A Year in Film: How 2017 Changed the Shape of Movies

April 13th, 2020A Year in Film: How 2017 Changed the Shape of Movies

It’s no secret – we love to talk about movies, and we know you do, too! During this time while we’re apart, we’re taking a trip down movie memory lane, featuring highlights from a different year in film each week. Watch these movies now, from the comfort of your home with AMC Theatres On Demand, and get ready for new movies to arrive in theatres. We look forward to being together again, soon.

This week is all about 2017. Three years ago, WONDER WOMAN hit the big screen and changed the face of the superhero genre forever. Later this year, WONDER WOMAN 1984 is poised to take the top spot in the 2020 box office.

Wonder Woman

WONDER WOMAN became the first female-directed film to earn more than $400 million domestically, paving the way for movies like CAPTAIN MARVEL and FROZEN II.

In the 2017 movie, Diana, princess of the Amazons (Gal Gadot) is training to become an unconquerable warrior on a sheltered island. When she learns of the massive global conflict outside her world, Diana leaves her home, prepared to fight alongside man in the war to end all wars.

Watch WONDER WOMAN now On Demand and get ready to go totally tubular for WONDER WOMAN 1984, opening at AMC theatres later this year. Patty Jenkins returns to direct the next installment, and Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig join the cast.


The Shape of Water

2017 Best Picture winner, THE SHAPE OF WATER is not your average creature feature. Set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963, it is a visually spectacular and heart-stirring film about love, loss and acceptance of “the other.” Writer-director-producer Guillermo Del Toro took risks for this unique film, which ultimately paid off.


Get Out

GET OUT premiered in February 2017 and solidified writer-director-producer Jordan Peele’s place as a strong, creative voice in the horror genre. The provocative social commentary follows a young African American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who becomes entangled in a sinister plan when he visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family for the weekend.

Now, you can watch GET OUT and Peele’s follow-up hit US on AMC Theatres On Demand, and get ready for CANDYMAN, a new take on the 1990s horror classic, produced by Peele, coming to AMC theatres this fall.


Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

The penultimate chapter in the Star Wars Saga was the top grossing movie of 2017, bringing in more than $620 million at the domestic box office. Rian Johnson took over the director’s helm, and the cast of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS returned (Daisey Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac) alongside original STAR WARS cast members (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher) to reprise their roles.

Now, you can relive the entire saga, generations in the making, via AMC Theatres On Demand! All nine movies, including the final chapter, STAR WARS: EPISODE IX – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER are ready to watch.


The Oscar Contenders

The 2018 Academy Awards, which recognized 2017 movies, were huge for the horror and sci-fi genres. THE SHAPE OF WATER won Best Picture and Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for GET OUT, becoming the first African American to receive the honor.

Along with THE SHAPE OF WATER, there were many outstanding movies nominated for Best Picture, including CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, DUNKIRK, GET OUT, LADY BIRD, PHANTOM THREAD, THE POST and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI.

Frances McDormand took home the Best Actress statuette for her role in THREE BILLBOARDS. Other nominees included Sally Hawkins (THE SHAPE OF WATER), Margot Robbie (I, TONYA), Saoirse Ronan (LADY BIRD) and Meryl Streep (THE POST).

Gary Oldman won Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in DARKEST HOUR, a strong category that included Timothee Chalamet (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME), Daniel Day-Lewis (PHANTOM THREAD), Daniel Kaluuya (GET OUT) and Denzel Washington (ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ).

Catch up on all the 2017 Oscar contenders On Demand now and decide the winners for yourself.

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