as compelling or entertaining as the others. However, this seems set to change dramatically with Thor: Ragnarok. The trailer feels a lot more fun, quippy and comical than the previous films, taking Thor into the cosmic area of the universe where he appears to be more at home. This has no doubt been influenced highly by Taika Waititi’s role as director (another very talented director) who will certainly bring his unique comedy style to the film. Also, Thor vs Hulk in a gladiator arena. Yes please.
Release date: 27th October (UK)
4) Baby Driver
Probably the least known film on the list, Baby Driver is essentially about a young getaway driver who (due to an accident in his youth) listens to music to drown out the “hum in the drum”. Add to this a great cast of Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Lily James and Ansel Elgort, as well as being written and directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013)), who is (again) one of the most talented writer/directors in the industry, there’s a recipe for something excellent here.
Release date: 28th June (UK)
3) Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The follow up to the excellent, hyper-action spy film from Matthew Vaughn (this list is just full of the best directors) looks to only improve on what it’s predecessor achieved. Joining the already excellent cast of Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong is none other than Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore as the Kingsman are forced to work with their stateside counterparts. The excellently cut trailer provides more than enough to get fans of the original excited, and if you haven’t seen the first – watch it!
Release date: 29th September
As a big fan of Christopher Nolan and war films, I’ve been following this film for a long time. Every style and genre Nolan turns his hand to he does so exceptionally well, The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014) etc. and his non-linear storytelling in films such as Memento (2000) is superb. He’s a revolutionary film-maker and accompanying this which such an important event in history, and an excellent cast including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh along with Aneurin Barnard and Harry Styles (yes that Harry Styles), this film is set up for excellence and multiple Oscar nominations.
Release date: 21st July
1) Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The biggest film of the year and the latest in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi rounds off our list. After the success of both Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Star Wars is certainly back with a bang, and doing excellently. The latest instalment looks to change a lot from it’s predecessor in the saga, turning much darker and tense, very much the Empire Strikes Back of this new trilogy. With a lot of speculation and questions still to be answered from The Force Awakens, old fans and new fans alike will be aching for December to come round.
Release date: 15th December (UK)
So, that’s our list of what we’re looking out for in the second half of 2017. Anything you think we missed? Anything you’d replace? Leave a comment and let us know.