The Waterfront’s Spring 2019 Film Preview

Winter is ending and with it the revival of all things pretty: the flowers, the crops – nature in all of its essence. This winter has been equally great, but not so great for film. If you would like a recap of the past three months, then be sure to ditch this (for now) and check out our Winter recap, then come back to this!

Despite what you may have thought of the releases of the past three months, it no longer matters! That’s the past and this article is all about moving on, and looking forward to the future. This Spring, it’s not just the flowers that’ll be catching your attention as we have flying elephants; loveable (and not so loveable) monsters; superheroes and everything in-between hitting the big screens this March, April and May.

Below, I present to you what I believe will be this Spring’s biggest hits.

Captain Marvel (March 8th)

Arguably the biggest Marvel film to be released this side of End Game, Captain Marvel comes to us courtesy of directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. This pair have worked together on a number of projects, most recently being 2010’s comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

With Brie Larson taking centre stage as one of the universe’s most powerful superheroes, alongside household names such as Samuel L. *Swearword* Jackson, this should be on to satiate your Marvel needs.

Us (March 22nd)

Jordan Peele, director of 2017 horror blockbuster Get Out, is back to grace us with his offering for 2019: Us. As the title may have you believe, Us is not a documentary about us sitting in our pants half-paying attention to whatever is on Netflix. Far from it.

Us follows a family of four as they unwind at their beach house, until some uninvited guests turn up. As lovely as it sounds, Us being directed by Jordan Peele should be enough to tell us that we are in store for a roller-coaster of uneasiness and 

Captive State (March 29th)

Just when you start to think that it has been too long since we were gifted a good big screen Sci-Fi release, it arrives in the form of Captive State. Much like your choice to enjoy Sci-Fi or not, Captive State pushes our protagonist to pick a side between the extra-terrestrial ‘visitors’ and an anti-alien insurgency. We’ve probably got the easier of the two choices.

Starring John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, and an out of the park cast (which I say lightly, due to Machine Gun Kelly’s appearance). Captive State is being brought to us courtesy of Director Rupert Wyatt, renowned for his 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Dumbo (March 29th)

You’ll be pinching yourself and checking whether the elephants are truly flying with Disney’s newest classic remake of Dumbo. Directed by Tim Burton (who really needs no introduction), Dumbo sets out to retell the much-loved story of our favourite young elephant with oversized ears.

Without straying too far from the original story, this modern depiction of the circus is bound to reverse any ideas that last year’s The Greatest Showman imprinted on your brains, as Dumbo and his friends discover the dark secrets hidden beneath the circuses bright exterior.

Missing Link (April 5th)

Fancy something a bit more wholesome? Laika Entertainment has got you covered with their latest animated hit, Missing Link. From the writer that brought you such animated oddities as ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings, and lest we forget, Corpse Bride.

Chris Butler’s Missing Link is set to delight you with a story of discovery as our protagonist sets out to find his long-lost relatives in the valleys of Shangri-La.

Shazam (April 5th)

What? You thought the hero genre were taking it easy this year? Alongside Captain Marvel, our screens will beshazamed’ with David Sandberg’s first stab at superheroes, after a string of ‘hit or miss’ horror movies such as Lights Out or Annabelle: Creation. DC is hitting back.

But, despite what we think of his credentials, Sandberg has cast Asher Angel and Zachary Levi to show us that we all have a superhero within us – it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.

Pet Sematary (April 5th)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could bring your dead pet back to life? Well, this movie will defintely put you off! The 2019 reboot of Pet Sematary (yes, that’s how it is spelled), based off of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, sets out to show us that staying dead is better.

Headed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who’ve brought us weird gems such as Holidays, has been left in good hands. Definitely give this one a miss if you’re easily spooked.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (May 10th)

Looking way ahead now, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is surely already on the radars of all former, current, and experimental nerds by now. Being the first ever live-action Pokémon adventure, there is a lot riding on Rob Letterman’s Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

Starring Ryan Reynolds as a wise-cracking Pikachu (probably isn’t as sexy as it sounds) and Justice Smith, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’s story is said to centre around a tangled mystery.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the trailers and see for yourself! With a front-loaded April 5th and plenty of genre variety, we are certainly in for a great Spring. Of course, there are many, many more movies coming out soon, but I couldn’t possibly cover them all! Which are you most excited for? Let us know by tweeting us @waterfront!

By Alexander john Udraufski-Osborne.


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