It’s mid-May and we’ve already been treated to two billion-dollar blockbusters (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War) that are sure to have locked in the top two spots on the list of highest-grossing films in 2018.
What other movies are there left in the year that I’m really looking forward to? Coincidentally there are only ten on my list:
Adrift (June 1)
Shailene Woodley hasn’t completely recovered from the mess that was that third Divergent film back in 2016, but the Fault In Our Stars actress may very well turn the tides in her career with Adrift.
The romance drama film co-starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean) is based on a true story of a young couple stranded in the middle of the ocean after a hurricane strikes. The guy is badly injured, so it is really up to the girl to save the day. Feminists are going to love this… even if Woodley herself once declared she doesn’t identify as one.
Ocean’s 8 (June 8)
Never watched any of the Oceans films, so I’m only intrigued because Rihanna‘s in it. And Sandra Bullock. And Cate Blanchett. And Anne Hathaway. And Sarah Paulson.
Reports say Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Zayn Malik and even Anna Wintour make a cameo appearance. It does sound exciting.
Incredibles 2 (June 15)
I was only 10 when The Incredibles premiered in theaters, which was more than half my life ago, and it was a resoundingly perfect film, especially since you’re less critical when you’re just a kid. Disney Pixar is bringing the superhero family back to the silver screen, but in a time when superhero flicks have oversaturated the movie market.
I’m still going to watch it, as will everyone else around the world, but while I’m confident Incredibles 2 will gross over a billion dollars, I’m worried if people are going to like it. After all, critics didn’t love Monsters University and Finding Dory (and may I say, Cars 2) the way they loved the originals. Does it seem any good so far? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)
Jurassic World will forever have a special place in my heart: the story was biting (no pun intended), the dinosaurs were aplenty, and the theme park was absolutely beautiful. It’s sequel, which comes out June 22, revisits the now-abandoned theme park, which is depressing, then the story spills out into a populated city (just like The Lost World), so there’s nothing particularly inventive about this story.
The scientists did invent a new genetically engineered dinosaur hybrid though: the Indoraptor is possibly even more lethal than the previous movie’s Indominus Rex, so I hope Fallen Kingdom doesn’t fall short.
Crazy Rich Asians (August 17)
Score one for Asian representation with Crazy Rich Asians, which boasts the first all-Asian main cast in a major Hollywood film.
Based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians takes place in the expensive metropolitan island of Singapore (where I’ve lived all my life). It’s non-debatably the single reason why I’m watching this movie. Singaporean stars are also set to appear in this movie, including Tan Kheng Hua (PCK Pte Ltd), Pierre Png (Zero Calling) and Fiona Xie (The Champion).
The only thing I’m not too fond off based on the trailer so far? The myriad of non-Asian accents across the entire Asian cast, excluding the exquisite Michelle Yeoh and her authentic true-Asian accent.
A Star Is Born (October 5)
Outside her music videos, Lady Gaga‘s done some acting, her first notable role being some weird murderous diner girl in 2013’s Machete Kills, then the vampiric Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel, which won her a Golden Globe. Mother Monster will finally be playing someone normal in A Star Is Born, alongside Bradley Cooper, who is also directing and producing.
Although slated for an October release, no official promotional material has been released (sans a low quality poster leak). Can A Star Is Born still make it to its October delivery date, or will the film need longer to gestate?
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)
I can’t lie: I didn’t love the first film. But it appears Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will bring viewers back to Hogwarts, even if it’s for a little while, so that’s the nostalgia points it’s scored from me. Besides, I can’t possibly evade a film from the Potter universe.
In this sequel, finally get to meet Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) in his youth, and find out more about his sinister love affair with the deplorable Gellert Grindelwald (played controversially by Johnny Depp.)
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2 (November 21)
It still blows my mind how impossibly underrated Wreck-it Ralph was; it’s ridiculous how it lost to the annoying Brave at the Oscars. There is no doubt I’m in full force in support of its sequel, Ralph Breaks The Internet, which follows Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) as they leave the arcade network and visit the Internet.
Last year’s The Emoji Movie, which exists in a smartphone universe, which was compared dismally to Wreck-it Ralph. Ralph Breaks The Internet will undoubtedly show how tell a technological story better.
Aquaman (December 21)
Incredibles 2 aside, there’s only one superhero film on my list, and Deadpool 2’s not it because I was never fascinated by that character. It isn’t Venom either, just because there isn’t much tension if you’re not gonna pit Venom against Spider-man.
Surprise, surprise, it’s actually Aquaman that I’m quite stoked for, mostly because of its aquatic theme (I love a good ocean-based film.) Justice League may have been embarrassing but the quindent-wielding king of Atlantis (played by Jason Momoa) wasn’t the contributing reason. Given that Justice League was already a financial disaster, it’s a long shot to say Aquaman will be a sure-hit at the box office, but somehow I’m quite optimistic this movie might fare decently with the critics.
After all, how much worse can the DCEU f*** up? That being said, a trailer has yet to see the light of day, so I’m a tiny bit concerned.
Mary Poppins Returns (December 25)
The legendary Julie Andrews will not be returning to the sequel in any capacity, but there’s no way she could’ve still played Mary Poppins given the new story takes place only 20 years after the classic first film, which came out more than 50 years ago.
Emily Blunt takes over the role of the captivating yet tough-as-nails nanny, so we’ll have to find out on Christmas Day if she still makes Mary Poppins practically perfect in every way.