With the shorter days and fickle weather these last days, there’s no escaping that autumn is coming. I can sense the effect of the dark evenings on my mood already and it makes me want to clutch onto these last days of summer ever so tightly. Fortunately, I’ve got some great things ahead of me that will help ease the pain, including the anticipation of seeing some promising new films in the cinema. Because honestly, immersing myself in the magic of cinema is my ultimate escape from the gloomy outside world. Curious to know which films I’m especially excited about? Find out here in my post about 5 films to look forward to this autumn!
5 films to look forward to this autumn
These listings are ordered according to their UK release dates, not in order of ratings.
1. Ad Astra
Possibly not the catchiest name for a sci-fi movie, but judging from what I’ve heard about Ad Astra so far, it will be this year’s big ‘space hit’.
In his second big film this year, we’ll see Brad Pitt go on an imminent space mission to track down his father who vanished in space 15 years ago. Spending that much time on his own probably didn’t do his dad any good as there are suspicions he might be plotting to destroy humanity. I guess without Netflix for such a long time, what else you gonna do?
I can’t tell you much more about this film as I’m avoiding to read reviews and possible spoiler alerts. What I can tell you is that the cinematography and special effects are bound to be ‘out of this world’. But what I’m actually more interested in, is the other ‘dimension’ to this film. Because underneath this glossy, visually attractive layer (of the film, not talking about Brad Pitt here), Ad Astra is in essence an intelligent mystery sci-fi. I for one can’t wait to go see it in the cinema!
UK release date: 20 September
This dark trailer of I believe the first origin story in the Batman universe, shows the ‘making of’ the Joker, one of Batman’s most dangerous arch-enemies.
When I first saw this trailer, I couldn’t help but think Heath Ledger should be playing Joker in this film. From all the different brilliant on-screen personifications of Batman’s unpredictable nemesis, I think Heath Ledger’s was the best.
So far, that is of course.
Because although I truly wish Ledger was still around to play this role, I believe Joaquin Phoenix is an excellent choice. Like most of Phoenix’s films, this character seems to be complex and broken. Obviously. Because he must’ve experienced something truly awful in order to turn into the ingenious villain we know him as today.
Will we finally find out the truth behind the Joker’s perpetual smile? I do know this film will reveal the Joker’s real name for the very first time!
UK release date: 4 October
3. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Truth be told, I’m not the biggest Angelina Jolie fan, but I thought her depiction of the sassy evil fairy godmother in Maleficent was fantastic! In the sequel to this reimagined story of Sleeping Beauty we’ll see how she reacts to her human goddaughter’s news she accepted her Prince’s wedding proposal. And if it wasn’t enough already for Maleficent to share ‘her’ Aurora with the Prince, there’ll also be a new mother-in-law to deal with. A very affectionate mother-in-law I might add.
I sense Maleficent won’t shy away from using some evil magic, witty sneers and cheeky tricks to get what she wants. And I cannot wait to see it all!
UK release date: 18 October
4. Zombieland: Double Tap
Do you remember the original Zombieland? This hilarious post-apocalyptic horror zombie comedy – starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Murray and Emma Stone – came out 10 years ago already. It tells the adventurous of an unusual motley crew of apocalypse survivors.
In this sequel, the gang is still going strong and developing new survival skills as they go along. I’m not sure what the plot for Zombieland: Double Tap is and nor do I care to be fair. I expect it’s going to be one wild ride again, filled with adventure and endless humour with the addition of Luke Wilson and Dan Aykroyd to the cast list.
Don’t miss this zom-com road trip!
UK release date: 18 October
5. Terminator: Dark Fate
Terminator: Dark Fate may be last in this list, but it’s actually the one I’m looking forward to most! (together with Joker) Following the events of T2: Judgment Day that actually altered the apocalyptic future for the worse, Sarah Connor comes to the rescue again.
Having grown up with her kick-ass role in T2: Judgment Day, I believe Linda Hamilton’s character Sarah Conner is my spirit animal. Not sure if that’s even possible, but just play along with me here, will ya?
She might be in her sixties now, but wow she still looks amazing, wrinkles and all. I’m actually so relieved she didn’t have plastic surgery or Botox treatments done on her face like so many other Hollywood actresses. It makes her look like an actual human being!
Enough of my tribute to Linda Hamilton/Sarah Connor! I’m also pleased to see the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the bad-cum-good human-cyborg hybrid, Edward Furlong AND of director James Cameron! Will his script be able to tidy up the story as told in The Terminator (1984) and T2: Judgment Day (1991)? There are rumours going around already saying he failed, but I won’t let them ruin the fun for me (yet).
The only thing I’m disappointed about though is the look of the new Terminator model. When I see him flying in the air in the trailer, it’s so obviously a computer generated ‘puppet’. I’m sorry if that doesn’t sound respectful (it must have been bloody difficult to create!), but it does spoil the magic a bit for me.
But then there’s Sarah Connor and all is good again.
UK release date: 23 October
Do you have certain films you want to go see in the cinema these next months? Please share them in a comment below!
Thanks, Zarina xx
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