My Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019
2019 is definitely going to be a year of great, interesting movies and the movies I’ve selected for this list are my most anticipated movies of the year. To be clear, this is not a list of movies that I think are going to be the BEST movies of the year. Some of the movies on this list, as you’ll see, I’m very skeptical about. Simply put, these are the movies that I’ve been looking forward to for a LONG time and I’m excited to see the final product. I’m hoping these films meet my expectations.
10 - Joker (October 4th)
When Warner Bros. announced Joaquin Phoenix would play Joker in an ‘80s period piece, my first reaction was why? While fans of DC are very divided on Jared Leto’s version of the character, I originally felt that it was a HUGE mistake to seemingly reset the character again. But the pictures coming out from the set have been impressive and the new take on the Joker as a failed comedian who goes insane is interesting to me as a DC fan. I love the Joker as a character, but this movie is at the bottom of my list because I just have no idea what to expect. But maybe that’s what the Joker would want?? Hmm…
9 - Shazam! (April 5th)
Now when Warner Bros. announced this movie, I thought the idea was absolutely ridiculous. I didn’t think Shazam would be a character that would translate well to the big screen and DC needs to focus on developing their trinity - Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman. However, the trailers for Shazam have been surprisingly funny and the interactions between Zachary Levi’s and Jack Dylan Grazer’s characters seems like it’s going to make for a fun time at the theater.
8 - Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20th)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi had Star Wars fans everywhere divided. It seems like people either loved or hated that movie. I thought the movie was decent, and I could understand people’s criticisms, especially when it comes to Luke Skywalker. But there’s no way I’m not going to see this movie in theaters. I ultimately want to see how the story is completed and the advertising campaign for this film is just so secretive that it’s built up my anticipation.
7 - Captain Marvel (March 8th)
I’ve gone back and forth on how I feel about Captain Marvel since it was first announced Brie Larson would play the role. (My personal choice was Charlize Theron.) But I’ve kept an open mind and the trailers have been pretty good. Yet, Marvel is clearly pandering to the people impressed by Wonder Woman, by releasing this movie on International Women’s Day (I mean, really?) But this is one of my most anticipated movies because we all know Captain Marvel is going to factor into Avengers: Endgame and there’s a lot that Marvel can do with this character. But it’s lower on this list than I personally anticipated because Marvel is not known for their bold choices and Brie Larson’s wooden acting in the very first trailer makes me nervous.
6 and 5 (tie) - Aladdin (May 24th) and The Lion King (July 19th)
Aladdin and The Lion King are ultimately in a tie and lower on my list than I thought they would be. We’ve only gotten one teaser trailer for both. Lion King’s teaser, while nostalgic, wasn’t really impressive to me. The colors of the trailer were dull and definitely not as lively as the original animated film. And while the voice cast excites me, I don’t want this movie to be a shot-by-shot remake of the animated film. But at the same time, it’s not like I’m going to skip out this movie, and after the impressive The Jungle Book, I’m just waiting for a full trailer to impress me.
Now, Aladdin - I rewatched the animated film the other week and I kept on questioning myself - how could anyone mess this up? But if there’s one person who could do it - it’s Guy Ritchie, the director, who is completely unsuited for this film. Apparently, there’s a random white character who’s unneeded, the actress who plays Jasmine (Naomi Scott) is so light-skinned that I originally thought they whitewashed the character before I researched her, and I have no idea what’s going on with Will Smith. But it’s Aladdin, I’m still patiently waiting for a full trailer, and it’s one of my most anticipated because these Disney live-action remakes are something I never knew I needed. I just don’t know if my expectations should be low or high.
4 - Us (March 22nd)
When the trailer for Us premiered, I was surprised that it comes out so soon, just around the corner it seems like. I know that Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o are going to be great in their roles, the story of doppelgangers is fascinating, and I’m excited for another good scare from Jordan Peele.
3 - IT: Chapter 2 (September 6th)
As you can see, I love, love, LOVE horror films. I love many genres of film (action, drama, comedy, crime, fantasy), obviously. But horror is definitely one of my favorite genres of film, second only to my love of comic book adaptations (when done right). The first IT was absolutely fantastic, a good scare that made you think, and the sequel with James McAvoy and Bill Hader playing older versions of the characters is more than I thought I would get.
2 - Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5th)
After the marvelous (pun totally intended) Spider-Man: Homecoming, I couldn’t wait to see what Sony would do with the sequel. And when the first trailer finally premiered, I was elated to see Tom Holland back in the role of Peter Parker. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is my favorite live-action Spider-Man and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is something I never knew I wanted so much until I saw him in action.
1 - Avengers: Endgame (April 26th)
Could my #1 spot really be anything else at this point? I have questions that need to be answered and I feel that Avengers: Endgame is going to be an even bigger movie than Avengers: Infinity War. And as we go into a new phase for Marvel, I’m interested to see if Marvel takes any risks or makes bold choices. And that starts with who’s actually going to stay dead. Will Marvel actually have the courage to kill off Captain America or Iron Man AND let them stay dead for more than one movie? We’ll see.