Halfway to '24.
We are approaching the middle of June, which means it is time for my second most anticipated list of the year. This has been a shockingly good year for movies, and it only looks to get better with some awesome new releases coming over the next few weeks. There were some hard cuts I had to make from this list, but I think I'm pretty happy with the final product. That said, here's my ranking of my most anticipated films for the rest of 2023.
I don't really have high expectations for this, but in a world dominated by the same franchises, I'm a little bit excited to see the return of the Chocolate Factory to the big screen. We've gone a while without a great Roald Dahl movie, so I'm hoping that Wonka is the one. I love Timothée Chalamet and I think he'll be great. I've got to see a trailer to get a better vibe of what this film is, but it definitely has my interest.
Disney has been on a bit of a down streak lately. Neither the main studio nor Pixar has been meeting the normal levels of quality that they usually do, but I think Wish could get them back on track. The trailer looked fantastic, and this is the only movie that Walt Disney Studios Animation is releasing this year - the year of Disney 100. I'm hoping that this is a great one, because I could really use an awesome new Disney movie.
8. The Marvels
I was not excited for The Marvels, but then two things happened: Guardians 3 came out and I saw the trailer for this movie. As of right now, Guardians 3 may be my favorite film of the year. And I thought that the trailer for The Marvels looked pretty good. My fingers are crossed and I am holding my breath, because I really want the MCU to get back on track. Guardians 3 was the first step, but it's up to Secret Invasion, Loki, and The Marvels to continue that streak. I'm hoping this film does.
7. The Killer
I don't actually know if this film is coming out this year (as you can see, the terrible quality poster has the release date at fall 2022), but it supposedly is, so it's on here. David Fincher is one of my favorite directors, and he hasn't touched the thriller genre since Gone Girl, which was almost ten years ago. Here, he teams up with Michael Fassbender to adapt a French comic book into an noir thriller. I'm very excited.
6. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
This movie wasn't really on my radar at all. I've read all the books and seen the first Hunger Games movie, but I wasn't really looking forward to an adaptation of the prequel that came out a few years ago. Then I saw the trailer, and it was absolutely incredible. I am know going to read the book and watch the rest of these movies. I'm hoping that this movie is awesome, because the trailer really had me captivated.
5. Dune: Part Two
I didn't really love the first Dune, but I have hopes for the second one. Part One acts as the setup for this movie, so I'm hoping it's all payoff. The trailer showed hints of greatness, but I'm not entirely sure how I will feel about this. I hope we get an awesome, epic sci-fi action film that shows the full range of Denis Villeneuve's potential. So fingers crossed that this one is great.
4. Killers of the Flower Moon
I've read Killers of the Flower Moon and I didn't love it, but it does seem like the perfect story for Martin Scorsese to tell. The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival and opened with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, so the buzz is great. The trailer looked awesome. I always have faith in Scorsese. He's one of my favorite directors. I've never disliked a film that he directed. So, obviously, I am very excited for this movie.
Speaking of my favorite directors, Christopher Nolan is one of them. When this man goes ambitious, he often hits, and Oppenheimer seems incredibly ambitious. It's properly epic with a giant cast and huge scope. The trailers have shown this tense, dark atmosphere with beautiful cinematography. The film radiates Nolan, which just has me totally invested. I cannot wait for July 21.
2. Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
Tom Cruise is on an absolute tear right now. Since Mission: Impossible - Fallout, he has not missed. He arguably reached the peak of this new stretch of films with Top Gun: Maverick last year, and if Dead Reckoning can meet the heights of that film, we are in for a treat. The trailers look great, but that's not even why I am excited. I just can't wait to see a thrilling action film that Tom Cruise poured his heart and soul into. It's going to be awesome.
1. The Flash
The Flash has had one of the strangest cinematic journeys of all time. The movie got delayed a hundred times. The main star was going crazy off-screen. And, in the midst of all of these delays and problems, the franchise that it was a part of got canceled. That's insane. Despite all of this, early reactions to this film are calling it one of the best superhero movies ever made. The trailers have me hooked. It's reportedly a "celebration of DC", which sounds like everything I could ever want from this movie. I cannot wait. I'm so, so pumped for this movie.