Happy New Year! 2018 brought us all manner of excellent movies, and so with yet another year under the belt, it’s time to look forward to what 2019 has to offer us over the next 12 months, from foreign masterpieces to blockbuster sequels, and conclusions to major franchises. So, here are my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2019.
Pet Sematary (Apr 5), Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (May 10), John Wick 3: Parabellum (May 17), Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (May 31), Spider-Man: Far From Home (Jul 5), The Lion King (Jul 19), Kingsman 3 (Nov 8), Jumanji Sequel (Dec 13),
Two years on from the mammoth success of Get Out, we have a new horror coming from director Jordan Peele, in the form of the decidely creepy Us.
With Lupita Nyong’o finally getting a good leading role, the movie is filled with talent left, right and centre, and if you watch the bizarre trailer, the hallmarks of the masterpiece that was Get Out are there once again, making me hugely excited for another thrilling and deeply unsettling movie from Jordan Peele.
US/UK Release Date: 15 March (Watch the trailer here).
9. Zombieland 2
Back in 2009, we got one of the funniest comedies of the 21st Century in the form of Zombieland, and with a decade having passed since, the gang are reuniting for another bout of post-apocalyptic madness.
Comedy sequels long after the original are always a cause for trepidation (Zoolander 2 was on my most anticipated list for 2016, and look how that turned out), however with a cast that has come on leaps and bounds over the last ten years, as well as the return of the same directors and screenwriters, I’m confident that Zombieland 2 will be one of the funniest movies of the year, and a great follow-up to the legendary original.
US/UK Release Date: 11 October (No trailer yet…)
8. Captain Marvel
As with every year, we’ve got a heap of new superhero movies on the horizon, and the first big hitter of the year comes from none other than Marvel, with their first all-new hero in nearly three years, Captain Marvel.
As a comic book novice, I know absolutely nothing of Captain Marvel’s powers and backstory, so although everything looks a bit similar to Wonder Woman and Superman, Marvel have over a decade of experience under their belt with the MCU, and they know how to make a great superhero movie, so there’s no doubting that Captain Marvel will be a hugely entertaining watch, and will also prove an intriguing prologue to Marvel’s biggest picture ever (coming later on this list…)
US/UK Release Date: 8 March (Watch the trailer here).
It’s not often that a January release makes it onto the list of the most anticipated movies of the year, but M. Night Shyamalan’s long-awaited follow-up to 2000’s Unbreakable looks to set the first month of the year alight.
Coming off the back of the success of Split that signalled a real return to form for the director, Glass ties the two films together, while featuring the return of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in their unlikely comic book roles. It’s a big movie for Shyamalan, and while it’s not without potential to be a mishit, I really hope that the film lands and proves an exciting and bold follow-up to a real cult classic.
US/UK Release Date: 18 January (Watch the trailer here).
6. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood marks the return of so many top talents we haven’t seen on the big screen for a long time. The first film from director Quentin Tarantino since The Hateful Eight, the return of Leonardo DiCaprio following his Oscar win for The Revenant, and so much more, the film is an absolutely mouth-watering prospect.
Following the story of a pair of actors who try to make it big in Hollywood in the late 1960s, set leaks and more have revealed that the film is a real tribute to old-school movie-making, and given how indulgent Tarantino often is in the worlds he creates in his films, there’s no doubting that this film will be one of the most sumptuous and thrilling steps into the world of Hollywood, and with such acting talent on display (Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Kurt Russell, Al Pacino and more), it’s likely to be a contender for one of the year’s best films.
US Release Date: 9 August
UK Release Date: 26 July (No trailer yet…)
5. Frozen 2
The news that there’s another Frozen movie coming up this year will likely be met with groans from parents across the world, but as I am an unashamedly massive fan of the first film, I can’t help but get excited for the sequel.
With Disney having just knocked it out of the park with their most recent sequel, Ralph Breaks The Internet, there’s no doubting the studio’s credentials as they go through their second renaissance, and although there will be a lot of pressure to up the brilliance of the first Frozen, the film will obviously be absolutely huge at the box office.
If the studio can get another belting soundtrack to top the brilliance of Let It Go and others, as well as perform with yet more beautiful animation and delightful fairytale wonder, then Frozen 2 will definitely be up there as one of my favourites of the year come December.
US/UK Release Date: 22 November (No trailer yet…)
4. Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame is almost certainly going to be the biggest movie of the year, following on from the thrilling cliffhanger at the end of Infinity War, and the prospect of going even further than last year’s $2bn box office run.
The anticipation for the apparent conclusion to 11 years of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is palpable online, and given just how bold and brave the studio was with the enormous Infinity War, there’s every possibility that Endgame isn’t quite as much of a foregone conclusion as most superhero movies, again bringing together comic book characters from every edge of the universe in a potentially thrilling and devastating extravaganza.
US/UK Release Date: 26 April (Watch the trailer here).
3. Toy Story 4
Do we need another Toy Story movie? Do we need another sequel from Pixar? In all truth, probably not, but that’s not going to stop me from getting hyped for the fourth instalment in the Toy Story franchise, with the potential for a whole new world of adventures following the original trilogy.
Now 24 years on from the release of the original, the film promises to reinvent the Toy Story saga, while also featuring the return of a whole heap of beloved characters and voice actors, and that’s something that’s sure to see viewers of all ages flocking to see the film.
Some say Pixar have lost their mojo with all their sequels over the last few years, but with the success of original films Inside Out and Coco in recent years, as well as the exceptional Incredibles 2 ending up as my pick for the best film of 2018, I’m certain that Toy Story 4 will be one of the best films of the year, and an absolute delight for all.
US/UK Release Date: 21 June (Watch the trailer here).
2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
It’s already been five years since the release of The Lego Movie, and it remains one of the most beloved and acclaimed animations of the decade, so I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the second edition.
The original film was such a breath of fresh air, with gorgeous animation, endlessly hilarious humour, and a mind-blowing level of depth and drama for what is effectively a glorified commercial, so it’s going to be a very difficult act to follow, but with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller returning as producers this time (having also had huge success in the same role with last year’s spellbinding Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse), as well as the same hilarious voice cast, everything is in place for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part to be a truly awesome sequel.
US/UK Release Date: 8 February (Watch the trailer here).
1. Star Wars: Episode IX
There is so much riding on Star Wars: Episode IX. Disney brought the legendary franchise back in spectacular fashion with The Force Awakens back in 2015, however the divisiveness of The Last Jedi and the monumental box office failure that was Solo has left the franchise in a bad place ahead of the conclusion to the newest trilogy.
Will Disney respond to the backlash to The Last Jedi and put Star Wars back to what many want, or will it forge ahead with an innovative and ground-breaking initiative once again, pushing the boundaries of what a blockbuster movie can really be about? Will the story prove a satisfying and exciting conclusion to a trilogy filled with questions, or will it just be an excuse for the studio to set up hundreds of random spin-off films and TV shows? Only time will tell, and as a year and a half will have passed since the last Star Wars film, I’m hopeful that Episode IX will bring the franchise roaring back in triumphant fashion.
As someone who liked both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, the movie is a fascinating prospect for me, with the return of J.J. Abrams to direct and write, but the overhanging presence of Rian Johnson’s stunning but divisive twists in The Last Jedi, I haven’t the faintest clue as to what’s going to come of Episode IX, but all that I can say is that there’s far more pressure on the film than any that has come before, as a divided fan community looks to see a truly great Star Wars movie again, but with the ever-present knowledge of Disney’s weaknesses in the field.
US/UK Release Date: 20 December (No trailer yet…)