At the start of a bright, shiny new year is a lot of hope. Hope for a better year than the last, but mostly hope for better entertainment in the year to come. 2016 didn’t disappoint us when it came to giving us good movies, so it stands to reason that we should expect just as much (if not more) from 2017. Right? To prove our point, here’s a list of movies we’re excited to see this year.
The Lego Batman Movie
Who didn’t think that The Lego Movie lived up to its “Everything is Awesome” theme song? One of the best parts of that movie was Will Arnett’s Batman, so it stands to reason that a film focusing solely on his character will be just as awesome. Plus, we love what we’ve seen so far of Michael Cera’s Robin and Zach Gallinfinakis’ Joker.
Say what you want about Prometheus (no, really, say whatever you want) because Alien: Covenant looks to be a true return to form for the Alien franchise. From a Ripley-lookalike in Katherine Waterston and a perfectly creepy Michael Fassbender, this horror movie vibe we’ve seen from trailers is exactly what we want in a new Alien movie.
Uh, duh. Of course we want to see this movie. It’s hard to know what to expect because the other films in the DC Extended Universe have been mixed, to say the least, but we have hope for Diana Prince. You bet we’ll be in line for a midnight premiere of this movie.
The Fate of the Furious
Even though the word “fast” is nowhere to be found in the title, there are definitely going to be some amazing car sequences in the eighth (!!!) installment of this franchise. With new addition of Charlize Theron (who is still riding high from her turn as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road) and a seemingly villainous turn from Vin Diesel – we have a lot of questions that we need answers for.
John Wick 2
The first film was surprisingly fun, and if the NYCC 2016 exhibit was any example, the second film in this franchise is going to be just as fun. If you haven’t seen John Wick yet, go watch it now so you can say that you were there when Keanu Reeves made his pop culture comeback.
It’s a weird movie name, but we are planning on taking it literally. Spider-Man is “coming home” to Marvel Studios after decades away. From everything we’ve seen so far, this might be Marvel’s best movie yet. Peter Parker gets to be a regular high school (superhero) for a change, and he gets a mentor that doesn’t a) die or b) become a villain. That, compared with all of the other high school-era antics we’re expecting, makes this movie a must-see next year.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Keeping on with the Marvel movie theme, this promises to be one of the funniest movies of the year – geeky and otherwise. But, if we’re being honest, we’re mostly going to watch this movie for Baby Groot.
Beauty and the Beast
Any Disney buff already has a cosplay outfit inspired by this movie, but as for the rest of us – we’re waiting to see how the CGI-heavy fairy tale adaptation lives up to the hype. This movie looks to fulfill all of our nostalgia needs, but will the music, story, and again – special effects live up to the hype? We’ll have to wait and see.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
Another entry on this list that goes without saying. The Force Awakens never really left our consciousness (especially because of Rogue One), but we’ll be prepping our General Organa tributes regardless.