There are not many notable movies scheduled to release in January or February of this year, granted there may be a few in that time that are worth the theatre experience. I will still post reviews of the films I go see, but until that next viewing I wanted to look ahead at the 2019 lineup, because we do have quite a few this year that I’m really excited for. Take a quick look through my most highly anticipated movies of 2019 to find your favorites, or read them all, your choice, but don’t forget to note the release dates in case you are one to purchase opening weekend tickets in advance!
1) Detective Pikachu, Starring the voice of our beloved Deadpool…or…starring our beloved voice of Deadpool, whichever you prefer, Ryan Reynolds is back to usher in my most anticipated movie release of the year 🙂 Being a nerdy fan, I’ll admit that Pokémon is not for everyone. But it continues to prove that it’s still popular, even enough to warrant a new take on the long-time fad. Watch the trailer, and get excited. Pika Pika. (Release date: May 10)
2) Glass, If you haven’t seen an M. Night Shyamalan film, you’re either missing out or extremely lucky, because he has had many ups and downs over the years. But that all changed with the final scene of his last movie, Split, when he turned one of his previous best, under-rated movies into a franchise. He’s back on my love list, and I’m hoping this next film keeps him there. (Release date: January 18)
3) Avengers: Endgame, Tony’s in space, Scott’s in the quantum realm, and Steve is…really sad. Previously titled Infinity War: Part 2, I’m excited to watch for the reasons behind making this movie it’s own. The final film in a decade-long franchise is sure to make a big splash, seeing as it’s predecessor owns the title for highest-grossing theatre release in history. Which of our beloved superheroes do you think will make it through to Phase 4, and which ones will bite the dust? (Release date: April 26)
4) Hobbs and Shaw, Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? Another long-running franchise, The Fast and Furious films are definitely a love ’em or hate ’em. And in this storyline detour, the guy who punches sharks and the guy who is best friends with a radioactive ape will team up to give us something popcorn-worthy, I’m sure of it. Tune in to watch a budding bro-mance surrounded by vehicular chase scenes and explosions. (Release date: August 2)
5) Dumbo, Whether you enjoy the recent surge in live-action Disney movies or not, there are 3 on the schedule for 2019, and to some surprise, the flying elephant sits atop my most anticipated (the other two being Aladdin and The Lion King). The reason why? This one doesn’t look too cheesy or shot-for-shot, respectively. Add in the fact that they’re doubling the running time of the original movie, and it gets me excited to see what’s new in this film. (Release date: March 29)
6) Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Watch. The. Trailer. The most recent Godzilla adaptation was pretty good, but this one looks like a true monster movie. He’s back, and now he’s going up against Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, and you don’t have to know anything about those nemeses to get excited to watch them throw down. (Release date: May 31)
7) Joker, With only teaser photos yet released, Joaquin Phoenix looks hilariously terrifying. Directed by Todd Phillips (known for The Hangover), this movie has all the elements that make both a terrible and a great film. Having enjoyed recent role choices from our prota…antagoni…Phoenix, namely You Were Never Really Here and Her, I look forward to what I hope to be another memorable Joker performance. (Release date: October 4)
8) Shazam!, Silly is just what the DC Universe needs right now. Being known for “dark” superhero films, this is a surprising turn for Marvel’s direct competition, but arguably the perfect choice following Aquaman. Keep the fun times rolling, and distance themselves from the failure that was The Justice League. Zachary Levi stars as a literal man-child superhero, and his comedic chops will almost certainly shine in this one. (Release date: April 5)
9) Star Wars: Episode IX, Yet to be titled, the finale to the Skywalker saga carries the weight of 8 films on it’s shoulders. If this one doesn’t shine, it will arguably ruin the franchise, or so I’ve heard. Critics are still debating over the choices made with Episode VIII, and even though I leaned toward the side of enjoying the film, I also desparately need some payoffs in storyline. Buckle your seatbelt as we visit a galaxy far, far away one last time through the eyes of the Jedi. (Release date: December 20)
10) Toy Story 4, I honestly debated over adding this one to the list, because I am really torn on how I feel about it. Toy Story 3 was a great ending to the story of Andy and his toys, and part of me really wishes Disney would have just let it be. However, Allen and Hanks are iconic in their roles of Buzz and Woody, and they have yet to disappoint. So at the bottom of my list it goes, rounding out my top-10 most anticipated movies of 2019. (Release date: June 21)
What movies are you most looking forward to in 2019? Other favorites might include Captain Marvel (March 8), IT: Chapter 2 (September 6), The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (February 8), Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5), Frozen 2 (November 22), and John Wick 3: Parabellum (May 17).
Thanks for reading, and keep checking in for future film reviews!