THE NEW YEAR IN MOVIES
It’s that time of year again; the festive season has come to a close, wishful resolutions stare us in the face, and people everywhere struggle to write the correct year in their dates. As we collectively put our feet up on a break from a holiday binge-watch, let’s take a moment to reflect upon the year that’s been…and the entertainment it has brought us.
2015 saw the release of many a big-budget blockbuster: Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Furious 7, the Martian and Spectre, just to name a few. It also saw the breakout success of small-budget films such as the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Ex Machina, a personal favorite of the writer’s. The year finally wrapped up in a Star Wars frenzy, as people all over the world clamored for a chance to see the original cast on-screen together for the last time(spoiler alert or is it too late?)
But the box-office successes of last year has merely set the stage for this one, as 2016 promises to pack no less a punch in its offerings for theatre-goers. Whether you’re starting a new term of college, studying for upcoming school exams, or shuffling your feet on the way back to work, this 2016 movie timeline is sure to cheer you up.
Starting off the new year with a bang, Kung Fu Panda 3 releases on the 29th of January. The loveable panda, Po, reunites with a long-lost family member and takes on a new villain voiced by J. K. Simmons, well known for his part in last year’s critically acclaimed drama, Whiplash.
Earlier in the month, the Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander (from Ex Machina) starring drama, The Danish Girl releases in theatres. Touching a new frontier, the movie’s plot revolves around transgender issues and is based on the true story of one of the first men in the world to undergo a sex change operation. The trailer is breathtaking in its performances and the movie is laudable in its efforts to further the discussion of the LGBT community and the importance of rights and equal treatment for all.
Comic book fan all over the world will find a reason to rejoice in February as the snarky Deadpool snags a movie of his own, coming out on the 4th of February. Titled after the main character, the movie follows the exploits of an unconventional superhero on an unconventional adventure.
Seeking to make amends with the almost universally hated portrayal of the comic book character in X Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool has a many a pitchfork armed nerd to please.
The superhero clashes of the year begin with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the 25th of March. Two of our most beloved superhero characters go head to head in this much hyped-up movie which can only mean ultra-high expectations to be met. Whether this movie will stand up to the test or wither under the pressure, only time will tell.
Termed as the ‘spiritual sequel’ to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, director Shane Black reveals his new movie The Nice Guys on April 6th. Set in the same delightfully trippy tone that made KKBB a hit, The Nice Guys follows a detective duo investigating a dual murder.
The very next day, The Jungle Book comes to life on April 7th, or at least to live action. Disney works its magic once more as it brings back Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, and all your favorite childhood memories while it’s at it.
May has always been a favorite for blockbuster releases, and this year is no different. Marvel will have its heyday in May 2016, with Captain America: Civil War starting off the month and X-Men: Apocalypse rounding it off.
With heavy, star-studded casts, the both of them, comic book fervor will reach its peak this summer. But with the already highly saturated calendar of superhero movies, will these movies mark the end of audiences turning up in hordes for the latest action-filled Marvel/DC entertainer, with people saying too many in too little time?
June marks the return to the big screen of the characters of Finding Nemo after a 13 year long hiatus, with the movie, Finding Dory. With its predecessor garnering a 99% fresh rating on popular review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, it certainly must live up to its legacy. Unlike many other successful animated franchises, the creators of Finding Nemo have abstained from making sequels simply for the money. The integrity with which they have treated the franchise shows great promise for this upcoming movie in terms of quality.
Certainly the month of sequels, other films lined up for June include Now You See Me 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence.
Ghostbusters is looking to get rebooted this year, with not much known about the movie other than the fact that it is releasing on the 15th of July. However, the casting bill includes Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon (veterans on SNL) and Melissa McCarthy (from Mike and Molly). This comedian studded cast certainly points to a light hearted movie in the works.
While 2016 is certainly shaping up to be the year of superheroes, the supervillains are not far behind. The one of a kind Suicide Squad is coming out in August featuring a stars you love playing the villains you hate. Gritty, twisted, and violent, this is certainly a palate cleanser from the movies with happy endings that we have become accustomed to.
From the studio that made The Lego Movie, Storks is an upcoming September 2016 flick. With birds as the main characters, the movie is a fun play on the age old myth of babies delivered by storks. There hasn’t been a new highly successful animated franchise in a while, and Warner Bros Entertainment, the company which is producing this movie, certainly hopes to strike gold this year.
With its surprisingly low-key publicity, you might be surprised to find out that the movie adaptation for the latest Dan Brown novel, Inferno, will release in October 2016. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard professor Robert Langley in this action-thriller which will set Dan Brown fans everywhere rereading the book in time for the movie.
Rumor has it that the movie was scheduled for release in 2015, but was pushed by a year in order to avoid competing with Star Wars: Episode VII. I don’t think anyone could blame them for that.
The Chinese calendar associates every year with a particular animal. 2016 is the year of the Monkey…and Other Fantastic Beasts?
The latest addition to the Harry Potter movie franchise will certainly cause a rift among fans, between those who feel the sanctity of the Harry Potter legacy should be left alone and those eager for any new HP material.
Regardless of which camp you support, any new HP release is a cause worth celebrating. J.K. Rowling herself has been involved in this movie’s screenplay which will certainly serve to reassure any doubts regarding the compatibility of the movie with existing canon.
We’ll all get a chance to relive the magic once more.
Wrapping up the new year much like it did the last, the Star Wars franchise will put out the next movie set in its universe: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story“. A story of a group of rebels trying to steal the plans for the Death Star, this move will be essential in keeping the Stars Wars mania going and setting the stage for Star Wars: Episode VIII.