It’s the beginning of 2018, and with the start of a new year comes plenty of new films to see. 2017 was a great year for movies, with the likes of La La Land, Beauty and the Beast and Baby Driver, and 2018 is already set to be another fantastic year. As always, there are a number of sequels to look forward to this year, including the long-awaited Incredibles 2 and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, as well as adaptations from books (e.g. Every Day and Where’d You Go, Bernadette). However, there are also dozens of original films being released in 2018: Lady Bird, Honored and A Star is Born are to name just a few.
1. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
We fell in love with Mamma Mia back in 2008, and now Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) et al are returning to our screens in the sequel 10 years later. This time Sophie is pregnant and finds out about her mother’s past from Donna’s best friends Tanya and Rosie. Most of the cast is the same, with the exception of new additions Cher and Lily James, who are playing Sophie’s grandma and young Donna respectively.
Release date: 27th July
2. Incredibles 2
I can’t believe it has been 14 years since The Incredibles. FOURTEEN YEARS. Gosh, that makes me feel really old! Anyway, Pixar has FINALLY decided to release the follow-up, and I CAN’T WAIT. It’s been so long since I’ve actually watched The Incredibles, so I definitely need to rewatch it before Incredibles 2.
Release date: 13th July (15th June in the US)
3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Although I’m a little disappointed that Johnny Depp is still playing Grindelwald, I am still looking forward to watching Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald later this year. The first film was SO GOOD and I’ve been aching for its sequel for over a year.
Release date: 16th November (in both the UK and US)
4. Lady Bird
Apparently Lady Bird is one of the most positively reviewed films of all time, which is brilliant news since it sounds like just my kind of film. Saoirse Ronan plays the lead in this coming-of-age film about Christine McPherson, a girl in her final year of school. Set in Sacramento and loosely based on director Greta Gerwig’s own adolescence, Lady Bird follows Christina, who goes by the nickname ‘Lady Bird’ as she applies for colleges and falls in love for the first time. While Lady Bird has been in US cinemas for a while, we still have to wait until mid-February to see it here in the UK. However, if the reviews are anything to go by, it’ll definitely be worth it.
Release date: 16th February (already available in the US)
5. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
I haven’t even read the book yet, but anything starring Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett and Troian Bellisario is bound to be good, right? Where’d You Go, Bernadette is based on the novel by Maria Semple, which follows a fifteen-year-old girl who goes searching for her mother.
Release date: TBC (11th May in the US)
6. Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins was one of my favourite films as a child so I’m really looking forward to watching the live-action remake! Emily Blunt is going to be fantastic as the titular character!
Release date: TBC (25th December in the US)
Are they ever actually going to release this movie? I’m sure it was supposed to be out in cinemas in 2017…Anyway, Charming is an animated fairy tale about three princesses who all end up being engaged to Prince Charming. With the voices of Demi Lovato, Sia, Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavinge, Charming is bound to be a hit. That’s if it ever appears in cinemas, of course…
Release date: TBC
8. Every Day
Having read the book recently, I’m interested to see how Every Day plays out on screen. If you weren’t already aware, Every Day is about a girl who falls in love with a spirit called ‘A’, who wakes up in a different person’s body every day (hence the title). Judging by IMDb, there aren’t many well-known actors in Every Day, but one name I do recognise is Debby Ryan, who I’ve previously seen in 16 Wishes and Radio Rebel.
Release date: TBC (23rd February in the US)
Honorable mentions: Ashes in the Snow, Honored, A Star is Born, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Disenchanted and Ophelia.
And here’s a list of some of the films I didn’t quite get round to watching in 2017 (either because they weren’t in cinemas for very long, or they’re not available on Netflix, Google Play or Amazon Prime)…
1. Ingrid Goes West (I was hoping to catch this in the cinema but I kept putting it off and then it just disappeared)
3. Wonder Woman
4. The Beguiled
6. Princess Cyd
7. Sidney Hall (even though it has terrible reviews…I guess it’s a good thing it’s not available anywhere in the UK…)
8. Hidden Figures
What films are you looking forward to in 2018? Are there any films from 2017 you still need to see?