Whether you think that 2016 films have been meh or awesome, or you even believe that this is the worst blockbuster summer ever, the final half of the year certainly has some promising projects. Check out 5 films that I am looking forward to in the second half on 2016.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Back in 2011 when the end credits rolled for Deathly Hallows Part 2 I was completely destroyed. I thought that I would never return to the world of witchcraft and wizardry with a fresh mind again. The announcement that the Potterverse would be revisited with a spin-off grabbed my attention, when it was announced that this spin-off was going to be the story of Newt Scamander- a story that actually exist in Harry Potter’s world- I was past elated. The biggest reason that I, and probably most, want to watch this film is because it won’t be a character oriented story and will solely focus on this wonderful and unique world of magic that J.K. Rowling created. Director David Yates, who helmed the last four Potter films, has an amazing understanding of this universe and surely will deliver us a truly magical cinematic experience.
If you are not a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or superheroes flicks in general, I still encourage you to check out Doctor Strange. Superhero films have a concrete formula and Doctor Strange, as recent trailers and stills suggest, intends to stray from the conventional superhero structure. Strange isn’t the typical hero. His powers, his costume and the universe around him certainly suggest that he is simply different. Strange’s insertion into the MCU will be quite vibrant and will probably assert itself as a strong stand alone film simply because of how different the world around him is. For those who are familiar with the Sorcerer Supreme, you’ll probably be in theaters when it hits this November. To those who are unsure of the film or even facing superhero fatigue I ask you to still watch Doctor Strange which will prove to be Marvel ‘s version of Inception.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
What else is there to say? Its the first Star Wars Story. This project differs from others in the franchise because it doesn’t follow the Skywalker lineage, or at least it promises not to do so.Once I learned that Gareth Edwards was set to the direct I was already on board. Edwards proved to have an amazing understanding of scale in Godzilla (2014) and it shows in Rogue One’s very first trailer( notice how enormous he made the Death Star seem and how he staged the final shots of the AT-ATs on the beach shooting at the rebels). Apart from the direction I am mostly excited to discover how the plans for the iconic Death Star were extracted by the Rebels. And secondly I just want to see a film in this franchise that will flat out bring the “Wars”in Star Wars.
There is yet to be a teaser, promo or trailer for this film but I am extremely excited to watch it. There is a synopsis but its very succinct and does not reveal to much of the film. It writes:
“In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.”
With stars like Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield and possibly one of the best directors ever, Martin Scorsese, behind this project, Silence is an indefinite must see for me this year.
La La Land
In 2014 Whiplash was released and it blew everyone away. To this very day, nearly two years later, people are still raving about the film’s phenomenal script and acting as well as its jaw dropping last scene that kept viewers on their seats until the credits rolled.! Now writer and director of Whiplash, Damien Chazelle, is presenting us with La La Land this year which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. We don’t know much of the film but the teaser (above) is very artistic and quite enchanting. What I find so enticing about, La La Land is that it appears to be an unconventional cinematic experience, similar to the other films on this list. In an era of fear and troublesome times, I am thankful for films like La La Land that come around which will certainly serve as a piece of pure escapism.
WATCH LA LA LAND’s TEASER.
Anything I missed? Let me know what you are you looking forward to in 2016!