The Seven Big Movies to Look Forward to in 2023

Is it finally over? Is the drought of movie releases coming to a close? From my point of view, it looks like it is. In fact, during the tail end of this year, there have been a steady streams of interesting movies and I’m really happy. Sure, when I did watch The Menu in an almost empty movie theater a few weeks back, I was very disappointed with the turnout of people. It does still seem like a good chunk of moviegoers are still not all that eager to visit the cinema. But I am hoping that, because of the lineup of really good movies, movies that will be released in movie theaters only, more and more people will start returning to those dimly lit rooms and just enjoy the experience of the theater.

It also seems like the trailers are just pouring in recently, giving more than enough time to get people hyped for next year’s batch of movies. There are a lot of movies to look forward to but let’s just focus on, not just five, but seven movies that I’m personally hyped for.

#1 The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Will this make us forget the abomination of the first Super Mario Bros. Movie?

I originally wanted to make a joke that the Super Mario Bros. Movie might be the first good film based on a video game property. But I realized that there are some decent ones like Phoenix Wright and the Sonic the Hedgehog flicks. So it may be slow going but we’re finally getting there. The Super Mario. Bros Movie, on the other hand, may be the first great movie based on a video game.

Like most people, I was taken aback with the voice cast since, as much as I like Chris Pratt and Jack Black, I didn’t think they would be a good fit for Mario and Bowser. After seeing the new trailer, however, I’m sold on Jack Black’s portrayal as the King of the Koopas. I’m still a little on the fence regarding Chris Pratt’s Mario as he still sounds like Linda from Bob’s Burgers. Even with that, the new trailer has a lot going for it, including cameos from Donkey Kong as well as hinting of scenes involving other Mario games like Mario Kart. It showed more than enough stuff to make me hyped for it’s April release.

But it better have the old “swing your arms from side to side” Mario theme in it or it’s officially the worst movie ever made!

#2 John Wick: Chapter 4

More gun slinging action from Baba Yaga? Yes, please!

I was surprised they didn’t wrap up the John Wick films with the third entry as I was expecting it to be a solid trilogy. So when that movie ended with a cliffhanger and John Wick still on the run, I knew they were going to make a new movie starring one of the most badass modern action characters.

I will say I’m a little more cautiously optimistic this time around as the trailer does make it seem John Wick is back in good terms with Winston despite the latter trying to kill him by the end of the previous film. In retrospect, it could be taken like Winston shot at John to enable him to escape the Continental with the help of the Bowery King. Then again, as much as I enjoy the lore of the series, I’m more in it for the action. And the trailer does make it seem it’s going to have that. So, yeah. Bring on the carnage!

#3 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

It was just pure luck I put the third Guardians of the Galaxy film at the third spot. I’m not that clever.

Sadly, this is going to be James Gunn’s final project with Marvel as he’s now the head of the movie division over at DC. He managed to take a virtually unknown group of comic book heroes in the Guardians of the Galaxy and made them into one of the most popular characters in Marvel’s roster. And even though the previous films are known for their comedy, you can’t ignore the amount of heart the movies had.

The trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 feels more like a teaser as it doesn’t really show much. However, if you look at the cast list, comic book fans should be able to get a general idea of what the latest and probably last Guardians of the Galaxy film is going to be all about. I won’t give any spoilers because, well, if the trailer won’t show anything, why would I? Even without the trailer, I was already hyped for this.

Oh, and sorry Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. I’m still interested but I opted to only include one Marvel film on this list. You do look interesting but I just like the Guardians of the Galaxy movies more. Sorry again.

#4 Shazam: Fury of the Gods

We have a Marvel movie on the list. Now, how about one from DC?

In a time when DC superhero movies were all serious and grimdark, out came the first Shazam! film and it was a big breath of fresh air. Shazam! perfectly captured the feeling of a kid granted superpowers and it was a blast to watch. It was even more surprising that they went all out and pretty much brought in the extended new Shazam! family. Sadly, Tawny the Tiger didn’t make the cut.

The upcoming Shazam: Fury of the Gods seems to recognize that one of the crucial elements of the first movie was the overall lighthearted attitude and the trailer does look like they’re going for that as well. I am disappointed DC didn’t push through with making Mister Mind the villain here as shown in the after credits scene of the first film. But hey! It does have Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu so I can’t be all that mad.

#5 Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Thankfully, this movie looks like it’s going to be Mutt Williams-less.

I honestly thought the Indiana Jones franchise was done. In fact, I was already shocked they even made the last movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. After watching that, I was even more convinced they weren’t making another Indiana Jones film, at least one starring Harrison Ford. But, lo and behold, here we are.

Now, I know there are some people who are debating whether or not this will be good. I was in your place after watching the trailer. After all, Harrison Ford is definitely showing his age. Even Indy himself as well as Sallah aren’t looking so fresh anymore. Then I saw it’s being directed by James Mangold, the man behind such phenomenal works as Ford v. Ferrari, Walk the Line and, most importantly, Logan, which is also about an aging hero brought back into action. So this has the potential to be incredibly great… even if the last Indiana Jones ruined the character for you.

#6 Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

I’ve never played a game of Dungeons & Dragons in my life… but I am looking forward to this.

Now, when I say I’ve never played an actual Dungeons & Dragons game, I’m talking about the books. However, I am familiar with RPGs when it comes to computer games. And I do love how, in those games, you have to build a party of different characters from different races and jobs to complete quests. And it does look like the movie is going to do the same.

Honestly, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves looks like it has a lot of potential. If it’s as good as the trailer suggests, I would even say this can become Paramount’s new tentpole franchise. And it does look like they’re already starting as there seems to be a tie-in television series in the works. Of course, this all depends if the film is good but, if they have this much faith in it, then they’re probably going to try their hardest to make it as good as it seems.

#7 Cocaine Bear

I had to add one silly film here, didn’t I?

I’m always on the lookout for crazy, dumb, kitschy kinds of movies. These are the movies are may look cheap but generally have a lot of heart to them. Think of films like Ready or Not, Upgrade and Cabin in the Woods. They may be made on a very, very strict budget but, because of how creative the idea is and the strong passion behind the project, they can garner a wide audience. And you can’t get more crazy and dumb than Cocaine Bear.

Based on a true story (yes, really), Cocaine Bear’s premise is right in the title. A bear ingests some cocaine and hijinks ensues. The actual story is actually kind of sad but the movie does go all out and steer the story in an incredibly fun direction, making this bear an unstoppable force of nature and out to kill. I do hope there are going to be some really hilariously out there kills because that’s what I get from this. It should be a blood good time.

BONUS: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

It looks good? I can’t really be sure anymore.

The newest Transformers movie is just a bonus entry right now because of my complicated history with the live-action Transformers films. I really liked the first one but, after that, I became less and less enthused with them. It came to a point where I proclaimed I wouldn’t watch The Last Knight, the last film to have the Transformers label. I’m proud to say I still haven’t.

Unfortunately, that meant I also avoided Bumblebee, which is supposed to actually be good. Even with that knowledge, I still haven’t watched Bumblebee because of it’s connection with the live-action Transformers brand. So, now we’re getting Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, which isn’t a sequel to The Last Knight, but a sequel to Bumblebee. I’m still on the fence if this will be good or bad. I wasn’t a fan of Beast Wars so that isn’t a draw for me. But it does have my favorite Decepticon faction, the Predacons. This is more on my “let’s wait and see” list.

Did I miss anything? What other movies are you looking forward to in 2023? Let me know what they are in the comments section below!

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