Spring is almost here and I thought I’d make a list of my top five most anticipated movies. Because that’s how a things are done, or something. Yes, they’re all genre films. Yes, all of them are sequels or remakes. I’m sorry.
First on the list is Alien: Covenant, the latest film to try to breathe new life into the Alien franchise. The last film to try, Prometheus, was a lovely, thoughtful story about finding the meaning of your existence that failed miserably as an Alien movie. However, Ridley Scott’s latest addition to the decades old series seems to be focusing more on horror and less on philosophy. We’ll see if that’s a good or bad thing on May 19th.
4-Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
The first comic book movie on the list is Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. The first GotG was a fun but shallow movie that had many cute scenes but didn’t make much sense. I think it was about the importance of holding hands or something. Here’s hoping that the sequel will add a plot to what worked the first time around and be a great overall movie. GotG: Vol 2 releases on May 5th.
The second comic inspired movie on the list is Logan. This take on the classic Marvel character, like the previous Wolverine solo film, seems to be trying to put a grittier spin on the usual Whizz-bang super-hero genre. That murderous little girl certainly looks gritty. It’s also rated “R”, as all movies based on children’s comic-books should be. Also – Patrick Stewart! Logan hits theatres on March 2nd.
2-Kong: Skull Island
Next on the list is Kong: Skull Island. The trailer makes it look like a remake of Apocalypse Now with a giant ape instead of Marlon Brando. The trailer also makes it seem like it’s going to have a lot of humour. However, it’s from same studio that brought us 2014’s lifeless Godzilla movie, so we’ll see. If we’re lucky it will be as good as Peter Jackson’s underrated take on the big ape. Kong lumbers into view on March 10th.
1-Ghost In The Shell
Finally, we come to the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. As a fan of the animated film and the Stand Alone Complex series, I am very interested in (worried by) this American take on a Japanese classic. Sure, Scarlett Johansson is slightly too dainty (and slightly too Caucasian?) to be playing Major Kusanagi, and the trailer makes it seem like a shallow revenge movie, but other than that – it doesn’t look too bad? Please God, don’t let it be bad. Hopefully, things will go well for the Major on March 31st.
What did you think of my list? I have real nerdy tastes, right? Sound off in the comments.