10 Movies We Are Dying To See In 2019
We’ve got to give it to 2019 for serving some absolute killer films. If you’re like us and are big kids at heart, you’re going to love the endless stream of quality Disney, DC Films and Marvel flicks to be released this year. We’ve sifted through the extensive list to present to you 10 films worth the cinematic experience – and trust us, it was hard to keep it at 10!
Grab a napkin, because you’re about to froth the films coming to the big screens this year.
Aladdin - May 23
The highly anticipated Aladdin live-action remake is only weeks away, so start pulling out your harem pants and deciding on your three magic wishes. With Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmin (you might remember her from the Australian-produced 2011 series Terra Nova) and Mena Massoud getting the international launch he deserves as Aladdin, it’s sure to be a film you cannot miss. However, the major drawcard is the one-and-only Will Smith as Genie. Question is, will his performance live up to the iconic Robin Williams’ genie from the original?
Rocketman - May 30
We’ve had some stunning biopics in the last year from Bohemian Rhapsody to Vice, On the Basis of Sex and First Man. And this upcoming release is sure to not disappoint. Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle) portrays the legendary Sir Elton John in this musical blockbuster about his formative years and breakout into the music industry. We recommend creating your Elton John playlist now to prep for the full singalong experience.
Toy Story 4 - June 20
CHILDREN MOVE ASIDE! We’re sure the cinema will be packed with more adults than kids when June 20 hits. The fourth instalment of Disney Pixar’s Toy Story is especially exciting with a new character joining the gang: a spork (spoon-fork) called Forky. The team head on a road trip of a lifetime that turns upside when Forky goes rogue. But we’re just hoping our Woody outfits still fit…
Spider-Man: Far From Home - July 4
It’s a divisive topic, which Spiderman franchise is the best franchise. However, it is without a doubt that Tom Holland was born to play the New York vigilante (we still love you Andy Garfield and Tobster Maguire!). Following Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker and his pals hit up a European vacation where Spidey runs into some trouble when Samuel L Jackson shows up as Nick Fury. Plus, Zendaya is back as Michelle Jones. Talk about Dream Team!
The Lion King - July 17
Another Disney remake to froth over. Excellent. However, this CGI re-imagining features an incredible cast of voices including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and the one and only queen, Beyoncé (yep, just let that sink in). The trailer is almost shot-for-shot the same as the original 1994 flick, and we’re sure we’re going to catch a serious case of nostalgia watching this one.
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood - August 15
New Quentin Tarantino Alert! New Leonardo DiCaprio Alert! New Brad Pitt Alert! New Margot Robbie Alert! Are you alert yet?! OUATIH centralises around Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Pitt) and their strive for success as an actor and stunt-double respectively in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Although it’s a few months away, we are eagerly counting down the days!
It: Chapter Two - September 5
If you’ve got nerves of steel, then get ready to hit the cinemas in September for the sequel of Stephen King’s It. Set 27 years after the first film, the now-adult Losers Club are brought back together after one phone call. Starring James McAvoy (Split), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and the hilarious Bill Hader (SNL), it should be an epic horror that deserves the plush seats and the big screen – unless you’re like us and running the opposite direction.
Joker - October 3
This movie was an absolute gamble to make, seeing as the whole world is deeply in love and defensive of Heath Ledger’s Joker portrayal in The Dark Knight franchise, but boy oh boy does this look like the Movie of the Year. Joaquin Phoenix (Her) stars as the titular character in a psychotically unnerving but maybe even charming depiction of the Gotham villain. You know what, screw the average cinema – go Gold Class, go VIP, heck just go all out. If the trailer is anything to go by, this performance is one the world will talk about for a while. And did we mention it’s directed by the same man behind The Hangover?
Little Women - December 25 (USA release date)
Ooooof, Timothée Chalamet is BAAAAACK. And better yet, he’s got Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep by his side, all under the direction of Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird). *Cannot contain excitement* Basically if you we’re a fan of Lady Bird, you’ll be a fan of this classic coming-of-age re-make set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Although the Australian release date hasn’t been confirmed, we’re hoping it’ll be a Christmas trip to the cinemas.
Frozen II - December 26
After immeasurable success with Frozen, Disney Pixar would be crazy not to follow it up. The trailer teases a bit of a darker tale, though not much can be deduced. However, IMDb spills the tea that Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and snowman Olaf are off on an adventure beyond their kingdom to discover the truth about an ancient mystery. It’s possibly the most perfect Christmas film and you’ll know exactly where to find us come Boxing Day.
The list could go on with a new Wonder Woman in store, another Star Wars instalment, Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu in a Pokémon film and Mindy Kaling has written a movie about Late Night television fittingly called Late Night. Looks like we better start making room for all the popcorn and choc-tops we’re about to gorge. It's gonna be a good year to do nothing but watch flicks.
- Tait McGregor.
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