2013 has gone, 2014 has come. And the time has come for me to give you my top 10 Most Anticipated Movies list of 2014. Now some of the upcoming movies that I will see (and on this list) this year may involve some continuation of past movies or just a new original story. So let's take a look:
10. The Lego Movie
Now if you're like me, you probably grew up with the Legos. I played nearly every Lego video game (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, well, you know). I love the Legos. Now in the movie that will be released in February, some of the humor within the movie may seem a bit crazy and childish to some people. But I think that this movie will be a lot of fun with seeing the mini-figures of the Lego brand in their own adventure. The trailers looked really good, the merchandise looks cool, I personally feel like we will have tons of fun with this family flick that is packed with many well-known Lego franchise characters.
Though there are no clips or trailers for the film yet, there were a few promo images and merchandises for the film itself that have been released. What got me excited with this movie is the new direction the Transformers series is going to take with an entire new cast headed by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci but with the same Autobot-Decepticon war. My favorite film above all in this series would have to be Dark of the Moon. That movie had a lot more action, romance, drama and a surprising twist in the middle of the movie. But that one was a lot better than Transformers 2. Another reason I am excited about Transformers 4 is that it will finally give a taste of the Dinobots (a subgroup of Autobots). A whole lot to look forward to there.
It seems that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is taking their next adventure to the cosmos with a team of superheroes who are all aliens. I am of course talking about a talking raccoon named Rocket, Zoe Saldana going green and Vin Diesel in the form of a tree named Groot with Chris Pratt as the leader Star-Lord. And there is only one promo image of the whole team. Now if you've seen The Avengers, you probably could assume that Thanos will be a villain in an upcoming Marvel movie. You may be right. Producer Kevin Feige says that Thanos will be the true villain of Guardians while Ronan the Accuser will be the puppet. Will Thanos appear physically? We may never know.
If you have seen the trailer for this movie, I tell ya. It will look like a lot of fun. It features a whole charade of new cast members that includes newcomer Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman. The futuristic technology in this movie looks so cool, my personal feeling is that this movie may outwit it's original film trilogy with the RoboCop reboot that the 21st Century may need.
Now this movie turns the tide on the main character a little bit from the hero perspective to the villain perspective. I am of course talking about the return of Angelina Jolie on the big screen as one of Disney's most famous villains of all time. I am told that Maleficent will tell the story of Sleeping Beauty from Maleficent's perspective. And it will also feature a back-story that will tell about how Disney's most iconic villain came to be. Will it be a new way of taking classic Disney stories and making them into a live-action tide for the 21st Century? We may never know until Maleficent hits theaters in May.
When it comes to an epic trilogy, I think of Lord of the Rings. I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug last year and loved every minute of it. Now we will reach the conclusion of the Hobbit trilogy with There and Back Again which is set for release in the holidays of 2014. I consider this to be as an epic conclusion the same way The Return of the King was back in 2003 with epic battles, an astounding story and a great way to lead up to the events of The Lord of the Rings.
I loved the X-Men movies growing up. But I reached a point earlier on thinking 'Which of the trilogy is the best?' And my decision leaned toward X-Men 2. It had an excellent storyline, great character development and a good time overall. When X-Men First Class hit the big screen not too long ago, I went into the theater and watched it. And then I said 'This movie is my new favorite X-Men movie'. I thought Matthew Vaughn did an excellent job directing that movie. But now the director's chair is returning to Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, Superman Returns and the most recent Jack the Giant Slayer. Now we are at the point when X-Men Days of Future Past is drawing closer and closer every day. But I don't know whether to see this movie as being a sequel to X-Men The Last Stand or X-Men First Class. This question may be answered in time. I love the idea of taking two sets of films and having them join forces with the same characters. There is no doubt on this one.
If you're like me, you probably have grown up watching Spider-Man right? Well, I loved the Spider-Man movies (with the exception of Spider-Man 3 which I liked but didn't at the same time) growing up and now we have a rebooted series with 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man. I enjoyed seeing what became of Peter Parker from the new direction that the series decided to take in the first movie as he fought the Lizard throughout. When it was announced that Electro was to be the main villain of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I was like 'This villain will be a bit challenging for Peter to take on.' But we don't only get Electro (Jamie Foxx), but we also will be getting Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and the return of the fan-favorite Green Goblin this time in the form of Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). Now when I watched this trailer, there were a few Easter egg surprises in store for us as movie-goers. They include Dr. Octopus' arms and Vulture's wings. And some reports are stating that this Spider-Man movie may lead up to a Sinister Six movie. Will it happen? Only time will tell.
Now we have seen Captain America in action during WWII in Captain America The First Avenger and we have seen him fight alongside S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man, Hulk and Thor during the New York invasion in The Avengers, which is still considered to be the biggest opening weekend in the US when it hit theaters back in May 2012. But whatever happened to Cap after the New York invasion? Well this movie is going to give us exactly that. Now that Cap gets his second solo film while working for S.H.I.E.L.D., this is one of the two films that will be coming out this year in April with Guardians of the Galaxy set to hit the big screen in August. Now sources have told me that Captain America will be facing a new enemy in the form of his best friend Bucky Barnes, who we have seen fall to his death in the first film. The movie will introduce Anthony Mackie as The Falcon and see the return of fan favorites Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan. Will this be enough to beat The Avengers? Keep a sharp eye out for what is to come in Captain America's next adventure.
Now we come to my #1 and the first film I am most looking forward to is Part 1 of the Hunger Games finale. Why do I say Part 1? Because the filmmakers wanted to copy off of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010-2011) and Twilight Breaking Dawn (2011-2012) to make more money. But I am most looking forward to where Katniss will go from where we last saw her in last year's Catching Fire. And I want to see Julianne Moore's new dark side as she takes on the role of villainous President Alma Coin in both Part 1 and Part 2. And my ambitions are that they (hopefully) put a final battle at the very end which could be an interesting new thing that may change the way we will see the finale of the Hunger Games saga.
So those are my top 10 I am looking forward to this year. Which one is your top pick for this year? Let me know in the comment section below.