There is no denying that 2017 was an absolute CORKER for film. We were treated to the musical spectacles of La La Land and Baby Driver, the emotive love stories of Call Me by Your Name and The Big Sick, the cinematic achievements of Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 and most excitingly the continuation of the horror renaissance with the brilliant IT, Raw and the breakout hit of the year Get Out. So here at Razz we thought we would take a look at what next year has in store for us cinephiles!
The Oscar Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Jan 12
I was lucky enough to see the latest offering from screenwriter and director Martin McDonagh back in October during the BFI Film Festival and I have been eager to re-watch it ever since. Building upon everything that was great about McDonagh’s electric debut In Bruges, the film includes McDonagh’s trademark dark humour but expands upon the emotions of tragedy. Funnily enough, the plot centres around three billboards in a small Missouri town that are hired out by Mildred Hayes, angered by months of inaction by the local police following her daughter’s brutal murder. The film is truly a masterclass in screenwriting, filled with rich characters and moments; in particular, Hayes is a wonderfully realised female protagonist that is sure to be remembered, not only because of the characters sharp wit but due to Frances McDormand’s moving performance. I would be shocked if the film was not nominated for at least best original screenplay and best actress at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Honourable mentions: The Post, The Shape of Water, All the Money in the World.
The Indie Darling: Lady Bird, Feb 16
The directorial debut of the brilliant screenwriter and actor Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird, is one of our most anticipated films of next year. Having already been released in America, the film has received a number of award nominations and in November reached 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. If that doesn’t get you hyped, I don’t know what will. Set in Sacramento, California, it is a semi-autobiographical coming of age story of high school senior Lady Bird and her turbulent relationship with her mother. The film stars the ridiculously talented Saoirse Ronan as the titular ‘Lady Bird,’ who is supported by the talented Laurie Metcalf and Lucas Hedges, as well as my favourite actor of 2017, Timothée Chalamet. Having only seen the trailer, Lady Bird seems like an impeccably crafted film bursting with warmth and wit. Like Edge of Seventeen and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, I’m sure Lady Bird will join the pantheon of great contemporary female coming of age films.
Honourable mentions: I Tonya, Isle of Dogs, You Were Never Really Here.
The Record Breaker: Avengers Infinity War, April 27
The last ten years of the MCU have been leading to this. Half the population of Hollywood is in it. You will give them your money. It will break every record imaginable.
Honourable mentions: Deadpool 2, Ocean’s 8, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Family Favourite: The Incredibles 2, July 13
After a short wait of fourteen years the critical and commercial hit The Incredibles is getting a sequel. The plot picks up immediately after the Underminer’s appearance from the conclusion of the first film and continues to follows the Parr family as they struggle to maintain normal lives. Unlike the first, this film will focus more on Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl, who while out fighting crime leaves her husband, aka Mr Incredible, to contend with the challenges of domestic life; in particular, caring for their youngest child Jack-Jack and his recently revealed secret powers. The ever brilliant Brad Bird returns as writer and director while Molly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L Jackson are also back to reprise their roles. Most importantly, Michael Giacchino is confirmed to be returning to compose another brass-tanstic score. I for one can’t wait to dish out my super-suit for round two.
Honourable mentions: A Wrinkle in Time, Ready Player One, Wonderstruck.
The Wild Card: The Happytime Murders, August 17
The Happytime Murders is an upcoming R-rated American puppet comedy noir film directed by Brian Henson. There’s a strong reason why this is our Wildcard. The film was announced back in 2008 and has been in development hell for almost a decade. Many prolific actors have been attached the to the film from Cameron Diaz to Jamie Foxx, until finally Melissa McCarthy signed on as a producer and star followed swiftly by Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks and Joel McHale. Set in a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, the film follows puppet detective, Phil Phillips, who is forced to find a serial killer that has, one by one, been murdering the cast members of a hit 80s television show, The Happytime Gang. The film is said to take cues from such noirs as Pulp Fiction and LA Confidential, and the concept art looks amazingly bonkers. This could be something special.
Honourable mentions: Annihilation, The Meg, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
– Tara Jennett
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