6 Films that I am personally looking forward to in 2019!
As a lover of cinema I regularly check the ‘what’s coming out soon’ section at my local Rundkino (Round Cinema, but actually Cineplex https://www.cineplex.de/dresden/) here in Dresden. Trouble is they mostly don’t show films in English, this being in Germany and all. Therefore it’s hard to stay up-to-date with the world of cinema, so I got in the habit of regularly checking at the start of the year the WHOLE schedule of planned films coming out for the year. That way, in the event of a surprise showing in one of the city’s more ‘trendy’ cinemas, such as the KIF (https://www.kif-dresden.de/) – which means ‘Cinema in the Factory’ – I can plan a little ahead and not miss out! Anyway, whether I see them in the cinema or not, I will try and see them this year and here are the six films I’m most keen about, in no particular order;
1. Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro. Set for release on October 4, 2019 (UK).
This looks set to be a lot of fun. Described as a ‘gritty crimer thriller’, it tells the evolution of an ordinary Joe into the psycho we’ve all come to know and… love? Joaquin Phoenix is a terrific actor and has been a tad mental in films before – his menacing portrayal of Commodus genuinely scared his co-workers – and he has the look of a dishevelled madman even before he has put on make-up. Apparently more of a character anaylsis than a straight-up comic book film and I’m already interested and a welcome change to the endless high budget Hollywood blockbusters you come to expect when comic book transfers are concerned.
2. It: Chapter 2, starring James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård. Set for release on September 6, 2019 (UK).
Returning after the first chapter from 2017, this conclusion follows the ‘loser club’ hunting down the beast in Derry, Maine, which most commonly takes the form of a nasty looking clown named Pennywise. The first one was a pretty good adaptation – successfully bettering the TV-mini series of 1990. Written by Stephen King, it has become one of his most famous titles and as a big fan of his novels, I naturally look forward to anything that makes it on to the big screen. Even last night, I was watching the Green Mile; I just can’t get enough of the guy! Bill Skarsgård makes an excellent Pennywise too!
3. The Lion King, starring Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Set for release on July 19, 2019 (UK).
This is a CGI re-imagining of the original animated Disney classic. It’s always been a favourite of mine and although I would love to see the musical of the Lion King, the price is just too damn high for an amateur novelist like myself. Nevertheless, when this comes out I’ll undoubtedly watch it and enjoy it, eve for nostalgia-sake and how I used to wonder at the Disney version when I was just 9 years old. Also, I can’t go the entire year watching darker films or I might go insane myself. Plus, this one will surely be enjoyed by my wife as well… the other two above… probably not, and it’s nice to have some company in the cinema.
4. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, starring John Malkovich, Zac Effron, Lily Collins. Released on 26 January, 2019 (Sundance Festival).
This chornicles the tale of Ted Bundy’s girlfriend and his crimes and how she refused to believe the truth despite the ever-growing evidence against him. It’s interesting how far humans will go in defense of something and, although I’m not totally au fait with everything in the context of his murders, I love a documentary about criminals and/or murderers. Making A Murderer and An Innocent Man have both been favourites of mine on Netflix in recent times and this film grabbed my attention easily. Plus I love John Malkovich. Not so much Zac Effron, but I’m open-minded enough when it comes to this.
5. Pet Sematary, starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz. Released on April 5, 2019 (UK).
Another Stephen King novel, turned film. I told you I’m a fan of his work! Anyway, who knew that you’re cuddly little friend sitting in the corner of your living room had the potential to be a haunting, killing machine? Well, this is the film to change your opinion. I’ve never gotten round to reading the book, but it’s on my list and I hope I can finish it before the film comes out. It’s going to be creepy regardless, even if I’m not totally convinced yet that animals can be scary – I didn’t find the Birds or Cujo scary – but I’m happy to be surprised.
6. Zombieland 2, starring Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson. Released October 11, 2019.
Another longer wait, but after enjoying the first Zombieland, I really don’t mind. Columbus, Witchata, Little Rock and Tallahassee are all set to return and take us through another comedic romp through post-apocalyptic America and zombie-infested cities. The original Zomebieland was great fun – much to Woody Harrelson, was warm in its evolution of the characters and had some great nuance to it. It’s the only comedy on my list and although it’s about zombies and survival, I’m not expecting it to be as dark as some of the others, despite the subject material.
So there you have it. Six of the best films to expect of 2019. Which one is your favourite? Do you have another to add to the list? Let me know in the comments section below!