So I was going to talk about this at the end of the year until I thought to myself, “Hey, I’m going to be working on other projects for the blog at the end of the year (I’m toying with the idea of doing a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit month) and I want to talk about this right now.” So here we are. I’m picking these on a mix of how excited I am for the movie in question, how much risk it has of going south, and how awesome it will be if these movies succeed. Honorable mentions goes to Kingsmen: The Secret Service and Mad Max: Fury Road, seeing as how the trailers got me very interested, but probably not enough to put it on the list. Anyway, here we go.
Number 10 – Tomorrowland
Brad Bird is directing a live action Disney Movie. This probably should be enough to make you go nuts already, (even though I don’t remember liking MI4 that much) but the plot sounds interesting too. It involves two people who travel to a place that exists outside of space and time called Tomorrowland, where their actions directly alter the world around them. Sounds cool to me!
Number 9 – Inside Out
Finally Pixar gets back in the game with this movie that also sounds quite interesting. It’s about people who inhabit the mind of a little girl who I guess represent her emotions. Going with Pixar’s track record for doing new things, I’d say there’s a good chance of this becoming another smash hit. Good luck Pixar.
Number 8 – Minions
Given the success of the minions from Despicable Me franchise, I suppose this was inevitable. It will be interesting to see if these guys can hold their own movie, but I’d say it really won’t matter because this probably going to make a lot of money anyway. Still, the plot sounds interesting (it will be set in the past with the minions working for a new female villain) and I have hope for this franchise.
Number 7 – Ant-Man
Marvels first phase three movie seems like the studio’s next major gamble. But judging by the success of Guardians, we might not have anything to worry about. Still, it’s a shame Edger Wright won’t be directing, but at least they’re keeping the same screenplay. Good luck Ant-Man.
Number 6 – Fantastic Four
Does anyone remember the old Fantastic Four movies? I do. Please don’t be like that new Fantastic Four movie. In all honesty this might be a surprise hit. We haven’t seen much of this movie aside from The Things head piece. But that looks cool to me! Let’s just hope this doesn’t blow up in Fox’s face.
Number 5 – Peanuts
Jeez, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Peanuts on any screen! Well I have high expectations for this movie, and judging from the fact that it’s coming from Blue Sky, I’m a little concerned. But from their teaser trailer released, it doesn’t look like they’ve given me any real reason to be so. Yet.
Number 4 – Mockingjay Part 2
I’ll probably have more to say on this once we see the first part. (And once I actually read the darn book) But as it is, it’s the end of The Hunger Games movies and the end to one of the better book to film adaptations in a little while. Once again, good luck and happy hunger games.
Number 3 – Kung-Fu Panda 3
It’s about freaking time! Where the heck has this movie been for four years? Hopefully getting ready to top my expectations again? I hope! I really hope this movie does as well as other Dreamworks sequels. That’s all I ask.
Number 2 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Yea, you knew it would be coming on this list. If I’ve been worried about other movies on this list, it might surprise you that I actually have faith in this one. Judging by the the fact that the last two Marvel movies have been overwhelmingly awesome, and the fact that Joss Whedon is returning, I’d think it’s safe to say that we’ll all be satisfied after we walk out of the theater. DON’T JINX IT!
Number 1 – Star Wars Episode 7
And now we return to the uncertainty train, but not as much. I think this movie really does have a 50/50 chance of going either way. I’m not asking for this movie to be The Empire Strikes back, I’m not even asking it to be Return of the Jedi. I’m just asking for J.J. Abrahms Star Wars movie. I have faith that he can probably do what he did for Star Trek again for Star Wars. Please!
What movies are you looking forward to next year? What movies do you think I missed? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you next time.