Yup its that time again, summer season is upon us. Before anyone says ‘but last year’s summer sucked’, I’ve got to say I’m more optimistic for 2017. Largely because 2016 was so bad, the only way is up! Seriously though, 2017 looks like its got a pretty diverse assortment of crowd pleasers, thoughtful dramas, r-rated comedies and serious genre pics to please just about anyone.
So, rather than give you the usual boring list of dates and synopses which you can find anywhere, I’ve decided to chop things up a bit differently. I’m going to go by category i.e divide things up by what type of film you’re after. I’ll also chop it up by month so I’m not putting things on your radar too late or too early. FYI all release dates are US and naturally I’ve not captured every single film, just a large selection.
Lets get to it!
Blockbusters: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (May 5th), Alien Covenant (May 19th), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales (May 26th), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (May 12th)
Dramas: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (May 2nd), Three Generations (May 5th), Everything Everything (May 19th), War Machine (May 26th)
Comedies: Baywatch (May 25th), Snatched (May 12th)
Horror: 7 Witches (May 12th)
If you have to watch one: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (need I say more??)
The one you might not have heard of which looks interesting: War Machine
Blockbusters: Wonder Woman (June 2nd), The Mummy (June 9th), Cars 3 (June 16th), Transformers: The Last Knight (June 23rd), Despicable Me 3 (June 30th)
Dramas: I Daniel Blake (June 2nd), Beatriz at Dinner (June 9th), All Eyez On Me (June 16th), The Bad Batch (June 23rd), The Beguiled (June 30th), Baby Driver (June 23rd)
Comedies: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (June 2nd), Rough Night (June 16th), The House (June 30th)
Horror: It Comes at Night (June 9th), 47 Meters Down (June 16th), Amtyville: The Awakening (June 30th)
If you have to watch one: Wonder Woman (because we’re all desperate for this one to be good!)
The one you might not have heard of which looks interesting: 47 Meters Down / Baby Driver (depending if you’re Edgar Wright fan or not!)
July (sorry horror fans!)
Blockbusters: Spider Man: Homecoming (July 7th), War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14th), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (July 21st), Dunkirk (July 21st), Atomic Blonde (July 28th)
Dramas: A Ghost Story (July 7th), Lady Macbeth (July 14th)
Comedies: Girls Trip (July 21st), The Emoji Movie (July 28th)
If you have to watch one: Spider Man: Homecoming (could be the heaviest hitter of the summer box office wise and it does look awesome)
The one (or in this case two) you might not have heard of which looks interesting: Lady Macbeth, Atomic Blonde
Blockbusters: The Dark Tower (August 4th)
Dramas: Detroit (August 4th), Wind River (August 4th), Logan Lucky (August 18th), The Life and Death of John Gotti (August 25th), Tulip Fever (August 25th), Death Note (August 25th)
Comedies: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (August 18th), Villa Capri (August 25th)
Horror: Annabelle: Creation (August 11th)
If you have to watch one: The Dark Tower (the first trailer looks good, cast is great and the its based on the hugely successful Stephen King series)
The one you might not have heard of which looks interesting: The Hitman’s Bodyguard
All in all it looks like a great summer of movies! Lets hope at least a few of these live up to the hype and give us something to get behind. One trend I’m noticing is that since Marvel started stacking their bigger movies closer to May a lot of the other studios have also started to move things earlier as well. The Dark Tower really doesn’t have much competition in August – its for this reason I’d say even if the film itself is only mediocre it should still do pretty strong numbers. For me May and June will definitely be the busy times in terms of fitting all my must sees in as they seem pretty stacked with interesting stuff. I’m particularly interested in how Wonder Woman does critically (because lets face it, whether you have been a fan of the DC films to date or not, they REALLY need a shot in the arm) and how the potential franchise starters, The Mummy and the The Dark Tower do (and also Spider Man of course but I think that’s a fairly safe bet commercially speaking).
Let me know what you’re excited to see in the comments and why!