We are on the cusp of another year and as is customary, it is time to talk about which of the movies are quickly gaining some clout heading into the new year. Without any further ado, here are Monty’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015.
10.) Jurassic World
Much along the same lines as Mockingjay: Part II, a lot of apprehension heading into this movie. I have no doubt about Chris Pratt or the ability of Bryce Dallas Howard in this movie; where the questionable decision comes from is the director’s chair. Given, Colin Trevorrow had a great sci-fi hit on his hands two years ago with Safety Not Guaranteed, but this is an entirely different monster. Perhaps one of the most treasured franchises of all time, and the generation that grew up with the Jurassic Park franchise, my generation, is getting to the age when we haven’t seen a good Jurassic Park film since the original, which was made 22 years ago. I’m all for this movie delivering above expectations, but what seems to be the theme of 2015, expectations, may end up being too much for this movie to succeed.
9.) London Has Fallen
I was as surprised that this movie was even announced, I had absolutely no idea until I was prepping for this article that a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen was on its way. Best. News. Ever. I know that I’m probably in the minority for absolutely adoring the 2013 Antoine Faqua film; but truth be told, I do not care. It was the closest thing to Die Hard that I’ve seen since Air Force One, and I’m a complete sucker for those kinds of movies. Plus the fact that we had Lucius Fox, Harvey Dent and King Leonidas in the same movie got me really excited. Apparently, the next sequel will focus on a world summit meeting hijacked by terrorists, and only one man (Gerard Butler) can save all the world leaders. If London is anything like Olympus, we’re in for one solid trip.
8.) Tomorrow Land
We have yet to see a great deal for Brad Bird’s newest foray into cinema, but if his track record is anything to be considered, you should be excited for this one. Starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, Bird has free reign to take the audience to places never seen on the silver screen before, and, if his potentital with this science-fiction/fantasy film is on par with the Mission: Impossible franchise revitalization seen with Ghost Protocol, we are in for a great ride.
7.) Inside Out
2014 was just…weird. Not having a Pixar movie grace the screen during the summer was a very awkward detraction from our regular, year-by-year procedure, but it looks like Inside Out is going to be worth the wait. Especially after the newest, three-minute trailer that exhibited an emotional war between a husband and wife, we are in for a welcome return to form for Pixar this summer.
6.) Furious 7
The loss of Paul Walker, even a year out, still feels somewhat surreal. After the revitalization of the franchise back in 2011, we head full steam into Furious 7 with the strongest amount of expectation in the history of the Fast & Furious Franchise. There is no reason why the franchise won’t have its best iteration yet; the combination of the late and great Walker, Vin Diesel, The Rock and now Jason Statham along with the incredibly strong first half established by Fast & Furious 6 make Furious 7 an incredible way to kick off the summer of 2015.
5.) Mission: Impossible V
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is easily my favorite entry into this long-lasting franchise. Although Brad Bird will not be involved, J.J. Abrams will be, and the promise of Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames returning is a great sign of what is going to come from this new movie. The director of Jack Reacher, probably one of the most underrated action flicks from the last few years is helming the project, all lights are beaming bright for what could be another strong, Tom Cruise action flick.
4.) The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino has been on a tear with his epic films, first the two-part Kill Bill saga, followed by Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, all of which have been incredible and a welcome return to the old-school, grindhouse style of filmmaking. Tarantino is perhaps set for his biggest film yet, bringing together Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Masden and Bruce Dern in Tarantino’s version of The Magnificant Seven. Knowing Tarantino and his plans heading into the new year, you can be sure that we can see another fun adventure from one of the best cinematic minds of our generation.
I remember when all the pieces were announced for Skyfall, and it simply seemed like it would not fail. That resulted in one of the better Bond movies in recent memory, on par with Casino Royale as the best James Bond film of the 21st century. I had the same sense of excitement when I heard that Mendes was returning for another Bond movie, but that excitement was exponentially increased upon learning that not only would Craig return, but he would be joined by not only Christoph Waltz, but also Dave Batista, and the movie would be based upon the super-evil organization SPECTRE, who have been a major cog in the Bond storyline since the early films during the 1960s. This all means that we are in for another great spy adventure come November.
2.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens
J.J. Abrams was able to work magic on the Star Trek franchise. Although detractors have an argument when talking about the specifics of the plot and the gaps within the movies, one thing is clear; Abrams knows how to film Sci-Fi and is the right man to have the reigns of the Star Wars franchise. Are there doubts? Absolutely. Having Disney in control of the regime is going to be interesting. The trailer that we saw early on offered a lot more questions than answers, but that is customary of an Abrams trailer, which ends up having more questions than a Nolan preview. But at the end of the day, for many fans it’s going to come down to whether or not this new Star Wars trilogy can live up to the lofty expectations of the original trilogy, which is an insurmountable goal to set for a movie trilogy that’s going to hit the big screen 40 years after the original. Star Wars fans need to embrace this for what it is; a great chance to start fresh. For my generation, this is the first ORIGINAL Star Wars movie that we have ever seen; the newest Star Wars movies to hit theaters were either the re-releases shoved upon us during the mid-90s and the prequel trilogy, in which we already knew where all of our favorite characters would eventually land. This is uncharted territory, let’s just enjoy it.
1.) Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel’s Phase Two has arguably far surpassed the promise delivered by Phase One. What started with Iron Man 3 was blown out of the water by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, and cap that off with what might be the best teaser trailer of the year with the first look we got at the new Avengers movie this past spring. Ever since then, anticipation has started to hit a fever pitch, especially with the supposed inclusion of James Spader as the titular villain, alongside the introduction of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision. Now that we see the blueprint of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe hopes to achieve over the next five years, it’s easy to see that Age of Ultron is likely going to be the cornerstone of not only the summer, but of comic book movies over the next 10 years, since the MCU is quickly going to be in an arms race with the DC Universe. I’ll just go back to my firm belief established back in 2012; In Whedon we Trust. Gut feeling? This one is going to be a classic.
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