This weekend, I’m going back and forth through time as I watch two of my most anticipated films of 2017. From the director of The Queen, Philomena and Florence Foster Jenkins comes the story of a very unlikely and refreshing friendship between a meager servant and a monarch of great longevity. From the pages of Shabrani Basu’s book, Dame Judi Dench stars as her majesty Queen Victoria who becomes reinvigorated after striking a kinship with a lowly attendant named Abdul. Victoria and Abdul finally makes its way to a theater near me and I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.
Director: Stephen Frears
Written by: Lee Hall
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar and Julian Wadham.
What am I expecting to see?: Plain and simple, Dame Judi Dench at the top of her game. Stephen Frears’ films, at least for me, I received them in a very lukewarm fashion; I think that they are solid on their own standing with a tremendous leading performance as the headline of why you should see them and Victoria and Abdul doesn’t look any different. I also want to see if newcomer Ali Fazal can hold his own against a acting legend such as Ms. Dench.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the work of the director of films such as Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival. His newest film promises to be one of the most dazzling of the year and his most ambitious to date. We’re going back to Ridley Scott, Philip K. Dick and Hampton Fancher’s post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, where a young cop uncovers a dangerous discovery and must track down Rick Deckard, who hasn’t been seen for three decades. Blade Runner 2049 is ready to get to work.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Hampton Fancher and Michael Green
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi, Mackenzie Davis and David Dastmalchian.
What am I expecting to see?: This movie has so much going for it, regarding cast and crew, how could I not turn this down? I had the opportunity to see Blade Runner for the first time almost a month ago, so I have an idea of what I may be getting myself into as we find Deckard 30 years later. I want to come away from Blade Runner 2049 blown away, visually and thematically! Denis Villenueve has directed many excellent features over the past few years and I think this has the potential to top them all!