I know it's a bit late in the year, with so many fantastic films having already hit the box office, to be showcasing a list of which films coming out this year are worthy to be on the look out for. But, I think we can all agree, with so many left - even just on the superhero film side - a list of just ten may be underselling the value of just how many superbly fantastic films that are still to come in the great year of 2016.
I've put together my list based on these three categories: 1. Trailer's "WOW" Factor, 2. Originality, 3. Fan Anticipation. This, unfortunately, does rule out a few films who have yet to premiere even a teaser (sorry Rogue One and Ghostbusters)
Before I begin, I'm going to give praise to a few films that have already blown me away this year, given that they won't be able to get their proper due within my top ten countdown.
Special Mentions: January and February Releases
Kung Fu Panda 3
- Even though Kate Hudson last minute replaced comedy princess Rebel Wilson in the film, it was still able to charm audiences and critics alike into naming it the best of the series so far. I look forward to more adventures from our favorite martial arts hero as he fills the void left behind when Shrek took his final (?) bow.
- Deadpool opens this week, which means of course that critics and a few audiences have already had time to form, what I think, are some of the best opinions about any superhero film ever made. Even though the film has lost its 100% rating on RottenTomatoes, it still falls far, far ahead of the disastrous film that originated Ryan Reynold's portrayal of the Merc with The Mouth.
Now, On With the Countdown!
10. The Angry Birds Movie - May 20th
This may come as a bit of a surprise, especially with such superhero hype in 2016, but I have been looking forward to this film ever since it was announced. At first, I admit skepticism, at first hearing that Sony was at the helm, but all those doubts have been cast aside and I cannot wait until May 20th. Jason Sudeikis has never sounded more appealing.
09. The Jungle Book - April 15th
I don't think I've ever been so blown away by a movie's trailer in all my life. I think it literally took my breath away. The first trailer, with a spectacular vocal performance from Scarlett Johanssen, sent shivers down my spine. The sheer magnitude and beauty that director Jon Favreau has brought to this classic story firmly stands tall against all other live-action attempts from Disney thus far. I would go as far to even call this film "Oscar Worthy".
08. A Monster Calls - October 2016
Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, and featuring an all-star cast consisting of Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, and Felicity Jones, with an all-star brilliant director in J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), A Monster Calls was another trailer that took my breath away and literally almost brought me to tears. The film should definitely be on the list with Jungle Book as potential Oscar contender. Certainly it will, at least, take a standing within the halls of the greatest family films of all time when it's released in October 2016.
07. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Nov. 2016
Like many Harry Potter fans all over the world, I was deeply saddened and an emotional wreck for weeks when the final film ended it's record breaking run in movie theaters across the globe. But then a flicker of hope came from the hands of J.K. Rowling herself. A new story, a new set of characters, and great potential to open up the wizarding world outside of Hogwarts. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander in the newest entry to the HP franchise that opens this November. I can barely contain my excitement.
06. Finding Dory - June 17th
I can't be the only one who's heart started beating a little faster when that music started playing at the beginning of this sequel's trailer. Nostalgia is going absolutely wild when any mention of Pixar making a sequel to anything they've ever done (except for Cars). But this! This! This film was the one we thought would never come. And now that it has, how can anyone in their right mind expect us to wait until June to see Dory take on this beautiful adventure. I'm going to say it right now, Ellen has done it again. Can't wait.
05. The Huntsman: Winter's War - April 22nd
Well this one is a bit of a shocker, at least, to me. Is it a sequel? Is it a prequel? Is it both? One can never be too sure. All I do know for sure is that Charlize Theron is back! Chris Hemsworth is back! Kristen Stewart is b-.... They're joined this time by a list beauties, Emily Blunt as The Ice Queen (Elsa?) and Jessica Chastain as The Warrior. Although I wasn't exactly what you'd call a "fan" of the original film - Theron's performance certainly tried to keep me entertained - I have to admit this one looks pretty badass.
04. Captain America: Civil War - May 6th
Marvel vs. Marvel. Need I say more? Okay, fine. Any fan of the comics will tell you that this story line is one of Marvel's finest, pitting their beloved heroes against one another in an all-out brawl worthy of the Olympian Gods. One of the most anticipated perks of this film is the introduction of Marvel legends, Black Panther and Spider-Man into the collective Disney/Marvel film universe. The best part is that it sounds like a finisher to the series, but is actually a set up for another classic Marvel storyline with the upcoming two-parter, Infinity War. What's not to look forward to with this movie?
03. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25th
Yes, it's true. I'm looking forward to this even more than Civil War. I've been a super DC Comics fan ever since I was a child. And the best part of being a child of the nineties was being able to experience the awesomeness that was DC in film and television. We had the two incredible Batman films directed by Tim Burton, Batman: The Animated Series, The Justice League animated series, and The Teen Titans animated series. It was a DC overload. However, casting aside both Superman and Batman, what this film really has going for it is the introduction of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, in her fist live-action feature film, with her solo film soon to follow. Marvel should be embarrassed DC beat them to the punch on that one.
02. X-Men: Apocalypse - May 27th
As much as miss the cast that first strapped on their black leather suits in Bryan Singer's original X-Men, this film goes above and beyond the expectations I had. It brings the best of the franchise together for one mighty showdown with the biggest X-Men baddie of them all: Apocalypse. Bryan Singer has promised nothing short of the "Wow" factor when this film hits theaters on Memorial Day. Even including, as a gift to the fans of the superbly talented original cast, a brilliant homage to all the films that came before.
Jack Of The Red Hearts - February 26th
The Legend of Tarzan - July 1st
The BFG - July 1st
Star Trek Beyond - July 22nd
Alice Through The Looking Glass - May 27th
01. Suicide Squad - August 5th
Yep. That's right. My number one pick is DC/WB's Suicide Squad. This film's second trailer hit the nail on the crazy little head. It hit audiences in all the right places. Putting Queen's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody" to perfect use, showing a little more but not too much of Jared Leto's Joker and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and putting a more fun and comedic tone on the film overall (reminiscent of how Marvel and Disney marketed Guardians of The Galaxy) has put Suicide Squad on the map for even the most die-hard superhero movie haters. It is because of all this that Suicide Squad is my film to look forward to most in 2016.
What's your most anticipated film of 2016?
Did I miss the film your most excited for? Hit the comments section and let me know which film and why.