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The 10 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2017

11 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists | by Jason Lovell

Now that the Oscars are out if the way, we can look forward to the time of the year in which movie studios tend to release their big budget action blockbusters.

Where Oscar season is a time for actors and directors to flaunt their talents – like a overachieving child desperate for for more accolades despite the fact the living cabinet already contains more shrapnel than the beaches of Normandy – the summer is the time for studios to splash the cash and produce movies for the kind of folk who are hoping to just be entertained rather than sit through a movie that while brilliantly made, is just too depressing to be considered an enjoyable experience – We’re looking at you Manchester by the Sea.

The upcoming summer release schedule is full of some potential cracking films – So in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a list of the 10 most anticipated summer blockbusters of 2017.

 

10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Friday, May 12

King Arthur Legend of the Sword

The story of King Arthur has been told a thousand times already, so you can be excused if you rolled your eyes at the sight of this list entry. However, the story of King Arthur has never been told by Guy Ritchie – Until now.

Guy Ritchie – the man who turned an average soccer player (Vinnie Jones) into a movie star – is known for his Tarantino-esque ability to create stylish films with unforgettable dialogue and is no stranger to creating movies based on classic English stories – directing the popular 2009 Sherlock Holmes film and its less successful sequel.

Playing the titular character is Charlie Hunnam, the British actor whose popularity soared following the success of the Sons of Anarchy TV series. Hunnam will no doubt be hoping that teaming up with Ritchie on this project will help transition him into a Hollywood leading man, something that Pacific Rim failed to do. However teaming with Ritchie will not guarantee success as the director is not completely immune from knocking out a duff creation – see ‘Swept Away’ for the best example.

 

9. Baywatch – Friday, May 26

Baywatch

It might seem unbelievable now but in the 90’s – before the internet became the colossal information and entertainment library it is today – there used to be two places where adolescent teen boys and frustrated husbands could get their quick fix of half-naked women.

One was the underwear section of the household clothes catalogue and the other was Baywatch: A TV series (starring David Hasselhoff) about Los Angeles County Lifeguards who run across the beach in slow motion for dramatic effect – Not to emphasise the hypnotic bouncing of the female cast member’s prized assets of course.

Baywatch makes its return in 2017 but rather than a straight remake or continuation, Paramount Pictures has opted to give Baywatch the ’21 Jump Street’ treatment and make the new version more comedic.

While the movie might seem like a sure bet to win a Golden Raspberry Award, the excellent cast including Dwayne Johnson, Zac Effron and Alexandra Daddario could provide enough laughs to make people give the film a thumbs up.

 

8. Wonder Woman – Friday, June 2

Ok, so the DC cinematic universe is failing when compared to Marvel, there is zero doubt about that. But you have to give credit where it’s due and acknowledge that out of the two titanic comic book companies, DC will be the first to release a film centered on a strong female main character.

Yes, Marvel had awesome female characters with the likes of Black Window, Gamora and Jessica Jones but apart from the later – who has her own TV show but not a movie – all of them are featured in productions where the male characters steal the show.

Far removed from the campy image of the 1970’s TV show starring Lynda Carter, the new version of Wonder Woman – played by Gal Gadot – is one that oozes strength while retaining her femininity and as displayed in BVS: Dawn of Justice, she is more than capable of holding her own against DC figureheads Batman and Superman and arguably even outshine them.

 

7. War for the Planet of the Apes – Friday, July 14

Planet of the Apes returns for the third outing in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the franchise – the best reimagining of the property since the musical in The Simpsons season seven – and sees Andy Serkis return to reprise his role as Caesar, the central chimpanzee who was genetically enhanced by a drug forged to cure Alzheimer’s disease and is the leader of the apes.

War for the Planet of the Apes progresses the events from the second film and sees the war between Man and Ape escalate to devastating heights. Matt Reeves returns to direct and Woody Harrelson plays the antagonist called the Colonel – The leader of the humans who is obsessed with wiping out the apes and protecting his kind.

 

6. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Friday, July

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie

Based on the French comics of the same name, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is film about two special operatives who are charged with keeping order throughout the human territories.

While on an assignment the two undertake a mission to a thriving metropolis where many species from across the universe have emigrated over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and culture. In the background, a mysterious dark force threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and the two operatives must race to identify the menace and ensure the future of the universe.

The film is directed by Luc Besson and features a superb cast including Dane DeHann, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna.

 

 

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  • Zwei

    Bad script with abuse of special effects is all i can expect from nolan

    • Joker

      -Says dumbfcks like yourself who has no idea about filmmaking.

      • D Train

        Or dumbfucks like you who are easily duped by Nolan’s populist filmmaking shit. He’s in line to be the next Zemeckis; technically solid but maudlin via emotional blackmail.

        • Joker

          All of his films have emotional weight to it. You just are a deluded simpleton or a heartless fck. The man is one of the best directors living today. But I get it, it’s “cool” to hate on the best nowadays. Fcking moron.

