Which film are you waiting for?
The last 5 months or so of 2015 seems to have an abundance of quality films coming out and I was wondering which film everybody is looking forward to the most. Bond? Star Wars? Mockingjay? Something else?
Scorch Trials, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Spectre, Mockingjay Part 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Snowden and The Revenant are the films I have chosen that will be the most popular and talked about over the next few months and afterwards.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (18th September)
The Scorch Trials are the second part in The Maze Runner book-to-film series, which has become popular due to the rise in popularity of Young Adult Science-Fiction Dystopian Thriller Novels. After escaping the Maze, the “Gladers” find out more about why they were put there and the secrets being kept by the mysterious organisation called WCKD. Aiden Gillen of Game of Thrones fame features playing a character seemingly of the same ilk as he does in Thrones. If it lives up to the action-packed trailer then it could be as big as The Hunger Games trilogy.
Review of The Maze Runner Film here.
The Martian (2nd October)
Acclaimed film Director Sir Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) dips his toe back into the science-fiction genre with another book-to-film adaptation. Matt Damon stars as the title character, who on a space mission to Mars is left behind after a fierce storm and he is left to fend for himself and to try and survive long enough for another mission to Mars to rescue him gets to him in time. With a good supporting cast backing Damon and Scott, this could be a big hit this year. (Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Bridge of Spies (16th October)
If that combination and the trailer isn’t enough for you, then the poster is also quite striking too! Hanks plays a lawyer who is given the mission to negotiate the release of an American pilot shot down over the Soviet Union. Inspired by real events. Potential Oscar winner?
Spectre (26th October)
Bond is back! This is the film I am looking forward to the most, as I am a big James Bond film fan and I am also currently reading Ian Fleming’s books that have been re-released by Vintage. Daniel Craig has a chance to become one of the most remembered Bonds if Spectre lives up to the hype. Casino Royale is my favourite all-time Bond film but Quantom of Solace is the worst, and Skyfall, while it was a fantastic film, it was more Bourne than Bond. So I’m hoping in Spectre,that Craig returns to the heights that he reached in his debut outing as the Martini-drinking, womanising, Beretta-carrying British Spy that we all love.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 (20th November)
The conclusion to The Hunger Games saga. Having read the book, I already know what happens so I’ll make sure not to leave any hints or potential spoilers here. After the brilliant first two films which were well received by fans of the books and also cinemagoers, the money men behind the film franchise decided to split Mockingjay into 2 films which I think everyone found baffling, as nothing much happens in the first half to warrant an entire film on its own. Part 2 will be immeasurably better as I can confirm there will be action. If you wish to give my book and film reviews a little look before watching then feel free.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (18th December)
Undoubtedly the most anticipated film of the year, decade and possibly this century…for Star Wars fans. It is to be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and it will be the first of a new Star Wars trilogy after Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4bn. Many of the original cast are returning, with Harrison Ford and Chewbacca delighting Star Wars fans in a teaser trailer recently. The film could challenge Avatar for the highest grossing film of all time given the wide audience it is able to reach now, with the fans when the films originally came out and all the fans from across the world that have seen them on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and the Internet.
Snowden (25th December)
A film about one of the most talked about issues of the last few years. Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked classified information from the NSA to journalists. Snowden’s controversial story still rumbles on even now. I’m sure many people will be very interested in the film, especially if it brings up anything new or doesn’t include anything it probably should. There is a stellar cast including; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Rhys Ifans and Nicholas Cage. Below is a little extract about him on his Wikipedia page which sums up the situation:
A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a patriot, and a traitor. His disclosures have fuelled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information.
The Revenant (25th December)
Leonardo Di Caprio is everybody’s favourite actor it seems at the moment, the continued absence of an Oscar on his shelf is probably one of the reasons why so many people are rooting for him as he has been in some roles deserving of the top prize (Blood Diamond) but fate and luck has deserted him. Plus, with films like The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street and reports of his extravagant partying, he has become popular with many 18-30 year olds in recent times, and with a gritty role in The Revenant, there will be another outpouring on Twitter and Facebook for him to win an Oscar. The trailer is intense and the music and background sound only adds to the spectacle, let’s hope the film lives up to the very good trailer.
I’ll leave you will my favourite totally not photo-shopped image of Leo! 😉
(By the way, I do love Leo. Catch Me If You Can, Blood Diamond, Inception and The Wolf of Wall Street are some of my favourite films).