Last year I went to see ten films at the cinema and I’m hoping to see some more great films this year. I’m going to list the films I am most looking forward to this year and why they intrigue me. This list is based on cinema release dates in the UK, so some of these films came out in 2016 in the USA and are therefore being nominated in the current awards season. I’m including them in my list because I haven’t seen them yet and hope to in the coming weeks. I am aware this means that my list isn’t the most forward thinking, but I am definitely not a film buff, only someone who enjoys them casually.
La La Land
I love musicals and La La Land has been well reviewed. I’m hoping to go see it this weekend and I hope it lives up to my expectations.
I saw an article about this a few months ago and was immediately intrigued. I had no idea African-American women were such a crucial part of NASA and I want to know more. Also, there are so few films that have more than one female character and this film has women of colour at the forefront. Reviews I have seen from the USA say that you must go see this movie, not just from its representation, but that it is a quality film.
Jackie focuses on a period of history I find interesting and I’ve read that Natalie Portman puts in an Oscar-worthy performance. She portrays Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the aftermath of her husband President John F Kennedy’s assassination. It will be interesting to watch a film focussing on many sides of one woman: her public persona, her behind-the-scene self and a widow in turmoil.
Loving focuses on interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, famous for the court case Loving v Virginia, in which the Supreme Court ruled laws prohibiting interracial marriage to be illegal. I’m interested in civil rights history and its legacy and current issues, which draws me to the movie. From watching the trailer, I’m also struck by the quiet resilience of a couple who didn’t seek to be such a big deal, and I think that could make for an interesting tone.
The Lego Batman Movie
The Lego Batman Movie is a more light-hearted choice. I was pleasantly surprised by The Lego Movie and Lego Batman was an amusing character in that film. I think The Lego Batman Movie will be a funny spin-off that has more depth than you would expect.
The trailer is intense and Fences looks like it will be a hard watch, but well-acted and important. It is based on a stage play, so I’m not sure how well it will translate to film. However, it looks like an interesting story about race, family and disappointment that I would like to watch, so in lieu of the play I’d like to see the film.
It’s about time we had a superhero movie named after a woman. Whilst I do have superhero fatigue, I’m willing to forgo that for a female lead. There have been so many Marvel movies, yet we still have not had a Black Widow movie. DC are bringing out Wonder Woman this year and I’m hoping it proves that movie-goers want to watch female superhero leads. Wonder Woman will also be the first superhero movie to be directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Here’s hoping there are other female characters too. Nevertheless, I don’t want to put too much pressure on it – it may end up being a bad film, but that shouldn’t mean women can’t be leads in superhero movies generally.
Star Wars: Episode VIII
I enjoyed Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens but I had mixed opinions on Rogue One. There is a joy to watching new Star Wars movies and more than any particular plot point, I just want the music, the credits, lightsabres, droids and more. I may tear up a little bit when Carrie Fisher is on screen.
So those are eight films I’m looking forward to seeing in 2017. Let me know what films you are hoping to see this year!