Sun 17 Dec 2017, 23:16
When it comes to movies released in 2017, (as is expected) there were some hits, misses and a few big surprises. Wonder Woman, you did amazing sweetie and so did Get Out that gave first-time director Jordan Peele and British-Ugandan actor Daniel Kaluuya the much needed recognition.
That said, DStv is closing the year with a bang by serving us some of 2017’s biggest movies that were definitely a hit.
Arguably the biggest surprise of 2017, Girls Trip performed way above average, opening at more than $30 million which was the biggest opening for an R Rated comedy in two years. This comedy features Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Regina Hall as four best friends who rekindle their friendship and sisterhood when they take a trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival, obviously with some rough patches and excellent comic relief along the way. Girls Trip is available for rent on BoxOffice.
Steven Soderbergh did wonders with the Ocean’s trilogy (holding my breath for Ocean’s 8 in 2018), something he replicates with Logan Lucky, a movie he couldn’t afford to mess up because he specifically came out of retirement for it. Logan Lucky is a heist movie about two brothers (Channing Tatum and Girls’ Adam Driver) who hire a convicted safecracker (Daniel Craig) to help them rob a motorsports complex during a NASCAR race. Seeing Daniel Craig switch his bespoke Bond suit for a striped overall and a blond haircut is delightful, which proves why we need more action actors doing comedy. Tom Cruise perhaps? Logan Lucky is available for rent on BoxOffice.
Tom Cruise had two movies in 2017 – The Mummy and American Made which gave Cruise the much needed redemption after the former’s bad press. In American Made, Cruise plays Barry Seal, a pilot who is recruited by the CIA on a clandestine mission in Central America but soon finds himself an assassination target when things go wrong. Based on a true life story, American Made is now available for rent on BoxOffice.
Ansel Elgort’s Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, Comedy or Musical category for Baby Driver is perhaps the biggest surprise the award season has witnessed in 2017. In this action film, Ansel stars as Baby, a young getaway driver for bank robbers who is coerced into working for a greedy crime boss (Kevin Spacey) and attempts find his way out of it before it’s too late. Also features Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. Baby Driver is available for rent on BoxOffice.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Not that Rihanna needs anymore popularity but she stars in this sci-fi film as the sexy shape-shifting alien Bubble alongside Cara Delevingne. Set in the 28th century, this movie is about two special operatives (Delevingne and Dane DeHaan) who must race against time to protect Alpha, home to species from a thousand planets, from the dark forces that threaten it. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is available for rent on BoxOffice.
Based on a true life story, Detroit tells the story of the infamous civil unrest that rocked Detroit in 1967 where rogue police officers seized a motel and gunned down three unarmed men, brutally injuring others in the process. The film starring Star Wars’ John Boyega has garnered Oscar buzz in the Best Picture race that grows tighter by the moment. Detroit is available for rent on BoxOffice.
Christopher Nolan is a master of his craft, and Dunkirk is proof that it is time to break his Oscar curse that has seen him get snubbed twice for Best Director for Inception and The Dark Knight. Dunkirk, Nolan’s war film starring Harry Styles and Tom Hardy tells the story of how Allied troops were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk by German troops during World War II, and how they were subsequently evacuated in one of the most heroic missions in history. Dunkirk is available for rent on BoxOffice.
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Beauty and the Beast
Featuring Emma Watson (Harry Potter) as Belle and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as Beast, Beauty and the Beast became the highest-grossing film of 2017, raking up to $1.2 billion. After being taken prisoner by a beast, Belle looks beyond his ugly exterior to what’s truly inside of him, falling in love in the process to lift a century-old curse. Beauty and the Beast is available on Catch Up on DStv Now.
2016’s honourable mentions, also on DStv Now:
Fences, starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington.
Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
Lion, stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman. Airs on Sunday 24 December at 20:05 CAT on M-Net (102), also available for streaming on DStv Now.
Honourable TBT mentions on DStv Now:
Goodfellas, starring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta.
Thelma and Louise, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.
Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.
When Harry Met Sally, starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.
Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.
The Matrix, starring Keanu Reevs and Laurence Fishburne.
Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Quentin Tarantino.
In honour of one of the greatest movies of all time, Titanic, tune in to Titanic 20th Anniversary where the movie’s director James Cameron sits down with a team of experts to answer – how and why the Titanic sank. Catch it on Saturday 30 December at 21:00 CAT on Nat Geo (181), or you can stream it on DStv Now.