I’ve divided my choices into 3 categories- so excited, cautiously optimistic, will probably suck but maybe?
So excited!!!- I’m on board and anxiously awaiting these films
Star Wars: The Force Awakens-
The trailer blew me away. I trust JJ Abrams to redeem the franchise. Don’t let me down!
Avengers: Age of Ultron-
I also trust Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel. After an amazing 2014 with Guardians and Captain 2 I’m expecting great things.
Song of the Sea-
Technically a 2014 release but doesn’t come to my theater till February. So excited. It looks stunning and I’ve loved everything Cartoon Palooza has done to this point.
Mission Impossible V-
Ghost Protocol was the strongest of the series so I’m optimistic about 5 even with the director change. Cast is all back and it should be a fun spy movie. Hopefully more Ghost Protocol and less MI 3.
Pitch Perfect 2-
Original was one of my favorite comedies in the least 5 years. Acapella was a big deal at my college so I loved the music and the trailer looks decent. I just want to laugh and hear some good acapella. Elizabeth Banks is directing this one so that is promising.
Great teaser trailer, have no idea what it’s about I’m intrigued. You add the words ‘directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney’ and I’m on board.
I was intrigued by trailer 1 but trailer 2 blew me away. I am so excited to have 2 original Pixar movies in 1 year but Inside Out excites me the most! Wahoo!
Cautiously Optimistic- They could be terrible but there are serious reason to hope they won’t
The idea of anyone going back to that island, let alone it actually opening is going to be tough to believe but the trailer looked ok and it has a pretty good cast with Chris Pratt, Bryce dallas Howard, BD Wong and Judy Greer, so I’m hopeful.
Fox has yet to be able to make a good Fantastic Four movie so we will see if Chronicle (underrated but fabulous superhero movie) director Josh Trank can make it happen. Great cast with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan, Toby Kobbell and more. Enough to get me on board.
I’m actually not a huge fan of the Despicable Me movies but the part I do like is The Minions so I’m hoping it will be good. Aside from Pixar it’s not looking great for animation.
If a fairytale retelling is going to work for me it is going to be Cinderella as I have already seen it in Slipper and the Rose and Ever After and enjoyed those. I am very nervous they are going to ruin the mice and after Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland I have no faith in Disney.
The Good Dinosaur-
I still feel a lot of mystery about this movie. I have no idea if it is a comedy or drama. All I know is it is about the world if Dinosaurs had never gone extinct. Good voice cast and I will always be pulling for an original Pixar.
It has gone through development hell with talk of it going way back to 2009 but as many movies have shown production issues do not always make for a bad movie- Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Jaws all had production nightmares and are considered by most as 3 of the cinemas great movies.
I’m not the world’s largest Peter Pan fan and it feels a little unnecessary but I liked the trailer and director Joe Wright has made some good movies (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna, Anna Karenina) where he has made interesting visual choices.
It also has a pretty good cast with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily (strange casting).
So we will see!
2 versions are eventually coming out but I believe only the Disney is coming out next year. Jon Favreau directs and he seems to be able to be successful in just about any genre creating winners in everything from Elf to Ironman so that’s good.
The cast is also very promising with Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Christopher Walken.
I hope they will change that terrible ending.
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel-
I don’t know if we needed a sequel but I enjoyed the first and the cast is back so I’m game.
Will Probably Suck But Holding Out Hope
Mr Peabody and Sherman gave me hope that Hollywood may not destroy the franchises of my youth. I’m skeptical of the CG transformation but if the writing is good,it could be good like Sherman.
Paul Bart Mall Cop-
I actually though the first one was funny. This will probably be terrible but I always hold out hope that Kevin James and team will find a way to make me laugh. Cross fingers!
I usually hate CGI live action movies (don’t even mention the Smurfs around me…) but the buzz I’m hearing from youtubers over in Great Britain is really positive. The trailer looks terrible, so who knows!
What do you guys think? Doesn’t look as good a year as 2014 but I won’t be bedridden in 2015 so it all works out.