Every year begins with expectations of some great movies from Hollywood and the Indian film indusrty. After a somewhat rocky year at the movies in 2016, it is only natural that our expectations of the industry have been raised this year. After careful vetting, we’ve selected the top movies that are poised to be sure-fire hits in 2017. Mark their release dates and cancel all other plans.
Release date: January 27, 2017
Expectations will be high for the sequel to a film that has become a classic over the two decades since its release. However, the initial buzz around Trainspotting 2 suggests that the Danny Boyle movie, loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s book, Porno, and starring Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner, will be just the kind of wild ride we’ve been hoping for. British black comedy is back, folks.
Release date: March 2, 2017
Logan will see Hugh Jackson reprise his most famous role for the last time in 2017. The offbeat trailer suggests that Wolverine won’t go out with a bang, but neither will he be stopped from going all out in what is said to be the most violent Wolverine movie ever. We aren’t sure whether Wolverine will be revived in the future, but we’ll be happy to wave off this beloved character when he hits the screen one last time.
Bahubali: The Conclusion
Release date: April 28, 2017
When it released in 2015, we hailed Bahubali for its epic scale, lush cinematography and powerful storytelling. The movie ended on a cliff-hanger that soon turned into a series of Kattappa jokes online; but we’ve waited far too long to know how the epic SS Rajamouli-directorial, starring Prabhas and Rana Daggubati, ends. What we do know is that the scale and production values of the second movie will be grander than the first.
Release date: July 21, 2017
There’s nothing more to say to sell this movie than the director’s name – Christopher Nolan. As France fell to the Nazis in 1940, the half million Allied soldiers stranded at Dunkirk proved to be a deciding factor in the way World War II shaped up. Nolan, who has continued to shoot on 65 mm film and uses real destroyers and other weapons rather than rely on special effects, promises to tell the harrowing tale in his own special way.
Blade Runner: 2049
Release date: October 6, 2017
The 1982 Blade Runner film, directed by the visionary Ridley Scott, is set in a ‘futuristic’ 2019 with Harrison Ford playing a blade runner tasked with killing androids that look like humans. Blade Runner and Harrison Ford will soon be back in a sequel that is tantalisingly close to the year in which the original was set, along with Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista. With a talented director like Denis Villeneuve, who gave us the cerebralArrival in 2016, expectations from this sequel are sky-high.
Release date: November 16, 2017
Suffice to say that a lot rides on Justice League’s success. DC Comics is desperate for the movie to work after the debacle of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Director Zack Snyder has even admitted that he’s letting go of the dark theme that tinted BvS: Dawn of Justice and with a cast of characters that brings together Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and The Flash, Justice League seems like a sure bet on paper.
Release date: Currently scheduled for November 17, 2017
The big screen has a tendency to get scorched when Sanjay Leela Bhansali teams up with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. We’re hoping the trio gets a hat-trick of hits this year with Padmavati. Padukone plays the titular character when Chittor fort came under siege from Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) in 1303. Expect humongous sets, superlative dancing, obsessive desire from Singh, defiance from Padukone and a star turn from Bhansali.
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