2017 has been a huge year for cinema so far, begging the question: can these upcoming movies continue to push the standard higher, or drop it lower then the quality of a Paul W.S Anderson film?
Thus far, 2017 is shaping up to be a massive year of blockbuster hits. Aside from a handful of fumbles (or in the case of Baywatch, a rip-roaring, face-first pile drive into the ground), we’ve been treated to a pretty consistently excellent range of films across multiple genres. Suffice to say, the first half of the year has given cinephiles plenty to rave about.
Luckily there is such a thing as better second halves. The second half of a pizza you leave in the fridge at home to destroy when you come home blind-as-piss at 3am. The thrilling second half of a sports-ball game. Or me, to whomever I’m dating (sorry babe).
In fact there are so many upcoming movies between July and December to get excited about, I had to break this article into three parts.
For July and August, Aussie release dates are kicking things off with:
1 – SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING (July 6th, 2017)Spiderman and his homies, source: eventcinemas.com.au
This year the superhero genre feels like it’s finally hit its stride, with mega-success Wonder Woman (thanks for finally rocking up to the party DC), Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Logan already enveloped into our consciousnesses.
Up next is Spiderman: Homecoming, the next chapter of the Marvel multiverse, and fans rejoice! Not another fucking origin story!
Following up his brief cameo appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland), attempts to return to his normal, regular-ass-teen life. Peter, who’s had his eyes jerked wide open to the real world, feels ready to step into some bigger, fancier Stark-designed shoes, whether he fits into them or not.
To be fair, how anyone could be expected just to go back to high school after fighting a 50ft Antman is beyond me. Like how do you take History class seriously after you learn Thor is a real dude, or Vision? Ha! That guy is a walking, talking physical impossibility. Good luck trying to get your tenth grade science teacher to explain that one.
We’re getting our first look at brand shiny new villain Vulture, AND we’re being spoiled with Shocker and Tinkerer as well. Overall, it looks like a pretty fresh-faced take on our old pal Spidey. Only time will tell whether it’ll do the story justice, or be another giant kick in the arach-‘nads.
In the meantime, you can check out Ben Aldrige’s article HERE for a heap more reasons to get pumped up.
2 – DUNKIRK (July 20th, 2017)On the battlefield, source: youtube.com
The stars have aligned and Christopher Nolan is back (from outer space) after Interstellar and he’s piloting the dramatic war-film Dunkirk. It’s the story of allied soldiers in WW2 during the emergency evacuation from a war torn beach in France. Based on a true story, the film is to be told in triptych (three perspectives) from air, land and sea.
In classic Nolan style, they’re focusing on practical effects, and the movie features more than a handful of logic props and set pieces, including actual naval destroyers and a modified two-seater Yak-52 aircraft.
Nolan is also teaming up with the same crew he’s been working with since the Dark Knight trilogy to bring it to the big screen. Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has returned and the score samples available sound phenomenal.
Casting includes newcomer Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance. Nolan seems to have made a risky choice also casting One-Direction alumni Harry Styles, but before we spit we mustn’t forget that this is the same man who copped serious heat for casting Heath Ledger as the Joker and we all know how that one turned out.
Judging by the cinematography of the trailer alone, the movie looks stunning. Jokes aside, I reckon this one is going to gobble up awards next season.
3 – WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (July 27th, 2017)Ceasar gunning for confrontation, source: comicbookmovie.com
It’s official, there will be no more monkeying around here. The next evolution of the Planet of the Apes franchise looks to be its biggest and most ambitious to date.
Andy Serkis is back in his quest for an Oscar, lubed up and slipping into a mo-cap suit to reprise his central role as the humanoid ape Ceasar, the leader of the primate revolution, as he readies for a showdown against the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).
Considering the contents of the trailer, the war between human and ape looks to be coming to an explosive head, proving once and for all that monkeys can indeed hear, see and speak evil (or English, depending on your world view). It also seems set to further push the boundaries of motion capture technology and its use in building characters with CGI.
