It may seem a little late to talk about the top ten anticipated films of 2019 as I realise 2019 already well underway. But, as lists like these are always fun to read and argue over, the time is never too late. Here are my top ten anticipated movies being given a wide release this year. This is, of course, all opinion. These are the movies I am personally looking forward to the most this year, and am in no way saying that everyone should feel the same way I do. That would just be dumb.
It should be said that if we had been a little earlier with this list, there might be other movies that may have landed on this list. I personally was looking forward to The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, far more than several of the films found here. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was also high on the list, and even Alita: Battle Angel might have snuck in there. However, we are now in March and these films have come and gone. And before I get any further, I want to add that the way these movies are listed is not in the order that I am excited for them, but merely in order of release dates. I don’t want anyone to think that Cats is my number 10 pick instead of number 1 like it should be. So, with that in mind, here are the top ten anticipated films to look out for this year that I am excited for.
Captain Marvel (Released)
Of course Captain Marvel takes the first spot. Not only does the film come out in a week, it is the last Marvel movie to release before the hotly anticipated and sure to be emotionally scarring Avengers: Endgame. Naturally don’t expect to see that movie on this list.
This movie has several factors going for it. It’s a Marvel Studios movie. That’s one. Another is it’s about a woman who can shoot photon blasts out of her hands at green aliens who can shapeshift. That’s pretty badass. And that’s before a young Samuel L. Jackson gets involved. Of course, then we have the mohawk based outfit and all the flying around in space and holy crap Thanos is screwed. Leading nicely onto Avengers: Endgame
Possibly the most anticipated movie of all time on this list? Maybe it’s cheating to have two Marvel movies back to back on this list, but come on. If there’s someone who’s not excited about seeing this movie, I don’t know how they can be helped. Infinity War blew all expectations out the window, leaving the MCU in a place it’s never been before. There are more theories about this movie than the rest of this list combined, ranging from the relatively sane to heartbreaking to absolutely wtf was that person thinking. There is no precedent for this movie, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for what will be the finale to the MCU as we know it.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Someone didn’t tell the writers of the third Keanu Reeves driven revenge spy thriller that simple names are sometimes better, but that doesn’t matter because I am so very very excited for this movie. The first John Wick came to prominence because, believe it or not, it wasn’t a bad movie. The second one knew it couldn’t ride on that wave as well, so it became a fantastic movie. It ended at a place that would make Empire Strikes Back proud, and leaves the door open for some pretty amazing stuff to come.
There are, of course, concerns with this. How much of Keanu Reeves punching and shooting people can we take before we call it quits? How much of him running around just looking cool are we expected to watch before we wish we were rewatching The Matrix? How can…wait…is that him riding a horse down a crowded street being chased by ninjas with samurai swords on motorcycles? Please, take my money.
Now, this is very personal to me. I love Aladdin. It is probably my favorite Disney classic of all time, and while I wasn’t sure if Disney should have touched it while mining through their animated classics, the more I heard about it the more excited I got. I happen to like Guy Ritchie as a director quite a lot. The casting of Will Smith as the Genie? He’s no Robin Williams, but gosh darn it, Will Smith is so likeable. Then the trailer dropped. (The one without the Genie). I was hooked. That music though! The second trailer dropped (the one with the Genie). Okay, we’ve got a few months left before this comes out. The CGI is a little iffy, but I’m not concerned. I’m still excited!
I understand I am not necessarily in the vocal majority here. So many people hated Will Smith’s Genie from the full two seconds we saw of him, and I guess I understand why. It didn’t look great, but they have time to fix it. Honestly, as long as I get to see some cool action and magic snakes and a magic carpet I’ll feel the same emotional attachment to as Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation, I’m set.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Okay, yes, I like superhero movies. I think that’s pretty clear. And I absolutely loved Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tom Holland and just about everything they did with that film. I think it is the best Spider-Man movie to date, at least in live action. (Because let’s be honest, Into the Spiderverse is the best thing to ever come from a comic book. Opinion! That’s just an opinion!) The inclusion of Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, one of the goofiest villains ever, is brilliant, and he somehow he looks as badass as Thor. I can’t get enough of Tom Holland as Spider-Man, and this looks like it’s going to be a perfect continuation of Homecoming.
