Narrowing down the films I’m most excited to see in 2018 was one difficult task; talk about blockbusters galore — not to mention the multiple independent movies that’ll be hitting the scene soon once film festival season sets in. So bringing my list down to 15 movies was INCREDIBLY difficult. But, after a lot of contemplation and trailer binging, I finally tapered it down. So, here… we… GO!
A Wrinkle in Time
This made the top of my list because I am a HUGE fan of Ava DuVernay and the work that she’s done in the past. I also grew up loving the book, so I’m really excited to see her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time on the big screen. The shots we’ve seen so far in the trailers have given the story a fresh, new look that’s equal parts vibrant and trippy. Not to mention an amazing cast! From Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, down to our leading lady Storm Reid, the starring roster of the film is diverse and filled to the brim with talent! Also, DuVernay is now the second female director to helm a major blockbuster of $100 million, which is definitely something to celebrate.
A Quiet Place
A film brought to life by one of Hollywood’s favorite power couples, A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and stars himself and his wife, Emily Blunt. It follows a family that lives in complete isolation from the outside world in total silence. Literally… there’s little to no speaking in this film. The reason they live this way is due to an unknown entity that could attack them at any moment at the drop of a needle. Sound intense? I definitely think so. I’m excited to see a new take like this in a horror film.
Of course this made my list. It’s one of the most anticipated movies of this year for everyone, not just domestic audiences! (Next to its Marvel counterpart: a little film called Avengers: Infinity War — maybe you’ve heard of it? But we’ll get to that one later.) Black Panther further introduces us to T’Challa, a character we met briefly in Captain America: Civil War, and takes us to the African nation of Wakanda to learn more of his story. This film also has a stellar cast with Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, and so many others.
I love Aardman animations! They always make such witty, wonderful and fantastically claymation films. Early Man is the newest installment in their arsenal. From the same director who brought us multiple Wallace and Gromit films along with Chicken Run, this story follows a group of cavemen who attempt to adapt to a new society when a man named Lord Nooth comes in to introduce the Bronze Age. The story looks absolutely hilarious with some very familiar voices behind the characters.
For this, I’m simply going to quote Twentieth Century Fox’s description of the film:
“After surviving a near fatal knee boarding accident, a disfigured guidance counselor (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Poughkeepsie’s most celebrated French Bulldog breeder while also learning to cope with an open relationship. Searching to regain his passion for life, as well as a new stuffed unicorn, Wade must battle ninjas, tight assed metal men, and babysit a group of stereotypical side characters as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and creative outlets for his very open-minded sex life. He manages to find a new lust for being a do-gooder, a sparkly Hello Kitty backpack, all while earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best 4th Wall Breaking Superhero.”
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jurassic Park is my favourite movie. It’s the one that kicked off my love of cinema in the first place, so getting into Jurassic World was an incredibly easy thing for me to do. I could care less about criticisms towards this movie since its trailer debuted; I’m ready to watch more dinosaurs FIGHT. That lame point aside, I also really love J.A. Bayona and the work he’s done in the past; I’m confident that he can do something fun and different with this series to help keep it alive.
I only just learned about this story very recently. The trailer captivated me when I saw it in theaters, then I read about the books online and was immediately invested. With Peter Jackson helping to bring this book to life, Mortal Engines sure to be a visual spectacle on screen. The story is set in the future after what’s called the “Sixty Minute War,” where cities now move around on giant wheels devouring smaller cities in order to restore their resources. Have I captured your attention yet? Good.
The Tomb Raider video games are some of my favourite ones, ESPECIALLY the newer ones. Adventures with Lara Croft are exciting and interesting, and I’m thrilled to see how they revamp the films this time around. With Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander playing our badass leading lady, the story itself is meant to follow the 2013 video game. You can actually find trailer comparisons between the game and movie online. Video game to film adaptations are tricky and don’t always hit their mark, but I have a lot of faith in this one.
From the same writer/director that brought us the sci-fi hit Ex Machina (Alex Garland) comes the story of a biologist who enters into something that people have coined “The Shimmer” to investigate what’s inside and why it continues to expand. The trailer has made it out to look like a visual wonder with an incredibly interesting story. I’m always down for new sci-fi films!
Isle of Dogs
Speaking of movies with massive casts, Isle of Dogs is the newest stop-motion animated film from Wes Anderson! Not only does the story look fantastic, but the animation is also incredibly well done. The trailer delivers that same quirky Anderson flair with a simple, original story of a boy setting out to find his dog with the assistance of other dogs. Who wouldn’t love a plot like that?
Avengers: Infinity War
Oh, you know, just a small little film that’s bringing an end to the MCU narrative that we know of up to this point. With roughly 67 superheroes being involved in this Marvel epic, Avengers: Infinity War is destined to be the biggest movie of the year. We’re finally going to see our favourites battle against Thanos, the villain who’s been built up since the first Avengers film. With the Russo Brothers at the wheel, this will definitely make for an exciting and somber end to the cinematic universe that’s been loved for 10 years now. Have no fear, though, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says there’s more movies for us down the pipeline.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Another cinematic universe that continues to be on the up and up! Solo tells the story of everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf-herder Han Solo and his early adventures on the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca. The movie switched directors halfway through production to Ron Howard who helped finish the project. It’ll be fun to see what stories they tell and how they go about it!
Something new and fresh for the X-Men universe, New Mutants is what would happen if a horror story met a John Hughes script. It looks genuinely scary and gives a new viewpoint on the next generation of X-Men, and it’ll likely deliver something different in the same way that Logan did, which is always such a refreshing thing to see in the superhero genre.
Ready Player One
The Steven Spielberg adaptation on the book of the same name, Ready Player One follows Wade Watts on his adventure within the virtual reality world known as the OASIS. He sets out to find an easter egg left by the creator after his death. Whoever finds it gets his fortune AND control of the OASIS. Not only does this movie look amazing, but also it’s filled with tons of pop culture references for its audience as well.
An all-female spin-off to Ocean’s 11 starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter? OF COURSE I’M IN. It’s a fun and new way to approach the Ocean’s series and I cannot WAIT to see how it pans out.
Which films are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below!