If you thought last year was impressive then you’ll be absolutely blown away at the movies this year.
The cinematic calendar year for 2019 is well and truly upon us. There are some incredibly exciting films headed our way and we can’t wait to finally dig into them. It’s always best to have a list to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of them; the last thing you want to do is skip out on gems because you’re focused on the release of one film in particular.
So, without further delay, here are the most anticipated movies headed our way in 2019:
The Beach Bum (March 29, 2019)
A new Harmony Korine film should always be approached with excitement. He directed the likes of Gummo, Mister Lonely, Trash Humpers and Spring Breakers, the latter of which was his most recent effort.
This time – with The Beach Bum – Korine has plunged into the stoner-comedy genre with a terrific cast. Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, a man who lives by his own rules; he’ll be surrounded by a supporting cast of Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence, Snoop Dogg and more. Don’t miss out on this one, it’ll be a total blast.
Us (March 22, 2019)
What better way to sell audiences on Us than this: It’s Jordan Peele‘s follow-up to Get Out. His directorial debut was perhaps the most celebrated film of 2017 and his sophomore effort looks every bit as promising.
He’s sure to deliver something special with this, as the trailers tease so much yet so little. The film deals with a family who is confronted with the darker mirror image of themselves, raising a lot of questions. Which family is real? Why are they there? What does it all mean? We can’t wait to find out.
Dumbo (March 29, 2019)
We’ve already seen the likes of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book reimagined by the studio. Now, kicking off another year of live-action remakes of beloved Disney classics is Dumbo. The original film has always been considered rather dark but it deals with important films of loss and bravery.
Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton, who is actually a terrific choice to helm the project. He has directed such films as Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish and of course another live-action Disney film, Alice in Wonderland. We’d recommend bringing the tissues when this finally hits cinemas.
Pet Sematary (April 5, 2019)
Cinema has a longrunning relationship with adapting Stephen King novels. There have been some particularly notable adaptations recently, particularly that of Andy Muschietti’s It. Now, we are about to witness the long overdue Pet Sematary.
The narrative concerns a family who disregards the boundaries of life and death in order to tackle their mounting grief. The 1989 film feels pretty dated, so a new adaptation is definitely necessary – especially when the trailer is so promising.
Shazam! (April 5, 2019)
This superhero vehicle was initially approached with apprehension. However, when the trailer dropped excitement soon began to flood into the discussion. The footage teased something like Big meets Superman with all the humour intact; a pretty fun combination.
Shazam! tells the story of a foster kid who can turn into an adult superhero by yelling out the word “Shazam”. There are certainly lots of comedic possibilities you can explore with such an idea and it looks like director David F. Sandberg is diving into them all.
Hellboy (April 12, 2019)
It’s another big year for superhero fans and we’re all about to see Hellboy reimagined. Guillermo del Toro directed both Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, however, this will be a brand new take on the iconic antihero.
This time we have Neil Marshall (The Descent) directing with David Harbour (Stranger Things) in the lead. We’ll see Hellboy grapple with the powers of an ancient sorceress hellbent on erupting chaos – with a few friendly faces to aid him along the way. The trailer teased the film as somewhat of a comedy, yet we’ve been told to expect a darker vision than del Toro’s. We’ll have to wait and see.
Under the Silver Lake (April 19, 2019)
This is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to It Follows from David Robert Mitchell. The 2014 horror film is often regarded as one of the best this current decade, so fans expected him to get started on another genre film. However, Under the Silver Lake is not that film.
It stars Andrew Garfield as a young man who is swept up into a series of crazy situations after he begins investigating the disappearance of a mysterious woman he met swimming in his apartment block’s pool. Reviews have been rather divisive and tonally it resembles something like Inherent Vice – we’re definitely intrigued.
Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)
Without a doubt, Avengers: Endgame is the most anticipated film of 2019. Despite the hot competition, Avengers: Infinity War concluded so shockingly that we immediately wanted to dive into the sequel. Regrettably we’ve had to wait; however, the wait has fuelled such immense excitement.
We’re all so ready to join the gang as they try to reverse the devastation caused by the mighty Thanos in Infinity War. There are going to be some irreversible casualties in Endgame and fans are already expecting it to be the most emotional Marvel movie to date. Although we still have a while to wait, we’ll never be fully prepared for this one.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (May 10, 2019)
This striking effort is possibly one of the more surprising films forecast for a year at the movies. Pokémon Detective Pikachu takes place in a world where many roam around collecting Pokémon for battle; one trainer is shocked to discover that the Pikachu he caught can speak.
Not only can it speak, but it’s voiced by Ryan Reynolds and claims to be a detective. A pretty cool premise, to say the least. The trailer boasts a lot of fun, selling itself as the Who Framed Roger Rabbit for a new generation. This may be the film Pokémon fans have been waiting for.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (May 17, 2019)
John Wick was the unsuspecting sleeper-hit of the year. It arrived with little avail but as soon as word of mouth began to spread, word of Keanu Reeves‘ triumphant return was everywhere. The sequel was arguably even better; far more action-packed with some truly astonishing sequences.
It ramped up the thrills and we’re expecting John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum to do the same. This time we will see John targeted by every assassin and criminal worldwide – yet, we’re still banking on Reeves’ Mr. Wick to take them down. Perhaps this year we’ll see the actor conclude an action trilogy with the best instalment – sorry, The Matrix Revolutions.
Aladdin (May 24, 2019)
In with another live-action Disney remake we have Aladdin. This may prove to be Disney’s first slump in their string of reimagined classics, as many are picking fault with Will Smith‘s portrayal of the iconic genie, formerly voiced by Robin Williams. Nevertheless, general audiences are intrigued to see how this one will turn out, especially because it’s directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch); who would have thought?
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31, 2019)
Gareth Edwards’ 2014 reboot of the iconic monster franchise Godzilla certainly proved divisive. The biggest audience complaint was that there wasn’t enough screen-time for the titular titan – this doesn’t appear to be a problem for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The trailer teases an incredible ensemble of monsters, with Godzilla front-and-centre ready to be crowned king.
Rocketman (May 31, 2019)
With the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, director Dexter Fletcher is set to bring us another music biopic for 2019. After exploring Queen icon Freddie Mercury, we’re now going to be presented with an insightful dive into the mind of Elton John. The “Tiny Dancer” musician will be portrayed by Taron Egerton of the Kingsman franchise and looks absolutely phenomenal in the trailer. Audiences are already expecting big things from Rocketman and we sure are too.
Child’s Play (June 21, 2019)
One of horror’s greatest icons is set to make a comeback in this year’s reboot of Tom Holland’s Child’s Play. it looks like we can expect much of the same from this year’s Child’s Play except with a modern twist; are we about to see a technologically advanced Chucky? The trailer certainly suggests so…
Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019)
The toys are back in town this June and it looks like it’ll be the last time. It came as a surprise when Toy Story 4 was announced, seeing as the third chapter felt like such a beautiful conclusion to a trilogy. Yet, we’re now expecting a summer release for the final Toy Story instalment, which will see the gang embark on a road trip to discover the scope of their world. It’s actually a really promising premise – if the third film was anything to go by, we’re expecting tears when Toy Story 4 reaches screens.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5, 2019)
Spider-Man: Homecoming swung onto screens in 2017, providing the first solo-venture for Tom Holland‘s web-slinger. He instantly became the most popular Spider-Man, despite competition from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and now we’re preparing to see him take on a new foe. Jake Gyllenhaal is portraying Mysterio, who fans of the comics have been waiting to see depicted on the big screen since Sam Raimi’s film released in 2002.
