2015 is over! Which means we're now looking forward to the extreme number of sequels, reboots and general lack of originality of Hollywood blockbusters that 2016 has in store. In this, the second of a series of three lists beginning with My Top 10 Favourite TV Shows of 2015 and ending with My Top 10 Favourite Movies of 2015, we won't be celebrating what we've seen, we'll be celebrating what's ahead of us, as we look at my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2016.
Okay, so there are loads of films I'm interested in seeing in 2016 that didn't quite make the cut. For example, I'm interested in seeing how the Harry Potter universe translates to a 1920's setting in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, if either Duncan Jones or Justin Kurzel are fit to make actual good video game movies with both Warcraft and Assassin's Creed, and how Jeff Goldblum's Jeff-Goldblumisms have matured in Independence Day: Resurgence, but unfortunately I had to miss all these movies off the list. Looking to indies, both Jeff Nichol's Midnight Special and Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups look like intriguing and original films with extraordinary trailers and great directors, but there are still films I'm prioritising more. And finally, some iconic directors are releasing some hopefully brilliant additions to their filmography, such as Steven Spielberg with The BFG, his adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name, Oliver Stone with Snowden, the true story of Edward Snowden, and The Coen Brothers with Hail, Ceasar!, a dark comedy about a kidnapped movie star, played by George Clooney, and the studio that try to get him back. All of these movies are exciting and I'll be in the cinema when they are released, but there are still ten films I'm more excited to see and had to put on the list. Remember, this is my list and my personal preference. If there is a movie i have left unmentioned, feel free to let me know in the comments so I can check it out.
10) Bourne 5
Matt Damon is back, as everyone's favourite spy (who's not James Bond but shares his initials), Jason Bourne. Bourne 5 will not only see the return of Matt Damon in the title role, but also the return of Paul Greengrass in directing duties. This is what get's me absolutely pumped for the movie, as Paul Greengrass directed both The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy, which are probably my two favourite Bourne films, and his most recent film was 2013's Captain Phillips, which got nominated for a slew of Oscars, including a nod for best picture. On top of all of this incredibly exciting news is the cast list. Julia Stiles will also be returning as Nicky, but Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel?! Now that's a damn fine cast.
9) The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys is a film that is directed by Shane Black and stars Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling, and honestly, this looks like my kind of movie. The trailer is classy, stylish and brilliant. It beams with colour and gives us the perfect glimpse as to what we are in for. The jokes look hilarious, the action looks bloody and violent, and the tone looks like it's gonna be so much fun. On top of this, we've got some promising looking performances from Crowe and Gosling, and an interesting directing style from Shane Black. Let's just hope this movie is everything it looks like it's going to be.
8) Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
Okay, I know what you're thinking. I've probably just angered a bunch of people by putting this so low on the list. Believe me when I say I'm stoked for this movie. They have one of the coolest premises you could have for a comic book movie, and I am so ready to see two of the greatest superheroes of all time go head to head. On top of this, there was the first trailer, which I thought was an almost perfect trailer, and I have probably watched over 100 times. So why is it this low? Because I feel like I know the whole third act of the movie. Whilst the second trailer gave us some intriguing footage and cool shots, it was slightly sloppily edited and revealed a lot of cool things that could have been great reveals in the movie. This doesn't mean Batman V Superman will be a bad movie though and I'm truly in disbelief that we are finally getting to see this premise play out on a big screen.
7) Finding Dory
Finding Nemo will always be, to me, one of the greatest animated films of all time. It is visually stunning, has witty humour and laugh-out-loud jokes, and tells one of the most emotional tales in animated film. So, naturally, I can't wait for it's follow up, Finding Dory. This film promises to focus on everyone's favourite forgetful fish Dory, as she goes on an adventure to find her family. I think that's it anyway. The voice cast will include newcomers Idris Elba, Dominic West, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrel, Kaitlin Olson and Diane Keaton, and features the return of Ellen DeGeneres as Dory and Albert Brooks as Marlin, with a new actor, Hayden Rolence, voicing the famous role of the young clownfish Nemo. With a voice cast like this and veteran Pixar writer/director Andrew Stanton on directing duties, you can be sure that this is an animated tale not to miss.
