2018 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in cinema ever, if not the biggest. If you thought 2015 was exciting, take a look at the Movie Metropolis Film Calendar and prepare yourself, there’s some serious celluloid coming to screens everywhere over the next 12 months.
However, there are a few blockbusters that I’m a little concerned about. It’s also unfortunate that my favourite ever franchise also features on this list, but more on that a bit later. Here are 5 movies that I’m worried about in 2018.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
2015’s Jurassic World was a fun film that managed to recapture the magic of the original that was lost in its two sequels. However, on repeat viewings, the film tends to lose a bit of its lustre.
Naturally, a sequel was greenlit as soon as Universal realised that a 14-year hiatus didn’t damage the franchise in the slightest. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has a great director in J.A. Bayona, but the continuous input of Colin Trevorrow, the director of its predecessor, has me concerned.
You see, his efforts to inject forced humour into the franchise really don’t sit well with me and judging from the new film’s first trailer, this is something that looks set to continue. Another issue is one I’m ashamed to admit: Chris Pratt. I absolutely love the guy, but his goofball antics don’t marry up with Jurassic Park as a series and his off-putting run at the end of the above trailer stirs up feelings of minor annoyance.
Nevertheless, Bryce Dallas Howard is back which is only a good thing and there’s going to be a much greater emphasis on practical effects. We can only wait and see when Fallen Kingdom is released in the UK on June 8th.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The controversy surrounding this film has been laid bare for all to see. With original directors Chris Miler and Phil Lord, who penned the brilliant LEGO Movie, being replaced by Ron Howard, production hell is a bit of an understatement. Howard is a brilliant director in his own right, but for now it kinda feels like they’ve brought someone in as quickly as they could.
Then there’s the cast. All admittedly great actors in their own right, but does Alden Ehrenreich really conjure up ideas of the great Han Solo to you? Though Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is an inspired choice it has to be said.
Finally, we haven’t had a trailer despite the fact that the film is released in less than 6 months. Something is clearly amiss at LucasFilm and Disney, but the only way to find out if I’m wrong will be to check it out in May.
Avengers: Infinity War
I think you’re going to have to stay with me for this one. Avengers Assemble was incredible, there’s nothing else to be said on the matter but its follow-up Age of Ultron was a bloated mess that tried to shoehorn too many heroes and too many side plots into the film. Joss Whedon even left the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of the crippling schedule.
Infinity War gets off to a good start, bringing in the guys that directed the brilliant Captain America: Civil War, Anthony and Joe Russo but they sure have a lot to deal with. Not only do we have the entire Avengers roster to look forward to, including Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but the Guardians of the Galaxy are showing up too.
The build up to Thanos too over the course of the MCU is bound to bring a bit of disappointment, he’s just been completely overhyped. The first trailer looked fine, but it remains to be seen if the Russo’s can perform miracles.
Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg made a name for himself in crafting brilliant blockbusters that have everything anyone could possibly want in a film. From E.T. to Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones, the guy knows how to make a movie.
However, recently he’s done a lot better in creating smaller, low-budget flicks like The Post and Bridge of Spies. His last ‘big-budget’ offering was The BFG and this underperformed massively in every region apart from here in the UK. The question then is, does Spielberg still have the same pulling power he used to?
Ready Player One is a love letter to pop culture, based on Ernest Cline’s book of the same name and the trailers paint a very particular picture indeed. And that is the problem, this big-budget film is going to appeal to a very niche audience and with a reported production cost of over $150million, it’s going to be touch and go as to whether it will be successful.
The Incredibles 2
Ok, ok, The Incredibles 2 is one of the most awaited films of the year, but Pixar doesn’t do sequels particularly well – apart from Toy Story 2 of course. Last year’s Finding Dory was a huge disappointment that spectacularly over performed in every market it opened in.
The less said about the Cars universe the better and some of their recent standalone films like The Good Dinosaur have also performed poorly and received a mixed response from critics.
It’s possible that The Incredibles 2 will be a very good film indeed, but we’re now 14 years since the original’s release and all that waiting is bound to disappoint some people. Nevertheless, Coco proved that there’s life in Pixar yet, so let’s hope that The Incredibles 2 is the sequel everyone has been waiting for.
Are there any films you’re worried about over the next twelve months? I’d love to know. Leave a comment in the box below, I reply to them all.