Looking back through 2017, it has been a year of surprises and disappointments, but there really has been something for everyone on the big screen. The summer blockbuster started as early as March, with Beauty And The Beast still sitting at the top of the international box office with a massive $1.2 billion. 2017 has also been a year for nostalgia, with long-awaited sequels and remakes coming for the Blade Runner and Alien franchises. There have been a number of successful adaptations of well-loved properties, most notably IT and Wonder Woman which were warmly accepted by fans and critics alike. Original films also had a great year, both Baby Driver and Get Out were big hits. But the year is not over and there are a number of big blockbusters and Oscar contenders to look forward to, here are our top 10 most anticipated films for the rest of the year.
10) Professor Marston And The Wonder Women
Unveiling the latest trailer at last week’s New York Comic Con, this story surrounding the creation of Wonder Woman, looks to be a hit at the box office and during awards season. Looking to carry on the success of this summer’s blockbuster, the film will follow the story of William Marston (Luke Evans) and his relationship with his wife (Rebecca Hall) and his mistress (Bella Heathcote). With many asking for a film surrounding the history of both DC and Marvel, and a Stan Lee biopic in development, this film will be the start of the comic book history era.
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is released in UK cinemas on November 10th.
9) Pitch Perfect 3
When the original Pitch Perfect hit our screens in 2012, I don’t think many would have expected the small film to develop into a full trilogy. Although the sequel had a massive opening weekend and even outperformed Mad Max: Fury Road, it was a slight disappointment to fans of the opening film. The third instalment has the entire cast back as the Bellas look to have one last hurrah as the entertain the troops on an international tour. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will lead the cast one last time with Ruby Rose the only real notable addition to the cast. Hopefully, this will be a great send-off for a surprising franchise.
Pitch Perfect 3 is released in UK cinemas on December 22nd.
8) The Killing Of Sacred Deer
One slow Sunday afternoon, I stumbled across director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ film The Lobster on Netflix. For any of those who have seen the film, you will know the story is a little kooky, but you should also be excited for Lanthimos’ next film The Killing Of Sacred Deer. The film received great reviews from its screenings at film festivals, with stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman both earning praise from critics. This is original storytelling at its best, not afraid to take risks and be bizarre. I would suggest seeing The Lobster ahead of time to see if this is the type of film that you would be interested in, but give it a chance and we might see it come up in Oscar discussions.
The Killing Of Sacred Deer is released in UK cinemas on November 3rd.
7) Justice League
Although it seems to be popular to bash DC, I will admit I wasn’t looking forward to Justice League, especially after 2016s misses with Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad. However, a little film called Wonder Woman has reinvigorated the franchise and I am hopeful for what is to come. The film will see the true assembly of the team, with Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher joining as The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg respectively. The plot of the film has mostly been kept top secret, but many expect to see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, especially as he was seen filming on set.
Justic League is released in UK cinemas on November 17th.
6) Battle Of The Sexes
Another film doing well at the film festivals is Battle Of The Sexes, screening at the London Film Festival this week. The main reason why the film is so high on my list is the two leads, Steve Carell has always been in my praises since The Office (U.S) and Emma Stone who is Hollywood’s leading lady of the moment. I’m glad the film is re-telling the story of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, a story that younger generations may not have heard. With recent conversations in society, it also seems an appropriate time to tell this story, and it seems to have impressed critics.
Battle Of The Sexes is released in UK cinemas on November 24th.
5) The Snowman
The earliest release on the list, The Snowman is an adaption of the novel by Jo Nesbo, and follows Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) tries to track down a murderer who makes snowmen with elements of his victim’s clothes. Hopefully, this will be a better adaptation than last year’s disappointing The Girl On The Train, the film does star Rebecca Ferguson who appeared in both films. The film is yet to have any reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, which is slightly worrying with the film scheduled for release in two days, but this could be due to the film not being released for an extra week in the USA.
The Snowman is released in UK cinemas on October 13th.
4) Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Easily the most talked about film of the winter season, especially with the first trailer dropping this week, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in prime position to be the biggest film of the year. Continuing on from the highly successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the plot of the film is the biggest secret in Hollywood but may fans are theorising from every single frame of the trailer. Newcomers Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro join the cast and director Rian Johnson steps up to the plate, a tough job with a highly critical fan base. The middle instalment in the modern trilogy looks to have darker tones but will no doubt dominate at the box office.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in UK cinemas on December 14th.
3) Ingrid Goes West
This might be a surprise to be so high on the list but I think the film looks interesting and unique, a modern story with great social commentary. The film also boasts an impressive cast, Aubrey Plaza leads the film as Ingrid, a girl who uses social media to infiltrate the life of a socialite, played by Elizabeth Olsen. The film also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr who impressed in Straight Outta Compton. I have always been a fan of Plaza, I was disappointed that her other release of the year The Little Hours wasn’t released in the UK, she seems to be picking interesting and unique projects. Hopefully, the film deals with mental health in a sensitive manner.
Ingrid Goes West is released in UK cinemas on November 17th.
2) Thor: Ragnorak
Although Thor might not be my favourite character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is hard to leave a Marvel film off a most anticipated list. It seems the team behind Thor, in particular, director Taika Waititi, are making every effort to move away from the tone of the previous two films. Thor: Ragnorak looks fun and energetic and I hear this may be the funniest film Marvel has ever made. I am particularly excited to see how newcomers to the franchise Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson will do, both characters look like they are not to be messed with. Plus, who isn’t happy to see Thor and The Hulk team up!
Thor: Ragnorak is released in UK cinemas on October 24th.
1) Murder On The Orient Express
The marketing team and trailer producers behind Murder On The Orient Express have really excelled in heightening my excitement for this film. The cast is almost too good to believe; Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz … and the list goes on and on. The film also stars and is directed by Kenneth Branagh who will star as the infamous Detective Poirot. There is nothing better than a good murder mystery and hopefully, this film will not disappoint. Based on a novel by Agatha Christie, you would hope the story would not be let down by unusual direction, hopefully, this film will be a massive success.
Murder On The Orient Express is released in UK cinemas on November 3rd.
It’s clear to see that 2017 is far from over, and if all these films are a success, we will have had an excellent year in cinema. 2018 will begin with the Oscar contenders and already 2018 is shaping up to be another great year. Let me know in the comments which film you are looking forward to seeing.