5 Huge Movies I’m Worried About In 2017
2017 is already an interesting year for hits and misses. On one hand, we’ve been gifted movies like John Wick: Chapter 2, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty & The Beast and the immensely popular Logan.
On the other hand: Underworld: Blood Wars, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Rings, The Great Wall exist…
In terms of ‘big’ releases, Hollywood’s winning percentage stands at .500. There are still plenty of Blockbusters on the way that could improve that stat but there are some that still worry me. Power Rangers is here and its RT score stands at 44%. (and falling) It’s tough to label the film a failure out of the gates. I’m certainly reluctant to do so. These days, a score of 44% for an action blockbuster could mean its an entertaining and fun movie.
Regardless it has to be disappointing for the people behind Power Rangers to see scores like that. I’m sure it’s a bummer for fans of the franchise too. I may not be a big Power Rangers fan but it got me thinking about the big movies I am looking forward to in 2017. Especially the films that still worry me. They may seem like slam dunks on paper but there are simply too many questions surrounding the projects to engage ‘full hype mode’.
5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
After Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, I really didn’t enjoy a Guy Ritchie movie until 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It’s unfortunate because he’s such an amazing director with a unique and wonderful style. As much as I want to get behind a modern adaptation of King Arthur, I can’t. I’m not interested in the story and the trailers didn’t do much to change my mind.
Having said that, this movie could very well be a John Wick type hit and a brand new franchise to look forward too.
4. The Mummy
World building. It’s my new favorite thing to fear in big Hollywood movies. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was largely seen as a failure (at least in my eyes) for the emphasis on world building. The story suffered. It functioned well as a prologue to the Justice League but as a standalone story it was lacking in many areas.
Tom Cruise’s The Mummy could fall into that category as the first in a series of interconnected Universal Monster movies. I’m excited to return to the world of Ware-wolves and Vampires. Especially a world populated with mega stars like Cruise and Russell Crowe. But I can’t help but wonder if this film will be hindered by future films that haven’t even been announced.
The latest trend in Hollywood is big studios putting a lot of faith in a central brain trust. A team of writer’s to focus purely on story and how films in a shared universe will connect. It’s a process created (and dominated) by Disney aka Marvel aka Lucasfilm and emulated by Transformers, The DCEU and maybe… The Matrix?
I really hope The Mummy delivers a solid story first. Launching a shared movie universe can backfire if the first film misfires.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jack Sparrow is back… again. Some (me) would argue he overstayed his welcome three films ago. The character is brilliant but how many ‘ghostly pirates’ has this dude pissed off over the years? If anything, I’d love to see a prequel where a young Sparrow makes a list of evil men and subsequently screws them over one by one.
The big draw in this film is Captain Salazar played by Javier Bardem. He looks scary enough to carry some of the weight but will it be enough? Will this story be unique enough to stand alone? I just can’t put my finger on a single element that justifies the existence of this movie. But I sincerely hope I’m wrong. I thought the first two Pirates movies were awesome.
2. Transformers: The Last Knight
What more can be said about The Transformers franchise? Aside from the original, they’ve all been pretty bad but they ALL make a ton money. So here we are.
There are plans to make Transformers movies for years to come with new directors stepping in. The future actually looks brighter than the present but that’s been the case since Revenge of the Fallen… Faltered…
Is it possible this film resets the franchise properly and makes sense of the ‘convenient’ and broken mythology Michael Bay created? I’m tired of saying things like ‘THIS is going to be the good one’.
1. Justice League
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman & Cyborg are all in a movie together. It exists and it’s coming out this year…
Shouldn’t I be more excited about this!?
The first trailer below felt off but I get it… DC/Warner Bros have to shift the tone of the franchise after the dismal reviews for BvS and Suicide Squad rained on their parade.
This is the Justice League! The upcoming marketing blitz for this film will be crucial to restore faith in the DCEU. The studio risked a lot cramming Doomsday sized amounts of exposition and references into Batman v Superman. Was it all for a reason? What IS a Justice League movie?
If Justice League succeeds, it could make Batman v Superman a better movie by association. Suddenly, cryptic messages from future Flash will make sense. We’ll have a better understanding of why they rushed (and wasted) ‘The Death of Superman’ story line.
The DCEU is still struggling to find an identity. The first step in a positive direction is most certainly Wonder Woman. I can’t find a reason to believe that film won’t be fun and successful. It looks amazing from all the trailers and images we’ve seen thus far. It’s a great way to bring the DCEU back to life ahead of an equally fun (maybe?) Justice League film. The thing is, a movie can still be fun AND dark. The trick is finding that balance. See every Christopher Nolan Batman film for examples of dark yet fun.
I still have a lot of questions about Justice League but, thankfully, the answers are coming. I’m just worried okay? Okay!? I really want this movie to be good…