Galaxies! Guardians! Fast cars! Animations! 2017 looks better than 2016, and for all the good reasons. From most awaited sequels of much-loved comic book characters to Sci-Fi(s) and plenty of other debuts on offer, the new line up of movies is sure to spell a delight in your humdrum routine. Here are ten films that we want to put on your viewing radar for the year!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Chris Sullivan, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell
Release: May 2017
In 2014, no one expected the first installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy to become a runaway hit. Things couldn’t have been more different this time around. The movie, reportedly, has even scored a perfect 100 in Marvel’s early test screening – this means Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has trumped over both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers whose scores hovered around the late 90s. As Peter Quill/Star-Lord is set to discover his parentage, as was hinted in the last movie, we get to explore the world of the Galaxy with the same awesome characters, the clever quips and the explosive soundtrack.
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons
Release: November 2017
DC has decided to dive in straight into a team-up movie without giving every individual character an introductory movie of its own. This is probably owing to the continued success of Marvel’s The Avengers series. In the movie, Batman assembles a group of meta humans to fight evil. The appearances of Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg and of course, Batman have been confirmed so far. Steppenwolf is the most likely villain with other bad guys making small appearances.
The Lego Batman Movie
Director: Chris McKay
Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Release: July 2017
Robin: “Batman, why did you build this thing with only one seat?
Batman: “Because the last I checked I only had one butt.”
That’s exactly the kind of hilarious irreverence that Will Arnett brings to this new Lego version of the otherwise dark, brooding superhero. The plot revolves around Batman’s desire to be left alone but inescapably finds himself teaming up with the likes of Robin and Barbara Gordon to fight the bad guy Joker. This subversion of the legendary character is refreshing enough to draw in audience of all age groups to the theater.
Spiderman – Homecoming
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei,
Release: 17 February 2017
Ever since Tobey Maguire hung up his red and blue suit, the Spiderman franchise hasn’t been able to find a winning formula. This could very well be why Marvel felt that Spiderman- Homecoming needed a little helping hand from the foolproof Iron Man. The trailer looks promising with a lot of finely handled action sequences, the trademark cheeky spidey wit, Michael Keaton as a formidable villain and an exciting mentor-mentee relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker.
Star Wars- Last Jedi
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o
Release: 15 December 2017
This is definitely the big one, and if it is even half as good as the last two movies from the Star Wars – Rogue One and The Force Awakens, the Christmas release will makes sure that the year ends on a great note. The Star Wars franchise has found predictable success so far, but riding on the back of such a strong history, this latest outing should be as thrilling as its predecessors. Although the storyline isn’t out yet, fans believe the film will further explore the characters of Rey, Kylo Ren and the Jedi. The film also features the late Carrie Fisher, as the inimitable Princess Leia. She had finished shooting her scenes before her death on 27 December 2016.
Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins
Release: November 2017
Chris Hemsworth is back as the hammer wielding, ripped bodied, blonde Norse god of lightning. Thor- Ragnarok will be much anticipated for two reasons. First, the inclusion of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce “The Hulk” Banner and second, the story is supposed to play a crucial role in setting up the next two Avengers movies. Just can’t dare to miss this one, can we?
- Wonder Woman
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright
Release: 23 June 2017
Ever since Israeli actress Gal Gadot was introduced as Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman, she’s been a pure revelation. Gadot as the Amazonian princess Diana, aka Wonder Woman, is easily the best female superhero we’ve ever seen on screen. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that she should get a standalone movie of her own. After learning about WW1 from the American military pilot Steve Trevor who was washed ashore, Diana decides to leave her Amazonian universe and venture into the human world to bring an end to the war. With the disappointments of the two previous DC Extended Universe offerings, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman is being touted as the first critically acclaimed movie in the series.
The Emoji Movie
Director: Tony Leondis
Cast: Patrick Stewart, T. J. Miller, Ilana Glazer, James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin
Release: August 2017
The trailer for the Emoji Movie has garnered generally negative reviews so far. But it’s too soon to dismiss this one as a flop. After all, a whole generation has been defined by the emojis. A major brownie point for the movie is the inclusion of Patrick Stewart who has done voice-over for the Poop emoji. Yes, you heard it right! If this veteran actor agreed to lend his voice to the movie then there must be something good going on, and we can only anticipate, feel delighted or dread the outcome. Let the time decide!
The Fate of the Furious
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren
Release: August 2017
This is one franchise that just doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. The last film ended with a tribute to actor Paul Walker, and now the eighth (not the last, we hope) from the Fast & Furious series deals with Dom apparently denouncing the pack to join forces with the enemy. We’re quite sure the plot twist will come with the full disclosure of Dom’s reason for betrayal. Other than that we’re all looking forward to the enigmatic Charlize Theron as the movie baddie.
Despicable Me 3
Director: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker
Release: August 2017
One of the best animated film franchises ever made, every Despicable Me film causes abundant excitement before its release. This one’s no different. Gru, Lucy and the infinitely adorable Minions face a mullet sporting villain in Balthazar Bratt, who also does a superb moonwalk by the way. Since the makers of the film realized that they just can’t have enough of Gru, they decided to give us two of his kind. Yes! Gru’s identical twin Drew is here to provide us with double the fun. The wait is just so excruciating.