Movies, Films, Features, Motion Pictures. I like a cinema trip as much as laying on the sofa watching a movie on the TV or a DVD on the laptop while cleaning. Movies are a giant part of my life (hello, did you see how many I watched last year?!) and so I thought it'd be a cool to talk through a few of 2017's releases that I'm really looking forward to seeing!
This post had been scheduled for January, it being the first month of the year and all, but as many of you might have seen, there was recently a huge case of animal cruelty on the set of a particular movie. There were b-roll videos, and investigations are underway so I did not want to promote something so horrible and contradictory of its point, by mentioning it here - hence not stating even it's title. [Since writing this, this article counters the claims, though with the quality of CGI we can do these days I don't understand why it needed to be done at all]
Anyways, after unscheduling and pushing back this post I have decided to go ahead with it now, just omitting that movie. I hope you enjoy.
Beauty and the Beast
No explanation necessary? Probably the most anticipated Disney release of 2017 for many, Beauty and the Beast is obviously just that, the live-action adaptation of the 1991 classic. BATB isn't exactly my all time favorite Disney story, but I enjoy it as much as the next Dis-fanatic. That coupled with Emma Watson - who I think was the perfect casting, compared to the majority - starring as Belle and my love of the exceptional live action productions (not remakes, they are not remakes!!) I am SO ready to see this and have had my tickets booked for the last couple weeks already haha.
Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Colony)
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Night at the Museum 3, Colossal)
Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
What with Guy Richie directing, it was inevitable that this would be much more than it's 'Feature film version of the classic King Arthur story' description. The trailer very much brags his signature style, mixing the medieval with a modern flair that I just can't describe so you have to have a watch for yourself of the trailer below.
It was also filmed in different parts of the UK, including the WB Studios Leavesden which is pretty cool.
Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Green Street Hooligans, Pacific Rim)
Eric Bana (Black Hawk Down, Troy, The Finest Hours)
Jude Law (Spy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows)
Born in China
Born in China is Disney Nature's most recent nature documentary. It follows the lives of endangered animals in China and has already been released in China in 2016, but will come out the day before Earth Day in the US this year. I can't find any information as to whether it will be shown in UK cinemas sadly but hopefully I will be able to see it as soon as possible.
Let me know if you know any information, as I'm really interested to see this one!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
How many is too many? Apparently not 5! Many people think that the POTC series has been strung on for too long now but I've been a big fan right from 2003 when the Black Pearl was released. Wikipedia sums up this plot as 'Captain Jack Sparrow on a quest to find the Trident of Poseidon in order to defeat his old nemesis, Captain Salazar'. Sounds good to me.
Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands, Finding Neverland, Alice Through the Looking Glass)
Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings, Troy, The Three Musketeers)
Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech, The Book Thief)
Following the trend of remakes/reboots of the last few years onwards, the 1999 action adventure starring Brendan Fraser has been given a makeover and it seems it's a lot scarier this time around haha! Despite being a little nervous about jumping out of my skin, I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Mission Impossible, The Last Samurai)
Russell Crowe (Les Misérables, Gladiator, 3:10 to Yuma)
Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, X-Men: First Class, Body of Lies)
It's a comedy! A much-needed comedy! 2017, so far, doesn't seem to have too many good comedies coming out so The House is a welcome addition to this list. It centers around a Dad who opens a Casino in his Basement to try and make some money after he loses his daughters college fund! Eeek.
Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, Anchorman, Zoolander)
Amy Poehler (Blades of Glory, They Came Together, Sisters)
Andrea Savage (Step Brothers, Dinner for Schmucks, You're Not You)
Yay, a new Pixar movie. Technically Cars 3 is also coming out mid-2017 but I'm not a gigantic fan. I enjoy them and will watch it but it's not an 'I can't wait' situation. Anyway. Coco is inspired by Día de Muertos and features a boy named Miguel who sets off a domino effect of events related to a century-old mystery. Annnd that is pretty much all I know so far. It's intriguing and different though so I'm looking forward to it.
This is probably the most controversial movie of the list and many people are very against this being made. I personally, like most I assume, cherish this movie from my childhood and it is even more attached to my heart since the passing of the great Robin Williams. However, as far as I can make out from the small bits and pieces I've read online, it isn't a remake of the original at all but a 'new adventure'.
It has had a vast amount of bad press, especially from feminists who are up in arms over the costumes as well as many other qualms as stated in this NME article - 'The New Jumanji Movie Is Already A Disaster It’s Not Even Out Until 2017 '
Dwayne Johnson (WWE, Fast & Furious, Race to Witch Mountain)
Kevin Hart (Death at a Funeral, Ride Along, Get Hard)
Jack Black (The Cable Guy, School of Rock, Nacho Libre)
Woohoo! It looks like a good year for movies! I probably won't be able to see many in the cinema as I have a couple other exciting mini trips planned for this year and what with having no proper cinema in my town a visit to the cinema can become a little pricey! There are 3 I would really love to see opening weekend, though - can you guess which? ;) haha Tell me what movie releases you are most excited for this year in the comments!