Sequels, Reboots and Remakes have been making the most money this year.
Is there anything original to look forward to in 2017?
Just taking a brief look at the Box Office figures for the year reveals what kind of films make the most money in today’s movie age. The top 10 internationally grossing movies of the year so far have are all been either sequels, remakes or reboots. Take a closer look and you’ll soon see that only 5 of the top 30 grossing films of the year were based on original ideas, those chosen few include: The Boss Baby, Jordan Peele’s outstanding Get Out and several Asia-only releases including, ahem…Kung Fu Yoga.
Although critics are constantly threatening that ‘franchise fatigue‘ will soon bite large scale productions where it hurts them most, support for big tent-poles, such as Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 suggest otherwise. With a packed schedule of sequels and reboots, including the now obligatory Star Wars instalment, a third film based on the Lego toys and Zack Snyder’s mammoth Justice League; you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s no room for original movie ideas anymore.
In reaction to the inevitable feeling of fatigue that you might be feeling at the moment, I’ve collected 6 trailers for movies hitting screens this year, which should surprise you with their originality and unique vision:
A director that’s been lurking in the shadows for some time, Steven Soderbergh returns to the seedy world of the heist with his 30th feature film. A far cry from the high-roller casinos of his Oceans films, Logan Lucky takes place in the deep South and involves a group of down on their luck siblings (Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Adam Driver) seeking a way to get rich and break a family curse.
It’s been nearly three years since Darren Aronofosky’s last film, the grand but flawed Noah; he returns this year with an original screenplay and an all-star cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kristen Wiig. The film centres around a young wife (Lawrence) whose peaceful domestic life is upended by a mysterious older couple, who lodge with her.
Director-writer Eliza Hittman’s second film promises to take the audience on yet another hyper-realistic journey through the dangerous landscape of youth and sexuality. A teenage boy in Brooklyn balances a difficult home life with delinquency and casual sex with older men he meets online. Newcomers Harris Dickinson and Madeline Weinstein lead the cast of mostly unknowns.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Grecian director Yorgos Lanthimos’ career is still in its infancy yet he continues to attract big names to work on his bizarre, high-concept projects. His follow-up to the wonderfully weird The Lobster will also star Colin Farrell as well as seasoned vets Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and British newcomer Barry Keoghan (fresh from his trip to Dunkirk). The plot revolves around a young lad (Keoghan) attempting to introduce a plastic surgeon into his dysfunctional family.
Some haven’t noticed, but for the last few years Pixar have been building a slate of movies that include sequels to longstanding franchises balanced with launching original movies that take real risks in terms of new ideas. Coco‘s low-key cast is exclusively hispanic for this musical themed adventure through the Land of the Dead, as always though, the animation will be the draw for most.
So far in his career, Alexander Payne’s bread and butter has been deeply moving character dramas about normal people, in extraordinary situations, think: The Descendants or, his last movie, Nebraska. For his next though, he’s reuniting with his writing partner from Oscar-winner Sideways, to make something a little outside of the box. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple seeking to reduce their environmental impact and live a better life, by shrinking themselves down to 4-inches.
Downsizing arrives in theatres on 22nd December.