The Lion King (July 19, 2019)
We were not exaggerating when saying that Disney was planning a busy year. After Dumbo and Aladdin, we’re ready to journey back to Pride Rock and see the studio’s 1994 film reimagined in a stunning live-action interpretation. Visually, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King looks exquisite, although many found their favourite film in the form of the animated original. This will have to be something spectacular.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 26, 2019)
It’s the new film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino… need we say more? Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as an actor and his stuntman striving to make it big in the land of motion pictures. We imagine Tarantino will nail the vibe of 1969 Los Angeles and it’ll be interesting to see him work outside of the western genre again. With a supporting cast boasting Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell and more, we’re expecting one of the year’s finest films with this one.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (August 2, 2019)
The dynamic duo of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham is back in Hobbs & Shaw. The recently released trailer captures everything that fans love about the franchise; it knows exactly what it is. This latest spin-off sees the characters go it alone, bombarded with insane action sequences and spectacle. The pair are both charismatic performers and clearly work well together, bouncing off of one another with wit and humour. You can count us in for this one.
It: Chapter Two (September 6, 2019)
Andy Muschietti’s It impressed audiences back in 2017 and now the long-anticipated sequel draws nearer. We have stood by the Losers’ Club in their youth and now the time has come to reacquaint with them in adulthood. It: Chapter Two will see the friends return to Derry to combat the mysterious forces of the antagonistic Pennywise.
The highlight of the first film was the young cast, who distracted us from the fact that the film wasn’t exactly effective in its scares. So, this sequel will definitely have to scare audiences to match the power of its predecessor. Concerns aside, we’re definitely excited.
Joker (October 4, 2019)
There are plenty of actors we would love to see take on the role of the Joker; Joaquin Phoenix would definitely be one of the top names on the list. He is set to star in Todd Phillips’ Joker, which is reported to be an origin story for the villain, following him from his humble roots as a failed stand up comic to the notoriety of his later persona.
It’s definitely one of the most anticipated of the year, mainly due to the fact that we’re really unsure of what to expect. Heath Ledger’s Joker will always cast a great shadow over any actor pursuing the role but Phoenix is often astonishing. If Phillips finds the right tone, Joker could be talked about for years to come.
Zombieland: Double Tap (October 11, 2019)
It’s the sequel ten years in the making. Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland has grown in status over the years, with many fans pining for a sequel. Finally, Zombieland: Double Tap is set to be with us this year – better late than never. It sounds like the film will follow the makeshift family across America as they encounter zombies, survivors and hopefully some Twinkies. The central cast will all be reprising their roles so it looks like October’s box-office is on to a winner.
Terminator: Dark Fate (November 1, 2019)
The plot is currently under wraps for Terminator: Dark Fate. It’s directed by Tim Miller, who recently brought audiences the hit film Deadpool. Although the franchise has underwhelmed fans in recent years, this entry promises something special. James Cameron is returning to the series as a producer, which means it will offer as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, disregarding the three subsequent efforts. At long last, hopefully, his return is an indication that Terminator: Dark Fate will be the next great addition in the franchise.
Frozen II (November 22, 2019)
It was only a matter of time. That’s right, the sequel to Disney’s overwhelmingly successful 2013 film Frozen. This time, we’ll follow Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf as they journey into the forest to discover the ancient truths of their kingdom. Frozen II is sure to be one of the most popular efforts of the entire year and we can expect a hit single to accompany its box-office success. With a release date in the lead-up to Christmas, you can expect to see this in cinemas one way or another.
Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20, 2019)
Rounding off the year – and the recent trilogy – is Star Wars: Episode IX. J.J. Abrams will be resuming his directorial duties after having helmed Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens back in 2015; perhaps more of a crowd-pleasing decision after Rian Johnson’s more divisive Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. Plot details are under wraps at the moment but we can expect some shocking reveals to emerge from the new trilogy’s monumental conclusion. Episode IX isn’t a film, it’s an event – you’d be foolish to miss it.
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