Over the holidays, I did some research on all of the movies that are coming out in 2015 and made a list of everything I wanted to see. Yet despite that planning, the Mysterious Mr. C and I have been horrible about actually going to the theater!
Now that we are one month into the new year, I decided to revisit my list and re-discovered that this really is a banner year for geekynerdy films! It was a hard decision, but here are the top five movies I’m excited to see on the big screen.
As I have admitted before, I fully jumped on board the Marvel train last spring with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Though I have not been entirely sold on some of the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am really curious to see how the studio uses Avengers: Age of Ultron to set up the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, and the schism that follows. I also just really love the discussion over and development of robots and artificial intelligence, and am excited to see what kinds of questions are raised with Ultron’s arrival on the scene.
As a long-time Hunger Games fan, it should come as no surprise that this film is next on the list. In fact, I am currently developing a whole week of content to lead up to the movie’s premiere! Though I liked Mockingjay: Part 1 (review to come), it definitely suffered from the fact that Lionsgate decided to break the penultimate book into two movies. This will hopefully tie everything together a little more nicely, and give us a satisfactory conclusion for the girl on fire.
One of my strongest memories from childhood is receiving a VHS copy (ugh, I am so dating myself!) of Jurassic Park for my birthday. While I fell asleep during the initial viewing at that sleepover party, it quickly became a favorite of mine. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen the sequels nearly as often as the original, but I am really looking forward to seeing Jurassic World when it comes out in June. It just seems to be more reminiscent of the first film than Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, and I’m dying to know what the park looks like after everything went so wrong 22 years ago.
As I mentioned above, I have a soft spot for robot stories and I have an even softer spot for movies like Chappie that raise questions about what it means to be alive, or even human. Like Neill Blomkamp’s other films, I have a feeling Chappie is going to be a hard movie to watch – even the trailers make me choke up – but also one that stays with you because it is so provocative. There are a lot of weighty subjects that seem to be the focus of this film – artificial intelligence, mechanized police forces, fears of the unknown – and I look forward to the ensuing debates.
I know, I know, many of you probably think that this should be number one on the list, but what can I say, I’m a purist! I still think the original trilogy – A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi – is the best of the bunch and I am continually blown away by the special effects George Lucas was able to create with such limited technology. To be sure, the teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams’ film suggests he has taken as much care with getting this movie right as he did with 2009’s Star Trek, but I’m still reserving judgment until I see a few more clips that include a little more plot!
Alright, so those are my top five, though I have nearly 50 movies on my 2015 list! I’d love to know, are you looking forward to any of these films as well, or what’s on your list?