It’s is somewhat hard to believe that we are half way through the year and already we have seen such a high level of quality on the silver screen. Taking a look at the upcoming movie releases over the next 6 months it is hard not to become giddy with excitement at the prospect of a new Star Wars, The Justice League and Kingsmen, to name just a few. My friend David Berkowitz Chicago-based film producer and I have managed however to put our excitement to one side, and take a moment to reflect on the movies which have already been released this year, let’s take a look at how they worked out.
20 Years after the original, drug-felled cult classic Trainspotting hit our screens, a film which would go on to inspire a generation, we waited with baited breath for the sequel, a dangerous game to play in the movie industry. Thankfully the follow up to Danny Boyle’s classic take on the Irvine Welsh novel was exactly what we wanted it to be, it respected the original, kept the original cast together and provided all of the dirty comedy and shock that we expect from a film such as this.
Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales
The fifth installment of Disney’s swashbuckling franchise saw Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow take on Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar in a battle of the high seas. The plots for these movies has become somewhat formulaic and whilst this new movie dod not shift from that, it ticked off all of the boxes that we expect from these pirate-themed adventures. We saw the brief return of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly, as well as witnessing their son helping out Sparrow and whilst not exhilarating, the film did what it does best, good, fun adventure. The promise of a 6th installment is uncertain but after the death of Captain Barbossa (again) and a post-credits, lip wetting final scene which inferred that Davey Jones is back for revenge, it wouldn’t surprise us if Depp came back for more.
Finally the brutal member of the X-Men, Wolverine has been given the R-rated film that his character has long deserved and the language and brutality of this comic book hero was fitting of the man. In the movie we see Logan, who’s healing powers are failing, caring for Professor Charles Xavier, before the attack by a clone of Logan himself. We follow Logan through a brutal fight for justice which sees the death of the genius professor and then finally, Logan himself. This is a fitting end to this magnificent character and it ties up many of the loose ends which we have seen throughout both the Wolverine and the X-Men series.
What have been your favorite films of 2017 so far? Let us know in the comments section below.