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The new year is now upon us and 2015 is set to be a massive year in cinema with many big franchise films, large studio flicks and high-caliber movies set to come out. Now is the time to look ahead. We at Entertainment Fuse’s Movie Department share our thoughts on our most anticipated films for the year. SPOILER ALERT 50 Shades of Grey didn’t make the cut.
Of the many films I can’t wait to see in 2015, the above five are some that jump out. In no particular order, I begin with American Sniper. After having seen the trailer, I was immediately intrigued, which doesn’t always happen to me for trailers. Being aware of Clint Eastwood’s pedigree as a director and having seen and enjoyed some of his work, like Changeling and Million Dollar Baby, Sniper feels like it would soundly set right any missteps (if any) brought about by Eastwood’s last offering Jersey Boys. American Sniper’s trailer is perfect in every way, it gives nothing away and yet suggests an entire world and psychology that in order to grasp it as fully as possible, one has to see the movie and I intend to do just that.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is almost a no-brainer for me, and to be fair, I think for anyone else who was a fan of the 2012 original. Then there’s James Spader of course so, as Stan Lee would say, “’nuff said.”
After catching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 this past fall, which I thought was a strong opener in preparation for the inevitable finale (it also really should have been a single film), more than anything, I am looking forward to the close of the series with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. With the stellar Jennifer Lawrence at the head of an equally strong supporting cast being guided by director Francis Lawrence who soundly put to bed any doubts about what he could do with the franchise, Mockingjay should be a satisfying conclusion to a great film series.
I had another film in my number four place originally, until I remembered something I should never have forgotten. Spectre is actually my most anticipated film of 2015 next to Age of Ultron. As a Bond scholar and life long fan, I find it beyond exciting that Bond is returning to the cinema. Here’s hoping that Spectre brings back the biannual Bond film schedule as Daniel Craig’s tenure draws to a close.
Finally, we come to Taken 3. The film series that brought us the Liam Neeson Renaissance is nearing its end. As much as I didn’t care to see any sequels to the 2008 original, this one actually looks like it could be pretty good; it might even be the best in the series. I am looking forward for this final entry to hopefully capture some of the fun and surprise of the original. I don’t think the notion of a Taken film can go much further than a third film. May Bryan Mills finally be left alone after this one.
1. Jurassic World
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
5. Averages: Age of Ultron
The start of the new year brings forth a new batch of movies to be excited, surprised, remembered, or best forgotten. With that being said, there are a few movies that I eagerly anticipate.
First, I am looking forward to Jurassic World. It’s been 22 years since the original blew audiences away. Two sequels later, this installment looks to reinvigorate the series, with Chris Pratt mixed in the dinosaur action, coming off of his feature breakthrough in last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
I also anticipate Mad Max: Fury Road, which to looks to reinvigorate another franchise. This one comes 30 years after the last chapter. Instead of Mel Gibson reprising his role, we get Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, who seem like a great fit for the post-apocalyptic adventure. George Miller returns as director and that is all to the good.
No film is more anticipated by me and every fanboy in the universe than Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Ever since the thrilling teaser trailer made its debut, no trailer has been as widely dissected as this one. With director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) behind the helm, expect visual thrills, but also expect genuine emotion and character-driven action.
Another movie I am looking forward to seeing is Spectre, which is the latest entry in the James Bond 007 series. Daniel Craig is back in the action, along with Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who last time around created one of the best films in the franchise, by keeping the action stylish and allowing genuine emotion to enter the fray. With Christoph Waltz signed to play the villain, this looks to be another memorable thrill ride.
I also eagerly anticipate Avengers: Age of Ultron. After the last movie became a massive hit at the box office, it was a forgone conclusion about a sequel being made. Everyone is back, along with Joss Whedon in the director’s chair, who did a splendid job juggling the massive size of the first movie, by keeping a comedic light tone balanced with heartfelt emotion. James Spader plays the baddie Ultron, who looks to be a formidable foe for the band of heroes. Expect fireworks, tinged with quirky laughs.
