2018 was a pretty good year for films in my eyes, all the new MCU films were good and DC seemingly started a bit of a course correct with the release of Aquaman and well as shitloads of other decent films being released. The year is nearly over though it’s time to look forward to what 2019 has to offer, and with in mind I thought I’d pull together a list of my ten most anticipated films for 2019.
I didn’t realise until I did some research just what was out next year but you’ve got things that I’m looking forward to like the new Terminator film, others I’m cautiously optimistic for such as Aladdin and Angel Has Fallen and the ones where I’m really unsure like X-Men Dark Phoenix. All that aside these are the 10 films I’m definitely most looking forward to in 2019.
10 – The Lion King: A “live action” version of the classic cartoon in the same manner as Disney did with the Jungle Book. It’s going to be heavily scrutinised given the love people have for the original version (myself included) so you’d hope that Disney are going to make sure it’s amazing to avoid people thinking it’s a cynical release and getting shit for it. It doesn’t hurt that it’s got a pretty impressive cast, including James Earls Jones as Mufasa because how do you replace a voice like that.
9 – How to Train Your Dragon 3: I got into the series just before the release of the second film and it’s one of those series that’s good to come back to and re-watch now and again. The third film looks to tie things together and (seemingly) end the film series on a high. If it’s even half as good as the second film then it’ll be very good indeed and I’m intrigued to see just how things tie together and whether it’ll wind up being a bit of a bittersweet ending.
8 – Joker: When this was first announced I was indifferent as it didn’t feel like a film that needed making and when I saw the first pictures of Joaquin Phoenix out of Joker costume this was pretty much reinforced. Then shots started to emerge of the Joker costume and make up and it put me in mind of a combination of Cesare Romero a little in terms of the make up and Heather Ledger in terms of the suit and suddenly I was intrigued. It could wind up being an utter trainwreck of a film but it’s going to be interesting finding out at least.
7 – The Lego Movie 2: I definitely didn’t expect much of the original film when I first went to see it and actually I wound up thinking it was superb so I’m hoping they can make something equally as good. It seems to have all the original cast back and it’s being written by the guys behind the first film so all being well it should have a similar atmosphere to the original film. I’m just hoping it doesn’t wind up being a massive bag of shit as that would be a little sad.
6 – Toy Story 4: I really thought Toy Story 3 would be the last film in the series as it felt like it ended on the perfect note but I’m not going to say not to another film as it seems to be a series that has managed to avoid putting out a shite film thus far. The only thing I know about it so far really is that there’s a character that’s a spork which has been turned into a toy so it looks like there’s going to be an element of weirdness there if nothing else.
5 – Glass: Unbreakable is one of M Night Shyamalan’s best films, and his output since then can generously be called of mixed quality. Then Split happened and he got back to his roots a little and then linked it to Unbreakable which was a delightful surprise. This film links these 2 films togther and acts as a sequel to both so I’m naturally excited to see it while hoping that Split wasn’t a one off and he reverts back to shite like After Earth.
4 – John Wick 3: John Wick was a pleasant surprise when initially released, gloriously simple and violent it turned out to be a lot of fun, and while the sequel wasn’t as good it was entertaining and left a nice set up for the third film by essentially having John go on the run. This essentially sets the scene for a string of people to come after him and most likely die in excessively violent ways with sounds like a nice throw back to more old school action movies. I’m essentially hoping that they stick the landing here and don’t fuck it up.
3 – Detective Pikachu: I love Pokemon, as it may have become obvious as it’s come up a little bit in pieces I’ve written in the past so this was realistically always going to be on the list, if only out of morbid curiosity to see it it was going to be a Mario-esque travesty of a film. As it happens so far the signs have been encouraging as the CGI Pokemon look suitably cute, with the exception of Mr Mime who appears to be as horrifyingly creepy as you’d expect. Ryan Reynolds voicing Detective Pikachu himself also has the potential to be a lot of fun.
2 – The new Marvel films: I’ve cheated a little and lumped Captain Marvel, Avengers Endgame and Spiderman Far From Home into a single entry, this is for 2 main reason. The first is that I’m equally excited for all of them and the second is that it’s my list and I’ll do what i want. They all have definite plus points, Captain Marvel is a hero I’m not familiar with so looking forward to seeing what she’s about, Avengers obviously is the follow up after Infinity War’s cliffhanger and Spiderman is the first film post Avengers when the dust has in theory settled from that.
1 – Star Wars Episode 9: It was always going to be Star Wars realistically, I enjoyed The Last Jedi personally but I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s been divisive and I can see why. There were a lot of decisions made that pissed quite a few people off by all accounts so it’ll be interesting to see if those decisions pay off in the final instalment. I’m interested to see if they continue making Kylo Ren an unrepentant shit and what role Luke has in proceedings. Ultimately if it’s to be the last entry on the so called “Skywalker saga” then I hope it’s a bloody good one.
So yeah those are the films I’m most looking forward to in 2019, I’m sure there’s going to be loads of others that I’m going to want to see as they come out as there always seems to be a pretty steady flow of interesting films to be seen. Hopefully I won’t be subjected to anything that’s exceptionally wank but you never know I guess, I will always be the man that was suckered in by Aliens Colonial Marines after all.
For reference this was originally written for my mates website http://www.twobeardgaming.com