I don’t go to the cinema nearly often enough, y’know. A quick consultation of my letterboxd profile shows that I’ve gone eight times in 2015 – two of those were for Star Wars! I’m a bit nitpicky about movies, I’ll admit, especially because in Germany, everything’s dubbed and it’s fairly hard to find showings in the original English language. And if there are any, they’re usually 3D, just to get the extra buck out of us.
2016, however, sounds like an amazing year for movies, which will mercilessly drain my money. -sigh- These are all the films I’m excited about, whether or not I’ll actually make it to the cinema for them!
21st January – Brooklyn
Alrighty, by the time I’m writing this, Brooklyn has actually almost been released. In fact, the original release in the UK was months ago! Sometimes we really draw the short stick here … anyway, it’s a story about an Irish immigrant, played by Saoirse Ronan (heart eyes!), who moves to Brooklyn in the 1950s. I don’t know much more about the plot, but it says that she quickly falls in love over there, but the “past catches up to her” and she has to decide between two countries. Ooooo intrigue. Although I am still living in the country I was born in, I can kind of understand the sentiment of being torn between two places, so I’m very excited about this! I first heard about this film when Sanne, aka booksanquills talked about it in a video of hers. I love, love, love Saoirse Ronan, and it sounds like she gets to keep her Irish accent for this film. Finally!
11th February – Deadpool
Now, I have high hopes for this one. I don’t know much about Deadpool other than what I’ve sort of absorbed through pop culture, Tumblr, awesome Deadpool cosplayers and my Marvel-obsessed friends (there are a lot of us). I do know that they’re trying to make him as dirty, rugged and potty-mouthed as he is in the comics. Not sure I necessary like the way they’ve gone with his scars – they’re supposed to be so bad that he’s all sorts of traumatised and basically wears the mask just because of that, but in the movie they look more like a fairly bad burns. I mean, he’s supposed to scare the pants off of children and adults alike. But I’ll give them that.
24th March – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Okay okay okay, I’ll admit it, there’s only one tiny, but very important reason I am excited about this movie, and that reason is coming to kick your ass as well as Batman’s and Superman’s. I am, of course, talking about Wonder Woman. I am not gonna go on about how she actually deserves a stand-alone movie (which is coming, too!) and not to be a side-kick to two mediocre superheroes, but oh well, at least we’re getting her.
I’m pretty serious when I say it’s the only thing that’ll get me to watch this. Man of Steel was bland. Ben Affleck as Batman is … not that exciting. I yawned through the trailer until WW turned up (and basically saved the poor boys’ asses). If they fuck her up, DC will be in all kinds of trouble (from one small insignificant blogger – this would probably amount to an ant causing a fuss?) … fingers crossed yet again. Aaand the trailer felt like a cheap copy of Captain America: Civil War.
21st April – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Ayyyyy! How badass does this look? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is exactly what it sounds like – the old Austen classic with loads of undead … things. I’ve read the book this movie is based on, and I … well I really didn’t like it. At all. You can watch my review on my YouTube channel right here. But oh gosh, the trailer for this looks so badass and awesome that I’m gonna give it a go just ’cause! Maybe it’s gonna be this year’s favourite trash movie, but sometimes we need a lil trash in our lives, right?
I’ll admit I laughed when I found out that Matt Smith was playing Mr. Collins, the oblivious and annoying cousin who wants to marry Elizabeth. Perfect casting. Lena Headey as Lady Catherine de Bourgh seems a bit young to me, but maybe I’m just biased because she’s been played by older ladies in the past (such as Dame Judi Dench). We definitely know Lena can play vicious though, I mean, she is Queen Cersei, after all. But yeah. Can’t wait to see lots of ladies kick all kinds of ass on the big screen!
5th May – Captain America: Civil War
MY BABIES. This will be the film that will tear out my heart. I love the Avengers, all of them, they are my children, STOP FIGHTING. After the utter disaster that was Age of Ultron, I really hope the Russo brothers can undo the damage that Joss Whedon has done. Sooo many things that need to be improved upon. Black Widow’s characterisation for one. Oh god it was so disgusting what they did to her character in Ultron, and I’m not even talking about the Bruce/Natasha romance thing! (Don’t even get me started on that! ….)
But I’m absolutely pumped. And scared shitless at the same time. Can’t we all just get along? Notably, the trailer just kind of makes Tony Stark look like the jealous friend that can’t cope with the reappearance of Steve’s boyfriend. Not gonna lie. And I love it.
26th May – Warcraft
To be honest, I’ve heard rumours years ago that there was a film in the making, but then I just kind of … forgot about it? So I was completely taken by surprise when I saw the trailer for it in the cinema, I think before Mockingjay Pt 2. It looks really stunning, but I wouldn’t have expected any less from Blizzard Entertainment. I would really suggest watching it in 3D though; I’ve seen the trailer in both 2D and 3D, and the orcs and humans mesh together a lot better in 3D.
The film is set in the World of Warcraft universe, and tells the story of how the orcs first came to Azeroth; their home world, Draenor is dying, and they set out to invade/colonise/inhabit a new world (whichever way you want to put it). It’s sort of based on the game Warcraft: Orcs vs Humans, but is a retelling of that story with another focus (which is obvious; this is a film, not a game). I’ve never played Warcraft and was very late to the WoW game, but I’m still excited to see what the world I’m so familiar with was built on.
17th November – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Let’s be real here – is there anyone in my generation who is not excited about this release?? I mean, apart from the few outliers who have never watched or read Harry Potter. Yes, those people do exist. I know a couple. Granted I’m not that much of a Potterhead myself, I haven’t made it to the WB Studio Tours in London yet, for example – spending £35 for a film set I’m not particularly attached to just didn’t seem like a great investment when I’m low on funds – but I’ve read and loved all the books. Back when I was a kid I even had a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Though I have been looking for it for years, and can’t find it … kinda ironic given the title, isn’t it?
One thing I do not like about the trailers and promo pictures so far is that it’s supposedly set in Harlem, y’know, the New York borough that has had so many black influencers that there’s a whole literary movement named after them (and also generally a very large black population), yet there are hardly any black people anywhere to be seen in the footage so far. You can do better than that, Hollywood …
15th December – Star Wars: Rogue One
Eeeep! I was a bit beefed when I found out that there’s not going to be a sequel to The Force Awakens this year, but I am a bit appeased knowing that we’re getting Rogue One. One of my favourite actresses, i.e. Tatiana Maslany, was in the running for the female lead, but ultimately they went for Felicity Jones instead. I don’t think I’ve seen Felicity in anything before, but Tatiana would have been better (fact). Rogue One is a stand-alone film in the Star Wars universe, to be set between the events of Episode III and IV. Felicity Jones plays a rebel soldier, part of a band of resistance fighters who set out to steal the Death Star plans.
Just this week, there’s been a lot of news about the casting (or search I should say) for a young Han Solo in a small cameo – none of the ones I’ve seen so far would even remotely fit, in my opinion. I guess we’re just going to have to go back in time and grab a young Harrison Ford to do the job. There can be no other.
What do you think? Did I include your favourites? Is there anything else that you are excited about? Let me know! xx