With 2018 swiftly drawing to a close, I thought I would look ahead to the movies I am most looking forward to in 2019. Yeah, I know some/most/all of them are bound to disappoint me, but hey, hope springs eternal and all that. And I am feeling kind of David Letterman-esque, so I will do this as a top 10 list.
10 Star Wars Episode IX: Like a lot of people, I haven't been blown away by the recent entries in the continuing (and continuing, and continuing, ad infinitum) Star Wars saga. But unlike a lot of people I didn't hate them either. They were mediocre at worst, IMO. So I have to admit I am looking forward to the conclusion of the story. I want to see how it ends, so it makes the list.
9. Glass: What's this, an M Night Shyamalan film on a my list? I am as surprised as you are. But the theatrical trailer intrigued me enough to prompt me to re-watch Unbreakable and I will also be watching Split in the near future. I have never been a fan of Shyamalan, but Glass looks intriguing to me and I thought the character in Unbreakable was an intriguing fellow who I am looking forward to seeing more of. Plus Samuel L. Jackson, the Bad Motherfucker himself. How can you go wrong?
8. Escape Room: Another one that I will admit caught me with the trailer. All in all it reminds me of the 1997 cult film Cube but I am okay with this. I loved Cube (the sequels, not so much). I don't know much about this one , other than the trailer leads me to conclude that it has a bunch of people in an escape room that is filled with deadly traps instead of mere puzzles to be solved. But it looks like it will at least be something that will keep me intrigued for a couple of hours.
7. Hellboy: So the Guillermo Del Toro version from 2004 (and its 2008 sequels) are classics and will be hard acts to follow. Hell (see what I did there?), ANYTHING by Guillermo Del Toro is going to be a tough act to follow. You would have to be insane to think that you are going to one up him. And that is exactly why I am so interested in this movie. It will either succeed in going one better than Del Toro or it will be a glorious trainwreck. Either way, I am bound to be amused by the results, thus it makes the list.
6. Zombieland 2: HOLY SHIT THEY ARE FINALLY WORKING ON ZOMBIELAND 2. There have been rumors since the original came out, but they never panned out. Amazon made a pilot for a Zombieland TV which was just fucking terrible. I mean MST level bad. So I thought it was dead, dead dead. But like one of the titular undead, it has come back. I only found out that this was in production a day or two ago, but it is supposed to have all of the original cast in it, which frankly is what made the movie a cut above you standard entry into the overcrowded genre of zombie films. It could still go bad, but I am hoping they re-create the magic of the first.
5. Spiderman: Far From Home: I liked Spiderman: Homecoming, despite going into the movie thinking we needed another Spiderman movie like we need a more virulent strain of Ebola. Tom Holland won me over though, as a young hero unsure of his powers but having a blast with them. I think that captured the spirit of the character far better than either of his predecessors in the red and blue tights. And he provided one of the most poignant moments of Infinity War so I am watching and waiting to see how he does in his second solo outing as the webslinger.
4. Pet Sematary: The original was an excellent adaption of an excellent novel. And this version, starring John Lithgow in the difficult to fill shoes of Fred Gwynne, looks to be the same. I will admit this one makes the list largely by virtue of being an adaption of a favorite novel of mine and a remake of a favorite movie. I know little else about it, but for me, that's all I need to know.
3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters: I thought the 2014 Godzilla was kind of a snoozer. The big lizard wasn't given his proper due, IMO. On the other hand, it had 0 Matthew Broderick and Godzilla wasn't a giant iguana this time around, those are big pluses. So this one would likely have been much lower on the list, if it made it at all except for one thing. It will bring back a lot of Godzilla's historical friends and foes. Rodan, Ghidorah, and Mothra. We get to see them looking as cool and awesome as they deserve. Plus it has the actress who plays 11 in Stranger Things (Milly Bobbie Brown). She has done such a good job on that show, that I look forward to seeing her in other roles. I just hope they don't waste her like they wasted Bryan Cranston in the 2014 version.
2. Avengers : Endgame: Who hasn't been looking forward to this one since Thanos made his fateful finger snap at the end of Infinity War? I know I have. I know, you know, and everyone knows they will bring back at least some of those characters who dissolved into dust at the end of the previous movie. Spiderman has a new movie coming out soon afterward and there is no way they are going to let Black Panther (who seems to have usurped Iron Man's position as the most popular character in the MCU) stay dead. No more Guardians of the Galaxy? Inconceivable. No way, no how. But I want to see HOW it happens. I want to see how they undo what they did.
1. It: Chapter 2: Stephen King gets a second spot on my list, but anyone who knows me personally should not be at all suprised by this. I enjoyed the hell out of the first movie, which only told half the story of the book. I have been greatly anticipating the second half, with the kids from the first film all grown up and ready to put Pennywise down for good. The first movie wasn't the most faithful adaptation of the books, and I doubt the second will be either. But as a big ol' Stephen King fanboy and someone who loved the first chapter, I can't wait.
I do notice a lot of sequels and remakes in this list, so maybe I am whats wrong with Hollywood. But then again, it could be that there are so many sequels and remakes out there that it can't be helped. But either way, 2019 is going to be a fun year at the movies for me.