We Live Entertainment’s Most Anticipated Films of 2017
Here at We Live Entertainment, we LOVE film so we decided to take a look at the upcoming films of 2017. Each of our contributors selected a film from the upcoming year to discuss and of which to share their excitement. Check out their picks below!
Nick Casaletto: Logan, Release Date: March 3rd, 2017
Daniel Rester: T2: Trainspotting, Release Date: March 17th, 2017
The film I am most excited for in 2017 isn’t a superhero movie or a Star Wars sequel, but rather T2 Trainspotting. The original cult classic is one of my all-time favorite films, and to see the cast and director Danny Boyle come back to the characters and the cinematic world that made them famous will be a delight. I was a bit hesitant at first, but everyone involved said they wouldn’t have made the sequel if the script wasn’t so great. Here’s to hoping that translates to the screen and we get another amazing Boyle film.
Corinne Donnelly: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Release Date: May 5th, 2017
Since someone else already snagged Star Wars: Episode VIII (ahem), my second most anticipated film of the year is the sequel to 2014’s refreshing new Marvel superhero franchise (and box office hit), Guardians of the Galaxy. While most of the initial hype seemed to revolve around Baby Groot, I’ve found myself most excited for the soundtrack. It will be difficult to top the soundtrack from the first film, but with so many fantastic “oldies” to choose from, it can certainly be done. With a bit of luck, there will be another nod or two to David Bowie, especially since it was rumored that he would make a cameo in the movie before his death. Additionally, director James Gunn’s promise of exploring Peter Quill’s father (played by Kurt Russell!) will hopefully provide some much-awaited answers, as well as a satisfying and complex father and son dynamic.
Ya know, most people who make anticipated film lists name off titles they think they are going to love. However, I’m going with a film I’m incredibly skeptical of. I’m anticipating this film because I’m hoping they don’t f**k it up, and I want to see the subject matter handled right. My pick is the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. For years Hollywood has been out to make a film based on the life of slain rap artist Tupac Shakur, one of music’s most prolific and controversial artists of all time. For years, I’ve been saying; there’s no need, just watch the incredible documentary Tupac Resurrection. However, it was inevitable, and now it’s scheduled for a June 16th theatrical release, on what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday. To say I’m a Tupac fan would be a gross understatement. Based on the trailers, which honestly give me chills, it looks like they are doing right by the man. Much like the acclaimed Straight Outta Compton, they are not relying on star power, but rather putting their faith in unknown actors to bring the real-life characters to life on the big screen. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. seems to embody everything, and I mean everything about Tupac. I’m also very excited to see The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira put away her sword as Michonne, and portray Afeni Shakur. The film has a $46 million dollar budget, and it seems like they spent that money wisely to make this look like a quality film. Possibly a great companion to Straight Outta Compton even. I know like most biopics, it will be highly stylized and over dramatized, but I hope they capture the spirit of what made Tupac Shakur so influential.
Matt Marshall: War for the Planet of the Apes, Release Date: July 14th, 2017
While a sequel can dramatically alter the landscape of a franchise. It’s hard to find that third film that can truly make a perfect trilogy. Sure, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ and ‘Toy Story 3’ are prime examples. Can ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ pull off the incredible task at hand this July? With Matt Reeves helming once more and a stellar trailer a mount ago, the latest ‘Apes’ film could be one of the best films of 2017. Not only that but be the rare third chapter that doesn’t feel like the quality has been downgraded this close to the finish line. Hail, Caesar! The apes on horses have returned.
Mark Krawczyk: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Release Date: July 21st, 2017
One of my most anticipated films for 2017 is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. I am a sucker for Luc Besson and to see him tackle a wall to wall sci-fi action picture again is very exciting. I am not familiar with the source material but I am familiar with his style. Use of colors and other visuals was fantastic in Fifth Element and this looks to be done in the same spirit. It should be a wild ride and I can’t wait to take it.
Zachary Marsh: Baby Driver, Release Date: August 11th, 2017
Baby Driver is an upcoming action-thriller about a getaway driver who wants to get out of the crime world and begin life with the girl of his dreams. It might sound simple enough, but this isn’t just any ordinary movie coming out. Even with its stellar cast, including Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey, the film’s writer/director is the main reason to be excited for this one. That writer/director is none other than Edgar Wright, best known for making The Cornetto Trilogy as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The story of this movie sounds like a mixture of Scott Pilgrim, Drive, and weirdly enough Guardians of the Galaxy, as the titular character, played by Elgort, relies on his own personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. I am so excited to see Wright’s next movie, even more so than whatever else might be coming out this year. Look out for this one; I’m positive it’s going to be something special.
Ashley Menzel: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Release Date: September 29th, 2017
The first Kingsman film took me by surprise at how much I loved the film, particularly the action scenes. The film has an interesting basis where the Kingsmen are heading to the United States to work alongside the Statesmen. The cast has seen some pretty awesome additions with Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. I truly hope that the humor and class that was exuded in the first Kingsman film translates into Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Who’s up for some more colorful exploding heads?
Bryan Sudfield: Blade Runner 2049, Release Date: October 6th, 2017
As someone who isn’t the hugest Blade Runner fanatic, the sequel has me stoked. When you have Denis Villeneuve helming the project, especially after the incredible Arrival, you know you’re in for something special. Harrison Ford coming back as Rick Deckard excites me as well as Ryan Gosling play the lead aside Ford. The teaser was beautifully shot, and this could possibly be a potential Oscar contender. Blade Runner 2049 is my most anticipated of 2017 because of those reasons, and I can’t wait!
Tony Estrada: Star Wars: Episode VIII, Release Date: December 15th, 2017
Star Wars: Episode VIII is my most anticipated movie of 2017 because it continues the story of the solid feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It makes me excited to see where they can expand each of the character’s storylines especially Rey. There are so many questions that were left in The Force Awakens that I want to see answered in the upcoming installment. It also makes me look forward to what Rian Johnson will bring to this feature since he did such a great job with the splendid sci-fi film Looper. There are so many possibilities on what can happen in this eighth installment, and that alone has me excited.