You know how we all get it wrong? Like we’re really excited about Amazing Spidey and Avengers 2 and Man of Steel, etc, and then we spend the rest of the year writing about how they weren’t quite what we expected?
Well, instead of a reflective end of year thread for 2015 with that 20/20 vision how about a gamble for the year ahead as we try to anticipate what we think our favourite movies are going to be. Just so we can be reminded about these choices in December
Superman V Batman
The first two trailers for this were so wrong, but the third trailer really worked for me. Yes, we had our problem with it, but there really was something a charge seeing Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman standing together. I know I’m going to have my gripes, but that trailer made me think I might enjoy this.
Bryan Singer is at his A-plus best when he’s doing X-Men. This is he, Simon K and the writers of X-Men 2 coming off the best X-Men movie so far, Days of Future Past. It can only be amazing.
There’s a slight office Halloween party vibe to that group shot, but Deadpool with Will Smith and the most beautiful actress in Hollywood as Harley and a team-movie with The Joker and a really cool trailer and a good writer and director and… and… and… I’m optimistic. I have a feeling I’m going to dig this.
I really like Scott Derrickson. I’m not especially interested in Dr Strange and I think we’re all a little more Star Wars over Marvel these days, but the talent on this is good and I’m hopeful. It’s a quality team and sounds very different in a good way.
Kinda burned out on the characters, to be honest, and the ones I like best don’t seem to be in it like Hulk and Thor, but I’m excited about this for the Russo Bros alone. They did a terrific job on Cap 2. Fingers crossed. I hope this works out for them too, though like Superman and Batman I’m not sure how excited I am seeing two superheroes pounding each other. As a drawing it’s one thing, but we like both these characters. This could be like seeing our parents arguing. A difficult one to pull off.
I really like the actresses on this and Paul Feig can be funny when he’s working with Wiig. They’re a really good team together. I think I’m going to dig this a lot.
Independence Day 2:
Trailer wasn’t especially exciting, but I love the original and anytime I see Jeff Goldblum in a scifi flick I know I’m going to have a good time. Jurassic World made 1.6 billion because it multiplied nostalgia by a movie star and this is missing here, but I bet it does 900 million. You know it’s going to be a totally fun two hours.
Star Wars: Rogue One:
Oh, please. This was probably on track to make 600 million, but now going to make over billion in the same way Avengers steroid boosted Thor 2, Cap 2 and Iron Man 3. It’s the next Star Wars movie and the script is going to be great, my pal Gary Whitta on duty. I bet this does 1.3 billion or something crazy!
I love SLJ and I love Tarzan.
Looks amazing and I hear great things.