Ten films I’m most excited about in 2018

I usually do a monthly movie preview, so this is my bumper yearly edition, in which I go through the films I’m most excited about in 2018.

There are a ridiculous amount of amazing films coming out way throughout the year, but a lot of them haven’t filled me with excitement. I think I’m reaching the stage of superhero fatigue – I will go watch them still, but I’m no longer excited – so you will notice a lack of those in this list, which I have been ruthless with to bring it down to 10.

Here are my top picks:

Lady Bird

I have been trying to get a screening to see this coming-of-age film for a while now because have to know if it lives up to the hype. I knew it was my kind of film from the trailer anyway and it also helped that I enjoy everything with Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig and it co-stars my current favourite, Timothee Chalamet. Released: 16th February

Avengers: Infinity War

This is the only superhero movie on the list but it definitely deserves to be there – all the Marvel superheros we’ve seen in the MCU up until now will be in this (and its second part). I have NO idea how a story containing a cast of this size will logistically work, but I’m super keen to find out and discover all the amazing team-up combos. It is also the beginning of the end for some MCU actors – like Chris Evans – whose contract run out after. Released: 27th April

A Star is Born

This film has been rebooted a number of times but I haven’t seen any of them so this will feel completely fresh to me. To be honest, I’m mostly excited about Lady Gaga‘s starring role – I really want her to be good. Bradley Cooper directs and stars as a mentor who helps Gaga find fame while his career is on a downward trajectory. Released: 18th May

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story 

I didn’t care much for the first Star Wars Story, Rogue One, but I’m hopefully for Solo because it’s all about Han Solo, who is one of the coolest characters in the franchise. Alden Ehrenreich is stepping into Harrison Ford‘s shoes, Donald Glover is the new Lando Calrissian and Ron Howard has stepped in to finish off the project after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were booted mid-production. Let’s hope that doesn’t affect the final product! Released: 25th May

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I am a huge fan of Jurassic Park and I liked Jurassic World a lot, but I must admit that the trailer for Fallen Kingdom kinda sucked. I’m really hoping it is better than it suggests! Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back to help save the surviving dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption. Released: 8th June

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

I LOVE Mamma Mia! – both the stage show and the screen musical – and I love that it is back for another outing. Even better, the original cast – like Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper and Pierce Brosnan – are back for more singing and dancing action! I’m going to love it, I’m sure. Released: 22nd July

 

Ocean’s 8

This looks freaking cool and I hope it is good. I want it to be good so badly! The Ocean’s franchise has been given an all-female twist and stars Sandra Bullock who is planning a heist at the annual fashion event, the Met Gala. She will obviously need help from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson, among others. Released: 22nd June

Johnny English 3

We haven’t had a Johnny English film since 2011 so I’m glad the hapless spy is coming back to try and save the world again. Naturally, Rowan Atkinson returns, while newcomers include Jake Lacy and Olga Kurylenko. Released: 12th October

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

I’m not going to lie, I would have preferred the film adaptations of the Millennium books to have continued with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig and I don’t understand why they only made the Dragon Tattoo instalment as Mara was fantastic. I wanted to see her play computer hacker Lisbeth Salander again. However, I have read this book and enjoyed it and, if it is done right, it will be a brilliant thriller. I’m incredibly intrigued about Claire Foy‘s casting as Salander too. Released: 26th October

Mary Poppins Returns

I’m approaching this with serious caution. Mary Poppins is such a beloved title that I really don’t think Disney would do anything to f**k it up, but it is a worry. I’m happy with Emily Blunt being the new Poppins though as she looks the part and has a beautiful voice. She visits the now grown-up Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) following a personal loss. It also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth and Julie Walters. Released: 21st December

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