Tuesday 24 October 2017

Looking Forward: NOVEMBER 2017

November is upon us...and that means more big blockbusters...

Thor: Ragnarok (Nov 3-USA, Oct 24-UK, Oct 26-Singapore)

               This film might not be my most excited MCU film coming up, especially with the likes of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War not too far over the horizon. But Thor remains one of my favourite Avenger, and Loki still is one of my favourite character in the whole universe - and who doesn't like Tom Hiddleston, anyway?
              And to add on to that, the film looks like a lot of fun, as the trailers have shown. Heck, even the trailers themselves are already fun to watch. But it really looks to be one of the funnier MCU movies, and I really think this movie will deliver the popcorn fun we haven't had for a while now.

MUST SEE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODqPGttjjOY&t=1s (Teaser)
MUST SEE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5HP-iUvlC4 (Comic-Con Trailer)

Murder on the Orient Express (Nov 10-USA, Nov 3-UK, Nov 30-Singapore)

              There is quite a few reasons why I am really looking forward to this film. First of which is the director, Kenneth Branagh, who is one of my favourite director. There is always an element of beauty & wonder to his vision, especially looking at his recent films like Thor or Cinderella. Especially the latter which I didn't expect to like, but ended up loving it.
               Back about this film, I really like it when films has an element of mystery because there is always that level of intrigue that keeps us interested/invested in the story. Of course, if the ending don't deliver, it may still fall apart, but I have hope with this one. And finally, look at the cast! Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, just to name a few. A stellar cast with a brilliant director telling a suspenseful mystery...hell yes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isnICELMRns (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mojQrEQpbSs (Trailer #2)

Justice League (Nov 17-USA, Nov 17-UK, Nov 16-Singapore)

             This is supposed to be one of the biggest movies of the Year, but it is now pretty low in terms of my excitement level. I have mentioned this in my social media, but I'll say it again. Out of all the things scheduled for release in November 17 alone...this is the third (yes, third) most interesting thing for me. I am more excited about The Punisher series from Netflix, and more importantly, the video game Star Wars Battlefront II. And we are in fact talking about a movie which assembles Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and co. for the first time ever.
              Without putting anything into negative light, I have to say that the fact that Zack Snyder dropped and Joss Whedon had to mop up gave me a slight concern. Despite the fact that Zack Snyder's recent films haven't been great, I would rather it remain as one person's singular vision. And if the rumours are true, then we have the final nail in the coffin, and that would be the rumour that the movie is only 121 minutes long. Not saying that longer movies are better, but for a movie with so much great characters, a movie that is (excluding credits) less than 2 hours long doesn't really air confidence. And to put into perspective, both Avengers movie which has came out was about a full 20 minutes longer than the rumoured runtime of Justice League.
               For sure, I am still excited about this film, and my concerns could just well be that, and I might find this a really great film. But right now, it's just nowhere near the excitement levels I would expect from a movie this big.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiAmnKUaNmc (Trailer #1)
MUST SEE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DblEwHkde8U (Comic-Con Trailer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWJG0dYqVU4 (Final Trailer)

Coco (Nov 22-USA, Jan 19-UK, Nov 23-Singapore)

            I am not particularly that excited or interested with this film. But it is a Pixar film, so there is good reason to believe that this may well be one of the better animation movies of the year, especially given the ones we've had so far hasn't really stood out (Despicable Me 3, The Lego Ninjago Movie). And I also have a certain fondness/interest of the Mexican culture and this Day of the Dead festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8NB2aaiM14 (Teaser)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aoS52EX16g (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga6RYejo6Hk (Trailer #2)

Other Movies:

             What this November also isn't short of is comedies. The first of which is A Bad Moms Christmas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2bnY9oWVFw) which comes out on November 1st. This is a sequel to last year's surprisingly pretty good comedy, Bad Moms, which now introduces their respective mothers into the party.
             In a coincidental parallel, the next comedy in my list is about dads instead of moms. Daddy's Home 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MddEE_tC_w) is a sequel as well, and to further add to the similarity, this time introduces their respective dads into the story. This film is out November 10th.
               The last comedy that interests me is yet another sequel - though this time it is the British film Paddington 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryY8v_SPlqc), which I think is out on November 10th but only in the UK for now. It comes later in the US and in most other countries.
              Apart from the comedies, there are a few interesting political dramas. The first, out on November 3rd, is LBJ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrnEp8WLH0g) which tells of the story of Lyndon B Johnson's political career. But the one that caught my interest more is the one that tells of Winston Churchill's time during World War II. This film is called Darkest Hour (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pNOCzV5jG0) and stars Gary Oldman, one of my favourite actor alive. This film is out on November 22nd in the US.

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