While 2015 is looking to be shaping up to be the Year of the Blockbuster, 2014 has still got some films I’m excited about.
12 Years a Slave
Now I know this has been out in the US for a while now but it’s going to be released here in the UK on Friday and I am really looking forward to it even though I’m sure I’ll be an emotional wreck once it’s finished.
I love stories about heists and cons. That’s why my favourite TV shows are Hustle and White Collar, why I love the Heist Society series by Ally Carter, and why I love the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy. So a heist film set in World War Two with a fantastic cast? Mark me down as super excited.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Just about any comic book movie has a place on my to-see list but I love what Captain America: The Winter Soldier is shaping up to be. By the looks of the trailer it’s going to be more of a crime, spy thriller than a straight up comic book action film – and I love the sound of that. Captain America is the best character to explore SHIELD, a part of the Marvel cinematic universe that we really don’t know that much about. Plus it’s got Black Widow taking more of a central role and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. The only thing that would make me more excited for this film was if Jeremy Renner was in it as Hawkeye again – but I suppose you can’t have everything.
My favourite aspect of science fiction is to do with androids, cyborgs and artificial intelligence. So having a scientist upload his mind into a machine with possibly limitless capacity for destruction or creation really hits all the right spots for me. I love debating the idea of a possible Skynet a la Terminator so having this type of film with a diverse cast is looking great so far.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
I loved the first trailer for this film and would quite happily not see anything but that before going to see X-Men: Days of Future Past. I’m excited that Bryan Singer is back in the directing chair and am simultaneously nervous and excited about the incredible task of bringing the original cast together in a film with the new, younger cast – not forgetting the various new mutants that have been thrown in the mix.
22 Jump Street
I enjoyed 21 Jump Street far more than I thought I would. I went to see it with a friend on a whim because she liked Channing Tatum and there was nothing else on we fancied – one of the best choices we could’ve made. I love that 21 Jump Street knew that it was a silly film and was happy to reference that fact that it was a remake and 22 Jump Street looks like it’s doing the same. If 22 Jump Street is half as good and quotable as the first I’m sure I’ll love it.
This film looks like pure madness to be honest but the fact that it’s an original screenplay ticking all the blockbuster boxes interests me. (I’m all about original ideas in Hollywood in the sea of franchises and book-to-movie adaptations) It looks spectacular and I am very interested in seeing how this film plays out.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The final comic book movie I’m really looking forward to. This is another film that looks crazy and mad but I’m all for weird dysfunctional people coming together to be awesome. The preview at the end of Thor: The Dark World with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector immediately grabbed my interest. The set, his costume and performance was just so weird that I couldn’t help but be fascinated. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Guardians of the Galaxy shapes up on screen. Give us a trailer already!
I know next to nothing about this film, the teaser trailer was a proper teaser trailer in the sense that there was no real footage shown but you did get a feel of what this film would be about. It’s directed by Christopher Nolan and written by himself and his brother, Jonathan Nolan, it has an amazing cast with some of my favourite actors in it alone so that makes me interested.
I have been looking forward to this film for months! It stars many actors and actresses that I love, it is set in a dystopian future and just looks brilliant. I still have no idea if or when it’ll be released in the UK – I mean, France got it in October 2013 and Germany’s set to get it in April 2014 so I really don’t know where the UK fits in this. Plus when we do get it will it be the full cut or will we get the Harvey Weinstein edited version for America? I hope it’s the former.