2018 was a pretty good year for films in my eyes, all the new MCU films were good. DC seemingly started a bit of a course correction with the release of Aquaman alongside shedloads of other decent films being released. 2019 with us now so it’s time to look forward to what it has to offer. I thought I’d pull together a list of my ten most anticipated films.
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 so you’d hope that Disney is going to make sure it’s amazing to avoid people thinking it’s a cynical release and getting flack 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: The Hidden World
I got into How to Train Your Dragon 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 am intrigued to see just how things tie together and whether it’ll wind up being a bit of a bittersweet ending.
When this was first announced I was indifferent. It just didn’t feel like a film that needed making, then 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 with makeup and it reminded me of a combination of Cesare Romero in terms of the makeup and Heather Ledger in terms of the suit, suddenly I became a little more 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: The Second Part
None of us expected a lot from the original film but when I finally got to see it, it was actually superb. So there’s hope that this sequel winds up being 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 bricks 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 is anyone really going to say no to another film. It seems to be a series that has managed in avoiding putting out a poor film thus far. The only thing I know about Toy Story 4 so far really is that there’s a special new character that’s a spork, which has been turned into a toy and is now alive. There’s going to be an element of weirdness there if nothing else.
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, he got back to his roots a little and then linked it to *SPOILER ALERT* Unbreakable which was a delightful surprise. This film links these two films together 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 the likes of 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 which sounds like a nice throwback to more old school action movies. I’m essentially hoping that they stick to the landing here and don’t screw it up.
3. Detective Pikachu
I love Pokemon! That may have become obvious as it’s come up a little bit in pieces I’ve written in the past. Detective Pikachu was realistically always going to be in my list, if only out of morbid curiosity to see if 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
Ok, so I’ve cheated a little and lumped Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home into a single entry, this is for two main reasons. The first is that I am equally excited for each and every one of them and secondly it’s my list. They all have definite plus points, Captain Marvel is a hero we’re not familiar with so looking forward to seeing what she’s about, Avengers obviously is the follow up after Infinity War’s cliffhanger and Spider-Man is the first film post-Avengers when the dust has in theory settled from that.
1. Star Wars: Episode IX
It was always going to be Star Wars realistically, overall I enjoyed The Last Jedi but think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s been divisive and can see why. There were a lot of decisions made that upset quite a few people 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 little turd 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. For sure there’s going to be loads of others as they come out as there always seems to be a pretty steady flow of interesting films to be seen.