Second half of 2016 – My most anticipated films

2016 so far has seen the release of some truely great and monumental films. We have had Oscar contenders in The Revenant and Creed. Epic super hero films from the break out Deadpool to the grand scale of Captian America Civil War and the opinion dividing Batman Vs Superman. Visual masterpieces such as The Jungle Book and many other great films.

With the first half of the year now behind us along with an impressive list of films we now looks forward to what the next 6 months have in store. Before I get to my 5 most anticipated films though lets list off some honourable mentions.

– Central Intellegance (July 1st)

– The Shallows (July 15th)

– The BFG (July 22nd)

– Star Trek Beyond (July 22)

– Jason Bourne (July 27th)

– Pete’s Dragon (August 12th)

– Lights Out (August 19)

– Ben Hur (August 26th)

– Morgan (September 2nd)

– Assasins Creed (December 26th)

– Moana (December)

Now time to get to the big 5. These are the 5 films I am most excited to see over the next 6 months. The list will run from 1-5 with the anticipation level growing as we go through the list. So let’s kick things off with the first entry in my top 5!


1 – Suicide Squad (August 5th)

Suicicde Squad is an interesting one. It’s the third entry in the DC Extended Universe after Man of Steel and Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and from what we have seen so far from the trailers takes a very different approach to the previous entries. The dramatic epic scale of the already released films seems to have been ditched for fun, pure comic book FUN! Still set in the same universe as the already established characters the dark and gritty look of the world is there but the over the top characters and personalities we would hope to get from the line up presented seems very present. This should make for some great moments of humour and action set pieces more in line with what Marvel has done with their films.

If this film manages to mesh its tone to fit within the already established DC EU is yet to be seen but what I think we can be sure on is that this film is going to be a great ride and a entertaining comic book movie experience.


2 – Doctor Strange (October 18th)

On the other side of the comic book movie war we have Marvels Doctor Strange. With Marvel set to reveal a new hero into the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe they hope to make the same impact that they managed to do with Ant-Man last summer. From what we have seen of the trailer so far though this film will be far removed from Ant-Mans comedy heist movie feel and more of a dramatic reality warping experience similar to what we saw with Inception. With Doctor Strange seemingly looking to unlock a new perspective to the MCU it could be the key to introducing new stories and characters much like Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy did for the cosmic side of the MCU we now think of as normal.

So far Marvel has barely put a foot wrong when it comes to their movies to a point where even the less that possitively recieved ones pass as enjoyable popcorn watches.With the huge success of Civil War earlier this year hopefully Marvel can continue that momentum and deliver a interesting, fresh take on their universe and create a platform to introduce more of their vast character library.


3 – Sausage Party (August 12th)

If you haven’t seen the red band trailer for this film do yourself a favour and go watch it RIGHT NOW!!!!

This is possibly the funniest trailer I have seen in a long long time. From the generic, seemingly normal animated set up at the start of it to the extreme adult humour that follows this trailer is a great example that things aren’t always as they seem.

For me this trailer will tell you everything you need to know about this film and so all that’s left for me to say is that I can wait for August 12th to roll around.


4 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18th)

Harry Potter is a global phenomenon that has permiatated every aspec of popular culture and with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them we are set to be transported to a whole new time period yet to be seen on the big screen. Growing up a huge fan of both the books and the films I can wait for them to expand upon the world they have already created. The trailer managed to feel new and different enough from the 8 films before but still had the visual and audible cues that set it firmly in that world. Although not shown much in the trailer itself the title would suggest that magical creatures of new and old will feature hugely in the new trilogy going forward. If the dragon in the Deathly Hallows is any indication this could lead to some truely magnificent visual specticles too.

Although having links to the Harry Potter series could be seen at as a positive at the box office it also means this film carries huge pressure to at least match the quality of the films that have come before. If it can match or even exceed those films it could open the door for not only this trilogy to be a box office smash but also the opertunite for future spin offs set in the magical world of Harry Potter to be made.


5 -Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16th)

Star Wars. Quite simply one of the biggest film and pop culture properties to ever be created. Over the last 40 years Star Wars has gone from unknown independent sci-fi film to box office behemoth that has filtered through every aspect of modern culture. With the acquisition of Lucas Film in 2012 by Disney a new era of Star Wars films and media took off. Last December the first new major film of that era got released in the form of Star Wars Epiode 7 The Force Awakens and unsurprisingly generated huge box office numbers and became the third biggest film release ever worldwide. With the return of the franchise a undoubtable success we now look to the next project to come from Disney and Lucas Films new partnership, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As the name indicates this isn’t a continuation of the Episodes that have been the norm before. This is a stand alone story set to expand the history and fill in the gaps that the previous films is the series have left behind. Incidentally this film will tell the story of how the Rebels got the plans to the Death Star, a key plot point from Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope. Like the Harry Potter spin off this film carries great significance as it is the first in a planned series of spin off films to help expand the world of Star Wars. If this films fails to deliver the specticle that has become standard with the series it could put a black mark on further spin offs from the series.

Despite the rumoured issues and reshoots every official piece of information coming out of Disney and Lucas film so far has filled me with nothing but excitemet for the release of this film. The trailer depicted an epic war movie with the backdrop of the Star Wars universe which in my opinion could lead to a truely fantastic film. Also with the confirmed inclusion on Darth Vader it could be the film that Star Wars Fans have always wanted.

With Star Wars Celebration set for next month we will be sure to hear and most likely see much more about this film before its December release but this is without a doubt the film to watch out for this Autumn.
Do you agree with my choices? What films are you most looking forward too? Be sure to let me know in the comments section.

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