Top 10 – Most Anticipated Summer Movies 2017

We’re hitting the summer movie season now, we’ve had our first big summer film in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, so I decided that it was time to look ahead at what the most exciting films that will be coming out in the next few months. 

10) The Mummy (9th June) – I’m fairly conflicted on The Mummy. On the one hand I would really love to see all these Universal Monster films work and the original Cinematic Universe make a triumphant return. However the trailers have made it look more like the Mission Impossible franchise except with supernatural attention. Tom Cruise is definitely still a big enough box office draw that The Mummy has to make this list, especially having written him off with films like Edge of Tomorrow. It’ll be very interesting to see how Alex Kurtzman deals with his directorial debut, as there is an awful lot riding on him for a first time director. 

9) Atomic Blonde (28th July) – Some films just look fun. Such is Atomic Blonde. Charlize Theron in an action spy thriller directed by David Leitch, one of the men behind John Wick, yes please. The trailer looked slick, cool and action packed. When you throw in actors like James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones then you have to be excited based on the cast alone. So many talented actors, and Charlize Theron in the lead will always excite me. If she can get the action as well as Keanu did in John Wick then this could be one of the strongest female led action films we’ve seen in a long time.

8) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (21st July) – Valerian is a very interesting property and could really go either way. Based on an old French comic series called Valérian and Laurelin, this is a real passion project for director Luc Besson. The trailer looks cool, and very out there, but you never really know what you’re going to get with Besson. If he gets this right Valerian could be the next The Fifth Element. However if it ends up being as convoluted as the trailers suggest it might then this could be another Jupiter Ascending level of disaster. It’s too hard to call at the moment, but I shall remain cautiously optimistic. 

7) Detroit (4th August) – Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming drama based on the The Algiers Motel Incident during Detroit’s 1967 12th Street Riot wasn’t a film that was on my radar until the trailer dropped. With a great director behind the project, a stellar cast, and what seems like a very powerful story that deserves to be told. With John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Jack Raynor, and Anthony Mackie all appearing, there is a huge amount of incredibly talented young actors in the film. If you’re looking for something different from the big action films that will be coming out over the next few months, then Detroit may well be one for you. 

6) Alien: Covenant (12th May) – The fastest approaching film to us is the upcoming new installment in the Alien franchise, and a film that will somewhat breach the gap between Prometheus and the original Alien from 1979. It features Michael Fassbender returning as the androids that accompany the expeditions, and his performance as David was easily one of the big standouts from Prometheus. The trailers suggest that Alien: Covenant will be getting back closer to the Sci-Fi horror roots of the franchise, and that is more than enough to make me tremendously excited for the return of Xenomorphs to the big screen. 

5) Wonder Woman (2nd June) – It has taken long enough, but we are finally getting a female led Superhero film. And it is probably the biggest female superhero of all time, Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was one of the stand out parts of Batman v Superman, so it’s great to see her finally getting her own film. The World War 1 setting of the film really plays well into the choice of villain with Ares, the god of war, who will be played by David Thewlis. The humour in the film has been upped from what we can tell in the trailer, but not too much so it doesn’t feel like a Marvel film. As a great fan of Greek history and mythology I’m very excited to see a superhero set in that world being brought to life. Hopefully Wonder Woman will be less divisive than the previous films from the DCEU, but from what we’ve seen so far it earns a place on this list. 

4) War for the Planet of the Apes (14th July) – The rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise consisting of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been fantastic, so if the third part of Caesar’s story finishes strongly this could go down as one of the best film trilogies of all time. Rise and Dawn were both excellent and distinctly individual films, and now the franchise is moving into full on war film territory. Matt Reeves did a wonderful job as the director of Dawn, so to have him back in charge is a big positive for the film. These films have always been made by Andy Serkis’ performances as Caeser, so the final part of his story has to be one of the most highly anticipated films of this summer. 

3) Dunkirk (21st July) – Whenever Christopher Nolan has a new film coming out you have to sit up and take notice. Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception are all incredible works that have made him one of the hottest properties in Hollywood as a director these days. So even though, as some of you may know, I’m not the biggest fan of war films (just check out my Top 5 War Films where I avoid as many traditional war films as possible) when Chris Nolan makes a war film you have to take notice. It feature two of Nolan’s best regular stars, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy, as well as the wonderful Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance. The trailers haven’t shown much of the film yet, but Nolan usually delivers epic scale, even in a film like Interstellar that many people consider a misstep. Dunkirk is definitely one of the must see films this summer. 

2) Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July) – It is hard not to be excited about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland’s brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War was enough to alleviate the Spider-Man fatigue that many people felt. Tom Holland is a superb iteration of the character and I cannot wait for his first stand-alone film. The fact that it’s being described as Spider-Man meeting a John Hughes film only makes it more exciting. We’ve already seen how well a modern day John Hughes esq film can work in The Edge of Seventeen, so throwing Spider-Man into that mix should be great. Not only that but Robert Downey Jr will be appearing as Iron Man and Michael Keaton has joined the film as the Vulture. All of that adds up to Spider-Man: Homecoming being easily one of the most anticipated films of the summer, only to be beaten by…

1) Baby Driver (28th June) – Edgar Wright. Edgar Wright writing and directing a film is enough to guarantee him a high spot on this list. The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy is incredible, whilst Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is such a fun and vibrant comic book film. So to have a new Edgar Wright film coming out for the first time since 2013 is so incredibly exciting. When you add in the all star cast, with Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal all appearing, it has to top the list. The trailer looked very cool, and very typically Edgar Wright. I’m hoping that Baby Driver can be as smart, funny, cool, and stylish as Wright’s previous films. I cannot wait.

So those are the 10 films that I am most looking forward to seeing this summer. I’d love to hear what films you can’t wait to see. Let me know in the comments. 

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