I am concerned that the inevitable twist that Mysterio isn’t a hero will be dumb, and that they’re just recycling the villain plot from The Incredibles. I have faith that the writers at Marvel are smarter than I am, however, or every other person on the planet who thought the same thing after that trailer. It’s gonna be awesome regardless though.
The Lion King
I swear I’m not an employee of Disney just raving about all their movies. But come on! It’s The Lion King! If it was under the direction of some no name director I would be concerned, but they’ve got Jon Favreau, who directed The Jungle Book to near perfection, on the job. It’s gonna be amazing! And if it isn’t, well at least it’ll look amazing. And if people don’t cry when they see a hyper realistic Mufasa be trampled again, there is something wrong with them. The rumors that Scar doesn’t have his song is disheartening, (‘Be Prepared’ is the height of Disney villain songs, in my opinion, just ask anyone who has to listen to me sing it every chance I get), but I can get past that. The voice talent they have is unparalleled, and if anyone was concerned about whitewashing, this movie has it covered. In Jon Favreau we trust.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
It’s Quentin Tarantino. What more is there to say?
Of course there is the argument that he’s been losing a bit of his edge in his most recent films. There are very few people who will say that The Hateful Eight stands in the same conversation as Pulp Fiction or Inglourious Basterds. However, regardless, there is some assurance that this movie is going to be at least enjoyable to Tarantino fans, simply because he hasn’t made an absolutely terrible film yet. A film set around the Manson murders in Hollywood in the 70s? DiCaprio and Brad Pitt? I signed up a long time ago.
No words needed.
After a total gross of $400,738,009. It’s more than clear that Frozen was a success! I’m not excited to listen to Frozen 2‘s song, I think I listened to ‘Let it Go’ 12432489321984938 times. I really don’t want that to happen again.
Star Wars Episode IX
Ha! And you thought it was going to be Cats! Just kidding, no one thought this was going to be Cats. It’s Star Wars! It was always going to be Star Wars. There is so much riding on this movie, I fear it may buckle beneath the pressure. Not only does it have to make up for the last two years of Star Wars films (like them or not, Last Jedi and Solo weren’t exactly well received across the board) but it also has to bring the entire Skywalker Saga to a satisfying conclusion. That means it has to touch on things from the prequels, the originals, and everything in between. It has to stick the landing, otherwise the Disney experiment with Star Wars will have, maybe not failed, but will be in a place of major setback. All the same, it’s a Star Wars movie. I’m excited about it, and I’m going to see it. Here’s hoping it’s good.
So there we have it, top ten anticipated movies of 2019. For me personally, anyway. When I was going through the list of wide release movies that are coming out this year, it turned out to be a lot harder than I thought to pick only ten. There are actually so many movies that I’m looking forward to, and some of them are likely to be better than some of the ones listed above. I don’t know if I’ll make a habit of it or not, but there are several honorable mentions that I would like to add. These are the five films I’m still excited about, but not as much as the ten before them.
The solo Joker film, set to be released in October, is intriguing if nothing else. The fact that Joaquin Phoenix is involved is enough to get me excited, especially after his performance in last year’s You Were Never Really Here. Godzilla: King of the Monsters looks like it’s going to be an insane amount of fun, and as long as I get to see giant monsters punching each other a lot, I’ll be happy.
Missing Link, the newest project from Laika, looks like it’s going to keep up the quality of their past films like Kubo and the Two Strings, which is one of my favorite animated movies ever. The trailer looked fun, and we don’t see stop motion animation very often, so this will be a nice change of pace.
As a huge Middle-earth fan, I can’t help but be excited by the Tolkien biopic that’s being released later this year. The life of J.R.R. Tolkien is as interesting as the books he wrote, and I want to see how they portray that onscreen.
And for my last honorable mention, Jojo Rabbit, I would have put it in the actual top ten if I could have. Unfortunately, Taika Waititi’s latest film hasn’t gotten a release date, a trailer, or really much more than a synopsis and one official photo, but that alone has me excited. Taika Waititi is one of the most interesting directors right now, and I will be first in line to any movie he makes.
Again, these are my personal picks for anticipated movies, but I highly doubt my list will be the same as yours. Be sure to let us know what your top picks are! There are a lot of movies to choose from, and a lot of different opinions. But that’s what makes movies so great!