So far so good, 2017.
I went out and saw Get Out (Dir. Jordan Peele) a few weeks ago and was utterly surprised. Surely the critics were raving about it and so were some of my friends, but for some reason, I wasn’t expecting something that good- maybe it was the genre.
But I left the theater satisfied, looking forward to what appears to be a pretty darn good year for cinema. There are several sequels coming out that caught my eye- The Fate of the Furious, Alien: Covenant- to name a few.
Many of you I’m sure are just as excited as I am, but given that cinema is a form of art, I’m also sure that you and I aren’t exactly excited for the same films- and that’s OK. This actually gives me a great opportunity to give you some of the movies that I just can’t wait to see coming out this year. So without further ado, here is my top 3 of films- in know specific order- that I just can’t wait to lay my eyes on this year.
1: Dunkirk (Dir. Christopher Nolan)
It’s no secret that I have a directors crush on the brilliant filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Now before you shoot me down on this, let me just say that this isn’t about the name… OK it is, you can shoot me.
No, but seriously. I will try to restrain myself from diving too much into the details of the actual battle of Dunkirk during World War 2 since my knowledge about the event is basically close to nothing, but I do want to point out a few quick things.
First of all; watch the teaser/trailer!
Secondly, why Dunkirk? What is it about the relatively unknown battle that invaded the mind of Nolan and challenged its creativity? Now before you historians say “What do you mean relatively unknown?”, I simply mean that it’s not Normandy.
No, this is something special. From what we can tell by the released footage, this looks to be some hardcore-drama stuff. The color-grading, the cinematography, the beautiful sound of silence during those still-like images of covered-bodies on the beach and the nerve-racking sound of that bomb about to drop onto that boat filled with those poor, brave soldiers- jaw dropping.
Anyway, maybe you guys can enlighten me why this battle was so significant, that Nolan decided to make a movie about it. I guess it’s the untold story in cinema about a rescue/ retreat mission during World War 2, that borrows itself perfectly to the big screen.
Oh, and for you ladies out there, it looks like Nolan’s protégé Tom Hardy has joined the party too.
2: Blade Runner: 2049 (Dir. Denis Villeneuve)
“All those moments will be lost, in time, like tears in the rain”.
Who is this brave soul who dared to blow life back into an old Science-Fiction gem like Blade Runner (Dir. Ridley Scott)? Well, I’m not really familiar with Denis Villeneuve, other than the films Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015), but props to him, dude.
Now, depending on what version you’ve seen of the original, you may have some theories about certain characters and themes. I’m mostly familiar with the directors cut, famous for it’s interpretation that Rick Deckard may very well be a Replican himself- think Unicorn.
This seems to be debunked right of the bat, because I’ve seen a much older version of Deckard pop-up in the teaser/trailer for the upcoming sequel, or so it may seem. Nonetheless, I still am very curious to see where this story is headed, almost 30 years in the narrative’s future.
But besides the story, I am also very excited about some other factors. How about the fact that Ridley Scott himself is involved in the development of this film, or how about the fact that the scenery looks remarkably similar to it’s prequel. Will there ba another great soundtrack by Vangelis? Also, Ryan Gosling as a Blade Runner? Count me in!
3: Thor: Ragnarok (Dir. Taika Waititi), Spider-Man: Homecoming (Dir. Jon Watts) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (Dir. James Gun).
Yes, 3 movies… 3… All Marvel. Or should we say Disney these days?
Thor, Hulk, Iron-Man, Spider-Man, Starlord; so many lads to look forward to, so much to be afraid of. As much as I can’t wait, I can’t help to think that one of these 3 will not make the cut. Can we really have three amazing MCU movies in 1 year?
First of all, Thor is really Planet Hulk? I’m not going to pretend that I read any of these comics, but Planet Hulk’s story sounds pretty freakin’ awesome. But how will it unfold on the big screen? Is this too much goodness?
And does this go for Spider-Man as well? Did it need RDJ as Iron-Man in order to be a stand-alone film, competing with the big guys?
Yeah, that’s a tremble in my voice, it’s fear. After Age of Ultron (2015) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), we have seen that bringing too much to the table, isn’t necessarily a good thing. The last thing we need, is to see our favorite heroes and villains go under because of the coorperate greed of giants like Fox and Disney, who want to gain the max out of their “properties” or overconfident filmmakers, producers and writers.
Guardians should be good, although they are mainly competing with themselves. How can it top an awesome movie like it’s own prequel?
Lots to process, lots to look forward too.
Oh, and thank you Sony, for being the bigger man by the way. I hope that Fox can find its balls one day and do the same for us.
And there it is, folks.
Yes, I hear you say it. What about x, y and z? Yes, those are also great, fantastic movies. You can tell me all about it in the comment section below!
But these are, for now, the movies I can only dream about and will look forward seeing this upcoming years.
Cue the music~