By Jack Dignan
With 2018 behind us, and awards season kicking into gear, the films of 2019 are starting to appear just over the horizon. And, like always (well, except for last year because I forgot), it’s time to look ahead at our most anticipated films of 2019. Of course, I’m excited for way more than 10, and there’s so many films I wanted to put on here but, for whatever reason, just couldn’t fit it in, but without further to do, here are the films you’ll probably want to keep on your radar. Then check back in tomorrow for Chris Campo’s list of the most anticipated 2019 films you haven’t heard of.
When 2017’s Split came to a close, and that final Bruce Willis twist happened (no, not the one where he’s a ghost), I didn’t know how to feel. While I thoroughly enjoyed the film, that twist rubbed me the wrong way. However, with time and further announcements on what that twist will ultimately lead to, I’m fully on board. Now, a Split/Unbreakable sequel not only sounds incredible, but looks like it too.
9. Knives Out
This isn’t the only DCM list this week that you’ll find Rian Johnson’s follow-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it’s a film worthy of both positions. Say what you will about The Last Jedi, but Johnson has proved himself to be a unique voice in modern cinema, and his latest, Knives Out, takes him back to his Brick roots with a smaller thriller featuring one hell of a cast. You’re not going to want to miss it.
8. The Irishman
Martin Scorsese’s long awaited reunion with Robert DeNiro has been in the works for a number of years. Now filmed and well into post-production, The Irishman is set to be released on Netflix later this year (and hopefully in cinemas too!). It’s impossible not to be excited for a new Scorsese film, especially with a cast as sensational as this one, so there’s no way this wasn’t going to make my list.
7. Godzilla: King of Monsters
It may not be the popular consensus, but I absolutely adored the 2014 American reboot of Godzilla. It’s a film I’ve come back to several times since its release, and I’m sure I’ll do the same before its follow-up hits theatres in just a few short months. After seeing that first Comic-Con trailer, I was left absolutely speechless, and with every new bit of footage released, this is looking to be a blockbuster to remember.
6. It: Chapter Two
Anybody who knows me knows I’m a big Stephen King fan. Ever since reading The Shining while overseas staying in a hotel eerily reminiscent of the one described in the book, I fell in love with King’s literature. It: Chapter One blew it out of the water. It was a near perfect adaptation of King’s classic tale of suspense, so putting the sequel on here was a no-brainer. Plus, you’d be silly not to get excited over anything involving Bill Hader.
5. Little Women
If Lady Bird is any indication, Greta Gerwig has a wonderful career as a director ahead of her. Her solo film debut was filled to the brim with warmth, sadness and humanity, and her follow-up, an adaptation of the book by Louisa May Alcott, will no doubt solidify her as an unparalleled talent.
2017 saw new films from Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Rian Johnson, M. Night Shyamalan and, if you lived in Australia, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. Now it looks like 2019 is about to do the exact same thing. Us looks absolutely bonkers. Part social commentary, part horror film, all round brilliance. After a genuinely unnerving trailer featuring far too many red-eyed bunnies and golden scissors for me to be comfortable with, this film skyrocketed up my most anticipated list.
3. Star Wars Episode IX
If science fiction and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are to be believed, and there’s a different alternate universe out there for each decision we could possibly make, I don’t think there’d be a single one where I didn’t put this film on my most anticipated list. I mean… come on. It’s Star Wars Episode IX. Even after a slight misstep with Solo (which was still good!), my love and anticipated for a new Star Wars refuses to die and I cannot wait to see how this trilogy comes to a close.
2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
I don’t want to brag, but ever since our interview, Quentin Tarantino and I have become best friends. It’s just a fact. And since we definitely talk on a daily basis, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is looking to be utterly sensational. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie all involved in a Hollywood-set story taking place during the Manson murders? Fuck yes.
1. Avengers: Endgame
And, finally, what is easily my most anticipated film of 2019… Avengers: Endgame. Avengers: Infinity War destroyed me. Its ending will go down as one of the all time greats. Even after 4 or 5 viewings, I could sit down and watch it right now and not get bored. But as fantastic as that film is, it remains Part 1 of 2, and Endgame will truly see the end of an era. The superheroes we love will be no more, and if anyone’s going to be crying as we cut to black, it’s going to be me.
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