Earlier today I made a list of the ten films I’m most anticipating in 2017 and as you can imagine there were a lot of comic book films and big blockbusters that you already know about. So I decided to make another list of some films you might not of heard of, that I think could be really great.
I’ve only ever liked Amy Schumer in Trainwreck, the idea of another ‘Dirty Grandpa’ like film terrifies me and with the exception of one scene I found the trailer fell flat but I’m still optimistic about Snatched for one reason… director Jonathan Levine. His previous work on 50/50, Warm Bodies, The Night Before and the criminally underseen The Wackness, makes me want to see this film and is ultimately the reason why Snatched is on the list. The story focuses on a woman in her 30s who goes on holiday with her mum and shenanigans ensue. It looks cliche and very formulaic but I refuse to believe Levine would make something so bland, so I’m holding out hope this film will surprise me when I see it but that’s probably foolish.
Stronger is the true story about Jeff Bauman who lost both his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing and how he helped the police catch the bombers. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff and although this sounds like it could be an action packed thriller, from what I’ve read it’s heading more towards a heartfelt drama, probably around Oscar season. Honestly, this has potential to be a really powerful film but I’m mostly intrigued because Tatiana Maslany is co-starring alongside Gyllenhaal. I’m a massive fan of hers from Orphan Black and as that show is finishing this year, I would love to see her make an impact in a big film that could get some awards recognition.
The Snowman is a film directed by Tomas Alfredson who directed Let the Right One In and more importantly Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It’s a crime/drama about a detective looking for a missing woman, whose scarf was found wrapped around a snowman. It stars Michael Fassbender in the lead role with a few other great actors like upcoming actress Rebecca Ferguson. With the combination of the director, cast and story this could be a fascinating film coming out later this year.
This film sounds completely ridiculous and hopefully hilarious. It revolves around a man who believes his life would be better if he shrunk himself down to a miniature size and from there he joins an entire community of miniature people. Now this could be awful in the wrong hands (probably a good chance it will be awful in good hands too) and that’s where director Alexander Payne steps in. He’s a really talented guy, he directed The Descendants, Sideways and other great films. I think he could pull this off and the group of very funny people he’s cast around him, should make for a bizarre experience.
Battle of the Sexes
Battle of the Sexes is the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. It’s a famous and fascinating sporting event so I’m already intrigued but then when you cast Emma Stone and Steve Carell as the two leads… take my money. These are two of the best actors working (I hate the fact La La Land isn’t playing anywhere near me) and even if this film absolutely sucks, you know they’re going to give excellent performances that you can’t miss. Oh and the two directors behind Little Miss Sunshine are taking the helm for this one!
The Glass Castle
Director Destin Daniel Cretton and Brie Larson are teaming up again after their brilliant 2013 film Short Term 12 and of course I’m excited to see it. Now IMDB claims The Glass Castle is being released in 2017, I’m not sure how certain that is but I want to talk about it anyway. The story sounds similar to last years beautiful film Captain Fantastic and if it can capture any of that films heart and soul, this could be great. It centers around a girl who’s raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. I love coming of age stories and I’m sold on anything Brie Larson is doing.
OK, so this one is either going to go two ways. It’s hopefully going to be a Sci-Fi film that’s intelligent, thought provoking and intense, like Ex Machina or really bland and stupid like Transcendence. I think it will be the former, judging on the director behind The Circle. James Ponsoldt directed The Spectacular Now and the incredible 2015 film The End of the Tour. This guy is super talented and should be more than capable of putting together a smart Sci-Fi film that echoes where our society is going today. The film stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and John Boyega and is about a tech company that appears to be connecting everyone one together in a way that is (to quote Garrick Ollivander) “terrible but great”
What would you get if you cross Reservoir Dogs with Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the costume department of The Nice Guys? Free Fire! This film looks so awesome and so simple. Set entirely in a warehouse, where a guns deal turns bad and a deadly shootout breaks out. Brie Larson makes her second appearance on this list, along with several great actors and from the trailer Free Fire looks like a stylish fun time and as violent as can be. I would recommend only watched about half of the trailer however because it does show a lot of the gags and possible spoilers.
The Book of Henry
Last year I made a similar list to this one and The Book of Henry was right at the top of this list then, when the film was scheduled to be released in 2016. Well it was pushed back to June 2017 so here it is again and I still can’t wait to see. It tells the story of a mother who discovers a book wrote by her child son, planning to stop an abusive father next door. When I’m getting excited for a film, it mostly comes down to the director over everyone else involved. They have the most control over a film and although I always like seeing A list actors in a film, I’ve seen many films with great casts and the film sucks. So with that said, The Book of Henry is directed by Colin Trevorrow and right now it couldn’t be a better film for him.
In 2015 he directed Jurassic World, which compared to his debut film Safety Not Guaranteed, was lifeless and bland. Before he goes on to tackle Star Wars in 2019, this little, more personal film is coming out and he will prove to anyone who wasn’t impressed with Jurassic World, that he is a worthy director for the galaxy far, far away. I can’t wait to see Trevorrow go back to something closer in scale to Safety Not Guaranteed and hopefully blow me away again.
Why is nobody talking about Baby Driver!? Edgar Wright has a new film coming out starring Lily James, Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx! Wright has a perfect track record of 4 perfect films and I have no reason to believe this will be any different. It does seem as though Wright is going away from the comedy, as all signs point to Baby Driver being more of a straight action/thriller but he’s such a stylish director, there’s no way this isn’t still going to be a energetic fun film. Baby Driver isn’t released until August so we still have a while to wait to see what the genius Edgar Wright has for us this time but as he is one of my favorite directors, I’m as excited as possible to see this film and it was easily number 1 on the list.
The Coldest City
What films are you looking forward to in 2017, that are maybe going under the radar and not being talked about enough?