Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017


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2016 is slowly coming to an end. And despite some big heavy hitters like most notably Star Wars: Rogue One not even out yet, it should be time that we already take a look at what movies await us in 2017.
Whereas superheroes sure enough will probably once again dominate the global box office next year, there are also other noteworthy movies that deserve attention.

So before we are counting down the eventual Top 10 worst and best movies of 2016, let's take a look at Invisible Kid's Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017!...

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#10
Justice League
directed by Zack Snyder



Even though the attention and hype surrounding this year's Batman v Superman was huge, the movie that was supposed to kickstart the DCEU to compete with Marvel's MCU left audiences and critics very polarized. While some praised it, others despised it, resultingly having Batman v Superman also financially perform below the expectations of Warner Bros.
Justice League is supposed to finally convince everybody of the DCEU. Pretty much being the equivalent of Marvel's Avengers, there is even more pressure on Justice League than on BvS. With even more superheroes involved and now apparently also with a new more lighthearted style with some much needed optimism and comedic relief, here's hoping that Justice League (or Wonder Woman) can set the DCEU on the right course.

Watch the teaser trailer here.




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#9
The Dark Tower
directed by Nikolaj Arcel



For many years now, a movie adaptation of Stephen King's magnum opus, The Dark Tower, has been pushed around in Hollywood and has been stuck in development hell.
In 2017 the wait is finally over and a feature Dark Tower movie will finally hit the big screen.
While the attempt alone to adapt such a giant and complex story in itself is incredibly ambitious, Sony Pictures to some extent understandably shrinked down the movie's plot and restructured it into some kind of "best of" of the Dark Tower's strongest moments. Whereas a direct 1:1 adaptation of Roland and his Ka-Tet's story from the novels feels pretty much unfilmable right from the start, the first leaked trailer for The Dark Tower movie presented the story as a very action focussed fantasy movie that mostly seems to take place in modern day New York. In addition with the very polarizing casting choice of Idris Elba as protagonist Roland Deschain, you got a recipe for a movie that is instantly going to split audiences and fans.
However, considering that after so many years and attempts we finally will get to see a Dark Tower movie in cinemas at all, is reason enough to be excited for what's coming.
 



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#8
War for the Planet of the Apes
directed by Matt Reeves



Surprises in Hollywood like reboots that actually surpass the classic original's success can actually happen - case in point: The Planet of the Apes reboot.
Beginning with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and continued with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, both reboot movies that function as prequels to the 1968 original were technical as well as narrative marvels of sci-fi cinema. While the original Planet of the Apes will always maintain its iconic status, the reboot series rightfully surpassed the old Planet of the Apes sequels in almost every way imaginable. With incredible motion-capture and CGI-work, entertaining stories and great thematic depth, both Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are excellent movies that put the expectations for the upcoming (and supposedly final part of the franchise) War for the Planet of the Apes very high up. Up till now, we know only very little about the plot for this supposedly war themed Planet of the Apes movie. But judging it by the quality of the first two reboot movies, this third entry sure enough shouldn't disappoint.

Watch the teaser trailer here.  




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#7
Alien: Covenant
directed by Ridley Scott



Even though Ridley Scott returned to the Alien franchise with 2010's Prometheus, what fans ended up with was a muddled sci-fi-horror-movie mess that despite its gorgeous visuals only gave them a plot hole heavy mediocre story that raised more questions than it gave answers.
In 2017, Alien: Covenant once again sees Ridley Scott in the director's chair of an Alien movie. Serving as a direct sequel to Prometheus, apparently the hopes for this Alien movie are so big that 20th Century Fox even pushed aside the planned "Alien 5" from Neil Blomkamp to make room for Ridley's Alien: Covenant. Though Prometheus showed that Ridley Scott can also deliver a disappointing Alien movie, Scott's promise to return to the roots of the original 1979 movie complete with a returning actual Alien/Xenomorph in the movie should give hope to fans that this might actually be a good Alien movie again.
Little is known about the actual story of the movie aside from the fact that it will revolve around the crew of the ship "Covenant" dealing with the aftermath of the Prometheus' crew's expedition. Yet here's hoping that Ridley Scott doesn't disappoint this time and learned from the mistakes he made in Prometheus.




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#6
 Ghost in the Shell
directed by Rupert Sanders



Another movie that has been stuck in development hell for years is the live-action-adaptation of the manga/anime Ghost in the Shell.
Originally supposed to be a project for iconic director Steven Spielberg, the directorial duties were later shifted to Rupert Sanders - the director behind the visually stunning and interestingly enough written Snow White and The Huntsman.
With Scarlett Johansson in the protagonist role of The Major, the first released trailer for the movie promises an adaptation that seemingly sticks very closely to the 1995 anime movie both visual- and story wise.
Considering how the trailer showcases that this seems to be a live-action-adaptation that doesn't cut corners and gives fans exactly what they want, makes the hype around it the more understandable.
Resultingly, if the final movie manages to keep up its close ties to the original story, we might just end up with one of the best sci-fi movies of this century.

Watch the trailer here.




