With 2015 just over the horizon, we can already peek ahead on the big, big blockbusters waiting for us in the wonderful year ahead...
Now 2015 may not be the epic year we once thought it would be, after the delays of Batman v Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Independence Day sequel, etc. But the year remains to hold some of the biggest movie projects ever and the year end holiday season (November-December) looks to be so very hot indeed...
10. Kung Fu Panda 3 (
Note: This film has been moved to 2016 after this post has been published...it shall not be removed, but it will mean (like Furious 7), that it definitely won't be in the list for 2016
The Kung Fu Panda films are always a joy to behold. Full of laughs, strong in drama, and even awesome in the fight scenes. The first film was the first time I had myself amazed by an action scene in an animation movie and kind of start to put my trust in their qualities. In the second, every single aspect is upped and this has become one of my favourite animation film franchises of all time. So, yeah, really looking forward to this one.
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (November 20)
The final instalment in the series. I'm not a book reader, but with the final chapter divided into two parts, certainly we can expect to have the epic, emotional things happening towards the end of the story in this instalment. Katniss have become an unlikely hero for many to root for, and the first part of this chapter has just been released, and my, have the story been set up for one big emotional showdown between the rebels & the Capitol. Certainly not the film to be missed next year.
8. Ant-Man (July 17)
Six months ago, Ant-Man would not have been on this list. But the excitement with the news & the casts kind of instil more confidence in me with this one. Plus, this is a Marvel Studios movie...yes, those movies which have been under the supervision of Kevin Feige and friends...the ones that had been doing superbly both critically and comercially in recent years...so, yeah...certainly this one is going to be good as well, right? Furthermore, this will now act as the final film in Phase 2, following Avengers: Age of Ultron. So this film will have the challenge to follow up and get fans excited for more in the next step of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
7. Minions (July 10)
Minions...why not? After all they are the adorable stars of the Despicable movies, are they not? The first two Despicable movies were great fun, and they have become a fan favourite in the long list of animation movies. While the second movie didn't improve much from the first, maybe its time for Gru and the kids to take a break, as the minions takes centre stage for 2015. The minions are always adorable and funny in the eye of movie-goers, and its interesting to see how the writers bring about the story of these little yellow minions.
6. Terminator Genisys (July 1)
Terminator Salvation did not do so well, while the preceding Terminator films were just a bit too old for me, so I'm kind of expecting the defining Terminator film for my generation. Now while little details are being shared to the public, it's good to know that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for this, and some excellent cast joining the mix as well in Jason Clarke & Emilia Clarke (& Matt Smith). Meanwhile, I have quite the confidence in director Alan Taylor for his works in Thor: The Dark World & Game of Thrones. But in the end, I'm just still looking for that defining Terminator movie to finally pull me into their world.
5. Mission: Impossible 5 (December 25)
Tom Cruise, the action star you never want to miss. Even at the age of 52, he is still looking very good and making such awesome action movies. Meanwhile, the Mission: Impossible films are his most famous movies, and Ghost Protocol was one of the best action movies EVER. I certainly did not exaggerate enough with the uppercase, because trust me, every single minute of Ghost Protocol was awesome. The suspense of the things he did, the stakes that is laid upon, and even the quick change of plans needed when things go wrong. Yet it is funny for a lot of moments, and the action is brilliant. If this next one is even half as good as this one, it will still be more than enough to be a top action blockbuster.
4. Jurassic World (June 12)
I was always a fan of the Jurassic Park movies since I was a kid. While the films kind of gets worse as the trilogy progresses, ending with the rather disappointing Jurassic Park 3, the first film was an absolute treat with the breakthrough CGI at the time & the sheer suspense brought on screen. While the original cast like Jeff Goldblum & Sam Neill won't be back, we have some new exciting cast in Chris Pratt and friends. Thought I'm not familiar with the director, there are really only two reasons needed to justify me seeing this. The first is simply because I'm a big fan of the series...the second is because of Jurassic World as a theme park, full with the attractions (dinosaurs), resorts, and even rides in the island where it all started. The place is beautiful, imagine if it was real. I mean, who would not want to see that??
The top three to come in the next post...along with some other movies to look out for when 2015 arrives...