1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
The 10 year saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will finally come to a ‘finale’ this April with the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. Whatever your opinions on the new title, the newest Avengers film will still try it’s very best to keep up to the consistent standards of the franchise, and hopefully, outdo last years Avengers: Infinity War. Despite Marvel throwing any ambiguity out the window (releasing a trailer for the next Spiderman while he is presumed dead), this is still one of the most exciting films of 2019.
Why to get excited? As The Russo Brothers take the helm once again, being Marvel’s most consistent directors, their talent for big budget will no doubt make another sure fire success for the company, not only from a business point of view but as a critical success as well.
2. Us (2019)
Director: Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele shocked everyone with his debut Get Out (2017), not only the fact a sketch show comedian could direct such a film, but also the intelligence on the films surface, and the subtly of it’s detail. His next feature has trailers and information, but still remains relatively enigmatic, with it’s trailer being jarring and exhilarating on it’s own it’s safe to say the anticipation is real.
Why to get excited? Not just for it’s director’s recently acquired acclaim, but the if the film harbours some similar qualities of it’s trailer there is no doubt this will be another hit for Peele. On board this film is the likes of the ever consistent Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Moss and Winston Duke, and if the film lives up to the quality of cast and director, this could be one of the best films of the year.
3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Tarantino’s gaps between films make it easy to forget that he’s the director of a generation, his films are the sole reason for a lot of people liking films. His unique style will forever be in people’s hearts, and although his last feature The Hateful Eight (2015) wasn’t perfect, it’s still a testament to his style. For his next feature Tarantino takes to LA, somewhere around the Manson murders, in what will probably be another unique experience.
Why to get excited? Reuniting with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, both who can thank Tarantino for two of their career highlight performances, Tarantino should be hoping to remind people just how good he is. If he keeps it low on the Tarantinoism’s that made The Hateful Eight a little over indulgent, there is always a chance that this could reach heights of his other work.
4. The Goldfinch (2019)
Director: John Crowley
Not much is known about The Goldfinch, but if it sticks to the novel of the same name it could be a wonderful character piece. A story that involves terrorism and a particular young victim who loses his mother in an attack. This disaster will affect his life and lead to certain crimes in art forgery. Starring Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson and Nicole Kidman, this is a film that doesn’t necessarily lead the mind to think of anything special, but the cast may always give it a chance.
Why to get excited? If you’ve read the book and know the story a little better, chances are you’ll be more excited about this film than most. But even if you aren’t especially keen on seeing film adaptations of books you can rejoice in the fact it’s in good hands. Ansel Elgort is on a complete high since Baby Driver (2017), and Paulson and Kidman are two of the best actresses around today. If Crowley can bring the same sensitivity he brought to Brooklyn (2015) there is no doubt this will be a winner.
5. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Director: Chad Stahelski
John Wick (2014) and it’s sequel are often under appreciated, they are two of the most entertaining action films to come out it in the 2010s, and hopefully they will reignite the spark with the conclusion of the trilogy. The reason for their under appreciation though is that, although successful, it’s very easy to make a film like John Wick fade into obscurity. With Keanu starring once again in the third film, and Chad Stahelski once again directing, this is a film that was always intended to happen for all parties.
Why get excited? If it continues the high octane action to a similar calibre to it’s predecessors, and doesn’t fall prey to it’s own style, this could be the completion of one of the most exciting and consistent trilogies in recent years.
6. The Irishman (2019)
Director: Martin Scorsese
It’s been 3 years since Scorsese’s atmospheric Silence (2016) and in the three year gap it seems Scorsese has turned to Netflix for his next feature. Silence was a change of pace for Scorsese, and despite it being a good film it’s still nice to see the an iconic director going back to his roots. Starring Scorsese favourites Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci, there’s no doubt this film will be a product of familiarity.
Why to get excited? Well its Scorsese, and if the last 50 years have taught us anything, no matter what the project, you should be getting excited every time Scorsese makes a film. Of course there is always a chance the film could be a flop, but with such talent and experience, there’s very little doubt that at the least, this will be extremely entertaining.
7. Knives Out (2019)
Director: Rian Johnson
Rian Johnson may be known as the man behind Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), but his filmography is a testament to the directors ability to be original in his storytelling. The Last Jedi aside, each one of his films struggle to have comparison because of their originality. Knives Out is the least known about on this list, due for a release at the end of the year all that’s known is that it’s Johnson’s take on the classic ‘whodunit’ genre.
Why to get excited? While it is difficult to get excited about a film that doesn’t have much information, its the prospect of a great storyteller taking on the ‘whodunit’ genre that really excites. Names attached are Ana de Armas, who’s work in Blade Runner: 2049 really showcased her talent. Along with a non-Captain America Chris Evans, which is always an exciting prospect, this is a film that – given some time – will be highly anticipated.