While Leo, Kate et al were collecting their gongs at the Baftas last night for the films we loved in 2015, we here at Muddy looked forward to this year’s film offerings. And we’re practically squealing in our seats with excitement at what’s to come. It’s going to be a good year people. So, whether you’re looking for a bit of chick flick and chill (Ms Bridget Jones), or something for the rabble (a new Jungle book), we’ve got you covered. Muddy intern, Daisy Ward give us her recommendations for the coming year, in no particular order.
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Calling all Harry Potter fans out there (the mini Surrey Muddies are major fans, so the Muddy Surrey house is suitably buzzing about this one). The Wizarding world has made a return in an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (excited much?). Briefly, there’s a Wizard called Newt who accidentally lets a briefcase full of dangerous magical creatures escape, and the story follows the escapades as the American Wizarding world tries to avoid falling into chaos. The film features Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (has that boy even slept in the last year) as Newt, and Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs) as Porpentina. Sadly though, it’s not out until 18 November.
2. Finding Dory
If you’re still trying to get to P Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, then you’re in luck. After the success of Disney Pixar’s, Finding Nemo it was announced 10 years later that a sequel called Finding Dory was in production. Set six months after Finding Nemo, Dory has a sudden recollection of her childhood in California, and with Marlin and Nemo she sets out to find her family. With the voice talent of Ellen DeGeneres and loving Nemo, it won’t be just the kids in the cinema. Release on 17 June.
3. The Jungle Book
Disney has given The Jungle Book a makeover, with a mix of live action, CGI and 3D (admittedly, we’re a little bit nervous about this one). Apparently no expense has been spared to give this classic the remake it deserves. And with a star studded line-up including Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo’o this Disney classic will go out with a swing (see what we did there). Released on 15 April.
4. Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is without a doubt (especially among my mates) the most anticipated film of the year. The DC movie based on the comic of the same name has already generated global appeal, with the cast consisting of Jared Leto, Margo Robbie and Will Smith. And who doesn’t want to watch a group of anti-heroes kick butt? I know I’m in! Released 5 August.
In rival, Marvel is releasing Deadpool, based on the comic character of the same name. In an effort to cure his cancer, Wade Wilson takes part in an experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, an unstable mind, and a dark, twisted sense of humour (sounds like some guys I know). Wilson decides to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life, and with Ryan Reynolds as the leading man, who could resist a Valentine’s film date? Deadpool was released 12 February.
6. The Conjuring 2
Are you a scaredy cat who jumps behind the sofa at anything rated over PG? Then The Conjuring 2 isn’t for you. Three years ago, The Conjuring was one of the biggest grossing horror films of all time, making $318 million worldwide from just a $20 million budget. Not bad, eh? The sequel continues to follow paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, this time to England to investigate a poltergeist in Enfield. With Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles, The Conjuring 2 is definitely one to look out for. Released 10 June.
7. Alice Through the Looking Glass
This film both saddens me and excites me, Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass was the final role for Alan Rickman who passed away on 14 January. Rickman brought to life Absolem the blue caterpillar with so much wit and wisdom, and this film will be no other. The story follows Alice back into Underland just like in Lewis Carroll’s novel. I know I will be sitting in the cinema, tissues at hand. Released 27 May.
8. Now You See Me: The Second Act
If you’re looking for a heist, then you’re in luck. After the success of Now You See Me, the sequel is hitting our screens. A year after the events of the first film, Arthur Tressler’s son, seeks to bring the Four Horsemen to justice, after his father’s imprisonment. With a stellar cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman, this film is sure to be a success! Released 10 June.
9. Bridget Jones’s Baby
We fell in love with Bridge, back in 2001, and now she’s back, bigger than ever (*spoiler alert…pregnant!). To be fair, the clue’s in the title, Bridget Jones’s Baby, and sees the return of all our favourite characters. Not much has been published said about the film (and there’s talk of three different endings having been filmed) so we will just have to wait until September to see Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth reprise their roles! Grab the tissues! Released 16 September.
10. Pete’s Dragon
Finally Disney is at it once again with a remake of the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon (awwwww Mickey Rooney). I loved this film as a child and can’t wait to see how Disney reimagine the live action and CGI-mixed film with stars such as Wes Bentley and Karl Urban. Elliot, the loveable green Dragon who helps Pete escape his horrible adoptive family, hasn’t yet got an actor attached to his voice, so we’ll have to wait a little longer to see who brings Elliot to life. Released 12 August.
AND FOUR MORE TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Ghostbusters: Who ya gonna call? Chris Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig star in this reboot of the Eighties classic. Original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver, will also appear. Released 15 July.
The BFG: Steven Spielberg directs this classic Roald Dahl story, with Mark Rylance as the big friendly giant. Released 1 July.
The Brothers Grimsby: a British comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen, as the football hooligan brother to super smooth spy Sebastian Grimsby (Mark Strong). Released 11 March.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Ben Affleck is Bruce Wayne/Batman and Henry Cavill is the bespectacled Clark Kent/Superman, in this blockbuster. Another treat is Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor. Released 25 March.