I love movies. And I’ve taken time to look ahead at the year to come. Overall, I can’t say I’m super excited about anything other than the one that’s number one on my list. But thanks to the Regal Unlimited subscription, I won’t be afraid to head to the theaters to see something that I may not care for. Anyway, here’s a list of 10 movies I’ll most likely make an effort to see when they hit theaters.
10 – Top Gun: Maverick
What child of the 80s isn’t at least slightly curious about this one? It’s been 33 years since Top Gun came out. That’s a long time between movies. How do they return to this world and this character? As long as we don’t get an awkward scene celebrating beach volleyball, it might be all right. Oh, and I definitely expect to hear something new from Kenny Loggins.
9 – No Time to Die
I almost didn’t include this one on the list. Spectre wasn’t the best. But Skyfall kinda was. Quantum of Solace wasn’t that great. Casino Royale was awesome. So if the pattern holds true, No Time to Die should be pretty phenomenal. Plus, it’s Daniel Craig’s final turn as Bond. And the trailer looks decent. I’m willing to give it a shot.
8 – Black Widow
This almost didn’t make the list, either. But if it didn’t, there wouldn’t be an MCU movie on the list. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad ScarJo is finally getting a solo flick. In fact, it’s about bloody time. But it’s hard to get excited over a solo movie for a character who has, at this point in the continuity, already died. What does that give us to look forward to when Black Widow is over?
7 – The New Mutants
Confession… I never saw Dark Phoenix. From what I’ve heard, I really haven’t missed anything special. And between this one’s many reshoots and Disney’s purchase of Fox, it’s hard to tell what this movie is going to actually be. I hope it’s still intended to be a horror movie with X-Men mythos. Still… it’s hard not to wonder if this is all pointless considering the future of the X-Men in the MCU. Will The New Mutants be somehow connected to the MCU we already know?
6 – Halloween Kills
2018’s Halloween was absolutely the best Halloween movie since 1978’s Halloween. Yeah… it’s confusing. Anyway, the direct sequel/reboot was successful enough to warrant not only a follow up, but an entire trilogy. Halloween Kills will be followed next year by Halloween Ends. Does that mean the franchise is finally coming to a satisfying conclusion? They’ve tried before… But considering we have the same creative team and Jamie Lee Curtis returning again, this one should be pretty good.
5 – Bill & Ted Face the Music
Like with Top Gun: Maverick, this has a lot to do with nostalgic curiosity. I’m a little more excited about Bill & Ted, though. I mean… what is this movie even going to be? They’ve traveled through time. They’ve been to Heaven and Hell. How do you even top that? Keanu will find a way.
4 – Mulan
Look, I know I’m the guy who always complains about all the live action remakes coming out of Disney these days. But Mulan promises to be different enough from the original animated film that I don’t think it’ll leave me with that annoyed feeling I had after Beauty and the Beast or that creeped out feeling I had after The Lion King. They’re saying this version is likely to be truer to the legendary tale, so I’m intrigued. Even though it’s a live action remake that’s merely a cash grab designed to play on the nostalgia of 90s kids everywhere.
3 – A Quiet Place Part II
A Quiet Place was brilliant. When I left the theater, I was hopeful that the studio would just leave it alone. Let it be a standalone film. So many movies have been ruined by their sequels. But the trailer for this sequel has won me over. I’m sure I’ll be disappointed once I see it. That’s just me playing the odds.
2 – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
An actual sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise. Y’all, this is the movie we should have gotten in 2016. I can’t complain about the 2016 movie, since I still haven’t seen it. I just know what I heard… and that wasn’t good. I mostly just don’t understand why they didn’t make an effort to connect the new movie to the originals. Anyway, this one does connect. So I’m sold.
1 – Wonder Woman 1984
A sequel to what has, so far, been the best movie in the DC cinematic universe? Yes, please. So many questions… How is Steve Trevor back? Why is Wonder Woman heroing in ’84? Didn’t Batman v. Superman establish that Diana hadn’t acted as a superhero since World War I? Are we just pretending some of these previous plot threads didn’t happen? I guess I can get on board with that. As long as we still get a Man of Steel 2 at some point.
So, those are my picks. Some honorable mentions are: Birds of Prey, Free Guy, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Eternals, and Godzilla vs. Kong.
And these are just the ones I know about. I’m sure there will be some indie films that are released that I’ll regret not even hearing about until others have seen them and become indignant when they find out I haven’t seen them yet. I’m a big geek. I know.
What movies are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!