We are in the last days!..of 2014 anyways. As we inch ever closer to the end of December, we inch closer to the beginning of the new year: 2015. I think that at this time, it is totally appropriate to begin to talk about what there is to be excited about for next year.
I think we can all agree that we've received quite a bit of news for next year's movies that's definitely worth being excited about.
So, I'm going to go through a list of 10 movies that I'm most excited or interested/curious to see. They will not be listed in order of most excited to least excited or vice versa, but will be listed in order of release.
Brace yourself, I won't be talking about superheroes...well...not JUST superheroes.
Taken 3 (January 9, 2015)
Liam Neeson returns as ex-government operative Bryan Mills, whose life is shattered when he's falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he's pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his "particular set of skills" to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.
I was a huge fan, as many others were as well, of Liam Neeson's first Taken movie that came out in 2009. It was an action thriller that had us all on the edge of our seats, it's become a staple film in households that many fathers make their teenage daughters watch.
Taken 2, however was disappointing, it literally offered me nothing new as far as the story goes. The only difference between the first and the second movie is that Liam Neeson was also captured, but that last for a very short time anyways, but the film was very underwhelming.
So why am I excited for Taken 3? Did you not watch the trailer? It looks completely different from the other two movies but with the same kick-butt vibe that Neeson brings to all of his roles. It's a movie that is not about trying to rescue a captured daughter but about hunting down the killers of his ex-wife while simultaneously avoiding law enforcement. It's also refreshing to see this take place on home soil (I live in America). I'm glad that the threat in the movie isn't totally foreign, it adds a whole different dynamic to the film's direction and the character's strategy.
You may not be excited about it because of the results of the second movie, but I'm not going to allow myself to miss out on a potentially awesome movie because there was one sub-par sequel.
American Sniper (January 16, 2015)
From 1999 to 2009, Texas native Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL, records the highest number of sniper kills for an American.
This trailer gave me chills, just thinking about having to be put in that situation is horrifying. But this isn't just a movie, this is a real-life story. The man in the trailer, Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper is a real man who is considered the most lethal sniper in American history. I've recently picked up the book which was written by Chris Kyle; not because he wanted the fame or the fortune, but because he felt like that the only way to get the real story of what actually happened out there was to tell it himself, instead of letting someone else come along start telling the story with all sorts of ridiculous embellishment.
Chris Kyle is interesting to me, he states that he's a Christian man who has a love for God, his family, and America. He's a real patriot, unapologetic about what he's done and what he's been through. Whether he attempted to recognition or not, I'm glad he has and I'm excited to see his story brought to the big screen.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Another huge mile-marker in the continuously successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, produced by Marvel Studios. Avengers: Age of Ultron is the payoff to some of the tension we've seen being built in movies like Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The villain, Ultron, played by James Spader, looks like the kind of villain that will leave a lasting memory on audiences similar to how Tom Hiddleston's Loki in The Avengers and Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight.
It's cool too because this is a new era for comic book movies, we are seeing Avengers and all of their related properties in their prime and we are going to continue to see great character development and new character introductions.
What's extremely exciting for me, in regards to this movie and it's above trailer, is that it looks like several steps further in the right direction from the first movie. Although the first movie was good, it felt a little one-dimensional at times for me, it was just a big battle-fest of our favorite onscreen Avengers. This one however, looks like they really touch deep with the drama, looks like the threat is real and terrifying and unlike the first movie, may leave us wondering who will survive and who won't.
Easily close to the top of my most excited about films for 2015.
Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15, 2015)
Mad Max is caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa. This movie is an account of the Road War which follows. It is based on the Word Burgers of the History Men and eyewitness accounts of those who survived.
I'm going to probably be crucified for this by some fanboys but I've only ever seen one Mad Max movie and that was Mad Max 2: Road Warrior. I have no explanation for having only seen the one, but alas, that's how my life's turned out thus far.
What I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie when I saw it and I've been interested in seeing the first and third film as well but just haven't gotten around to it.
What I will be getting around to probably is seeing the fourth installment in the series: Mad Max: Fury Road. Now, I'm unsure how, exactly, that this movie ties into the original Mel Gibson trilogy or if it does at all. All I know is that the trailer above looked extremely good and that Tom Hardy is an amazing actor.
I can't really evaluate this movie the way I can with movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the star-power of Tom Hardy and awesome marketing with the trailer is what's drawn me into want to see this movie.
Jurassic World (June 12, 2015)
22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a dinosaur adventure park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Patel Corporation. Owen (Chris Pratt), a member of Jurassic World's on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. Jurassic World's attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, backfires.
I've loved Jurassic Park as a kid and I thoroughly enjoyed The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3 as well. I know that's an unpopular opinion but it's just because I've always been obsessed with dinosaurs. Even as other kids told people that they wanted to grow up to be a fireman, astronaut, or police officer, i was the one oddball saying that I wanted to grow up to become a paleontologist.
I am now 24 years old and no, I've not become a paleontologist but that doesn't mean my love for large reptiles has declined. I can still be just as much a dino-nerd as was 10-15 years ago.
That's why I'm excited about Jurassic World. It's dinosaurs on the big screen again! I'm also excited about the star-power of Chris Pratt being involved, especially since it looks like he'll be playing a completely different role than what we are use to seeing him play. It's also cool to see a movie that involves the park being officially open, it opens up a new level of potentially (or in this cause inevitably) disastrous situations. I do have one reservation in this movie and that would be the bio-engineered hybrid dinosaur.
