2013 was an incredible year for movies. There were fantastic blockbusters like Thor 2 and Iron Man 3, great Oscar contenders like 12 Years a Slave and Gravity as well as other fantastic films such as Prisoners and Inside Llewyn Davis. But 2013 is behind us and it’s time to start looking forward to what’s coming in 2014. There are a number of blockbusters lined up, so let’s take a look at the Top 10 most anticipated upcoming movies of the earlier part of 2014. We’ll fill you in on the smaller, indie movies that we’re looking forward to later, as well as some of the films that will be lighting up the latter portion of the year.
10. Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)
I could have very well left this one off the list, after the steady decline in quality of the Transformers series, but as predictable as Michael Bay can be, he’s got his typical massive budget, and will no doubt pull out all the stops to deliver with his fourth entry of the franchise. With a new cast in tow, led by Mark Wahlberg, maybe it will be a clean slate for Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and company.
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
Now, I may be in the minority in that I wasn’t completely blown away by The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as many people were. The film was good, no doubt, and the special effects were incredible. However, it was just a good film in my book. But based on it’s huge success, the same crew will be looking to build on that success with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and I probably wouldn’t bet against them.
8. Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)
Formerly titled All You Need Is Kill, based on the graphic novel, this Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt led science fiction action thriller, has a pretty cool concept involving soldiers that can repeat a battle over and over every time they die. With some really gritty, realistic looking robotic creations, that seem to shy away from computerization, it has a similar feel to something like Terminator Salvation, which I thought looked amazing (even though it has flaws as a film). I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do with this story.
7. Godzilla (May 16)
Godzilla is a word that brings back bad movie memories, of a camp and cheesy blockbuster that was not particularly good at all by Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher. However, with a totally new take by director Gareth Edwards, whose film ‘Monsters’ was incredible and made on a low budget. That was one of my favorite films that year, and with a massive budget this time and a cast designed around a more real and down to earth approach (including Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen) I think we’re in for something special this time around.
6. Noah (March 28)
Biblical epics tend to do pretty darn well at the Box Office, so Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has a pretty good chance of making some cheddar on this one. But will it be good? Well, with a cast including Russel Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson and $130 million to work with, I think there’s a decent chance that it will. With some historically dubious content, I’m sure it is set to stir up some religious and historical controversy, but that is probably a good thing. The more people talking about it, likely means the more people watching it!
5. Under The Skin (March 14 UK)
This smaller, indie horror snuck onto our list because of how down right weird it looks, and you know we like a good weird movie here at Movie Melt. Scarlett Johannson is cast as an alien from another world who is sent to find out more about our species, by seducing men and feeding on them. It looks extremely experimental in it’s delivery, but with a big name in it’s cast, it will try to bring that indie flavor to a bigger audience and hopefully scare the crap out of us. This one is difficult to guess on, but here’s to hoping.
4. The Amazing Spiderman 2 (May 2)
With the new Andrew Garfield Spiderman franchise on the go now, I will have to admit that despite having one of my favorite actresses, Emma Stone, on board, The Amazing Spiderman was just good in my book. Not ‘Amazing.’ But that being said, the trailer for the second installment has me pretty excited, with some great looking villains such as Jamie Fox’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. I think that the stakes will be a little bit higher this time around, as will the characters.
3. Transcendence (April 18)
I’ve been looking forward to this Johnny Depp led sci-fi thriller for quite some time now, and it’s almost upon us. It seems like the advertising has been a little lighter for this one than I anticipated, and I’m not really sure what that means, but the concept is one that is really relevant culturally and is sure to raise some interesting and somewhat scary questions involving the direction and morality of technological development. Wally Pfister, known for his great cinematography on The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception is giving directing a go for this one as well, which I think is great news.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)
Captain America was a film that I thought was really, really good but had a couple poor moments in editing and action scenes that just ruined the experience a little. I have a feeling that those things will get cleaned up in the high stakes sequel that will take place in our now really well developed Marvel universe. With Chris Evan’s deceased best friend Bucky Barnes returning as a villain, and some additions to the cast such as Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford (not to mention the return of the beautiful Black Widow) I think that this will be one of the best Marvel films yet.
1. X-Men Days of Future Past (May 23)
More than any other blockbuster from the first half of 2014, the one that excites me the most is the latest in the X-Men franchise, Days of Future Past. What this franchise had going for it, is that it has had great films set in the current era AND great origin stories (except for that first Wolverine one maybe…). X-Men First Class was absolutely brilliant, as was most of the X-Men trilogy and the recent The Wolverine. So what would they do next? Well they really went bold in my opinion, and opted for finding a way to bring the incredible casts from both eras together, with a film that involves the young versions of the X-Men (including actors like Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy) teaming up with their older counterparts (played by the great Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen and of course Hugh Jackman). What is sure to be a complex time travel plot should give a unique twist to the franchise as well. I can’t wait for this one.
Stay tuned for our preview of the rest of 2014, later in the year.