As satisfying as it is to send off 2016, it ended up being a remarkable year for movies (the good and the bad). Can 2017 live up to the hype and the pressure? Here are 10 films that we hope might do just that.
1. The Lego Batman Movie
2014 may feel like a lifetime ago, but recall for a moment that The Lego Movie was literally perfect in every possible way. Its breakout star, voiced by Will Arnett, is the tiny plastic hero that Gotham and Hollywood deserve, joined by the voice talents of Jenny Slate, Rosario Dawson, Mariah Carey, Billy Dee Williams and more.
2. Beauty and the Beast
Disney masterminds Ron Clements and John Musker, the writers behind Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Moana, recently told Entertainment Weekly that their golden era original features were always meant to be animated. But they have faith in modern technology to bring such works live-action, as with Beauty and the Beastit’s a lofty undertaking, but from what we’ve seen so far, it will be far more than provincial.
3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
As Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sagely observed, there have been too many Spider-Men. From Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield to the victims of the Broadway stage, it’s been a long road for Peter Parker fans waiting for the stars to align in telling this story. That changed when Tom Holland bodysuited up for Captain America: Civil War, before Marvel and Sony brought back web wings and started modeling their young hero on Steve Ditko’s original comics. In 2017, Spider-Man comes home, and we’ll be here waiting for him.
The Goldie Hawn/Amy Schumer mother-daughter-buddy com looks like Taken meets Trainwreck meets that episode of Gilmore Girls where Lorelai and Emily go on a spa retreat together. Even then, it promises to be like nothing we’ve ever seen. Plus: the film will be Hawn’s first big screen adventure since 2002.
5. Wonder Woman
Can Gal Gadot save the superhero cash cow from its woefully underdeveloped trappings? If the answer isn’t yes, I don’t want to hear it.
Including Harry Styles, who simply can’t be forgotten, Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama has a star-studded cast and the gritty aesthetic that has come to visually cue this chapter of history (see also: Atonement).
7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
It may take some time to forgive Chris Pratt for Passengers, but the perfect way to do that (apart from the ritual binge-watching of Parks and Recreation) is with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which reunites the motliest crew among the stars for another offbeat rock ‘n roll adventure.
8. The Circle
Another Emma Watson flick makes this list with this creepy tech culture commentary, based on the novel by Dave Eggers, which also stars Tom Hanks, John Boyega and Karen Gillam.
9. Justice League
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was quite the catastrophe, so even as a worst case scenario Justice League will make for a satisfying hate-watch. But on the border of Avengers fatigue (what Phase are we in now? 20?), another superhero alliance might be welcome.
10. Star Wars: Episode VIII
If we were excited about this next installment after The Force Awakens, we’re positively giddy after seeing Rogue One (even if they’re unrelated). It’s safe to say we’ll be Star Wars trash for a long, long time.