Greetings fellow Cinephiles! I've rounded up a list my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2018. These are flicks that I will no doubt be watching on opening day thanks in part to my Moviepass. Peep the cinematic heat below.
*Fair warning, I'm a Marvel girl so there's a heavy lean toward the superhero category
Release Date: 2/16/18
Yes. Yes. Yes. Ever since Black Panther graced us with his presence in Captain America: Civil War, I’ve been eagerly awaiting his stand-alone film. Safe to say I’m not the only one. It’s about damn time we see a predominantly African-American cast that isn’t pigeonholed into the “thug” or “slave” roles as we’ve seen in history past. Nah, we takin’ it to superhero level. The star-studded cast is the epitome of #blackexcellence (as my co-worker Christian would say) and allows the younger POC generation to see themselves represented on the big screen in a positive way. And don’t get me started on the soundtrack. Really, don’t – it’s going to be insanely innovative. Kendrick Lamar is producing it. Need I say more? If Ryan Coogler’s directing credits (Fruitvale Station, Creed) are any indication of what to expect from Black Panther, we have a lot to look forward to in February, a.k.a. Black History Month ;-)
Release Date: 2/23/18
First thing that comes to mind when I think of this movie? A bad-ass female cast. I’m not sure I can completely suspend my disbelief when I see Natalie Portman wielding a gun as big as her and going all Rambo-like in the alien forest but I do know I’m excited to see what Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez of Jane The Virgin fame and Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnorak, Creed, Dear White People) bring to the table. Curiously, Gina’s character is the only one assigned a name whereas all the remaining characters are identified by their occupation on movie’s IMDB page (what does that mean?!?!). Furthermore, I’m anxiously awaiting to see what potential psychological twist Ex Machina director Alex Garland has hiding up his sleeve.
Isle of Dogs
Release Date: 3/23/18
I’ve been a fan of Wes Anderson since Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. Somehow, he’s managed to pique my interest yet again with this endearing story of pup-dogs. Isle of Dogs is shot in the same style as Fantastic Mr. Fox and I can only guess that we’ll get another glimpse of Anderson’s genius creativity through his use of stunning visual imagery. Worth mentioning is the loaded cast who lend their voices to the film. This may be a little premature but I can see this one as an Oscar 2019 contender.
Ready Player One
Release Date: 3/30/18
If you were alive during the 80’s, Ready Player One looks like a movie you’d want to peep. Hell, if you’re a fan of any summer blockbuster, you’ll want to see this movie. I’m currently reading the book and the further in I get, the antsier I grow. The author is one of the screenwriters so we can hopefully trust the movie will stay true to the book. Oh, and if you’re still not convinced, Steven Spielberg is directing the film. Yeah, the one responsible for every pop-culture reference is taking the reins and bringing the book to life. Hold on to your butts.
A Quiet Place
Release Date: 4/16/18
First and foremost, I want to preface my undying love for all things Emily Blunt. That’s just one of the many reasons why A Quiet Place is on this list. It’s just a bonus that her and her hubby, John Krasinski star in this movie. And one more reason I’m pumped for this film? He’s directing it! #familygoals. The premise is something new, something fresh – something that Hollywood seems to be lacking nowadays. A family survives what seems to be a species of deadly monsters by living in complete silence? Yeah, that’s a new one to me. Judging by the preview alone, the use of silence is daunting and unnerving and will no doubt play an integral role in the film that will only enhance the horror aspect of this original gem.
Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: 5/4/18
This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Since that fateful day, May 2nd 2008, when we were introduced to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man – the beginning of the MCU – we’ve been waiting for Thanos to show himself and lay the smack down that would send Triple H running to his mommy. Ask me how I spent my last Saturday night and I’d tell you my hubby and I were sifting through each frame of the preview and extracting as much information possible to predict the storyline of the entire movie. Here’s what I know for sure: I can’t wait to see the interplay between the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they team up to take on Thanos and the Black Order. I’m also interested to see just how dark Marvel goes with the tone of the film. I’ll be watching, opening night with my popcorn and pop in hand ready for my mind to be blown.
Release Date: 6/8/18
Grown women steal shit.
Ant-Man & The Wasp
Release Date: 7/6/18
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked, no, loved Ant-Man. Paul Rudd is the perfect fit for the witty superhero and now he finds a fighting partner in Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp. Woohoo! She’s was fantastic on Lost and now she’s off the island and ready to kick ass as Ant-Man’s partner. The idea was teased in the post-credit scene of Ant-Man and I’ve been waiting ever since to see if the two superheroes can deliver the same comedy and entertainment, if not more, in this sequel.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Release Date: 11/16/18
Alas! My second husband, Johnny Depp, will get to revive his :25 role as Gellert Grindelwald, the most feared wizard of all time. That is, before Voldermort stepped on the scene. For Harry Potter fans around the world, this’ll be an interesting look at a young Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. I’m finding it hard to envision Law playing such an adored character but I want to buy into it. So bad. I guess I’ll just have to wait until November 16 to see if it’s going to be a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ for me. Until then, I’ll just be here, swooning over Johnny.
Mary Poppins Returns
Release Date: 12/25/18
Remember that thing I said about Emily Blunt? Yeah, there’s no exception even when it comes to a classic like Mary Poppins. Out of all the actresses in the world today, who could pull off a more perfect depiction of Julie Andrew’s beloved character? Not to mention Julie Andrew’s approves of Emily taking over the role. This is the best casting since Emma Watson as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. From the articles I’ve read and interviews I’ve watched, we’re going to see a Mary Poppins that aligns more with the character from the book. We’ll get to see Blunt bring her wit and British mannerisms to the character and I for one am pumped to watch it, especially on Christmas day!