We are getting to the best time of the year – movie season. It is a very exciting time, and there is a lot of really good stuff coming out. I’ve got a list on my phone of all the highlights just so I don’t forget to go and see any of them at the cinema. Without further ado, here are my top 5 most anticipated films of the next few months (Rise of Skywalker will get its own article…)
1. Knives Out – Rian Johnson
I have been waiting for this desperately ever since I saw the first trailer. I think Rian Johnson is a genius, Looper was fantastic, Brick was surprisingly good and Star Wars: The Last Jedi was excellent (despite its faults). I also basically grew up on Agatha Christie novels. I used to read about three every summer holiday, and so the detective genre has always been close to my heart. I remember when I was 13 at school we had an assignment to write our own Sherlock Holmes story, which to this day was probably the most fun piece of school work I’ve ever done (big up Mr Attwood, the reason I’m studying English today, for setting it). Johnson and an Agatha Christie style story is enough for me, but then you see the cast. Let’s run through the names. Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. In all seriousness, short of Marvel team-up movies, that has to be one of the most exciting casts of 21st Century actors ever assembled. The trailer looks exciting, the early reviews are near perfect, and I am absolutely buzzing.
2. Ford vs Ferrari – James Mangold
There’s a lot to be excited about here. James Mangold is an exciting, if inconsistent director, and he seems to be onto a surefire hit with Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Damon has always been one of my favourite actors, and while I don’t actually buy into the Christian Bale mega-hype, I do seriously rate him as an actor, and every film I love him the most in has him either co-starring or supporting alongside another excellent actor (think The Prestige, The Fighter, The Dark Knight Rises). I’ve also always been really into cars, and I was obsessed with Top Gear when I was younger, so I actually already know the story of the film. Like I say, there’s a lot to be excited about. However what I’m almost most excited for is that it has been written by Jez Butterworth, who is my favourite playwright. Butterworth has written Jerusalem, Mojo and The Ferryman, three of my favourite plays, and he is an immensely talented writer. He specialises in comedy, fleshing out grounded characters and not-over-the-top poignant moments that do stick with you. I think it’s going to be really good, and I’m sure it’ll gain a huge number of awards nominations.
3. Queen and Slim – Melina Matsoukas
Lena Waithe is really talented, so I am 100% certain this screenplay is going to be airtight, politically charged and just all-round brillliant. Daniel Kaluuya is one of the most exciting, flexible actors working today, and kills it in everything he does. My only hope for this film is that he finally gets the Oscar he deserves. He deserved it for Get Out, he probably deserved at least a nomination for Widows, so I’m hoping this will be it. It’ll be interesting to see how the direction goes in this film though, as Matsoukas has a background as a music video director, so it’s little suprise to see dancing scenes in the trailer. I do feel like I’ve almost seen the whole film in the trailer, so I’m hoping there’s a few surprises still to come, but I am really excited for this modern take on the ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ genre.
4. 1917 – Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes is without a doubt one of the most exciting directors working, and I’m pretty sure this is going to be a remarkable cinematic experience. Am I excited for the “one-take” film taking place in real time? If I’m honest…not really. I’m not against it, but I need to be proven that it’s going to add to the story rather than just be a gimmick. Controversially, I hated Birdman, but I’m also a sucker for a long take scene (think Daredevil, Spectre, Creed, Children of Men), so I don’t know how I’m going to feel about it, but I do know it looks fascinating and has to be seen in the cinema. The cast is exciting and the premise is interesting, but like I said, my only worry is whether the cinematography will actually add to the story. If it’s used to enhance suspense and build the sense of panic from the war then brilliant, if it’s used to stylize the film and impress casual filmgoers then I’ll be gutted. We’ll see what happens.
5. The Lighthouse – Robert Eggers
I wasn’t familiar with Eggers’ work before I saw the trailer for this film, but I have since watched The Witch, which was surprisingly great. Anything by A24 is always going to be great, and they particularly seem to have a firm grasp on the “human horror” genre. What I, along with everyone, is most excited for is Pattinson and Dafoe. I am a huge fan of both actors, and it sounds like they both fully committed and went for it on this one, Pattinson in particular. I know there are still people who doubt why he has been cast as Batman, but I personally think that it is perfect casting, and I hope this film announces to the general public that he is so much more than just Edward from Twighlight. The retro feel of the film is also going to be really exciting, and I’ve definitely appreciated how the trailers have given me absolutely no idea what the plot is about. Again, definitely one to watch in the cinema.
- The King’s Man
- Just Mercy
- The Irishman
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