Director Matt Reeves, still a relative newcomer to the big budge silver screen, made a big splash with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Let’s hope he can keep making big waves in the kiddie pool.
There is no doubt, however, that this movie will revisit the question of what it truly means to be human, and you can kind of forgive a guy for getting one-upped by that question.
4 – VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (August 10th, 2017)Valerian and Laureline, source: screenrant.com
I in no way exaggerate when I say that if this film is terrible, I will break something. Luc Besson, the man who gave the world the gift that is Fifth Element (coincidently one of my all time faves) way back in ’97, is back. He’s at the helm of this adaption of a long running and hugely popular French comic series that is allegedly the inspiration for some of the biggest titles in Sci-Fi, including Star Wars.
The story follows the adventures of Valerian (Dane DeHann) and his partner Laureline (Cara Delevingne) as they battle the forces of darkness that threaten to destroy not only a thriving metropolis, home to the species of a thousand worlds, but the universe itself.
This technicolour space-opera has already released some pretty radical visuals in its trailer and press, but if it will suffer anywhere it’ll be in an over reliance on CGI, a toy Besson didn’t get to play with much last time. Or potentially in its scripting, which regrettably already sounds pretty cliche. And let’s be honest, I’ll forever be a skeptic for a film that casts Rihanna.
Looks like I’ll just have to keep all my extremities crossed until August.
5 – THE DARK TOWER (August 17th, 2017)Idris Elba as The Gunslinger in The Dark Tower, source: comingsoon.net
Since the dawn of time (or at the very least, 1947), mankind has been at the mercy of the giant boner it has for the stories of Stephen King. Talking adaptions, his stories have so far totalled an impressive 66 films, 33 TV series and a smattering of graphic novels and stage adaptions. Seriously, this year alone we’re getting three different TV series (including a remake of that extremely average 2007 The Mist), and five films. The most eagerly anticipated of these is The Dark Tower.
King first sold the rights to this somewhere between 2007-2009 to JJ Abrams (who was too lost in Lost to get shit done) for a symbolic $19.19. The rights slid, eventually to Ron Howard, and then finally to the baby-soft hands of director Nikolaj Arcel (best known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Plot details are pretty sketchy for this one, but it looks like we’re getting a plucky/paranoid kid-adventurer in search of another world; Gun-Slinger (Idris Elba) pursuing his enemy the man in black (Matthew McConaughey); and the search for the fabled Dark Tower.
But really, there’s a lot of wiggle room with this one considering it’s pulling plot elements from different stories. Plus the trailer is so packed with easter eggs you’d be forgiven for thinking it was April.
By the looks of things, this is a first swing at another huge, multi-platform franchise. There’s already a follow up TV-series in the works, and with King’s series sitting at a healthy seven books long, plus additional material, it’s aiming for the intimidating footsteps of Marvel, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Keep an eye out for this one.
6 – HITMAN’S BODYGUARD (August 31st, 2017)Ryan Reynolds wondering what the fuck he got himself into with Samuel L Jackson, source: eblnews.com
So it looks like some motherfucker finally gave the fuck up on trying to edit out all of Samuel L Jacksons cussing and started embracing it whole-fucking-heartedly. He’s partnered up with Ryan Reynolds for this R-rated buddy comedy movie in which two enemy hitmen must work together to blah-blah-blah.
Really, the plot isn’t complex. IMDB’s plot keywords for this one include ‘close up of a woman’s cleavage’, so if you’re still thirsty after Deadpool, this ones for you.
Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman (I’ll let you figure out who’s cleavage is likely to be featured), are also on the bill for this one. Considering all four leads have worked together before, we’ll hopefully skip the getting to know you comedy and dive right into the super inappropriate – which is pretty much Jacksons and Reynolds’ schtick.
Patrick Huges is in the directors chair (Expendables 3, Red Hill) so we’re going to get some extremely elaborate and well put together (if wholly unbelievable) action scenes. This one’s all gags, guns and ginormous explosions. Get excited.
That’s a wrap for July-August kids. Stay tuned, part two will be out soon and takes a look at upcoming movies released in September and October.