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The Top Downloaded Movies of 2017, According to Apple (Part 1)

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The following are the top downloaded movies, according to Apple statistics.  Did any of your favorites make the list?  I think it’s interesting that two animated films made the list.  Either people are downloading these movies for their kids.  Or my other thought is that adults are watching these movies.  Can you blame them?  One of my favorite’s made the list – Sing.  It was super cute, so I definitely understand why adults would be into these kinds of films.

Moana

Disney tells the story of a Polynesian island chief’s adolescent daughter. The plan is for Moana to become the next leader of her people. Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) has always had a special relationship with the ocean.  She has grown up believing her grandmother’s tales about the shape-shifting demigod Maui. Maui cursed the islands by stealing the ancient Heart of Te Fiti, which grants the power of creation. When the coconut harvest fails, the fishermen return with empty nets. Moana then takes her grandmother’s advice and sets sail against her father’s rules. Her quest is to find the exiled Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and deliver him across the sea. Along the way, the mighty Maui mentors Moana on how to be a wayfinder — voyager — as her people were meant to be.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fills in an important bit of backstory from the original trilogy. The movie follows the Rebel Alliance’s plot to steal the plans for the Empire’s in-development weapon of mass destruction known as the Death Star.  For the risky mission, veteran Rebel pilot Cassian Andor and his trusty sidekick K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk), a reprogrammed Imperial droid, are commanded to take along a former prisoner.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman starts off on the hidden Amazon island of Themyscira, where a young Diana desperately wants her aunt, warrior General Antiope (Robin Wright), to train her — but her mother forbids it. Eventually, the queen relents, and Diana (Gal Gadot) becomes the strongest warrior on the island.  She embraces the Amazons’ responsibility of protecting humanity against Ares, the god of war. One day during World War I, an airplane crashes in the sea. Diana saves the pilot — the first man she’s ever met. He’s a British spy pursued by the Germans. After defeating the Germans but suffering losses, the Amazons want to kill or imprison Steve.  Steve explains that millions are dying in The Great War, so Diana decides it’s her duty to help him. With her bracelets of victory, lasso of truth, battle shield, and magical sword, Diana goes to London with Steve in hopes of ending the war.

Sing

This was one of my favorite movies of 2017, by far.  It’s super cute and has a star-studded cast. It’s the story of ambitious theater-owning koala Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), who needs a hit show to save his beloved theater from foreclosure. Buster has the bright idea to host a singing competition at the theater, but, due to a printing error, the reward on the promotional flyer changes from $1,000 (which he didn’t even really have) to $100,000. Once news of the big payoff spreads, local contestants vie for the top spot, including underappreciated pig mama Rosita (Reese Witherspoon); Johnny (Taron Egerton), the son of gorilla crime boss Big Daddy (Peter Serafinowicz); punk-rocker porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson); and shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), who has the pipes but not the confidence.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 continues the story of the misfit band of space outlaws who originally banded together to save the universe in the first film. But instead of starting in 1988, it begins in 1980, when a spaceman (CGI-young Kurt Russell) woos Meredith Quill (Laura Haddock). Thirty-four years later, their son — half human/half “star man” former smuggler Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) — is with his fellow Guardians: former assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana); genius, genetically modified Rocket, who refuses to admit he’s a raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper); tree-like baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel); and literal-speaking Drax (Dave Bautista).