2017 Disney Films Dominated

Yes, once again, Disney was the film company that dominated the box office last year, producing fantastic films for us to go and see at the big screen, and maybe even in 3D. You can’t deny that Disney is the one to beat when it comes to movie hits. They are releasing the films that people are wanting to pay to see, and they’re usually the most anticipated.
But 2017 should have been a tough year for Disney, with the release of Wonder Woman, Justice League, both films adding to the DC Universe, and The Mummy, the debut film of Universal’s Dark Universe. However, apart from Gal Gadot’s amazing performance as the heroic, iconic superhero, Wonder Woman, Disney had A LOT of success…

Let’s begin with the most anticipated remake of a Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. I went to see this on Mother’s day with my sister, mum, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and friend Jen. What a fantastic day we had, and none of us were disappointed with the movie. It was so over whelming to watch, I was full of emotion through it all, and was amazed to see these characters I cherished so much brought to life by an amazing cast and special effects. Beauty and the Beast would become the number one film of 2017… well until December 14th…

Friday 28th April, Finnley’s due date, I knew my little boy was not arriving on time, and so the Hubby and I went to see the Guardians in action again. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 was brilliant. The opening credit sequence was a winner and a hit with fans, and set the tone of the film. I knew by that opening number, I was gona enjoy the movie. Not my favourite soundtrack out of the two Guardians films, but there was still a couple of catchy tunes I now have on my “go to” playlist.

So as I said earlier, Beauty and the Beast was 2017’s number 1 film, until The Last Jedi was released. By New Years weekend it had already knocked Wonder Woman off of second place, and was about to become the number one film of the year (based on ticket sales). That’s pretty good for a film that was released two weeks before the end of the year.
As a HUGE Star Wars fan, I was not disappointed one bit. I had no idea what the story was going to be, but I had very high expectations. So much happened, and it was so emotional for me as a fan, watching certain scenes, I couldn’t help but tear up.

It’s difficult for me and Ben (The Hubby) to get to the cinema now a-days, as we have two boys under the age of 3. And when you want to see a film on opening night, it’s even harder. But I was lucky to have gotten to see the above three movies at the big screen, where they’re meant to be seen. Sadly, we didn’t get to see a couple of films that would have been better on the big screen, and had to see it when they came out on DVD…

Wonder Woman was so impressive, and was such a kick-ass girl power movie. I loved it. Gal Gadot is PERFECT as Wonder Woman. She has definitely saved the DC universe from failing with their series of superhero films, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her. And Warner Bros. is the first to make a superhero hit with a female lead, written and directed by a female as well. If Wonder Woman had beaten Beauty and the Beast, I would have been fine with that, it would have been well deserved. I’m looking forward to Marvel/Disney’s Captain Marvel, and hopefully she will be just as awesome, or maybe even better than Wonder Woman.

We never got to see Thor in the cinema either, which is a shame because we heard really good reviews from friends and family who did go and see it. Luckily it’s released soon on DVD though, so I won’t have much longer to wait.

Due to release dates, Coco was released in the States over Thanksgiving Weekend last year, but here in the UK it is not released until January 19th, so I’ve obviously not seen it yet. But, once again, based on non-spoiler reviews I’ve read, it is another hit from Disney’s Pixar studio, and has won the Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature Film. I don’t know if ill get a chance to see it in the cinema, but I am very curious about this film, and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed with it being a Pixar film, as apart from Cars, they make very special and unique animated films.

I think you’d agree that Disney did really well last year, eh?! They made over $6 BILLION and got the three top domestic debuts of 2017, with Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. and The Last Jedi. They finished the year by acquiring 21st Century Fox assets for $52.4 Billion. How exciting?!

So what have we to look forward to in 2018..?

Jamie

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