Grosse Point Geek wraps his work for 2015 by looking the films coming in next year…
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: ETA Xmas 2015.
The first of the Star Wars spinoffs, -to be honest I know little about it -other than it takes place between episodes 3 and 4 and concerns a plot to steal the Death Star plans. However as its directed by Blighty’s own Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) hopes are very high indeed – plus its Star Wars so ‘nuff said!
Creed: (AKA Rocky 7) – ETA January
Seventh in the Rocky franchise – could have been a joke if it were not for it being a smash hit at the US box office, plus stellar reviews and various supporting actor award nominations for good old Sly Stallone – we don’t get this in the UK until January -it looks fantastic and I cant wait.
The Revenant: ETA January
Leo DiCaprio goes on a rampage of revenge against fellow fur trapper Tom Hardy in this hotly anticipated 18th Century American frontier actioner – the trailer looks amazing and the reviews are through the roof – a must see.
DeadPool: ETA February
My fellow geeks at the Cineworld film club are in a frothing fervour about this – looks good fun and Ryan Reynolds as the 4th wall breaking “ Merc With a Mouth” is inspired casting – has all the potential to be 2016’s best comic book film – just as long as it can banish all memory of The Green Lantern.
London Has Fallen: ETA March
Olympus Has Fallen was one of the most enjoyable films of 2013 – completely daft but very entertaining, really exciting and jam packed with gunfights, explosions and fisticuffs – the sequel has a different director but with most of the original cast returning and a cracking looking trailer this has all the hallmarks of a great night out at the cinema – just please don’t let it be a PG-13!!!
Captain America: Civil War: ETA May
After the disappointment of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel really needs to pull it out of the bag here. The signs are very good though – Winter Soldier directors The Russo Brothers are back, the trailer is great, plus we’ve got Cap fighting Iron Man –overall I’m fairly confident about this one.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice: ETA Summer
Sequel to Man of Steel sees Henry Cavill returning as Superman, Ben Affleck donning the cowl as Batman, Gal Gadot showing up as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. I honestly don’t know about this one folks – director Zach Snyder has an iffy track record – whereas his Watchmen and 300 were superb – Man Of Steel was really only half a good film and featured way too much CGI, plus one has to ask whether this all a case of DC being a bit Johnny come lately after Marvel’s success with their Avengers franchise – I hope I’m wrong.
X-Men: Apocalypse: ETA Summer
Bryan Singer returns to the directors chair for this follow up to X-Men Days of Future past – I’m decidedly non plussed about this one – DOFP was very disappointing and not a patch of X2 or X-Men First Class – I’ll see it but not expecting much.
Warcraft: ETA Summer
Oh dear God where to start?! – the trailer debuted last month and frankly looked like nothing more than a bad version of Lord Of The Rings meets Shrek. With a summer chock full of superheroes this could be a gigantic flop of John Carter sized proportions- and then some. However – it does have one advantage that could turn the tide and that’s highly talented British director Duncan Jones at the helm – lest we forget this is the man who gave us Moon and Source Code – here’s hoping he can pull it out of the bag.
Suicide Squad: ETA Summer
Another of DC’s expanded universe, it certainly has an impressive cast that features Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, and was looking like the business until I heard a rumour that its been slapped with a PG-13 rating – again very much like Batman V Superman we shall just have to wait and see.
Star Trek Beyond: ETA Summer
3rd in the JJ Abrams rebooted Trek series – this time directed by Fast Furious 3, 4, 5 and 6’s Justin Lin, co-written by Simon Pegg and featuring Idris Elba in an as yet unnamed role, (which at a guess is probably the villain). I very much enjoyed the previous two outings but after recently watching the rather awful teaser trailer my faith has been a tad shaken -however it’s Star Trek so I’m going to see it regardless.
Independence Day: Resurgence: ETA Summer
Very belated sequel to the 1996 smash hit alien invasion blockbuster. Will Smith isn’t in it but most of the original cast, plus director Roland Emmerich make a return. The trailer looks pretty action packed but for it to succeed its going to have to be a great deal less cheesy than its predecessor, which sadly has aged very badly over the years and gets worse with repeated viewings. Still, ID4 mark 2 certainly isn’t the worst prospect ever and overall I’m quite looking forward to it.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: ETA November 2015
Harry Potter spinoff, featuring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Don’t know that much about it, but could be a winner if done right
The BFG: ETA Summer 2015
Live action adaptation of the rather lovely Roald Dahl book features Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant and is directed by Steven Spielberg – to be honest I really cant see how this one can fail.
May I take this opportunity to thank my erstwhile colleague and friend Mr Phil Hobden for continuing to let me vent my spleen on this fantastic site and to do so once more in 2016.
I wish you all a happy and peaceful new year
My name is Will Strong and I’ve been Grosse Pointe Geek.
See you in 2016.
Author: Will Strong