There are lots of articles written at this time of year looking back on the months gone and looking forward to the next twelve, and I’ve been intrigued by the variety of “best upcoming films” that have been touted. How many of them am I looking forward to? I had a browse through a few articles (Wired and The Guardian, in particular) and picked out the films that stood out to me.
Captain Marvel – It looks good, more female superhero-ness is great, and I am desperate to see Agent Coulson back on the big screen again. But Marvel, oh Marvel, our relationship is complicated and only getting more so.
Destroyer – Yes, if only to wonder the entire time through: “Are you sure that’s Nicole Kidman?”
Dumbo – Nope, I couldn’t even make it through the trailer. The CG is a bit weird and my heart breaks for that little elephant, I don’t need it to look more real.
The Favourite – Definitely on the list. Three top actresses in some kind of complex royal love triangle? I’m in.
Fighting With My Family – I don’t really care for wrestling, but it’s directed by Stephen Merchant who we have established I love and The Rock has been tweeting endlessly about it too, so, on balance, I’m in.
The Goldfinch – I didn’t know they were making a film of this and am very intrigued. I remember quite enjoying the book although it ramped up to some action that didn’t quite fit with the rest of the story to me, curious if the film does the same or can smooth over the tonal changes.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – if the trailer is anything to go by, this will be more meta goodness wrapped up in a fast-paced Lego adventure. The problem I have with this is that the spin-off Batman film was so good, I don’t know if I still care about Emmett and his friends.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu – I am more than clueless about the world of Pokemon but is it just me or is this the weirdest trailer ever? I’m also not sure I can take seriously anything voiced by Ryan Reynolds now. That ship has well and truly sailed and it was called Deadpool.
Stan & Ollie – This looks great. I don’t know enough about the pair, unfortunately, but the trailer looks very interesting.
Star Wars – Episode IX – Obviously, although we won’t get to see this until 2020.
Toy Story 4 – Hmm, I don’t know. Toy Story 3 did a real number on me, those toys in that furnace. I don’t know if I can cope. I suspect it’s definitely on our list though, and that’s all they need from me.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – I mean, yes? Maybe? Where even are we in the X-world these days?
There are a lot of films I’ve missed, naturally, and hopefully there will be plenty of excellent surprises throughout the year as well - stay tuned to Film Watch to see which ones make the cut!