There Are Still New Movies to Look Forward to in 2017
It’s that time of year again. When theaters are flooded with last-minute award season contenders and every other new movie is aiming for some sort of Academy Award. This may create many Star worthy films, but there is little Popcorn to be seen. Fear not though, because there are still new movies you can look forward to before 2018 rolls on in. Sure, it’s great to get out there and see an artistic feature at the cinema, but with all the stress of the holidays sometimes you want a few explosions or fart jokes to help you get away from it all. That’s why I decided to give you a hand by sorting through the upcoming new movies to come up with a list of five to help you chase away those holiday blues. Just think of it as a gift from your friendly neighborhood film geek. True there might not be many Thor Ragnarok’s or Justice League‘s, but there’s still plenty to look forward to 2017.
I know what you’re thinking. “Who wants to go out with all those crazy people fighting to get their hands on the last Suzie Pisses Her-Self or whatever it is the kids are into?” Don’t worry, bud. I’ve got your back. Netflix has been stepping up its game with original programming, probably in anticipation of Disney yanking everything from the streaming service. Luckily, this means that they are pulling out the big guns in this Will Smith film buddy cop film that pairs him with… An orc? Premiering just before Christmas this looks like Training Day meets Dungeon & Dragons, and while the last movie I was looking forward to from Netflix didn’t turn out that great, it looks like they’re pretty confident with this one given all the buzz surrounding it.
Tommy Wiseau’s The Room has gained cult status as possibly one of the worst movies ever made (Troll 2 still gives it a run for its money). For people who have seen this movie (with or without help from the good people Rifftrax), the question of how something like this gets made is perplexing, to say the least. Luckily, James Franco is going to give us the story behind it in what promises to be one of the best new movies in December. Franco pulls double duty as the director and lead, along with his brother Dave Franco. There hasn’t really been a comedy movie that’s stood out as the definitive one of this year, so there’s hope that The Disaster Artist will fill that hole. Plus, it’s going to be interesting to see how The Room actually came into being.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Oscar season at the movies. To movies trying their damnedest to get an award come off as desperate. However, Downsizing looks like it might have what it takes to win over audiences and critics. In what might be the most bizarre sounding premise since a “making of The Room” movie, this definitely has me the most curious of all the new movies coming out. Director Alexander Payne has a solid track record and I do love me some Matt Damon. So how could my interest not be perked by a movie that is about people voluntarily shrinking themselves in order to get a better perspective on life? Plus as someone afflicted with being a bit too tall and dashing, the concept of this film hits me right where I live.
In my book, Guillermo del Toro can do no wrong. I’ve been a fan of pretty much everything he’s made, and even the movies I didn’t love were still visually spectacular. So when I heard one of the new movies left this year was from him, you better believe I did my happy dance. After watching the trailer, I feel that dance was more than appropriate. The Shape of Water looks like del Toro’s take on The Creature from the Black Lagoon, except it’s the girl pursuing the creature. It might sound odd, but the buzz on the festival circuit is that this is a really amazing film and I don’t doubt it. It boasts a pretty impressive cast too, with Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer to name a few. I’m really looking forward to this one, so a movie would have to be pretty amazing to beat it out for the number one spot…
In what is quickly becoming a yearly tradition, Star Wars is among the new movies hitting theaters. The Last Jedi picks up the story of Rey as she continues on her journey to learn to control the force. I don’t want to give anyone false hope, but of the past two Star Wars trilogies, the second one has usually been the best. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that director Rian Johnson can continue that trend. What I say next might result in an angry mob of Star Wars nerds outside my house, but I honestly like the new movies more than the originals. I’ve never been that into the franchise in the past, but I’m really starting to get why people geek out over it. I won’t say I’m dressing up anytime soon, but I’m not above shoving a Sith Lord or two to get a better spot in line. Honestly, this is like Disney’s holiday gift for us all.
There you have it. The best and brightest new movies to look forward too when dealing with relatives, crowds at the mall, or people arguing about “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” gets to be too much for you. I know I’m going to be retreating to the theaters a few times in December, so there’s no shame in hiding out with me in spirit. Be sure to let me know what movie you’re looking forward to the most still in 2017 in the comments below!