Ten 2015 Movies That Can’t Come Quickly Enough

I have terrible taste in movies, or so I’m regularly told. But given that three of last year’s predictions made it into my Top 10 of 2014 (up from two in 2013) it would seem that I’m getting better. What’s more, just because Step Up: All In wasn’t quite as good as Under The Skin or Boyhood doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it immensely.

There are a lot of big films due out over the next twelve months, and while the majority look very promising indeed there are only a select few that I am actively anticipating. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched the trailers for the following (where trailers are available), but I can tell you it’s more than all of the as yet unreleased-in-the-UK awards contenders combined.

Scroll down for my list of the ten 2015 films that can’t come quickly enough. At this rate, four of them might actually be worth the wait.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

KingsmanKick-Ass was one of my favourite movies of 2010, and while X-Men: First Class may have left me slightly cold the prospect of Matthew Vaughn making another comic book movie is still an appealing one, especially as Kingsman: The Secret Service will see him reunite with Mark Miller for another spoof, this time of suave spy thrillers in the Bond mould. The film — co-written with regular collaborator Jane Goldman — stars Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson and newcomer Taron Egerton, and by the looks of the trailer a woman with swords for legs.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6Twelve months on and umpteen million renditions of ‘Let It Go’ later, Disney’s Frozen still isn’t getting old. (OK, maybe a little — but it’s still better than Tangled.) Even if it is wearing a little thin, however, rest assured that the studio’s next film, Big Hero 6, couldn’t be more different if it tried: a sci-fi adventure featuring little-known Marvel Comics characters, it swaps sisters for brothers and princesses for superheroes. Released last year in the US, following appearances at Toronto and Abu Dhabi Film Festivals, it has already opened to critical acclaim and box office success.

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter AscendingNot every film on this list is based on a comic book, though the Wachowskis are admittedly no strangers to the genre. Jupiter Ascending marks their first original screenplay since The Matrix Revolutions, following a string of adaptations. It follows an unassuming cleaner and a very assuming wolfman-from-outer-space as they attempt to outrun an alien prince on rocket roller-blades. It sounds insane, even for The Wachowskis, but if it’s half as good as Cloud Atlas then it could be the film to beat this year. (It made this list last year but was pushed back to February 2015.)

The Signal

The SignalEvery list needs a wildcard (or a wilder card), and with an IMDb rating of just 6.2 The Signal could well be it. Another film with links to The Matrix, The Signal stars Lawrence Fishbourne in full Morphius mode as the head of an underground research facility tasked with mentoring a messiah, this time in the form of Brenton Thwaites (previously seen in just about every film released last year). The film earned some promising reviews when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January 2014, and the trailer is very intriguing indeed.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

SpongebobDespite never having watched a single episode of the long-running, kids-turned-cult television series, nor the by all accounts bonkers 2004 movie with David Hasselhoff, the trailer for The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water nevertheless has me hook, line and sinker. The only trailer to out-crazy Jupiter Ascending, Spongebob’s serves up two and a half minutes of the silliest, surrealist and squarepantsiest action comedy imaginable. After all, it stars Antonio Banderas as a pirate who forces a sponge, a starfish and a squirrel to leave their pineapple under the sea and become superheroes in order to retrieve a secret burger recipe.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

AvengersNone less than the eleventh instalment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Age of Ultron reunites Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye for the first time since they had shwarma together at the end of 2012’s The Avengers. Never one for resting on his or anybody else’s laurels, returning director Joss Whedon is set to grow the roster by three as Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver join the fight against the titular antagonist. Presumably they’ll be facing off against one another first.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad MaxOstensibly a sequel to the original trilogy rather than a straight reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road managed to escape the blind vitriol and automatic animosity usually reserved for 21st Century reimaginings of 80s genre flicks — even though director George Miller has recast the role (with Tom Hardy taking over from Mel Gibson). In fact, there seems to be genuine excitement for it. This is perhaps less surprising when you consider just how astonishing the various trailers have so far been.

Jurassic World

Jurassic WorldJurassic Park 4 has been on the cards for years, and while always a juicy prospect it wasn’t until Colin Trevorrow was chosen to direct and Chris Pratt was cast as star that Jurassic World evolved into something truly exciting. The new film may share little connective tissue with the original trilogy (only supporting actor BD Wong is set to return) but the designs glimpsed in the trailer made it clear that the similarities would nevertheless be unmistakeable. Featuring all new dinosaurs (to both the series and science itself) the film promises brave new things.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star WarsWhile the prequel trilogy may have disenfranchised some, it did little to diminish my own love for Star Wars. Looking forward instead of back, J J Abrams’ Episode VI promises to reunite audiences with their childhood heroes for another go at the dark side — this time with lens flares as well as lightsabres with which to wage war. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are all back, alongside mainstays Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew, and they are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver. Oh, and the Millennium Falcon’s back too. I have a good feeling about this.

Victor Frankenstein

Daniel Radcliffe’s ongoing attempts to distance himself from Harry Potter have produced some remarkable results. Even so, Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein has always been the most enticing project, not least for the mixed reports variously pitching it as a horror, a comedy and a romance. All we really know for sure is that Radcliffe is set to play Igor opposite James McAvoy’s Frankenstein, and that the script is from none other than Chronicle scribe Max Landis. All we need now is a poster.

What are you looking forward to?

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About popcornaddiction
I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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