2016 filled our screens with giant blockbusters, comic book films, remakes, sequels, originality, amazing achievements and utter terribleness. As 2016 moves into the rear view mirror and 2017 comes into sight we thought we’d take a look at the movies that were this year and what’s to come next year.
Joining me and my hype for Logan is Kev, who told us Why Marvel Movies Made You Hate Suicide Squad, Jodie who asked if we really needed More Of The Potterverse, George who is still scarred by 50 Shades Of Grey and Keara who is probably dressed as a character from one of these films right now.
What was your favourite movie of 2016?
Marcus @themarcuswood: It has to be Deadpool. I found it hilarious, with great action scenes, fun characters and maybe most importantly a great riff on comic book superhero movies at just the right time.
Keara @XKearaawrX: This is not a hard question for me, my favourite movie of the year has to be Fantastic beasts and where to find them. I’ve been a die hard Harry Potter fan for years so I couldn’t wait for this to come out. I was lucky enough to attend a midnight premier of it at the IMAX in London and it lived up to every high expectation I had. I felt like I was a kid again entering into the magical world for the first time and there’s nothing better than getting that kind of nostalgia from a movie.
George @Georgevogt: Deadpool, it was exactly what I wanted from it and Ryan Reynolds did not disappoint.
Jodie @jodiebears: Arrival. It was such a pleasure to watch. The sound was phenomenal, and it was utterly beautiful. You came away with such a sour feeling for humanity: how we are our own worst enemy, always falling for the selfishness of keeping our secrets, too foolish to realise that together we can be more. But also an uplifting feeling for the very same: how some of us are so willing to accept others, to be open, and kind. It was truly a great movie, and quickly became one of my all time favourites let alone just 2016.
Kev @kabloeey5: There were a lot of films that I really enjoyed in 2016 Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Doctor Strange (do you see a theme there). However the movie that stood out to me this year was Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book. It plot and story are almost the same as the animated original but the technical expertise of the film making of this new version impressed me so much and made me really remember it all year long.
What was your biggest disappointment of 2016?
Marcus: Batman Vs Superman, without a shadow of a doubt. It could have and should have been so good but not only was it not as good as it should have been, it was actually bad. In short it was too much crammed in, some terrible plot points (Martha) and way overboard on the set-up for future films to the point it detracted from what you’d actually paid to see. The worst part is you only get a first time once and that was DC using the biggest play in film they still had left. Tragic.
Keara: Even though I enjoyed it, and saw it more than once, I would have to say my biggest movie disappointment of this year was Suicide Squad. There was an unbelievable amount of hype and although I tried to avoid getting caught up it was a little inevitable. Films of that magnitude rarely live up to their expectations and that goes for Suicide Squad in my opinion. Visually it’s awesome but the storyline was a little weak and beyond Deadshot and Harley Quinn the character development was severely lacking. I will say though that these gaps have left me wanting more, so I eagerly await sequels and spin offs. Hopefully they can improve on what’s already been put out there.
George: Suicide Squad, a lot of potential wasted, with poor writing and bad use of the Joker.
Jodie: Secret Life of Pets. You’re probably judging me when you read that, but seriously! I was so pumped for that film! I had this beautiful thought of what it would be in my head, and the reality just didn’t deliver. Snowball and Chloe were the best parts of the film, by far – but the rest of the cast just didn’t live up. It took some seriously dark turns, and was too much of a mish-mash of stories and characters for me to walk away with that magical animated movie feeling.
Kev: Some of the biggest critically disappointing movies this year Batman v Superman, Ghostbusters TMNT: Out of the shadows actually didn’t disappoint me that much. I went in to these movie with such low expectations that I actually didn’t feel too disappointed, parts of some of them were actually pretty good (I’m looking at you Batman). However my biggest disappointment this year was Independence Day: Resurgence. Even though my expectations were not that high, their trailer was embarrassing, the original was such a classic and we had waited so long for a sequel that there was hope. Unfortunately Resurgence did not have the gravitas of the original and the action felt non threatening to our main characters and Bill Pullman did not get an emotional speech.