6) The Jungle Book
I'm eagerly anticipating the number of people who are going to flip shit that all these movies are ahead of Dawn of Justice, but fuck it. This is my list and i reign supreme fuck you all. Now to the movie. The Jungle Book will be directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau, and has a cast including the likes of Christopher Walken, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johannson, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and Lupita Nyong'o. Honestly, this thing looks incredible. I'm generally not a fan of the overuse of CGI in Hollywood, but when it's used right it can be a visual feast. The Jungle Book looks like just that, and I think Favreau is the perfect choice to direct this 2016 epic.
5) X Men: Apocalypse
Who says the X Men franchise is dead? Sure, they've had some pretty poor entries (I'm looking at you Origins and The Last Stand), but I think the franchise is currently doing what little franchises can do, make each film different. I love the trailer for Apocalypse. I think the tone looks awesome, the action looks badass, and the character of Apocalypse really doesn't look that terrible. It looks like and epic mixed with a suspense horror, hitting all the right notes one would wish for it to hit. Plus, you have the return of Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Lucas Till, and, of course, Evan Peters as Quicksilver. These are seven actors who are absolutely owning their roles and i can't wait to see them all back for this, the ninth instalment in the franchise.
4) Captain America: Civil War
I'm sure that by now you've heard everyone say that Captain America: The Winter Soldier was one of Marvel's best movies to date, and yes, that's true. So, naturally, with the Russo brothers returning to direct another Captain America film, the bar has been set pretty high for this movie. This is such an exciting premise, and from the trailer it looks as though that premise is going to play out perfectly. I mean, we're gonna see Captain America fight Iron Man. Just think about that for a moment. That is so, so exciting. Whilst its's not Batman fighting Superman, it's still two characters that everyone has grown to love and root for on screen, which makes this upcoming war a definite must-see in 2016.
The marketing for Deadpool has been both hilarious and brilliant. The trailers are perfect for what the target audience want to see, the posters are wondrously mocking pop culture, and the marketing schemes, such as the halloween video, are just so damn entertaining to watch. This movie is looking to be exactly the kind of justice it's title character deserves, and honestly, looks like something that we don't get to see often this days. I'm just hoping the crude humour works and they don't overuse the 90's jokes and X Men references, but I honestly think they won't. This movie is going to stand alone and I, for one, am all for it.
2) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Oh my god it's Star Wars meets Starship Troopers meets Zero Dark Thirty meets Saving Private Ryan. Actually, I have no idea how this movie is gonna turn out, but it's not just Rogue One, it's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is, primarily, another Star Wars movie, but what makes it that extra bit more exciting is that it's original. This story does not contain a character called Skywalker in it. This is a whole new group of characters in a whole new area of Star Wars that we've never seen before. We're gonna get to see how the classic themes and tropes of a Star Wars movie fits into a Black Hawk Down-esque environment. If you're a fan of the space opera, and hell, who isn't even a little bit of a fan, this movie should definitely be on your radar in 2016.
1) Suicide Squad
I understand that this may be lower on other people's lists, but I am extremely excited for the upcoming Suicide Squad. The trailer captured me more than other I've superhero trailer I've seen this year, simply because it looks so much like it's own movie. It's not trying to be a comic book movie, it's trying to be a fantastic piece of filmmaking. But what seriously excites me about this movie, apart from the perfect casting of Jared Leto as The Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, is the fact that one of the most underrated directors of modern cinema, David Ayer, is directing. End of Watch is probably one of my favourite found footage movies ever (not that it has much competition) and is absolutely brilliant, and I think Fury was one of the most, if not the most, underrated film of 2014. I think the world of the Suicide Squad is the perfect world for Ayer to explore and the most interesting one we'll get to see on the big screen in 2016, which is why it is my most anticipated movie of next year.
So what do you think? What is your most anticipated movie of 2016? Is it even on this list? Make sure to let me know in the comments, and don't forget to check out my account and come back for more lists and articles, including the upcoming Top 10 Movies of 2015 at the end of January.