The first question I asked myself when thinking of my most anticipated movies of 2015 was, “What’s Marvel doing this year?” Compared to the absolute deluge of superhero films coming in 2016 and onwards (between Marvel and DC, we’ll average almost eight a year, EIGHT!) 2015’s pretty slim pickings when it comes to guys and gals in tights. But that’s alright, because what we do have –Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man – which appear to be continuing the edgy, middle-finger to the status quo mind-set Captain America: The Winter Soldier confidently started in last year. Wedged in between those two, however, is Tomorrowland, a movie written by Damon Lindelof about a mysterious pin that transports Britt Robertson to the future and George Clooney shows up as a zany inventor and it’s all shrouded in mystery and literally anything Lindelof touches – be it Lost, Prometheus or The Leftovers – I will lap up with glee.
I’m cheating a bit with naming both of 2015’s Pixar releases on one number, and though we’ve seen more of Inside Out than The Good Dinosaur, my sheer exuberance of getting TWO Pixar films in one year, coming off a year with none, more than excuses it, in my opinion. Inside Out’s got the most perfect casting (finally someone has put it in literal: Amy Poehler is Joy), and The Good Dinosaur has a great, class-Pixar conceit. Speaking of Poehler, she’s going to be in Sisters, a new comedy with Tina Fey. The two have said previously that they have signed a blood pact to be in a movie every seven years, or one of them will turn into dust (Baby Mama was released in 2008, let that sink in). Barely anything is known about the movie besides that the two will play sisters throwing a party in their old childhood home before their parents sell it off for good, but considering the barrier for entry for most Tina Fey/Amy Poehler productions is whether or not Fey and Poehler are in it, the plot probably does not matter so much. Just one question: can we knock that blood pact down to at least three years?
2015 is in for some HUGE blockbuster action. Marvel’s release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, AND Ant-Man coupled with Disney’s (who owns Marvel) The Force Awakens and Inside Out? Incredible. Oh yeah, I forgot, a little film called Jurassic World; 2015 won’t know what hit it. In what will surely be a year of high-grossing hits, and record-breaking attendance, some of the smaller independent hits might get glossed over. Cult director Quentin Tarantino will surely be able to put people in the seats, but smaller films directed by the less-adored David Gordon Green and Neill Blomkamp (who are still, massively, popular compared to the truly independent set) have a chance to fall by the wayside. In a landscape increasingly controlled by one or two studios, low-budget, independent films will likely have to compete through VOD and streaming platforms. Whatever pans out, 2015 is going to be a bumpy ride, so buckle up (had to start the year with a cliché movie line).
Disney is the big winner for me for most anticipated movies with three of their upcoming movies making it onto my list. All three are from Disney’s major acquisitions, Marvel, Pixar and LucasFilm. Avengres: Age of Ultron is the big superhero movie for the year, the second movie to feature The Avengers, seeing Marvel’s greatest heroes having take on their greatest threat yet, the super-intelligent robot Ultron. It came out with a cracking trailer.
Talking about cracking trailers, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens had one that made fans the world over drool with excitement, being the first Star Wars movie in 10 years, the first movie to follow the events of the original trilogy. The trailer already makes it seem that J.J. Abrams has recaptured the tone and look of the original trilogy.
Pixar has two movies out next year, one of them being Inside Out from Up director Pete Docter, one of Pixar’s most emotional movies and the movie looks like one of Pixar’s most original movies in a long time.
As a Bond fan I am always going to be interested in a Bond film and hopefully Spectre will continue the good work Skyfall left behind, rehiring Sam Mendes and writer John Logan and bringing back the infamous terrorist organisation SPECTRE, possibly picking up from the Quantum storyline from Daniel Craig’s first two Bond films.
And from Quentin Tarantino, we have his second Western movie The Hateful Eight. It was met with controversy when the script was leaked online and Tarantino threatened not to make the movie: but he is filming now and his projects always excite movie fans.