What was your big surprise in 2016?
Marcus: I say Deadpool, not that I thought it was going to be bad but I was not prepared for how good it actually was. In a year where most of the comic book movies felt disappointing to varying levels Deadpool was an original take but still flat out entertaining. Throw in the fact it used it’s lower budget, outsider status to great effect and it caught me totally off guard.
Keara: The big surprise for me this year in movies would actually have to be Deadpool. I was really sceptical about how well such an “out there”character would translate onto the big screen, especially as the main protagonist. I’ve also never been Ryan Reynolds biggest fan and I was so afraid that he wouldn’t live up to a character I love. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it came off though, Reynolds completely won me over with his performance and I enjoyed it enough to go and see it twice .
George: Rogue One: a Star Wars Story not having an opening Title Crawl….. I mean WHAT THE HECK??
Jodie: Don’t Breathe. It was truly one of the most frightening horrors I’ve seen in a long while. It was well paced, brilliantly shot, and sent shivers down my spine. I was genuinely fearful for the whole movie, and I have never – not once – been in a theatre so quiet and focused than I was during that film. And I will never look at turkey basters the same again.
Kev: I almost went for Deadpool as my biggest surprise due to exceeding the expectations that it had but I’m going for The Jungle Book again. As a remake of a previous movie it’s hard to think that it would lift itself above a familiar plot and known characters. But as someone who appreciated not just the content but the whole package I really liked the incredible filmmaking. You know it’s good when you watch this film and enjoy the characters and CGI and forget that it’s just a small boy being filmed in a green screen warehouse.
Who was your MVP of movies for 2016?
Marcus: Trying to consider the question I’m going with Margot Robbie. She had the unenviable task of bringing a popular, much loved comic book character to life in a film that had it’s share of significant flaws. But not only did she do it she gave a performance that saw her regularly quoted as the best thing in the film and that the fandom were near universally happy with, a damn near magic trick at this point.
Keara: It’s a bit of an odd one but I would have to say my movie MVP for this year is Kevin Smith. Having been a long time fan of Kevin Smith both as a writer and an actor I was pretty excited for the release of Yoga Hosers. I was excited to see his writing and producing skills back in action and also to find out if his daughter Harley Quinn Smith had inherited her fathers comic timing. The film was ok, it had some bad reviews but it wasn’t terrible. It was an amusing watch and despite being slammed by a few reviews Kevin Smith hasn’t given up on writing, he’s still going strong working on new projects. I respect him for that.
Jodie: Ryan Reynolds. One word: Deadpool. Do I need to say more?
Kev: My personal MVP of 2016 is Benedict Cumberbatch for his role as Doctor Strange. I’ve never really like Benedict in his previous roles, He has always been serious and miserable. In Doctor Strange he should a sense of fun and playfulness mixed with his serious side. This gives an excellently well rounded character who will probably lead the MCU for years to come.
What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
Marcus: There’s a lot. I want to see Justice League and Wonder Woman as like a obsessed lover in a bad relationship I’m still confident the DCU will come good eventually. There’s Marvel’s Spider-Man Homecoming, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 and Thor Ragnarok, both could potentially be amazing and take it to that next level for Marvel. Star Wars VIII will see if the new series can make it on it’s own and I want Ghost In The Shell and Blade Runner 2049 to be great.
Keara: There are so many good titles set for release in 2017 that’s it’s really hard to choose, I would have to go for the new Guardians of the Galaxy though. The first film was such a huge hit and I honestly can’t fault it for entertainment value. I have my fingers crossed that the second instalment can live up to this and from trailers and teasers that I’ve seen I don’t think it will be a problem for Marvel studios.
George: Star Wars Episode 8, enough said..
Jodie: John Wick 2. The first film was so visceral, so heartbreaking and so violently wonderful that I absolutely cannot wait for the second instalment. It is a hard film to discuss without spoiling it, so if you haven’t seen John Wick, do yourself a favour and watch it.