          • shane scott-travis

            But Nolan IS overrated placated populist cinema pap. What’s the “emotional weight” behind Inception again? It’s the most dull and bland film set in the dream world that’s ever been manufactured as far as I’m concerned.
            It’s possible, you know, for people to dislike Nolan AND not be “fcking morons” you know.

          • Joker

            Nolan isn’t overrated. His films clearly don’t get to you and that’s fine. But to call him overrated just shows how big of an idiot you truly are. The man hasn’t produced one single bad film. All of his films are great, some are masterpieces like Inception and The Dark Knight. Inception has a lot of emotional aspects in it, maybe you should pay more attention when watching films. Go and watch your Marvel and Transformers garbage.

          • Mortimer

            There are at least 30-35 directors in the world right now better than Nolan. In my opinion, of course. Don’t like his style at all and never cared for any of his characters.

          • Joker

            30-35 directors have a splendid filmography like Nolan? All those directors have nothing but great films? Not a single bad one? Because Nolan has a perfect record so far. Still waiting for him to direct a bad film.

          • Xanian

            Dark Knight Rises, Insomnia and Prestige are the three that spring to mind immediately.

          • Joker

            When you have films such as Insomnia and Dark Knight Rises as your weakest, that says something about the filmmaker. They are good films, the man can do no wrong. Also, the Prestige is a great film, I don’t know what kind of garbage you like.

          • Xanian

            Tarr, Tarkovsky, Renoir, Ozu, Kubrick. I do like absolute garbage. But okay.

          • I agree. Dark Knight Rises is a debacle but Insomnia is a decent flick while Prestige is just short of a masterpiece.

  • colonelkurtz

    Looks like another summer of shoddy films.

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  • fantail31

    Really! All special FX driven sci Fi and super hero movies? No challenging or dark Indy dramas? Dunkirk is the only one I am interested in.

    • AmazingAmy

      Yeah… i more anticipating toward Cannes than summer movie

    • Mortimer

      Zero interest in seeing Dunkirk. Nolan doing his own Saving Private Ryan Oscar bait. Yawn. And Harry Styles ? Seriously ?

      I’ll watch The Longest Day (1962) again instead. That’s the real World War II classic.

  • shane scott-travis

    People have got out stop humouring Guy Ritchie. He’s a raging bore and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword looks dreadful. And who’s anticipating Baywatch exactly?
    Maybe instead of all the superhero drek a few nods towards hotly anticipated indie fare, auteur driven work and genre films like Baby Driver, A Ghost Story, The Beguiled, It Comes at Night, and The Bad Batch?

    • Mortimer

      I think A Ghost Story has potential to be the most original and best movie of the year. Not at the Oscars of course (though A24 should not be underestimated), but REAL best picture that will stand the test of time.

  • Woody

    What about the new Haneke film?

    • Evan

      Haneke’s doing Baywatch?

      • Woody

        Are you kidding? I heard, Haneke make a movie about refugees.

  • Reality

    Comic book movies might be the worst thing to ever happen to film.

    • I wouldn’t go so far as cursing them. There are a lot of varities in films, atleast that’s what they are invented for. Comic book movies are one of them. Maybe you are just considering the recently made bad ones.

  • hrrrmpf

    the list should have been named: “10 movies that come out this summer i think?”

  • Andrey Koshmar

    One of the most shitty articles in human history

  • Baywatch? Really??? xD

    • Evan

      TasteofCinema on a Monday: “All Tarkovksky films ranked by degree of Marxist interpretation”

      Tuesday: “Anyone else into Baywatch?”

  • D Train

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like a steaming pile… and what she with listing that it’s released “Friday July”? Couldn’t bother to google the release date??

  • SupernaturalCat

    As Ridley Scott is involved, I’ll give Alien: Covenant a whirl, but have absolutely zero interest in the rest.

  • ray gudel

    What about blade runner 2049?

    • Mortimer

      I’m only afraid that the the movie will ruin original somehow. Blade Runner is one of the classics that doesn’t need sequel at all in my opinion.
      Imagine if Brian de Palma made sequel to Vertigo in the late 1980s with Tom Cruise and old James Stewart ? That’s how I feel towards 2049. Hope I’m wrong.

      • ray gudel

        Normally, I would agree, but Denis Villeneuve is incredible.

  • Kwokka_54

    meh.

  • Ruchit Negotia

    Just put the Cannes in-competition list man. It is stacked this year

    • Ruchit Negotia

      tho im kinda excited about valerian because it seems like a genuinely cool space opera film other than star wars.

      • Ruchit Negotia

        actually i understand this list is purely meant to show the POPULARITY of the upcoming movies not necessarily “good” movies.

  • Evan

    Very disappointed with this list, it’s the kind of stuff you’d see on any “most exciting films this summer” list, like from EW.com or something. I don’t mind superheroes, but these are all huge-budget productions that need no help getting peoples’ attention.

    On a website dedicated to FILM AS ART like this one, I would expect a list of “anticipated films” to single out less-hyped-but-interesting-sounding films, or smaller films that have gotten hype on the festival circuits, or upcoming release from respected directors. Do you really think the core audience for this site is anticipating spider-man and guardians of the galaxy?