Top 3 are...
3. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Last year, Kingsman: The Secret Service took the world by storm. It was the surprise hit of the year, and brilliantly combines action, humour & plot into one cocktail of an entertainment. It is the very definition of a true summer blockbuster (even though it was not released in the summer). I loved the story (which has a lot of heart), but it was the action and the humour that really made it the beast it was.
Expecting this sequel to be as good as the first movie might be a bit too much to ask. But with the return of director Matthew Vaughn and actor Taron Egerton, along with some spectacular new cast additions (Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, etc), this film looks like it might just be the summer blockbuster we need next year.
2. War for the Planet of the Apes
The two films preceding this one was spectacular. Rise (back in 2011) surprised a lot of people (including myself) and it was very good. Then Dawn came (in 2014) and upped the game in every way. It had amazing characters being pitted against each other in a powerful plot with huge & deep emotional ramifications. It again surprised a lot of people (including myself) and it was easily my second favourite film of that year.
Now, director Matt Reeves is back and so is lead actor Andy Serkis - who has always been nothing short of excellent in his motion capture performance as Caesar. Like the film above, expecting this new film to be as good as the previous one may be a bit too much...but I do expect to see another strong & solid entry in the new Planet of the Apes franchise.
1. Star Wars: Episode VIII
Was there ever any doubt? Being the Star Wars fan I am, this was always going to be my number one. The Force Awakens was a magical film that kicked off this new saga...and even left us with so many more questions. So, yes, I truly can't wait to see what follows the staring contest of Rey and Luke. And not just our heroes - as I have always personally been a champion of the dark side - I seriously can't wait to see what happens next with Kylo Ren, General Hux, and that one dude called Supreme Leader Snoke.
And this being written & directed by Rian Johnson - with what I know of Rian Johnson - only puts in a better light. He will always put characters first over spectacle, and this is exactly what I want, especially when it comes to characters as interesting as Rey, Kylo Ren, and the lot. There is nothing more I could ask for than another magical adventure with these characters in the galaxy far, far away. And with Rian Johnson at the helm, I certainly believe we're up for so much more...