It is almost 2019, and all of the major film releases have their release dates in place. There is no certainty that these movies are good, and most chances it will be the smaller, independent films that will be the best in terms of quality. However, it is mainly the blockbuster films that get the big hype and it is time to look at what films I am mostly anticipating in the year of 2019.
|Dumbo (2019) – source: Walt Disney Studios|
Disclaimer: I have left out some of the biggest potential movies of 2019, such as Toy Story 4, Glass and Star Wars: Episode XI. Whilst I am excited to see how these movies turned out, it is simply the case that I am probably less excited about these franchises in comparison to some of the franchises and original movies that are being released in 2019.
I really did not expect to be excited for this film, given that I am not a huge fan of the Tim Burton style outside of The Nightmare Before Christmas. However, I absolutely adore the animated Dumbo film, and the trailer for this film blew my mind. It looks like all of the heart is staying in this film, and they are keeping to the original story. They also played “Baby Mine”, which I know is going to break my heart when I see it on the big screen, so it managed to sneak into my top ten.
9. Zombieland Too
I do not like the name of this film, but that is besides the point. I only watched the original Zombieland this year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. With a stellar cast of some of my favourite actors working, from Emma Stone to Woody Harrelson, I know the sequel is going to be just as good and I am excited to actually see this one in the cinema.
|Rocketman (2019) – source: Paramount Pictures|
8. Spider-Man: Far From Home
Whilst I am yet to see the original Spider-Man franchise by Raimi and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so far the Holland incarnation of Spider-Man is my favourite. It is a true reflection of the character of Peter Parker as well as Spider-Man in his early ages of being a hero. This new film is also confirmed to be taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, so it will be interesting not only to see how they take the story, but how the carefully do the advertising campaign for this film.
You may be wondering how this film made it into my most anticipated list and not the likes of Star Wars: Episode XI or Toy Story 4. Well, I am currently in the right mood for more musical bio-pics after my love for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Elton John is a perfect person to release a film like this. His music is captivating, he has a wild background which will make for an entertaining film, and it seems like there is a bit of dream-like qualities or fantasy with this upcoming film, which I am excited for. With Taron Egerton starring as Elton, this film seems to be truly made for me and I am excited to finally see it.
6. Kingsman: The Great Game
Speaking of Taron Egerton, my love for the actor came down to the Kingsman franchise, one of the most unique and refreshing franchises to pop up to cinemas in decades. Despite the backlash for the sequel, I actually really enjoyed what they were offering up. Yes, it seems like Egerton will not be in this film, but this is fleshing out the world even more and between this, the prequel and the Statesmen spin-off TV series, this is a franchise that has legs and I will check out anything that is released under the name Kingsman.
|Shazam! (2019) – source: Warner Bros.|
5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
This is one of those movies that looks like it cannot go wrong. With Tarantino directing a film about the events of Hollywood in 1969 (if you do not know the story, do some research on it because it is gruesome and horrible, but also fascinating to read), and starring the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt, it has a cast to die for. There is nothing that has been released for marketing yet, but I can already tell that this is going to be a hit.
Even though I would say that I am a Marvel fan, I am eagerly waiting this release from DC. When I heard about this film, it definitely felt fresh in comparison to the typical comic book films we have been seeing recently, and I appreciate that. I have adored Zachary Levi for years from his voice work in Tangled and his theatre performance in She Loves Me, so it was an interesting cast choice to pick him for the role. However, he is a great personality and extremely likeable, and this is truly a film that is going to have fun and draw in a wide audience from children, families and even adults who want t see a hero adaptation of Big essentially. This could be a surprise box office success for DC, and I certainly hope it is as good as I think it is going to be.
This is the one smaller film I have on the list, but this is one that I have been anticipating since it was announced. Last year, Get Out was in my top three films of the year (you can read my full list here) and that was down to the incredible screenplay written by Jordan Peele. Next year, he is releasing his new project simply named Us. This is another horror film also produced by Blumhouse, and it is going to star Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o. Whilst we know very little about the film, the posters that have been released look stunning and this could easily be in contention for film of the year come the end of 2019.
|The Lion King (2019) – source: Walt Disney Studios|
2. The Lion King
As a huge Disney renaissance fan, there is no shock that this film is in my top three. You may wonder why Aladdin didn’t make the list, and that is purely down to the advertising campaign so far. The trailer just hasn’t excited me yet, and I am just waiting to see Will Smith as the Genie to get a good sense on how great this film has be. On the other hand, there is no denying that The Lion King trailer blew everyone’s mind. It was the perfect first trailer. I may not be one of those people who claim that the original Lion King film is the best animated film of all time (that belongs to Beauty and the Beast for me), but there is no doubt that this trailer gave so much power to the original, and people will be flocking to the cinema on opening day to relive their childhood.
1. Avengers: Endgame
There simply isn’t any other film that can be here, can there? A film that had nearly 300 million views on it’s first trailer in the first 24 hours alone and is following the fourth biggest box office film of all time. This is going to be Marvel’s biggest film for many years to come, and it will not shock me if this film makes even more money than the previous film did. The first trailer that was released just last week was stunning, and simply the perfect way to begin the marketing campaign. I obviously have high hopes for this film, and I have faith in Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel to create an ending to this saga of the Avengers that Stan Lee would be proud of.
So what do you think of my list? Are you more excited than me for Toy Story 4 or Star Wars: Episode XI, and are you anticipating The Lion King or Avengers: Endgame more? Or, do you have a completely different film as your most anticipated of 2019? Let me know in the comments below.