If you are a movie fanatic like us, 2017 must have been an enjoyable year for you. You will agree when we say that movies keep getting better, and even the lesser-known ones manage to surprise us. Even if your interests are varied, there has been something for everyone this year. War movies like Dunkirk have changed the way we look at them, while Baby Driver breaths fresh air into the genre of musicals. Even international non-English films like The Salesman have received a lot of love from the audience, and the live action form of Beauty and the Beast makes us fall in love with the fairy tale once again. But enough about the time that has gone by, and as promised, there is still a lot to look forward to. Here is our list of top 10 films that you should not miss.
P.S. Superhero movies have been excluded on purpose.
The Dark Tower
If you have loved the Stephen King novel series of the same name, you mustn't miss this movie, which is a sequel to the events in the books. Since there isn't much hype around the movie, it might just turn out to be one of those underrated releases of the year. The cast includes stalwarts like Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, so if not for its plot, you might want to watch it for them.
For all the non-readers out there, you should be grateful to the movies based on books or you would not have discovered the magic of storytelling. Stephen King's It was once adapted as mini-series in 1990, and this year, It is coming back. What makes 2017 ideal for the release is that the monster in the movie returned to the town of Derry every 27 years. We now know who to thank for our irrational fear of clowns as well as numbers. Since the storyline is more or less the same, a lot of comparisons will be made, and we hope this one turns out to be better (nothing can beat the novel though).
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit of 2014. Fans of spy films enjoyed the dark humor in the movie, which did not take the genre too seriously and at the same time, paid tribute to it. Based on the comic series 'The Secret Service', the movie can be described as a gorier and funnier version of Get Smart. There was enough meta humor to let us know that 'This ain't that kind of movie', along with characters that can rival a James Bond flick. The success led to the sequel being produced and finally this year, we get to see more of them.
Murder on the Orient Express
There are a number of novels that can be adapted time and again, and cinemagoers will still rush to watch them. Each generation with a new director brings something new from a story we have read many times. Murder on the Orient Express is one such classic by Agatha Christie, starring Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, and Daisey Ridley among others in the cast. Period movies are enjoyable, but we would love to see how this would play out in modern times. If budding filmmakers are reading this, this is a great idea for the next adaptation.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Star Wars universe is expanding. Although the new movie might be a story set in a galaxy far far away, it has still got the fans excited. The last two movies have certainly been impressive and shut everyone's complaint about a plot hole. We have waited for two years to know what happens after Rey and Luke meet, and it's finally the time we get some answers. Carrie Fisher's demise will make it a bittersweet affair but thanks to CGI, we will be seeing a little more of her. The trilogy ends with the next movie and we can't wait for more from this saga.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Earlier we spoke about classic stories set in the modern era, and it seems our wishes have been answered in some way. Instead of a silly old game that pushes you headfirst into its crazy world, this time Jumanji is a video game. Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillian star in this classic reboot that we enjoyed as kids. Even if the movie fails to keep you on the edge of your seat, the star cast will definitely leave you entertained.
Humans have come a long way and little can stop our progress, apart from natural calamities. But what if we discover a way to control the weather and avert calamities? It would be wonderful, wouldn't it? But as the great Mr. Murphy once said, it can also go horribly wrong. There have been very few sci-fi end-of-the-world movies this year and this seems like the perfect fit to make up for it.
Get ready for an all-American heist movie, where a bunch of people plan to rob a bank. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? What if we add Channing Tatum and Adam Driver to the mix along with a dash of comedy? Now are you excited to watch this movie? Comedy heist movies are always fun and this is a de-glam version of the heist movies we love.
The Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman is a master of disguises and looks unrecognizable as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. The movie is set in the early days of World War II when Hitler was closing in on England. We have seen our share of war movies, and while it might seem like all angles have been covered, this is certainly something we haven't seen before. Gary Oldman has apparently spent a total of 200 hours getting into makeup, and results are really amazing.
Based on a true story, this movie has Tom Cruise play a TWA agent who also smuggled drugs in the 1980's. The filming began in 2015 and it hasn't been without its own share of accidents, with a plane crashing on the set. Tom Cruise rarely plays a character who is nothing but heroic, and this would be a step away from that mold. It would definitely be exciting to check out how he handles this new challenge.
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