2016 brought with it the rise of the female-led movie! Whether that’s down to the recent rise in gender equality expose or it’s simply a coincidence, I don’t care either way. I’m just excited to see some fantastic actresses – including Emily Blunt and Mia Wasikowska – take their rightful place as top dog.
There’s a handful of female-led movies being released this year that I’m super excited to watch. Some are future hits and some, admittedly, aren’t taking themselves too seriously but we all need a little fun in our lives at times. If I only watched serious movies, instead of the odd comedy or animation here and there, I’m sure I’d be a much more intolerable and unhappy lady.
Making sure I covered a wide range of genres, here’s my pick of 8 female-led movies that I’m looking forward to in 2016:
Alice Through the Looking Glass
“Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.”
Thankfully, this Tim Burton extravaganza was recently released in the UK and I’m eagerly awaiting the day I pop to the cinema to watch it. I’ve had Alice Through the Looking Glass on my radar for a while now and, with the story of Lewis Carroll’s Alice having such a fond place in my heart, I didn’t ever doubt that Tim Burton’s sequel would pass me by without a watch.
What I enjoy so much about his Alice in Wonderland adaptations is the colour and the fancifulness. I think it’s completely reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s madness. There surely isn’t anyone better than Tim Burton to adapt Carroll’s story… they’re both bonkers.
“A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to re-brand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.”
I absolutely love Melissa McCarthy. I think she’s just hilarious and I’m willing to give anything ago if she’s the star. This comedy clearly isn’t taking itself very seriously at all but I couldn’t care less. It looks fun, silly and I’m sure I’ll be leaving the cinema with a grin on my face.
The Girl on the Train
“A train commuter investigates a mystery revolving around a couple whose house she passes every day.”
When I first watched the trailer for this movie, me and Matthew barely breathed. It looks fantastically intense and I’m sure this mysterious thriller is going to be right up my street! I haven’t actually read the book so I barely know a thing about the plot, other than it’s a bit psychological and possibly a little ‘did she? didn’t she?’ – that’s what the trailer seems to highlight, anyway.
We’ll see though! I have a feeling this is going to be a huge hit so I’ll make sure I don’t miss my chance to see it at the cinema.
“A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.“
This is definitely a movie that I should not watch (horrors stay with my for years) but I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist… It’s a collaboration of two film companies, Atomic Monster and New Line Cinema, that previously worked together on Annabelle (another movie I would sure as hell never ever watch). However, this horror is based on a viral short film that made its way around the internet a few years ago. You can find that here but be warned, if you’re a little bit of a scaredy cat then you maybe shouldn’t watch it.
I think producing a movie around this fantastic short film is a great idea and I have a feeling that’s why the movie interests me so much.
“When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.”
Bad Moms looks hilarious. I’m sure a lot of mums will appreciate what this comedy is trying to highlight and everyone else will be able to recognise the “oh, f**k it” attitude that we all feel once in a while! It seems like this is the first movie where Mila Kunis, renowned sex symbol, is actually playing a mum – thankfully, she isn’t being portrayed as the typical frumpy mum (which is definitely a stereotype that needs to bugger off) and I’m sure that’ll make this movie that little bit more relatable.
“The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.”
After 13 years, we finally get to see Dory, Nemo and Marlin hit the big screen once again. I am beyond excited for this release! Dory is a wonderfully sweet character and I’ve always wondered what happened to her, her memory and her family. To finally have some answers will be lovely.
It seems as if the movie doesn’t actually have a villain as such. It’s been suggested that life itself it Dory’s enemy. That’ll be a very interesting plot line if that’s the case! I can’t wait.
“Morgan is about a corporate risk-management consultant who has to decide and determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being’s life that was made in a laboratory environment.”
How could I resist a science-fiction thriller whose protagonist, an artificial being created in a lab, has the same name as me? That’s a little shallow, I know, but my name used to be a huge insecurity of mine so, now I’m comfortable with it, I like to revel in its glory!
Shallow name vanity aside, this movies looks like it could be fantastic. The trailer is suspenseful but doesn’t give too much away. I do like a bit of mystery.
“30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today.”
This is a biggie. Ghostbusters seems to have created quite a stir around the online film community – it hasn’t even been released yet and people are slating it. Is is because people disapprove of the female casting choices or it it simply because people are cross they’re revamped a classic? Either way, this hatred is no way to be acting over a movie that you haven’t seen. It could be fantastic, it could be terrible. As of yet, nobody knows.
Personally, I think it looks great. I love the choice of actresses and to revamp a classic with such a twist (oh hello, completely female lead) is pretty refreshing. Actually, it’s quite brave considering how much hatred the feminist movement is getting right now. I’m looking forward to it!
Are you looking forward to any of these movies?
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