November was a mad month for me. With finishing off university work for the semester, planning a film festival and working part-time alongside that, it was crazy that I got time to go to the cinema. I did, and it was only to see Bohemian Rhapsody a further two times. Yes, that is how much I enjoyed that film. I did not get to see Widows unfortunately, and I missed my chance to see A Star is Born for a second time. However, I will be going to see Ralph Breaks the Internet this week and there are several special screenings of films that I will be going to in the upcoming week, including the Cineworld Unlimited Secret Screening.
So, November may have not been a good month for me going to the cinema. However, it was a good month for me watching films. I have started my Christmas season off by watching a film I simply must watch every year, Arthur Christmas. My new watch for the month was Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone. A full review will come out for that film soon, but I will say that the film is hit and miss at times. As I had planned a film festival for this month, I also got to watch some of my favourite teen films on a cinema screen which has been incredible and I will be writing a blog post on that some time soon.
We are finally into the last month of the year and 2018 has been an incredible year for film. Whilst I am confident that none of the movies in December will come near my top five of the year, I am still excited to check them out. There is something for everyone this month, whether you love animation, comic books, action, art-house, family movies and more. Here is my list for the top five cinema releases of December 2018:
1. Aquaman, which will be released in the UK on the 12th of December. DC is hit or miss for me, with me controversially loving Suicide Squad, but not too keen on Justice League. This version of Aquaman looks awesome, and Jason Momoa is the perfect choice to make Aquaman cool to a younger or more casual audience. The trailers have been good so far and it seems like with their line-up of movies, DC could be back on track.
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which will also be released in the UK on the 12th of December. I have heard critical praise about this version of Spider-Man, with people calling it the best Spider-Man movie ever made. This film still has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and with an average review of 9/10, that is serious praise. I love the animation style this film goes for, and I am seriously excited to check this entry out.
3. Sorry to Bother You, which will be released in the UK on the 7th of December. This film has a stellar cast, including Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Terry Crews (White Chicks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). I know little about this film, except that it is something to do with a phone company and it takes an artistic approach that is unique to films. I love films that are experimental, and I have enjoyed the teasers that have been used to promote this film. This is the type of film that needs love and support, and I hope it seriously does well.
4. Mary Poppins Returns, which will be released just in time for Christmas in the UK on the 21st of December. Whilst I have only watched the original Mary Poppins film a couple of times when I was younger, it was a sheer joy and one of the classic Disney tales. With Emily Blunt playing the lead and Lin-Manuel Miranda co-starring as well as writing the music for this new film, we can expect the same tone and style of songs that we fell in love with in the first film.
5. All of the Christmas re-releases that are coming this month. Yes, this may not be new releases, but it will be the first time that a lot of us get to see these movies on the big screen. I already have my tickets booked to see Home Alone this week at Cineworld, and there is a chance I may try and see Die Hard as well.
This is an incredibly busy month for movie-goers. Alongside all of that, there are so many films being released in the same week. Once Upon a Deadpool is also being released on December 12th for a limited time before the Christmas period, and for the action/sci-fi fans they also have the choice of Mortal Engines and Bumblebee. Christmas is known as one of the busiest times of the year for cinema, and everyone wants a piece of the success that the likes of Jumanji and The Greatest Showman had back in 2017.
In terms of the blog this month, I will be more active due to less work and no university until the middle of January. I plan to review one Christmas films every Monday leading up to Christmas, with a review of The Princess Switch coming out tomorrow. I have some exciting film-related posts coming out, and anytime I see a new film I will make sure to post a review on it as soon as I can.
What do you make of my list of the most anticipated films of December 2018? Do you agree that Aquaman is the most anticipated film this month, or are you more excited to just sit down and watch all the classic Christmas films? Let me know in the comments and I will respond back.