Alright guys, it's finally 2016 and there seems to be a multitude of amazing movies coming out this year. This year is absolutely inundated with superhero movies with the next one (Deadpool) coming out next month! What a time to be alive, am I right? Before I start the list, I'd like to preface by mentioning a few of my honorable mentions that didn't make the top 5. These are movies that I'm still excited for but couldn't quite make the top 5 due to various factors:
- Deadpool (I think the marketing campaign has been brilliant, playing on the 'meta' quality of the Deadpool character, but I am still having doubts of how the film will fare)
- [Hail, Caesar!](tag:1199743) (It looks like more Coen Brothers magic, packed with their signature quirky style but the trailer only captured my curiosity, not my attention)
- Finding Dory (I really struggled to put this in my top 5, but being removed almost 13 years removed from Finding Nemo, I wonder if it will still capture the magic of its predecessor)
So, without further ado, these are my top 5 most anticipated movies of 2016:
5. La La Land
Whiplash was my favorite movie of 2014, and I knew the director Damien Chazelle was a force to be reckoned with. In fact, one of my immediate thoughts after seeing Whiplash was: "I can't wait to see what this director does next." Though this is a departure in terms of genre and there has been no trailer released yet, the amazing cast and my hopes to see more of Chazelle's artistic ideas on screen fills me with excitement.
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Now, I must be honest: I am not a die-hard Star Wars fan. As good as it was, I am not the type of person who puts Star Wars: The Force Awakens at their number one spot on the best movies of 2015. It is not something that I have grown up with to form a nostalgic connection. I am simply a fan who appreciates the original trilogy and Episode 7 as solid entertainment, nothing more. However, I could not resist putting this on my top 5 list. With the great cast with stars like Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelsen, an interesting heist premise, and Gareth Edwards as director (who is severely underrated for his directorial choices in Godzilla), I am intrigued to see this different facet of the Star Wars universe.
3. Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Winter Soldier is arguably my favorite MCU movie (used to be The Avengers but I have since gotten fatigued with it). I particularly enjoyed the Russo Brothers' direction and the more serious political espionage feel. With the Russo Brothers returning to direct and the sort of serious quasi-political aspect of a civil war, this is looking like another wonderful addition to the MCU, although I do think it's futile to wish that Marvel switch up the formula that they adhere to in almost every movie. But hey, it's Cap and Iron Man fighting each other, what's not to like!
2. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
I am literally the biggest Batman fan ever. I grew up with so much exposure to Batman, with the multitude of TV shows, to the Rocksteady Arkham video game trilogy, to the brilliant Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. When I first heard that both Batman AND Superman would be in the same movie and that they would be fighting each other, I was beyond ecstatic. If were not for the sub-par second trailer and my doubts for Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, this would have easily made my number one spot. Regardless, I'm seeing this first day, first show.
AND NUMBER ONE.....
1. Suicide Squad
It's official: I am more excited for Suicide Squad than BvS. For the longest time, I really felt BvS going to be my most anticipated. Nothing, in my mind, could beat. But all that changed when the second trailer for Suicide Squad dropped. From the brilliant use of Bohemian Rhapsody to the balance between character moments and action without revealing any major plot points (talking to you BvS trailer), this trailer is perhaps one of the greatest trailers I have seen in a long time, and has increased my excitement for the film tenfold. The movie looks like the perfect blend of grit and darkness with comedy and camp. From Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and especially Jared Leto's Joker, it looks like we're in for a treat! Better watch out Marvel, DC's coming!