With 2014 finally in the memory banks, I am of course looking to the year ahead for my movie fix and wonder just what will excite, delight and entertain in 2015? Listed below are just a few of the movies I am most looking forward to, with a few words on how I hope they’ll turn out…
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Mathew Vaughan’s attempt to inject some much needed cool into the Brit spy thriller and considering he was responsible for the excellent Kick-Ass, I’m very hopeful of this one.
Directing debut of writer & novelist Alex Garland, with an intelligent look at artificial intelligence, a reclusive genius and a realist look at cyborg-technology. Trust me, it looks cool.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
I really enjoyed the first Marvel Avengers Assemble, and any follow up seems essential viewing. Maybe the whole Marvel comic book thing is getting tired, but hey, one last outing for Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Black Widow has gotta be worth seeing.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tom Hardy seems perfect casting as Max, but the post-apocalyptic setting is very tired and director George Miller, who made the first movie way back in 1979 – has he still got it? Could go either way this one.
No Spielberg? Hmm, ok. I’m on the fence about this, but the original Jurassic Park is still a classic and if they can capture even a bit of that movie’s wonder and scale, then I’m in. Chris Pratt, hot off Guardians Of The Galaxy seems a good fit.
After the luke warm offering of 2013’s Pacific Rim, it’s good to see director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) go back to his routes in this creepy looking horror. Casting of Alice In Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska seems a great choice as is the gothic spooky mansion setting.
Mission Impossible 5
Can this series do any wrong? Not after Ghost Protocol it can’t I’d say and despite an ageing Tom Cruise, this is pretty much guaranteed to wow us again with some amazing stunts.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Although the recent prequels were rather hit and miss (mostly miss) I’m very open minded by what wonder-kid J J Abrahms can bring to the party. Star Wars is now also in the hands of Disney who seem to have the Midas touch of late, so this has to be good, right?
So those are for me, the big hitters of 2015 but I’m sure there will be many surprises and disappointments along the way. I’m curious about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie and there’s still a lot I didn’t get to see in 2014 that I need to catch up on, like Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 (and Part 2 when it arrives) as well as Exodus Gods & Kings and Birdman. There are also probably some I haven’t even been made aware of yet that could turn out to be great. We’ll wait and see.
As a self-confessed Star Wars fan, even if I don’t gush over the movies as much as some of those oddball enthusiasts … the mythos and lore surrounding them will always be attractive and keep me coming back for more. In the more than capable hands of J J Abrahms, who did a very good job on the recent Star Trek reboots, I have to admit I’m quite excited. Here’s the trailer if you’re one of the 2% that hasn’t seen it yet…