Looking ahead: Most anticipated movies of 2019

2019previewAttempting to peer into the future and trying to pick the best movies of the coming year is always an interesting challenge. I know there’s always going to be a Star Wars and a Marvel movie on my most anticipated list (no surprise there, I’m sure!), and then I inevitably pick a few films that end up being flops and/or stinkers. (Yes, I did put “Pacific Rim: Uprising” on my most anticipated list at the beginning of 2018. No, it did not make the “best of the year” list at the end.)

Then, there are always some really good smaller movies that aren’t on my most anticipated list but do pop up on my radar throughout the year — and turn out to be really wonderful surprises. In light of that, even though my most anticipated of 2019 list is weighted to the bigger franchise films, if there are some smaller, more off-the-beaten path movies that you are excited about, please let me know!

Since I ended 2018 with a list of my seven favorite films, here are my seven most anticipated of 2019. As Thanos himself would say, perfectly balanced…as all things should be!

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7. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (June 7)

I don’t actually know if this movie will turn out to be good or not (it’s been delayed a number of times). But the concept intrigues me, and I love, love, LOVE James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Professor X and Magneto. I’m definitely going to give this a try.

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6. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31)

I didn’t love the 2014 “Godzilla” film but the trailer for this one looks intriguing (plus, that unexpected but fantastic use of “Clair de Lune” in the trailer was a stroke of marketing genius). I’m excited to see all the big-screen monsters, and to watch Millie Bobby Brown in one of her first major roles outside of “Stranger Things.”

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5. Knives Out (Nov. 27)

This is my pick for potential breakout hit. As anyone who knows me knows, I haven’t stopped talking about how much I loved “The Last Jedi” since December 2017, and I’m super excited to see more from director Rian Johnson. While I’m most intrigued by his potential spin-off Star Wars films, I’m also really looking forward to his mystery crime thriller “Knives Out.” Plus, check out that amazing cast — Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon…and that’s just a few!

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4. Aladdin (May 24)

The chatter online about Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” remake hasn’t necessarily been positive, but I am looking forward to it because I’ve really enjoyed some of Disney’s other live action films, particularly 2015’s “Cinderella” and 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast.” “Aladdin” is one of my favorite Disney animated movies, and I hope they are able to do it justice. I’m a fan of director Guy Ritchie, but I have a feeling the portrayal of the Genie is going to be what makes or breaks this film.

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3. Downton Abbey (Sept. 20)

“Downton Abbey” is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, and while I loved how the series ended, I can’t resist an opportunity to revisit these characters! I am curious to see how this works as a film, since it was previously in a TV format. However, just seeing all my favorite characters again will be worth a ticket for me.

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2. Avengers: Endgame (April 26) – plus Captain Marvel! (March 8)

While I have some theories about what may (or may not) happen in “Endgame,” I’m excited to see how this story wraps up after a decade of anticipation. I hope it’s surprising, challenging, and thrilling, providing a satisfying end to the character arcs we’ve been following. I’m also excited for Marvel’s first solo female superhero film, “Captain Marvel,” and to see how she will play a role in the events of “Endgame.”

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1. Star Wars Episode IX (Dec. 20)

If you know me well, you probably already guessed what was going to show up at No. 1 on this list. As I mentioned before, I haven’t stopped buzzing about “The Last Jedi” since I saw it, and I can’t wait to see how the story concludes. I loved the way “The Last Jedi” both deconstructed and reaffirmed the Star Wars mythos, challenging our favorite characters in unexpected ways and forcing them to confront their past and present failures. While J.J. Abrams has a difficult task before him, I trust that he’s going to wrap up the story in a satisfying way that will make me fall in love with the franchise all over again.

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13 thoughts on “Looking ahead: Most anticipated movies of 2019

  1. Well I have to thank you for introducing me to Knives Out — hadn’t heard of that one yet. What a cast! Got it on my list now for sure!

  2. My most anticipated movie of 2019 is Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The action sequences look amazing.

    Others include Glass and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (both of which have McAvoy). While reviews of the former have been average, James seems to have delivered another knock out performance as The Horde.

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix is essentially a remake of X-Men: The Last Stand, but with a different set of actors. Fingers crossed on that one.

    B2B.

    • I really loved the look of the trailer for Godzilla King of the Monsters – I have high hopes for that one! I also really want Dark Phoenix to be good; it has a great cast, and hopefully the script will match that!

  3. If you know me well, you probably already guessed that I prefer to look back, rather than forward 😉
    But at least I am enthusiastic about both those Marvel movies in March and April
    The Dark Phoenix Saga is 1 of Marvel’s great stories. Not sure if it could work on th big screen – reports of its release delays are disconcerting.
    Sorry, haven’t changed my mind about Star Wars IX – still going to give it a miss

    • I realized I didn’t even mention Spider-Man Far from Home on this list, but I saw the trailer and it looks really fun! I kinda wish they were holding it until fall, though, and spacing out the superhero movies a little more. But of course I’ll still go to see it! 😉

      • I had already forgotten about Far From Home!
        Perhaps th unsettling prospect of Jake Gyllenhal as Mysterio just put me off it altogether
        No worries, we will have forgotten about this film by the time it comes out 😉

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