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#5 
John Wick: Chapter 2
directed by Chad Stahelski 



Keanu Reeves sure enough still knows how to deliver good action movies as it seems.
After the Matrix trilogy came to a close in 2003, Keanu's movies were sort of "just there" without any big praise or hype or even attention surrounding them. This suddenly changed when the surprise hit John Wick got released. Featuring a refreshingly basic 80s-action-cheese storyline combined with amazing action choregraphy and many hints at a fascinating underground world with lots of lore behind it, John Wick quickly became a hit destined to get a sequel.
With John Wick: Chapter 2, Keanu gives fans more of what they want. While it's not entirely clear what the movie's plot will be about, the first trailer already promises top notch action and beautiful Italian sceneries with lots of dead bad guys. Additionally with director of the first movie, Chad Stahelski, returning, one seriously couldn't wish for more with a John Wick sequel. As long as John Wick: Chapter 2 simply manages to keep the story simple and straightforward and just with more great action scenes, the concept of a "John Wick 2" sounds pretty much "fuck up proof".

Watch the trailer here.




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#4
Kong: Skull Island
directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts



When Peter Jackson's King Kong remake hit theaters in 2005, it proved one thing in particular: a King Kong movie is the most fun when it takes place on Kong's dangerous monster filled island.
Now what if we got a movie that entirely takes place on said island? Wouldn't that be awsome?
In 2017 that wish will finally be granted with Kong: Skull Island.
Also supposed to serve as a set-up movie for 2020's Godzilla vs. King Kong, Legendary Pictures sure knows how to market their movies. All trailers for this movie look absolutely stunning. A crew of military soldiers during the Vietnam war getting stranded on Kong's dangerous kingdom, Skull Island, complete with other dangerous monsters and dinosaurs, try to survive. Despite its simple concept, the trailers showcase that there are still mysteries left unsolved that we get to see unfold in the final movie. On top with great CGI-work, a great looking King Kong, intense looking action scenes and kickass imagery like soldiers shooting machine guns out of the skulls of dead dinosaurs, Kong: Skull Island feels just like a straightforward and very 80s action flick style "creature feature" that wants to be just fun and entertain all around - and we couldn't wish for more.

Watch the trailer here.  




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#3
Star Wars: Episode VIII
directed by Rian Johnson



Did anybody really expect that a Star Wars movie wouldn't make this list?
Being the next big chapter in one of the biggest movie- and pop-culture franchises in history, Star Wars: Episode 8 will continue Disney's reign at the worldwide box offices.
And while 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an absolutely solid modern new entry in the series, it left many fans wanting more fresh new ideas. Whereas The Force Awakens mostly recycled most of the elements already seen in the very first Star Wars: A New Hope, here's hoping that Episode 8 becomes more daring with its story.
Yeah sure, we already can see coming that Luke is going to be the next Yoda and will train Rei to become basically the next Luke Skywalker to defeat Kylo Ren who is basically the next Darth Vader. But is this really what it all boils down to? A rehash of Empire Strikes Back?
At this point, info about the movie's plot is so limited that it's really hard to tell. Yet nevertheless, the huge excitement to finally find out where Star Wars is headed with Episode 8 is already reason enough to put it on this list. 



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#2  
It
directed by Andrés Muschietti



Some of you might remember that I put Stephen King's It a t No. 1 of Invisible Kid's list of  the "Top 10 movies that need a remake". And who would've guessed it, but in 2017 we are finally getting said remake.
I already described it in detail in that Top 10 list, but Stephen King's It is simply one of the most brillant and scary horror story concepts in itself already: A mysterious shape changing evil entity that terrorizes a small town by killing and devouring children who are the only ones who can actually see it.
King's classic story thus precisely combines many scary themes like kids' imagination, the fear of the unknown, adults not believing kids outlandish stories and an evil being pretty much being present everywhere.
After the respectable but also in many ways lackluster TV-mini series from 1990, the new 2017 feature length remake from Andrés Muschietti has the chance to correct the mistakes of the mini-series while staying true to its strengths. With a nicely cast team of protagonist kids (also involving Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard) and a newly designed creepy looking Pennywise played by Bill Skarsgard (who even looks quite a bit like Tim Curry), here's hoping that this is the chance for It to finally get a movie that does its great story justice.      
 



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#1
Logan
directed by James Mangold



A superhero movie that doesn't feel like a superhero movie - how rare is that?
Well with the upcoming next Wolverine solo movie, Logan, we might just finally get such a rare gem.
Judging by the first released trailer for it, instead of flashy superhero action that is in danger of becoming more and more generic with each movie (here's looking at you X-Men: Apocalypse), Logan on the other hand seems to tell a far more emotional and less blockbuster-esque story.
Serving as the swan song for Hugh Jackman in his supposedly last appearance as Logan aka Wolverine, we see a grizzled and old Logan who helps his female clone X-23 escape the clutches of the Essex Corp. - a corporation intent on performing experiments on mutants for their own gain.
Sure enough though, there seems to be a whole lot more to this story than what we initially see. Important characters will die, a new world (with seemingly hunted and or kidnapped mutants) will be introduced, and an era for the X-Men franchise seems to come to an end while another one begins. After so many movies as Wolverine, Logan is and really fells like a big, final, emotional and concluding chapter not only for the iconic character of Wolverine but also the entire X-Men franchise as a whole.
Hugh Jackman was and always will remain THE Wolverine. And even if Hollywood someday decides to recast him nevertheless, here's hoping that this final Wolverine focussed movie will do Jackman and his great legacy justice as one of the best movies of the entire franchise - oh, and also it's finally an R-rated Wolverine movie!

Logan is Invisible Kid's pick for the most anticipated movie of 2017!

Watch the trailer here.  






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