2016 – looking forward

Right, then. I’ve had my moment of introspection, and now it’s time to move on. 2015’s done. It’s time to think about the biggest movies coming out this year.

For starters, a whole tonne of superhero movies are slated for release across 2016. It seems like a lot even by my standards – God help me if I’m ever afflicted by this superhero fatigue some people on the internet talk about, because I genuinely won’t know what to do with myself – but right now, I am on board for as many as I can get. Deadpool, Gambit, Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange might be slightly smaller titles, but not by a lot. Out of those, I’m genuinely intrigued by Suicide Squad (I love the new posters, and there is some really interesting-looking stuff in the trailer) but I do not have the faintest idea if it’s really going to work. Doctor Strange seems to have been kept so quiet that I keep forgetting it’s coming out in October – but naturally I’m pretty happy when I remember. Otherwise, though, the big tentpoles are going to be X-Men: Apocalypse (there are technically three X-Men franchise movies out this year, which is impressive), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (try writing that without speaking every word and punctuation mark aloud, I dare you) and Captain America: Civil War (oh God, help me). Hazard a guess which one of those titles makes me want to punch the air.

Space-wise – because that’s a thing – we’ve got Star Trek BeyondRogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Independence Day: Resurgence. I imagine these are all going to be pretty different, but still, exciting.  I don’t know how badly I need Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (I know why they’re putting Star Wars in there but gah, what a mouthful), but I am still looking forward to it – the cast is GREAT, and if it’s as much fun as The Force Awakens then it’s worth getting excited about. I don’t really need Star Trek Beyond either, but I’m still sort of looking forward to that too. I either really enjoy or hate Into Darkness depending on what mood I’m in (and it really does range from one extreme to the other) and I haven’t quite forgiven it for the hate part, but Justin Lin directed Fast Five and if it’s even close to that level of bonkersness I’m going to be happy. As for Independence Day: Resurgence…I actually found Independence Day weirdly terrifying when I was little, so why I am QUITE so ready for this I don’t really know. It is potentially almost entirely to do with Jeff Goldblum, whose first appearance in the trailer made me shout “JEFF GOLDBLUM!” at the top of my voice. I apparently I have stronger feelings about Jeff Goldblum than I realised. Still, it does look like it’s going to be at least slightly ridiculous, and I am more than OK with that.

In terms of animation, there’s at least one Disney movie and one Pixar film that I’m (at least sort of) looking forward to. Moana‘s got The Rock in it, so there wasn’t a great deal of doubt about that one. It also helps that the concept art is beautiful. My hesitance is because of Finding Dory…not because I’d rather Pixar didn’t make sequels, but mainly because I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Finding Nemo and I’d rather have The Incredibles 2. I know I am a monster for not liking Finding Nemo. It might be because it was one of the first DVDs we owned and we watched it A LOT (like, once a week for a while), thus ruining it for myself. I just don’t particularly want to see more of Dory. I mean, I will, because Pixar. But really I am still waiting for The Incredibles 2.

Two films that really don’t fit into the general blockbustery nature of this post but make me really excited nonetheless are Hail, Caesar! and The Big Short. I was completely sold by the opening of the first Hail, Caesar! trailer, because when Josh Brolin admits that it’s been 27 hours since his last confession and the priest replies, ‘it’s really too often. You’re not that bad’ I started chuckling and didn’t really recover until the trailer was over. The cast is great, the Coen Brothers are great, and it is at least partly about Hollywood in the ’50s. As for The Big Short, I only really became aware of it with all the awards buzz but my interest’s steadily grown since I heard about it. Despite the horrors of my dissertation I’m still going to be interested in a text about finance, especially about the 2008 financial crisis (I mean, I’ll never read Capital again, but I don’t bear a grudge towards the genre as a whole). The Big Short looks funny, and it’s meant to be really good. I don’t have much more of a reason than that.

There are still other films which do sort of lean in the direction of the big time which are making me happy, though. I’m hoping my obsession with the art direction of the Harry Potter franchise will continue with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and, because there isn’t really a book involved (I’m just realising now that I haven’t actually read Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them anyway, perplexingly), I’m not going to be as much of a dick about the problems with the adaptation. Basically I’m hoping I like it for more reasons that the visuals. I’m also really excited about Bourne 5, currently known as Untitled Bourne Film, because I deeply enjoyed the first three Bourne films and I am always willing for more of both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass. And Ghostbusters. Because it’s GHOSTBUSTERS, guys. I will always look forward to Ghostbusters.

The slate this year actually looks massive, so I have almost certainly forgotten something. There’s also a bunch that I am sort of interested in – like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which I think I am intrigued by despite myself (I LOVE Austen, I HATE zombies, and the mix unsettles me) – but probably won’t go and see, because I am too narrow-minded. Who even knows. But with all of these, there is definitely enough going on to sustain me cinematically this year. And that is always welcome.

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