The director of the movie made a good point in that people often become bored by things no matter how amazing they are, and that they're always looking for something new, something bigger and having the capabilities that InGen have at the park, it's no surprise that something like this would eventually happen.
I do hope it's good, it looks promising, I only hope that it doesn't become too sci-fi for me (says the guy wanting to watch a movie about dinosaurs in the modern day setting).
Inside Out (June 19, 2015)
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
I love just about anything Pixar comes out (except for Cars and Cars 2). Their movies are always so vibrant and imaginative and it's exciting to see a new movie almost every year from them. By far, my favorites would be Up and WALL-E just because of how emotionally charged each of those movies were despite their often silly antics and their family-friendly nature.
Speaking of emotionally charged movies though, I believe Inside Out will be an exciting movie to see due to its colorful and artistic take on human emotions, especially the human emotions of a little girl. Beyond the plot and the trailer, I can't say much about this movie in terms of story or plot, I just know that Pixar hardly ever lets its fans down and I'm totally going to take my daughter to see this movie next year.
Pan (July 17, 2015)
The action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
I've heard a few things about this movie, but I honestly didn't need to hear much to be excited about it. With great actors like Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund in it, it's hard not to be excited about it.
On top of that, it's been directed by Joe Wright, the amazing director of movies such as Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, and Anna Karenina. All of his films are visually stunning and judging by the trailer Pan will be as well. I also love the fact that Joe Wright is in it because of how good he is at telling stories. Most of his films are great albeit they often remain underrated by general audiences in my opinion.
But I'm excited to see a live-action interpretation on the story of Peter Pan and I hope (know) that the movie will be a fun ride for all and will be saturated in eye-candy as well as heart-felt emotion.
Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Similar to how I feel about Terminator: Genisys, I'm not particularly "excited" about this movie, but more interested or curious. I was originally very excited for it whenever I heard that Edgar Wright was working on the project but when it was announced that the director had left the project, my heart sank. I believed that the amazing director of movies like Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Hot Fuzz had just the right touch to take this seemingly absurd character and make it fun and cool all at the same time.
But we get what we get and it seems they are really selling this movie with the usage of star power by including actors like Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly. I have to say, that I will be seeing Ant-Man in theaters (because I see all Marvel movies in theaters) and I am remaining cautiously optimistic that this movie won't bomb and become a tainted mark on Marvel Studios' seemingly clean slate.
Plus, I'm curious to how it fits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially since it was said that this will be the official close to Marvel's Phase Two movies.
Fantastic Four (August 7, 2015)
Four young scientists achieve superhuman abilities through a teleportation experiment gone haywire. They must now use these abilities to save the world from an uprising tyrant.
This film was not originally on my list, however, after recently watching the trailer to the film, I have to say that I am extremely impressed what I have seen so far. I was originally not wanting to give this movie the benefit of the doubt because I'm one of those crazy fans that think that the likes of X-Men and Fantastic Four should revert back to Marvel Studios so they can all thrive together in the world of the Avenges.
But this reboot looks extremely promising. One thing I like about what the trailer shows is that it's adventurous. The Fantastic Four were originally conceived as adventurers who were also superheroes. They went abroad both in our world and other worlds.
I've not seen anything from director Josh Trank, but I know his movie, Chronicle, was somewhat of a success and well-received by many that I have talked to about the film. I hope that, since this is a reboot and the rights are still not with Marvel Studios, they just truly capture everything that can be great about Fantastic Four instead of making them the dopey action team we saw twice in years past.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 18, 2015)
The beginning of a new Star Wars trilogy will take place 30 years after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The new films will feature "a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces"
By far, this is my most anticipated movie of 2015. I know I'm a comic book guy, I know that I should be excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron more, but I'm not. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be the one movie I have to see in theaters even if it were to be the only movie I saw in theaters next year.
It's historic in terms of Hollywood, the sheer fact that Star Wars' story is continuing on past Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is huge all on its own. Then to add Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher in the film again as Luke, Han, and Leia, that's another big win for all Star Wars fans across the board. You literally wouldn't have to tell us much more about the film than that and that would be enough to get people to crowd around the doors of theaters across the US in the frigid winter air of December.
You also have a director whose love for the movie is so deep that he almost said no to directing because he was scared to screw it up. J.J. Abrams is the man for the job, his work on Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness proves that the man knows sci-fi and that he loves sci-fi. I think it's great that he's launching the new trilogy for Star Wars and judging by the trailer above, he hasn't lost his touch.
Speaking of the trailer, it was probably the best trailer I've seen in a long time. Not because of the sighting of new characters, not because of the amazing cinematography with shots like the X-Wings flying over the water or the Millenium Falcon strategically flying past TIE Fighters, or the mysterious Sith with his lightsaber/broadsword. It's amazing because of the fact that it didn't have to show much to get you excited, it was the perfect tease and it gave nothing away, that doesn't mean we won't get a billion different trailers by next summer that will more than likely spoil half the movie, but I feel it's worth mentioning.
It couldn't have come at a better time, for me anyways. For the past three years (2014 included) I have seen the Hobbit movies for my birthday and I was getting depressed that 2015 would offer me nothing for my birthday, but now I see that it does have something to offer me: Star Wars. That's my own personal reason for being excited.
So there are my most anticipated movies I want to see next year based on excitement, personal interest, or just mere curiosity. Feel free to share your most anticipated movies of 2015 in the comments below.