With the year of 2016 looking like overall it may be a disappointment for most people, including myself, 2017 looks to bounce back in a big way. There are plenty of highly anticipated blockbuster movies, potential Academy Award nominated movies, and independent films that look very interesting and should be great. Here is a list of the top 100 most anticipated movies of 2017 if you would like to find out more about what is in store for the whole year. So, with this list I will share what movies I’m most excited about for the first half (January-June) of 2017, which will mostly contain blockbuster films for obvious reasons. Let me first share my three honorable mentions.
The Founder: The new Michael Keaton biopic about the founder of McDonalds.
Life: A new space movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson about a discovery of life on Mars.
The Book of Henry: The new Colin Trevorrow film about a boy genius, played by Jacob Tremblay (Room), and the single mother who raises him, played by Naomi Watts.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (February 10th)
John Wick is back, and out for some more blood. Keanu Reeves will once again be taking the lead role with former stunt-man turned director, Chad Stahelski, back to direct. Will this be the stepping stone to a potential franchise, orTaken 2?
The Lego Batman Movie (February 10th)
Coming out the same day as John Wick: Chapter 2 is another highly anticipated film of mine and another sequel of sorts. The Lego Movie was a surprise success and my favorite animated movie of recent memory. The Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, was the stand out and maybe the funniest character in the movie, so it only makes sense they would create a film centered around his character entirely. Michael Cera is voicing Robin and Zach Galifianakis is voicing The Joker, so this film should not disappoint with non-stop laughs and charm. Who knows what will happen if this film is a huge hit. Could this be a potential franchise? And could we get other Lego characters with stand alone movies in the future?
Logan (March 3rd)
Simply titled, Logan, the latest X-Men movie is highly anticipated for one reason: Hugh Jackman’s last movie as Wolverine. This is the role that put Jackman on the map in the first place, and he has been portraying this iconic character for almost seventeen years now. It also, thanks to success of Deadpool, has an R-rating, which is a risky move to make, but should pay off in a big way. The action in this film should be incredible, and it has the potential to be one of the best comic-book movies ever made. The first trailer looked great, and we shall see what else is in store for this highly anticipated film. With all that being said, I’m just glad it’s not called Wolverine: The Last Stand.
Kong: Skull Island (March 10th)
This is a movie that I had no interest in at first, but when I saw the trailer I immediately became more intrigued. The directing and cinematography look great, and the cast is fantastic. One of my favorite actresses working today, Brie Larson, is set to lead with Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Jason Mitchell, and John C. Reilly rounding up the cast. This could be a major flop, but it also has potential to be one of the biggest movies of the year. If it’s a success, we might finally see the great King Kong vs. Godzilla movie we’ve all been waiting for.
Beauty and the Beast (March 17th)
Emma Watson looks to have a big year in 2017, and the latest version of Beauty and the Beast looks to put her in the spotlight of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Like The Jungle Book of this year, this movie will also be a live-action version of the classic animated movie of the same name. This one is more risky though just because the animated film was so great and even nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. We shall see how this one holds up and if it can continue the trend of good live-action Disney movies. Whether you like them or not, live-action Disney movies are just something we will have to get used to. Live-action versions of Mulan, Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Dumbo all look to be in the works.
The Fate of the Furious (April 14th)
The 8th film in the ever-so-popular franchise looks to be the biggest and best one yet believe it or not. Adding two new Academy Award winning actresses (Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren) to the cast, and a director who is coming off a stellar film in Straight Outta Compton, I just don’t see how this can’t be the best movie yet in a franchise that continues to get better with age. Also Charlize Theron as a villain just never disappoints, no matter how good or bad the film is.
The Circle (April 28th)
Based on the novel of the same name, The Circle is about a young female tech worker who takes a job at a powerful internet corporation and soon finds herself in a risky situation that involves privacy, surveillance, and the fate of the future of humanity. This movie seems to be very relevant to our modern-day society and has very talented people backing it up. The director, James Ponsoldt, is a proven talented independent filmmaker, so I’m excited to see what he can do with a bigger budget. Also, the cast is fantastic. Emma Watson is once again the lead, with Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane (the kid from Boyhood!), Bill Paxton, and Patton Oswalt rounding up the cast.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th)
The gang is back and on a new mission to discover who Peter Quill’s real father is. The first trailer looked so great, and has made me beyond excited to watch it and see what else is in store for my favorite group of rebellious guardians in the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy is my favorite comic-book movie of all time, so there’s not much else really to explain why this movie is on my list. I will say that I have all the faith in the world in James Gunn. I know that he will give us a sequel that shall not disappoint by giving us some of the things that made the first movie so great, but also some new things that will make the film its own and feel fresh and new. Like Baby Groot for example. How adorable is he by the way?
Alien: Covenant (May 19th)
Yes, the previous film Prometheus was a bit of a disappointment, and there hasn’t been much released yet and not even a trailer to show, but look at that poster!! How can you not be excited?? It’s hard for me to believe that a master filmmaker in Ridley Scott can disappoint us two times in a row in a massive series that he started back in 1979. I expect big things to happen and more revelations to be made. Scott wouldn’t be giving us these prequel movies if there wasn’t something big to be made from them. I will be shocked if this is as good or even worse than Prometheus.
Wonder Woman (June 2nd)
For those who follow my blog, you should know that I am not a fan at all of the recent DC released films. Especially the two that came out his year. With that being said, Wonder Woman looks to finally be the first solid DC film since Nolan’s Batman trilogy. From the look of the trailer, the film seems to have a different tone and color palette than the previous Zach Snyder directed films which is a huge plus. Also Gal Gadot really looks like she was born to play this character. Just look at that picture above! My fingers are crossed that this movie will be a success not only at the box office, but with critics as well.
So, that was my list for the anticipated movies for the first half of 2017. From the look of the other films that will be released in the second half of the year, I might have to make a top 20 list! I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2017 and how it will shape up.