At the beginning of each year, I comb through the Wikipedia article called “2019 in film.” From this ever-changing roster of movies, I make a long, long list of what I would like to see in the coming year.
It’s always fun to set little pins in the immediate future for what I’m excited to see on the big screen.
Here we are, just beyond the halfway point of 2019, and there’s so many films left to see this year. I posted a list at the end of June about my favorite movies of 2019 so far (you can read that here) and now I’m going to talk about the pins on the map of the future that still linger as I look ahead.
Honorable Mentions: Clemency, It: Chapter Two, Midway, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Blinded by the Light
The 2019 retelling of the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story (maybe?) doesn’t feel like any sort of superhero movie so far. The film is reportedly inspired by the films of Martin Scorsese and stars Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role. I think the fact that this film is intended as a standalone thriller-drama instead of a cog inside a cinematic universe will work in its favor and *fingers crossed* will turn it into an awards contender.
4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I bet J.J. Abrams didn’t know he’d have to save Star Wars twice in one decade. I loved The Force Awakens. I liked Rogue One. I was disappointed by The Last Jedi and I almost outright hated Solo. The trailers look very promising and the new cast is fantastic. I don’t have much more to say other than GIVE ME REVIVED EMPEROR PALPATINE AND GIVE ME HIM NOW.
3. The Goldfinch
Ansel Elgort has been on the rise for too long. It’s time for this young, talented actor to get his reward. This adaptation based on Donna Tartt’s 2013 novel of the same name, stars Elgort as a young man whose dark childhood leads him into the world of art forgery. The film has a stellar cast that also includes Nicole Kidman, who I will literally watch read the phone book after stunning performances in both seasons of Big Little Lies.
2. The Farewell
Technically, The Farewell is a film that’s already in theaters somewhere in the United States. However, since it’s a limited release, I get the feeling that it’ll be quite a while before this Awkwafina-led drama hits the silver screen in my neck of the woods. According to early reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, the film “captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes.” I’m already buying tissues to wipe my tears from this one.
1. Little Women
Directed & written by Greta Gerwig? Check. Scored by Alexandre Desplat? Check. Starring Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Emma Watson? CHECK. I have very little shame in admitting that this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel is the movie I’m most looking forward to this year. The film is set to explore themes and cinematography instead of placing focus on a strong narrative, which seems right up my alley as I research and learn more about the craft of screenwriting and filmmaking. Little Women has been adapted for the screen many times, but I’m confident that in Gerwig’s hands, this classic could be my favorite movie of the year.
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