Now that we’re into 2014 I think it’s vital that we take a look ahead at some of what’s to come. Obviously some of the following movies won’t be the best movies of the year, some may simply be overhyped, but others have the potential to be phenomenal. Here are the films I am looking forward to the most in 2014:
January: January is always a weaker month at the box office. Other than the fact that Labor Day is getting its wide release this month there isn’t really anything else to look forward to. If you are interested in reading a bit more about Labor Day you can do so in my post on the Top 10 Films of 2013.
February: The two movies I am looking forward to the most in February 2014 are The Lego Movie and The Monuments Men. The Lego Movie just looks fun and charming and brilliant for an animated film. The Monuments Men is a biographical war film that puts George Clooney behind and in front of the camera again, alongside Bill Murray, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchet. Robocop is going to bomb. That is my prediction.
March: March is a much stronger looking month for film. We start off with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson always makes those cute, quirky dramedies that feel good, and The Grand Budapest Hotel has a look to it that will make it fit right in. If you know anything about me you would know that I am a huge Muppets fan, so it’s also obvious that Muppets Most Wanted will make my list of most anticipated films of 2014. While not a musical, if done properly, this heist comedy could be just as brilliant as the reboot was a few years ago. On a more dramatic side, Darren Aronofsky’s re-interpretation of the Biblical events surrounding Noah and the flood look fantastical and epic. Excited to see how that comes to screen. Also Enemy, a second collaboration by Prisoners director, Denis Villeneuve, and actor, Jake Gyllenhaal, hits theatres in March 2014. With the tagline: “A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie” and the pension for creating extreme tension and suspense through a movie, this will definitely be a great one. Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning The Raid 2, which follows the Indonesian hit, The Raid (obviously), which premieres at Sundance in just a week or so.
April: April is a much quieter month than March. The only one that truly hits my radar is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That could solely be because I’m a comic book geek who loves what Marvel has been doing to their movies as of late, but I’ll definitely be looking forward to this one.
May: Another superhero sequel starts off April, this time The Amazing Spiderman 2. With the announcement of multiple Spiderman movies and spinoffs made recently I am excited to see what direction Marc Webb will be taking this film. Will we encounter the tragic events of Spiderman 121, or do we have to wait for Spiderman 3 for that? Will we start to get the hint of a Sinister 6 being formed? Perhaps a taste of what a Superior Spiderman might look like? All will start to be unveiled over the next few films. Neighbors also comes out in May. Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play the down to earth characters in what is expectedly going to be a hard-R comedy pitting neighbor (Rogen) against neighbor (Efron). Rogen’s character will be a slight change of pace for him, but with Nick Stoller behind the camera, it’s going to be a riot from beginning to end. Finally Seth MacFarlane has A Million Ways to Die in the West at the end of May, featuring a great combination of A-List actors (Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, and Charlize Theron, amongst many others). If Ted was any indication to how MacFarlane writes and directs live comedy than this film will be hilarious.
June: I seem to be looking forward to a lot of comedies this year. A big surprise in 2012 was how good 21 Jump Street was. I’ve watched it a handful of times and still laugh, so with the release of 22 Jump Street in June of 2014, I am excited to see where Channing Tatum (who is surprisingly funny) and Jonah Hill can manage to take this series.
July: Another surprise hit in the past few years was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, so I am decidedly looking forward to the return of Cesar and the addition of Gary Oldman in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Another July release that looks like great is the Wachowski sibling’s release of Jupiter Ascending. I had read somewhere, probably IMDB, that it’s been over a decade since the siblings made a profitable movie for Warner Bros. but that the studio is sticking with them and Jupiter Ascending looks like it may break the trend.
August: As we near the end of the summer August has a few promising surprises as well including Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. People either loved or hated the first Sin City film. I honestly loved it. I was very young when it came out, and was blown away by the darkness of it. It actually helped reignite the passion I have for comics and the stories they tell. So I’ve been waiting eagerly for this much delayed sequel. The Guardians of the Galaxy. I do not follow this comic. I think the premise looks a little off, maybe it’s just the whole Rocket Raccoon thing, but nonetheless, it’s coming out and people are excited. Maybe I’m jumping on the bandwagon, but I am interested to see how it plays out. The only reason I’m adding The Expendables 3 to this list is because I’m interested to see if Snipes, Gibson, Ford and Frasier (I mean Grammer) can add anything to this already faltering franchise.
September & October: September and October are slow months as most of the studios are working on their festival pieces and preparing for the upcoming release of their Oscar-bait films. Nothing looks exciting for these months as of yet, but that may change, especially after studios pick up films at Sundance and other festivals. Unless you’re in the mood for more Paranormal Activity films come October.
November: While there will likely be more release dates announced for November & December three big named films are coming out that I am excited to take a look at. Christopher Nolan directs Interstellar, a Christopher Nolan sci-fi story featuring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain with wormholes! Dumb and Dumber 2 reunited Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels as Harry and Lloyd on another adventure. Who knows if this will be just extremely overhyped or not, but as Dumb and Dumber is still one of my favourite comedies, I will definitely look forward to checking this out. Finally Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 1. I wish it was Part 1 and 2. I don’t know why I enjoy these movies so much, they do pander to the lowest common denominator, but end up being so damn good. Don’t believe me? My review for Catching Fire.
December: I like the whole Biblical epics, and December 2014, brings about Exodus. I don’t know much more than its title, that Ridley Scott is directing, and that it stars Christian Bale as Moses, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, bitch) as Joshua, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton, and I am already sold. Finally, The Hobbit: There and Back Again. I have been known to speak out about my extreme dislike for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The Desolation of Smaug was slightly better. The only reason this makes the list is because it brings an end to this damned trilogy. Shame on Peter Jackson for making this into almost 9 hours of drivel. This trilogy could have been told in 1 long movie of 3 hours, or if you wanted to push the boundaries a touch 2 2-hour movies. I would have still rather paid a touch more to watch them all in one go than have to wait years between releases.
Honorable Mentions: Pompeii (February); Transcendence (April); Godzilla (May); X-Men: Days of Future Past (May); Maleficent (May); How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June)