A brand new year means a fresh start for film. For myself, 2019 is a year I have eagerly awaited and I have put together a list of 5 films that I will most certainly be visiting the big screen for.
Starting this list is the upcoming feature from New Zealand’s own Taika Waititi, who, has grabbed my attention ever since his highly praised Marvel debut in Thor:Ragnarok. The directors stock has risen tremendously since, and his latest project involves Hollywood stars such as Sam Rockwell and my (not so secret) favourite actress in Scarlett Johansson. The films plot revolves around a young German boy during World War 2, with the only escapism for him to manifest in an imaginary friend, who happens to be an ‘ethnically inaccurate’ version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the boys patriotic beliefs, however a young girl enters the fray to challenge those beliefs and cause him to face his own issues.
If you know anything about Taika Waititi, then you know this is going to be nothing out of his comfort zone, as his other films such as What we do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople have shown Waititi excels in the macabre and comedic elements of film making and I simply cannot wait to see what Jojo Rabbit has in store for a director who I believe his best is yet to come.
Release date: NA/2019
I simply couldn’t leave this out of my list. I know some may look down on comic book films and assume they are simply brain numbing popcorn flicks but within the last 5 or so years, Marvel have proven to the world that their films possess much more quality than they are given credit for. If Marvel can maintain their current filmmaking form, I believe it is only a matter of time before the academy will have to start taking them as serious contenders during the awards season and I believe Avengers:Endgame just may have the capacity to do so.
A story 10 years in the making makes this a must-see film that hopefully achieves its full potential.
Release Date: April (26th)
Once upon a time in Hollywood
All you need to know is this is a new Quentin Tarantino film. I shouldn’t have to say any more than that, but for those not familiar with the project, I gladly will.
Once upon a time in Hollywood follows a former western star and his longtime stunt double during their struggle to find success in a Hollywood they don’t recognise anymore.
Tarantino knows that people will pay to see anything he sticks his name on at this point in his career, but his form has never dipped ever since his modest beginnings with Reservoir Dogs, still delivering on his renowned skills for writing dialogue and masterfully crafted storylines, this promises to delight us once more.With Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio leading, alongside Hollywood heavyweights in Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Tim Roth, this is one film you need to mark on your calendar for sure.
Release date: July (26th)
Godzilla:King of the Monsters
The follow up to Gareth Edwards 2014 reboot of the famed Japanese Kaiju has many including myself bursting with excitement. Godzilla:King of the Monsters introduces famed Japanese Kaiju to go toe to toe with Godzilla such as Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.After the lukewarm critical reception of the first film (which personally, i thought to be a masterpiece), Legendary pictures has gone in a different direction entirely to its predecessor. In the first film, the monsters appearances were limited in order to build suspense and make the climactic encounter that much more epic which worked wonders for myself but left other cinema goers disappointed. Addressing this, Legendary seem to have flipped the switch and instead have jam-packed the sequel with more kaiju than we can count (and that’s only the ones announced so far).
With Breakthrough youngster Millie Bobby Brown joining the cast, it seems they are still going to use a significant human story alongside the monsters themselves like the first film which creates a balancing act which may make or break the film. I am of the opinion that the film will either be a masterpiece or a flop as they have added so much content that they need to make sure they handle these very respected characters/creatures in a way that truly shows their grandeur on an epic scale. I cannot wait to experience this on the biggest screen I can find.
Release date: May (31st)
The sequel to 2017’s It is due to arrive in September and it sits atop my list simply because It was my favourite film of the year at the time and had the biggest emotional effect on me since I can remember. The film was so much more than a typical horror, it was a coming of age story involving a group of young friends who learn the true meaning of friendship…whilst battling a sewer dwelling creature from another universe.
I did myself the favour of reading the book last year and from what I’ve read, the sequel promises to deliver the fitting conclusion that we all are wanting. There are some aspects of the book that completely boggle my mind when it comes to the task of translating page to screen but I put all my faith in Andy Muschietti and the actors playing both the younger and older versions of the characters that were so masterfully put into screen in the first film.
Bill Skarsgard was an absolute revelation in his role as Pennywise and since Muschietti promises a ‘darker and much scarier’ sequel, we can assume he will be getting a hefty amount of screen time to top us up on our nightmare fuel.
My biggest concern is whether or not Benjamin Wallfisch will be returning to score the sequel as I believed his work on the first film should have earnt him an Oscar nomination. Simply go and listen to tracks such as ‘ Blood Oath’, ‘Beverly’ and ‘Come join the Clown, Eds’ and tell me they don’t make you feel nostalgic about atleast one moment of your childhood.
Release date: September (6th)
I hope 2019 can live up to its hype and if so, we are all in for a spectacular ride. If you agreed of disagrees with this list, let me know and share with your friends or family. Here’s to a great year!