There is absolutely no doubt that 2015 was a big year for movies – The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, and Star Wars : The Force Awakens just to name a few. All insanely outstanding movies. This year, though? This year is going to be the best movie year I have personally ever experienced. Let me tell you why.
Let me first tell you that these are NOT in chronological order, these are listed in order of my excitement level for each movie.
The Jungle Book – April 15, 2016
- My absolute favorite Disney movie is The Jungle Book. I have the entire thing memorized, word for word, and Baloo the Bear has been my imaginary best friend since I was little. When I was 10, we lived in the bush of Alaska in a place called Snettisham. There’s not much in Snettisham other than the hydroelectric power plant for Juneau, a state-run fish hatchery, three red houses, a duplex, a bunk house, and a long house which is sort of like a communal house with bedrooms and a shared living space, and a water tower. There’s also lots and lots of nature and SO much to do as long as you love hiking, fishing, skiing, and sledding. We didn’t have cable out there, just a TV and a VCR. We owned three movies back then – The Jungle Book, Anne of Green Gables, and The Sound of Music. They all saw lots and lots of play, but The Jungle Book was always my first pick. One day a giant Grizzly bear came to the power pole outside our window and STOOD UP ON HIS HIND LEGS and scratched his back on the power pole, just like Baloo does on the banana tree in The Jungle Book. It was one of the highlights of my life. The fact that this movie has been remade with live people and animals is painfully thrilling to me and I will be first in line for a good seat on April 15 when it hits theaters. As if that isn’t enough, it is voiced by the likes of Christopher Walken and Scarlet Johanssen who voices Kaa. Now, I’m not a big fan of snakes, actually I’m phobic of them, but the thought of a giant sexy Kaa is enough to make me brave the theater to see my favorite Disney movie take form on the big screen. I might not sleep for a week but it will be worth every second of sleep and subsequent beauty rest lost. If you’d like to see me singing all about the Bare Necessities, check out my other Jungle Book post.
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
- I already know how this movie is supposed to play out – SUPPOSED TO being the operative phrase. I will never tell you what I know, but I will tell you that I am over the moon excited to see Captain America and Bucky tear a huge rift through the Avengers clan. This movie is going to be intensely exciting and full of all kinds of delicious eye candy, so yeah. Yet another opening-night movie I’ll have my 3D glasses on for.
Zootopia – March 4, 2016
- I’ve been stoked for this movie since the first time I saw the trailer. Another movie all about animals and how they live in harmony? It sounds a lot like something us humans could learn from, doesn’t it? The sloths slay me, and you guys? There’s a freaking adorable bunny cop in this movie. This is not only exciting to me because bunnies are the cutest animal in the kingdom next to sea otters, but because one of my very best friends writes a blog called As The Bunny Hops, so basically she stars in the movie, because that’s how these things work. Furthermore, hilarity. I guffawed the first, second, and third time I saw the trailer, and I don’t often make embarrassing sounds like that. Grady’s birthday is on March 7th, but we’re going to have to pretend March 4th is his birthday because I’m not waiting 3 days to go see it, we’ll go to this one on opening night too.
The BFG – July 1, 2016
- My favorite book from childhood on the big screen in real-life form? This is happening, folks. The Big Friendly Giant is coming to theaters and guess what I’m doing in preparation for this fantastical tale by Roald Dahl? I’m reading The BFG to my kids. I have a strict no movie before book rule in my house, and I know for certain this is one book we’re going to devour as a family. THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT, Y’ALL! I just can’t.
Finding Dory – June 17, 2016
- Does this even need an explanation? Finding Nemo was the first movie I ever took Styles to see in the theater. We got him his own bag of popcorn and he didn’t take his eyes off of the screen, not one time during the film. It is still a favorite movie in our house, even with the littles, and I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Dory gets herself into in this long-awaited sequel. Dory is still voiced by Ellen DeGeneres which basically means you’re going to wet yourself laughing for at least 75% of the movie, while the other 25% will likely pull tightly on your heartstrings. Leave it up to Pixar to combine a gamut of emotions that will leave you feeling like you’ve just lived your entire life before you leave the theater.
Pete’s Dragon – August 12, 2016
- Another favorite movie from childhood, I want to tell you a tale about a dragon named Elliot and his boy named Pete…No, I won’t tell you because you need to watch the original and experience the magic for yourself so that you’re all prepared for this movie to hit theaters in August.
Dr. Strange – November 4, 2016
- MORE MARVEL! You guys, I can’t handle all this MARVEL excitement. I really think all I NEED to say here is Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘Nuff said, right?
The rest of these films are films I’m very excited to see for a multitude of different reasons, but am unable to categorize at this time. That’s like making me choose between a Cadbury Creme Egg and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Egg. It’s just not fair.
Moana – November 23, 2016
- A beautiful film from Walt Disney Animation Studios set in the Pacific. I’m enormously excited to see a film starring a dude with tons of tattoos, because #LifeGoals. I also love that Disney is adding a movie about another culture to their arsenal. This is exciting on so many levels and I can’t wait to see what lessons we learn on November 23, 2016.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – December 16, 2016
- Because: Star Wars. And also because THANK YOU Lucasfilm for giving us something to hold us over until Episode VIII hits theaters. Making us wait any longer for Star Wars anything would just be torture.
Queen of Katwe – Fall 2016
- I know VERY little about this movie, but it looks like it’s going to be beautiful. My children are being raised to explore different cultures because I believe it gives them a rich understanding of our world as a whole, and I am looking forward to this beautiful African tale starring the breathtaking Lupita Nyong’o
The Finest Hours – January 29, 2016
- The Finest Hours is being released THIS MONTH! Movies of tragedy and triumph that include water make me have panic attacks as I watch through my fingers clutching my face, but I promised Kyle we’d go see this one when it comes out and I can’t disappoint. It’s based on a true story of a massive storm that broke two 500-foot oil tankers right in half and of the brave souls in the US Coast Guard who came to their aid in what was thought to be an impossible rescue. Look for me at the theater with a paper bag clutched to my face with one hand while my other hand rips the top of my face off while trying to shield my sensitive eyes from the stress.
Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27, 2016
- Because, Hello Johnny Depp! Anything that Johnny Depp and Tim Burton touch together is cinematic gold, in my very humble opinion, and I’m looking forward to seeing what madness they can drum up this time. Styles is a major Tim Burton nerd and he’s already told me we’re sitting middle row, middle chair, NOT in 3D, ON opening night for this film.
The Light Between Oceans – Sometime in 2016
- Another movie I know very little about but am looking forward to seeing. Since I’m an enormous book nerd, I totally just ordered The Light Between Oceans from Amazon and I’ll be reading it long before this movie about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise an abandoned baby in Australia reaches the big screen.