Top 10 films for 2016 (Bridget’s back!)
We’ll admit to being total film nerds here at Muddy Somerset, and we’re practically squealing for 2016’s offerings after last year’s cinematic line-up was somewhat of a let down. So, whether you’re looking for a bit of chick flick and chill (Ms Bridget Jones), or something for the rabble (a new Jungle Book!) we’ve got you covered. Muddy intern Daisy Ward gives us her recommendations for the coming year. Check them out.
The long-awaited Deadpool (it’s taken Ryan Reynolds 11 years to get this to screen) based on the comic character of the same name finally opened 12 February. In an effort to cure his cancer, Wade Wilson takes part in experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, disfigured skin, an unstable mind, and a dark, twisted sense of humour (sounds like some guys I know) – and decides to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Calling all Harry Potter fans out there, the Wizarding world has made a return in an adaptation of J.K.Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (excited much?). Briefly, there’s a wizard called Newt who accidentally lets a briefcase full of dangerous magical creatures escape and the story follows the escapades as the American wizarding world tries to avoid falling into chaos. The film features Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (has that boy even slept in the last year?) as Newt, and Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs) as Porpentina. Released 18 November.
If you’re still trying to get to P Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, then you’re in luck. After the success of Disney Pixar’s, Finding Nemo it was announced 10 years later that a sequel called Finding Dory was in production. Six months after finding nemo, Dory has a sudden recollection of her childhood in California, and with Marlin and Nemo she sets out to find her family. With the voice talent of Ellen DeGeneres back (they couldn’t possibly have given it to anyone else) it won’t be just the kids in the cinema desperate to see this one. Released 17 June.
The Jungle Book
Disney has given The Jungle Book a makeover, with a mix of live action, CGI and 3D (admittedly, we’re a little bit nervous about this one). Apparently no expense has been spared to give this classic the remake it deserves. And with a star studded line-up including Academy Award winner Lupita Nyongo’o this Disney classic will go out with a swing (see what we did there). Released 15 April.
Suicide Squad is without a doubt (especially among my mates) the most anticipated film of the year. The DC movie based on the comic of the same name has already generated global appeal, with the cast consisting of Jared Leto, Margo Robbie and Will Smith. And who doesn’t want to watch a group of anti-heroes kick butt? I know I’m in! Released 5 August.
The Conjuring 2
Scaredy cat who jumps behind the sofa at anything rated over PG? Then The Conjuring 2 isn’t for you. The Conjuring (2013) was one of the biggest grossing horror films of all time, making $318 million worldwide from just a $20 million budget. The sequel continues to follow paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, this time to England to investigate a poltergeist in Enfield. With Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles, The Conjuring 2 is definitely one to look out for. Released 10 June.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
This film both saddens me and excites me, Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass was the final role for Alan Rickman who sadly passed away on 14 January. Rickman brought to life Absolem the blue caterpillar with so much wit and wisdom and this film will be like no other. The story follows Alice back into Underland just like in Lewis Carroll’s novel. I know I will be sitting in the cinema, tissues at hand. Released 27 May.
Now You See Me: The Second Act
Looking for a heist flick? Then you are in luck. After the success of Now You See Me, the sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act, is hitting our screens. A year after the events of the first film, Arthur Tressler’s son, seeks to bring ‘The Four Horsemen’ to justice, after his father’s imprisonment. With a stellar cast consisting of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman I can’t see how this film will not be a success. Released 10 June.
Bridget Jones Baby
We all fell in love back in 2001 with Bridget Jones (yes it was really that long ago!) and now she’s back, bigger than ever (*spoiler alert…pregnant!). To be fair, the clue’s in the title, Bridget Jones Baby, and the film sees the return of all our favourite characters. Not much has been published on this (and there’s talk of three different endings having been filmed) so we will just have to wait until September to see Rénee Zellweger and Colin Firth reprise their roles. Grab the tissues! Released 16 September.
Finally, Disney is at it once again with a remake of the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon (awwwww Mickey Rooney). I loved this film as a child and can’t wait to see how Disney re-imagines the live action and CGI mixed film with stars such as Wes Bentley and Karl Urban. Elliot, the loveable green Dragon who helps Pete escape his horrible adoptive family, hasn’t yet got an actor attached to his voice, so I guess we will have to wait a little longer to see who brings Elliot to life. Released 12 August.