The year of the comic book movie is well underway. February featured the dominance of Deadpool, the juggernaut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March, and one superhero lock of Captain America: Civil War in May. With Batman v Superman currently in theaters and (still) a handful of weeks away from Civil War, sandwiched in-between is April. Although it doesn’t include any big superhero flicks, April has a number of titles, both big and small, that are very tantalizing.
While I’m looking forward to most, here are the four I’m most excited for. After checking out my list, I want to know yours. Which April movies are you looking forward to the most? Which ones are you not? Any surprises? Hit the comments below!
4. The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Release date: April 22nd.
It’s no secret, Snow White and the Huntsman was a pretty big disappointment. While the movie didn’t live up to its potential, it still had some solid elements, with the big ones being Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron’s characters. And instead of trying to right their wrongs with a sequel, the studio pulled the right move in creating a movie revolving around the good parts, Hemsworth and Theron’s characters.
The trailers so far for The Huntsman: Winter’s War haven’t been stellar, but they’ve been good enough to have me interested and excited to see if this one can be what we hoped the original would be. Am I going in with huge expectations? No, not at all. But like I said, I’m still quite excited, not just because of the trailers, but because of the names involved. Not just Hemsworth and Theron, but they brought in Jessica Chastain and Emily Blunt, two of the biggest female names in Hollywood. It may end up being another stinker, but when four names like that sign on, it tends to give off a little confidence.
3. Everybody Wants Some!!
Release date: April 1st (limited).
Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of Boyhood, I acknowledge its and its director’s (Richard Linklater) vision. It accomplished something that may never be done again, and that can’t be taken away. But putting Boyhood aside for a bit, Dazed and Confused. Dazed and Confused is one of the best comedies of all-time, an all-time classic, a movie that will always be remembered. It’s true Richard Linklater, which is why I’m so excited for Everybody Wants Some!!. Dubbed the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, it has a very similar vibe to that film, just set in the ’80s. It looks fun, confident, classical, and so much more. Not to mention another killer soundtrack from Linklater. Bring on the ’80s.
Release date: April 8th (limited).
There are two reasons I’m looking forward to this one, Jake Gyllenhaal and South by Southwest. If this film wasn’t starring Gyllenhaal, I’m not sure where I would have it place. Because of the run he’s been on for the last 4 years (Source Code, End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler, Southpaw, and Everest), he’s sky-rotted and become my favorite actor currently working. There has yet to be a movie where I’ve seen him “shoe-it-in”, and not to mention that all those movies I named above are incredible, with the exception being Southpaw because of spoiler-filled trailers. Anything he’s involved in, big or small, I’m fully, completely in.
Second, this film won the audience award at SXSW just a few weeks ago. How can you not take that into consideration? I’ve loved, loved the trailers so far, and from word of month, the trailers are exactly what the film will be. Plus you throw in a little Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper and it only sounds better. How excited am I for Demolition? I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s one of my favorites by the end of the year.
1. The Jungle Book
Release date: April 15th.
A year ago, who ever would’ve thought this would rank in at number one? Well it is, and it completely deserves it. Jon Favreau is slowly becoming one of my favorite directors, and what he looks to have accomplished with The Jungle Book continues to build on that. We know the story is going to be good, The Jungle Book animated movie is an all-time classic. So that gets a check next to it. The biggest question has been the live-action. But from the moment it debuted at D23 last year, up until now, I think we can all agree that the thought of questioning it is pretty laughable now. Have you seen the trailers? It looks like some of the best visual effects we will ever see, which is exactly what Favreau said at the D23 panel.
So visually I’m in, it’s going to be an amazing visual experience (one I’m seeing in IMAX). But then you add a voice cast like this and it’s just like “come on!”. Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken? Jon Favreau, well done sir, well done.