Most Anticipated Films of 2018: A List by Ashley Menzel
February 9th: Basmati Blues
Years ago, I saw this advertisement for Basmati Blues, and I couldn’t wait for the release. It has finally come. The film stars Brie Larson as Dr. Lina Watt, a young scientist working in India. Unaware that she was part of a plan that would destroy the local farming industry, she bands with the villagers to fight the company.
February 16th: Black Panther
You must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard that Black Panther is set to release in mid-February. Chadwick Boseman made his debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and blew everyone away. Much to my excitement, Black Panther is getting its film, and it looks amazing. The colors and costume design looks fantastic and unique. I can’t wait to be immersed in the world of Black Panther.
March 9th: A Wrinkle in Time
As a child, I can’t even remember how many times I read A Wrinkle in Time; I loved it that much. It was probably my first introduction to the idea of sci-fi, and at a very young age, I was hooked. The world that was created by the worlds of Madeleine L’Engle was unlike any I had imagined. She opened a realm of imagination and possibility, and now it is going to be a major motion picture. The film looks mesmerizing and appears to capture that world of fantasy.
This isn’t necessarily a “most anticipated” film for the reason that I am particularly excited to see it, but I’m very curious. I attempted to read the book, and despite everyone’s rave reviews on the book, I wasn’t sold. The visuals in the film look spectacular, and it has the potential to win me over.
April 20th: God Particle
Cloverfield? I’m in. I need no more details, but in case you do, the film stars Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl, Chris O’Dowd, and David Oyelowo. On a space station, a scientific experiment causes the astronauts to be stuck in isolation and fight for survival. Despite sounding a lot like the plot to the horrible 2017 film, Life, with the name Cloverfield attached to it, we can hope for better.
May 18th: Deadpool 2
Deadpool was unlike any of the other superhero films, and I am hopeful for a repeat with the second installment. I will be disappointed if it isn’t as fantastic as the original.
June 15th: The Incredibles 2
The Incredibles was one of Pixar’s most fun and entertaining films. With such a long, long, long wait for a sequel, we can hope the Pixar gets it right.
July 6th: Ant-Man and the Wasp
I really LOVE Paul Rudd and enjoyed Ant-Man despite a few issues with the film. Since the Ant-Man storyline isn’t always tied to the rest of the Marvel universe at all times, I am excited to see where they go with the second installment.
I’m a sucker for a musical, and that is all I can say for myself.
August 3rd: Christopher Robin Returns
As the title denotes, Christopher Robin Returns is about a grown-up Christopher Robin and his return to the Hundred-Acre Wood to see his friends, Winnie and the rest of the Hundred- Acre Wood. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin and Hayley Atwell as his wife, Evelyn.
August 31st: The Little Stranger
The description of the film pulled me in, knowing full well it may scare me out of my mind. Domhnall Gleeson plays Dr. Faraday, a country doctor who, in1948 is called to a patient in Hundreds Hall. The Hall is in disarray and decline as the mother, son and daughter are haunted by something sinister.
September 21st: Robin Hood
I don’t know. I really don’t know. I love the story of Robin Hood and enjoy seeing the various remakes of it. This one seems rather interesting. It stars Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and focuses on a revolt against the crown. It appears to be a much grittier and more war-like film that the others. For that reason. I will see it, despite the fact that it is reminding me slightly of King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword.
The trailer for this was unexpected and really silly. I love kids films and every once and a while; a great one comes out of nowhere. I’m hoping that Small Foot is that one for 2018.
September 28th: Boy Erased
Lucas Hedges was spectacular in both Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird. Finally getting his chance as the lead role, he tackles a weighty subject. As the son of a Baptist pastor, he is outted as Gay to his parents and must either attend a conversion program or be shunned forever.
October 5th: Venom
Again, I’m really not sure. This could either go really well or go wrong. Tom Hardy can be really great but also has had some massive missteps. We will have to wait and see.
October 12th: First Man
Damien Chazelle is back. First Man takes a look at the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. It is based on the book, “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” has a phenomenal cast. Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong and by his side is Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong. I’m sure that Chazelle will knock it out of the park once again.
October 19th: The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Based on a book, The Girl in the Spider’s Web is about superhacker, Lisabeth Salander, and journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Their discoveries put them in the middle of spies, criminals, and corruption. The film stars Claire Foy, who is incredible in everything she does. This role seems different for her, so I am excited to see how she handles it.
November 2nd: Mary, Queen of Scots
I love historical films and Mary, Queen of Scots is right up my alley. Margot Robbie stars as Mary, Queen of Scots. The film tells the story of Mary, Queen of France and her life. The film also features Saoirse Ronan, hot off her killer 2017 performance in Lady Bird.
November 9th: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Benedict Cumberbatch and Dr. Seuss is all you have to tell me.
November 16th: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
I am a huge Harry Potter fan and really loved the first installment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise. I’ve been waiting since that release to see the second installment. The sequel takes place following the capture of Grindelwald.
November 21st: Marwencol
Marwencol is based on the documentary of the same name, telling the story of Mark Hogancamp as he copes with the severe memory loss following an attack. The film stars Steve Carrell, Leslie Mann, and Diane Kruger. I think Marwencol will be the surprise of the year.
December 21st: Aquaman
Jason Momoa dazzled us in Justice League in 2017 and is finally getting a stand-alone film. The film will focus on a surface world continually ravaging the sea and the Atlanteans’ outrage.
December 25th: Mary Poppins Returns
I will admit, I’m not a big fan of the original Mary Poppins. I know, it’s blasphemy, but it just never clicked. However, I do love Emily Blunt and am excited to see how she can bring this character into the 21st century.