2017, was a good year for women in films. Wait, let us rephrase that, “2017, was a great year for women in films (and other things too).” Wonder Woman became the highest grossing superhero origin film of all times. It also was the highest grossing film by a woman director till date. But, that’s not all. There were other films like Atomic Blonde, Lady Bird, Girls Trip, I, Tonya, Battle of the Sexes, Mother!, The Shape of Water and more, that showed us different sides to a woman. They broke stereotypes and told stories that spoke to audiences worldwide, and more importantly, highlighted the fact that women-lead films work, and it’s time filmmakers and moviegoers look at things from a bigger spectrum and give women-driven films a chance because we are surely missing out on so much more than just male testosterone! On that note, here are a few women-lead films that you should not miss this year.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
This one has girl power written all over it. A sequel to the much adored Mamma Mia!, this film follows Sophie who is pregnant, and during this phase, she finds out more about her mother Donna and how she raised Sophie all by herself. Sophie is also brought close to how her mother managed the world’s first girl power band and ran the Greek villa, and more.
This one was a surprise, but surprises are good when the film has an all-women star-studded cast. Directed by Gary Ross, Ocean’s 8 is an all-female reboot and a spin-off of Ocean’s 11. Debbie Ocean is out of prison, but old habits die hard, don’t they? So, she gathers a crew to attempt an unfeasible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.
A Wrinkle in Time
Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, and based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time sees Meg, her brother, and her friend, who are sent to space in order to find her scientist father who has disappeared without a trace.
If you like Sci-Fi action films with women leads then this one will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. A team of four women—a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor, set out into an area known as Area X where something is waiting for them.
Ah, Cruella de Vil, how we missed you. It about time this iconic character gets its own live-action feature. The film following the evil exploits of Cruella, and we are guessing that lots of ‘fur’ is involved!
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
A live-action adaptation of ETA Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is about a young girl who finds a Nutcracker doll among the family’s gifts and is charged by her parents to take special care of it. The film features gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice, and a lot of magic if you were wondering.
Croft kicked ass and she is back after all these years, and we are smiling from cheek-to-cheek. Lara Croft’s father (an adventurer) is missing, now she must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. Expect a lot of action, and then you have the phenomenal Alicia Vikander as the lead so this one’s a must catch.
Mary Poppins Returns
Oh yeah! Mary Poppins is back! It’s London, and the Depression-era has caught people by their wits! A now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. It is the sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins.
A Star Is Born
We are a little icky about remakes, but when it’s a remake of the 1954 classic (of the same name), what could go wrong? Further, it has Lady Gaga in the lead, so we are not complaining.
A young singer/actress finds fame, soon, her age and alcoholism send her own career into a downward spiral, but this is when an actor helps her gain momentum.
Leather, guns and Taraji P Henson as a hitwoman, what’s not to like about this one? Mary is working for an organised crime family in Boston, but her life changes when she meets a young man when a professional hit goes wrong.
Mary Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I.
This is for people who think women can do action! Ballerina Dominika Egorova is a recruit at the Sparrow School—a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations. This one looks bold, gripping and well-crafted.
The feature narrates the story of Mary Magdalene—a Jewish woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers.
An enormous mansion, a widow, a psychiatrist, and evil spirits that haunt you at night, the premise doesn’t get better than this. Further, the trailer looks chilling as hell! Given our knack for horror films, this one is one feature we are certainly looking forward to.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
15-year-old Bee’s anxiety-ridden mother has disappeared. Bee has to do everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process. Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a 2012 comedy novel written by Maria Semple.
Which one of these are you waiting for this year? Let us know in the comments below.
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