Kev: There are so many good films coming in 2017, John Wick: Chapter 2, Justice League, Kong: Skull Island, Thor: Ragnarok and I’m really excited for Star Wars: Episode 8 but the film I’m looking forward to the most is Wonder Woman. Having been disappointed so far by the DC cinematic universe so far, the trailer for Wonder Woman looks like it could turn the universe around. DC/Warner Bros. are the first universe to produce a female driven superhero movie and the trailer looks brilliant with excellent action from all involved especially Gal Gadot and with impressive comedy which has been lacking in the rest of the DC cinematic universe.
What do you think will be the biggest surprise of 2017?
Marcus: I don’t know if you can call something with a multi-million dollar marketing budget a surprise but I’ve got a suspicion Logan could be one of, if not the best blockbuster in a year jam packed with them. From what I’ve seen from the trailer and heard of the plot, this film could capture everything it needs to, to deliver on Hugh Jackman’s last outing of an incredible run as Wolverine.
Keara: Well it was a big surprise to me that there’s a new Mummy film set for release in 2017, but now that I’ve seen the trailer I’m extremely excited about it. There’s a lot of discussion about the casting choices and even weather or not there needed to be a remake at all. I have a good feeling about it though and I think it will surprise audiences.
George: Jumanji, lots of people will flock to see it for nostalgia, and it has the rock headlining.
Jodie: Dunkirk. Everything I have seen from the film so far has done nothing but make me more intrigued. I think people have brushed it off given that Harry Styles is in it, but I think he will surprise us.
Kev: I think at this stage it’s very hard to find something that could be a surprise for 2017 because all of the big films that are coming out are already so well known. However I will go with the Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy. This is the start of Universal’s monster universe and could be very bad but I think its cast will really raise this film up to something that is going to be entertaining and fun.
If you could have one thing for x-mas in movies for 2017 what would it be?
Marcus: For the comic book movie bubble not to burst. As you can tell from my previous answers I’m a big fan of comic book films but even I felt this year’s output didn’t hit the level it needed to and has been prior. You could argue next year’s are the biggest releases ever for Marvel and DC and I really want them to be as good as they can and should be. If not, that could potentially be the start of a downturn in audience interest for Superhero films.
Keara: I’d have to say more Eddie Redmayne. He’s just the most adorable man and an extremely talented actor. I love his work from this year and previous years and I hope that we get to see more of him outside of the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
George: Confirmation of Boba Fett and Obi wan Stars wars Anthology movies.
Jodie: For Assassins Creed to be good. I really, really want it to be, but there is so much potential for failure. The games are ones I hold very dear to my heart, and if it could be a resounding success that captures the fluidity and characters of the games then I will call that a happy Christmas wish indeed.
Kev: I think that for Christmas I really want a proper Batman vs Superman movie. The one we got this year was a bloated, confusing mess. I wish I could a movie that is closer to The Dark Knight returns comic or animated movie. It just needs to focus on 1 or 2 storylines instead of the 30 – 40 that Zac Snyders film focused on.
What’s your big prediction for movies in 2017?
Marcus: That there will be some big casualties at the box office. There are multiple huge releases nearly every month in 2017 and some of them are treading on each other’s toes. With how expensive a trip to the Cinema is now, I don’t think audiences will be seeing them all.
Keara: My biggest prediction for 2017 is that I will be spending a lot of time and money in the cinema. There are almost too many awesome titles to choose from so I predict it’s going to be a busy, busy year for film fans, especially superhero and comic fans like me.
George: It doesn’t matter what happens it 2017, it will be forgotten about when Star wars Episode 8 is released.
Jodie: That A Dogs Purpose will make everyone cry more than Marley and Me.
Kev: This could make me a hated man for this prediction but I’m going for it……Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 will be a disappointment. I know its crazy talk but I feel that the original was so good and I think it will be very difficult to replicate the fun and originality of the first one. I was not wholly impressed with the trailer that has been released and I know that everyone will love baby Groot but scandalously I thought he was irritating in the released trailer.