There are a lot of promising films to be released this year. Are you as excited as I am?
Is it just me or is 2018 the year when the most expected movies will be released? I didn’t have much expectations about last year in terms of films (except for Coco; I was really excited about that one), and it turned out to be quite a great year for cinema in terms of productions and stories. Narratives are starting to change. Movies are giving more space to diverse voices. The list you’re going to see contains some of the most anticipated films that are going to be released this year and other movies that have been getting a lot of attention, either for the cast or because of the stories. So, let’s take a look at the films that promise to be huge successes for this starting year.
Black Panther - Dir. Ryan Coogler
This one is probably one of the most awaited by Marvel fans. However, it’s attracted a wide number of expectant viewers wanting to see for the first time a major black character in such an iconic superhero world like the one Marvel has created. The story will center on T’Challa, King of Wakanda, and how he must team up with a CIA agent and members of Wakanda’s special forces to prevent a terrible war.
Isle of Dogs - Dir. Wes Anderson
Since the huge hit of Hotel Budapest in 2014, Wes Anderson’s fans have been patiently waiting for a new film. Going back to the visual idea he developed in Fantastic Mr. Fox, this stop-motion animated movie is set in a future Japan. After the government has decided to exile all dogs from the island after an epidemic called the “canine flu” and send them to a small isle, a boy decides to go find his dog, helped by five of the exiled dogs. It has a great cast voicing the characters like Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray, among others.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? - Dir. Richard Linklater
Based on the homonymous comedy novel by Maria Semple, the film starring Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig tells the story of Bernadette, an agoraphobic architect who goes missing days before a family trip to Antarctica. Her fifteen-year-old daughter, who is also the narrator of the movie, decides to find her. The movie centers on how this girl makes use of the correspondence she’s had with her reclusive mother to find out what really happened to her.
Deadpool 2 - Dir. David Leitch
After the first film became a massive hit, when the sequel was announced we all got very excited. This year we’ll be able to see what this hero is up to. Although the story of the film is some sort of mystery –as you can see the little teasers are more of comic sketches–, if you take a look back at the first one, I can say that the most enjoyable aspects are actually the comic bits portraying an unusual hero. We don’t need a plot advancement to guess it’s going to stick with the elements that made it such a big success.
Ocean's 8 - Dir. Gary Ross
Not so long ago, the trailer for the new reboot of the Ocean’s Eleven series was released with a female cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina. This time Frank Sinatra and George Clooney’s character Daniel Ocean’s sister will gather a group of talented women to pull off a master plan to rob extremely expensive jewelry at the annual Met Gala.
Alita: Battle Angel - Dir. Robert Rodríguez
I can’t wait to see this one, basically because it stars Christoph Waltz and I love him. Anyway, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Battle Angel Alita, the movie is set in the 26th century and focuses on a female cyborg rescued and reassembled by a doctor. After realizing that the doctor is a midnight bounty hunter, she decides to help him. As you can imagine, this will not only be a mission, but also a journey to find out about her past and understand who she really is.
Widows - Dir. Steve McQueen
Expected to be released by the end of the year, this adaptation from the eighties TV show of the same name tells the story of a gang of robbers who get killed after a failed robbery. Their wives, instead of mourning their loss, decide to take over the mission their husbands left incomplete. The movie has an amazing cast including Viola Davis, Carrie Coon, Michelle Rodriguez, and Elizabeth Debicki as the badass widows, but also Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, and Robert Duvall, so it actually sounds quite promising.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Dir. Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher
After so many rumors and expectations, finally by the end of last year a picture of Rami Malek as the rock legend Freddie Mercury was released, together with a release date, this year’s Christmas. The biopic won’t center on Mercury’s life, but on the formation years of Queen with him as the frontman of the band. Actually, what’s interesting about the film is that they won’t really explore Freddie Mercury’s last years battling with AIDS, which would lead movie viewers to watch it for more morbid reasons. So, it will allegedly end with their emblematic 1985 concert, one of the most watched live-shows in history.
The Irishman - Dir. Martin Scorsese
Making a huge leap from the big screen, Scorsese’s new film will be released on Netflix’ platform with a truly high profile cast including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, and Anna Paquin. The movie, set in the seventies, will tell the story of Frank Sheeran, the labor union official with strong connections with the mob who confessed before his death to the responsible for the death of Jimmy Hoffa, leader of the labor union. The release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, and it’s still unknown if it will released this year or the next one. Still, it will be one of those movies you just can’t miss.
The Upside - Dir. Neil Burger
After the success of the French film The Intouchables, the idea of making an American adaptation became bigger. The movie starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston was premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, but it will have its official release somewhere this year. In case you missed the original one, it tells the story of the relationship between a rich paraplegic man and an unemployed man hired to assist him. Both the racial and economic differences make a huge contrast that will end up forging a strong friendship.
Winchester - Dir. Michael and Peter Spierig
With Helen Mirren in the lead role, Winchester tells the story of Sarah Winchester, the widow of a famous gun manufacturer who decides to buy and rebuilt a huge manor filled with rooms, stairs, and halls for the ghosts to live after believing that the spirits of those killed by the family weapons are haunting her. The movie, of course, will have all the elements of those classic horror films we love, giving this legend a more realistic and terrifying tone.
Love, Simon - Dir. Greg Berlanti
Based on the bestseller novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, this teen comedy tells the story of Simon, a seventeen-year-old boy dealing with the fact that he doesn’t feel safe coming out as gay. Even by just watching the trailer you can actually get to see that the movie is one of those classic teen romance stories. However, what has people excited is that this will be one of the first films in this particular genre dealing with such an important subject nowadays.
The Incredibles 2 - Dir. Brad Bird
The next three films are basically here because my childish geeky side has been waiting quite enthusiastically. We’ve been waiting fourteen years for this to happen, and we couldn’t be more excited. The story takes place immediately after the first one, and that’s the appearance of a new villain called The Underminer. So together with their long-time friend Frozone, the Parr family will have to get on their superhero suits once again to save the city and learn how to deal with the uncontrollable yet strong powers of Jack-Jack.
Mary Poppins Returns - Dir. Rob Marshall
Well, if you thought fourteen years was a very long wait, the idea of a sequel to the Disney classic Mary Poppins has been around for fifty-four years since its release in 1964. Years after Poppins leaves the Banks family, to be precise during the Depression time in London, things haven’t been so good for the family. Still living in the house in Cherry Tree Lane, Michael is going through a hard emotional time while still trying to raise his three children. Thus, enters Mary Poppins, who is practically perfect in every way, and decides to help the family with her iconic and quite unusual ways, accompanied by a charismatic lamplighter called Jack and her bizarre cousin Topsy. Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Meryl Streep (plus a cameo by Dick Van Dyke, the original chimney sweeper Bert), this is quite a promising film.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Dir. David Yates
Last but not least (at least for the wizarding community), the second part of the Harry Potter spin-off will finally be released by the end of the year. The movie will tell the story of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald, who at the end of the first movie was captured by the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Well, he’s escaped and is determined to gather an army of followers who believe like him that wizards should all be pure-blood. As you might know already, in the Potter universe Grindelwald was considered to be the darkest wizard in history and Lord Voldemort’s ultimate inspiration.
Of course, this is just a very short list including a few of the movies that are going to be released. However, as it happens every single year, there are always some films that come unexpectedly and that blow our mind. So, I don’t doubt that in just a couple of months we’re going to be talking about impressive films that will definitely mark a point in the history of cinema.
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