I'm doing my list a little differently this year (aside from it being written and not on a podcast). I'm not delving quite as deep as I usually do into the catacombs of upcoming films to make this list. Normally my list includes some picks that would leave people wondering "what film is this?" And that's a good thing I think. I like to shine some light on films that I believe look worthy of attention but get lost in the deluge of marketing that the big tent pole films get. However I personally don't get to see a lot, if any, of these films. Due to their smaller presence they typically get limited releases or occasionally aren't actually opening in the US during the summer months. Plus, people who actually take the time to read this list would probably prefer I talk about films that they're actually interested in themselves. So while I still think movies like Last Men in Aleppo and The Big Sick still deserve their recognition, this year I've decided to focus on the big films that I'll actually have a good chance of seeing myself. That way I can compare my list of anticipation with how I actually felt after the fact. Cause if there's one thing I love more than my own opinions, it's analyzing and second-guessing my own opinions! On to the list!
#10 Baby Driver (June 28)
#9 Baywatch (May 25)
#8 Atomic Blonde (July 28)
#7 Snatched (May 12)
#6 The Hitman's Bodyguard (August 18)
#5 War For the Planet of the Apes (July 14)
#4 Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7)
Well we're not going to exactly find out with this new film. Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark is a known commodity and is definitely being used to give this film a boost. That's a good thing though. People enjoy Tony Stark and so do I, so knowing we're getting more Tony is exciting in its own right. However the trailers for this film just haven't gotten me hyped like I assumed they would and that's the main reason this film isn't number 1 on my list. Everything we've seen still looks good and on track, and I hope this turns out to be my favorite film of the summer, but I'm just not as hyped for this film right now as I am for some others.
#3 Dunkirk (July 21)
#2 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5)
#1 Wonder Woman (June 2)
Wonder Woman was easily one of the highlights of last year's Batman V Superman: Dawn of the Beginning of the Rise of the Start of the Justice League (or whatever it was called). Gal Gadot did well in her small role and the Wonder Woman character came across great in the film's climatic battle. With her work there Gal Gadot inspires confidence that she can lead this last pre-Justice League origin movie to success.
The film also checks a lot of boxes when it comes to the types of films I enjoy. Superhero film? Check! World War I setting? Check! Warriors from some vaguely ancient time period? Check! Last but not least, the addition of Chris Pine as Gadot's costar just boosts this movie even more in my eyes. I'm definitely a fan of Pine and I look forward to his introduction into a superhero universe.
When it comes to super hero entertainment I usually prefer to "make mine Marvel" so it's a little strange that my most anticipated movie of the summer would be a DC movie, especially considering that my most anticipated summer film last year was Suicide Squad. We all know how that turned out (it turned out bad in case you didn't actually know). But I can't deny that Wonder Woman really seems like it could be an awesome film so let's try this again DC. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice...
Well that's it for my 2017 list! What did you think? Great list or the greatest list? How does it stack up to your list? Let me know in the comments below!