Phil’s Quick look at what’s wetting his whistle for the upcoming year in films…
2022 will see a lot of 2021’s releases finally happen as well as some challenges for Marvel, DC and cinema in general. In short there is a lot of which I was keen to see in 2022. And, as always, a few that I’d be happy to miss.
The Must See’s
Most Excited: Top Gun: Maverick
The sequel to my second favourite film of all time, with a launch trailer that stuck the landing and an epic cast… okay so it will probably suck but I could not BE any more excited. Even if I’ve had to wait an TWO years (this has now been top of my list for 2 years running!).
2. Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor Ragnarok remains a franchise highlight for Marvel and the the idea of Taika Waititi returning to once again deliver more Taika Waititi style mayhem really appeals. This should be shooting fish in a barrel.
3. The Batman
Delays, reshoots and on-set issues with its lead and director should make me concerned about this reboot. But then you have THAT trailer. That car. That version of The Riddler. In short: the excitement is real… but expectations are equally high.
4. Mission: Impossible 7
It’s pretty fair to say that the Mission: Impossible films have been one of the most consistent movie franchise in recent years. So we can expect huge action sequences, Cruise doing something dangerous and people ripping off fakes faces. Sounds fun!
5. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)
The first Spider-Verse film wasn’t just one of the best animated films of the year 10 years but one of the best superhero films of the past 10 years so how can you NOT be excited for this sequel.
Bubbling Under: Jackass Forever (yes I know it will probably be terrible but nostalgia wins!), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Sam Rami + Marvel = Hell yes), John Wick: Chapter 4 (They have been hit and miss but John Wick 3 was very good), Nope (Maybe finally I’ll see a Jordan Peele film I love), Babylon (Damien Chazelle has yet to make a film that wasn’t brilliant) , Moonfall (Roland Emmerich + end of world should be at lest a good laugh), Bullet Train (Sounds interesting – with Brad Pitt), Killers of the Flower Moon (Scorsese + DiCaprio… could be special) and Knives Out 2 (Knives Out was one of 2019’s most enjoyable films).
Could Go Either Way
2021 wasn’t Marvel’s strongest year. And 2022 will see a slew of Marvel releases… Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the one that concerns me the most. The film has lost it’s star (and lead in Chadwick Boseman), there are rumoured issues on set with Letitia Wright and it just feels like the film may struggle to make the same impact it’s predecessor did (a film I still think is a bit overrated) . Time will tell.
The Must Nots
Stinker Of The Year#1: Uncharted
A weak trailer, teh dread ‘video game adaptation’ curse and some strange casting make this a film that will likely be a let down on it’s release. Let’s hope I wrong but track record says otherwise…
Stinker Of The Year#2: Avatar 2
Almost 13 years since Avatar was released and literally there is no one left who cares about James Cameron’s 4 part sequel series to what was, in honestly, a completely forgettable films.
Also Dreading: Scream (Scream 3 and 4 were huge let downs), Ambulance (Michael Bay = No thanks), Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (needs to deliver after two very lacklustre films), Legally Blonde 3 (offers me NOTHING) whilst Jurassic World: Dominion, Minions: The Rise Of Gru and Morbius all carry on over from 2021, having done little to change my mind. Finally Halloween Ends, Super Mario Bros (2022), The Flash and Black Adam are either spin offs or sequels that just do nothing to inspire me.
So how did I do last year?
This is the time of the year when I look back at my picks of the good, the bad and the ugly from 2021 and see how close I was (or as it often is the case, how far!). Well usually.
For best: Out of those I tipped No Time To Die, The Many Saints of Newark, The Suicide Squad & Ghostbusters: Afterlife all delivered in one way or another but Halloween Kills was a serious let down and Marvel didn’t have the best of years with Black Widow and Eternals both disappointing. Coming 2 America was good, the less said about The Tomorrow War the better but Dune (2021) was my film of the year.
As for worst… Well Jurassic World: Dominion, Minions: The Rise Of Gru, Uncharted and Morbius all moved to 2022 so will be remain. Fast & Furious 9 wasn’t great but Venom: Let There Be Carnage was actually great fun, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard wasn’t horrible and neither was Army of The Dead). Godzilla Vs Kong I’d forgotten this even came out this year but Tom and Jerry was predictably disappointing.
So here’s to 2021. See you again next year!