Last year, 2018 was a fertile year for movie lovers, right from the producers to the actors and actresses, down to the vast, numberless die-hard audience of Hollywood movies. We were indeed thrilled by top veteran actors and actresses who featured in action-packed and thought-provoking movies. From Sylvester Stallone’s Escape Plan 2_Hades and Backtrace to Bruce Willis’ Death Wish, from Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Black Water and The Bouncer to Sandra Bullock’s Ocean’s Eight and Bird Box. We also had to bask in Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage and Skyscraper, Tom Cruise’ Mission Impossible_Fallout and Taraji Henson’s Acrimony and Proud Mary.
Even Nigerian International actors had a reasonable chunk of share in the fecund year, with David Oyelowo’s Gringo and John Boyega’s Pacific Rim_Uprising. There were also noteworthy movies that made our year as memorable as possible. For instance, there was the birth of the Wakanda story- Black Panther. The first superhero movie led and dominated by black actors and actresses. It also went on to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time. The Avengers: Infinity Wars took us on a breathtaking and hard-hitting ride with one of the toughest non-stereotyped antagonist, Thanos who achieved his mission of acquiring all the Infinity stones and wiping out half of the world’s population from existence. We also had the first stand-alone fantastic movies of Aquaman, Antman, Venom and Bumblebee to keep us entertained and lubricate our imaginative worlds. What a delicious year we all had.
This year, 2019, seems to be even more promising, with a lot of prospectively cracking movies that would sharpen our sense of expectation. Looking at the January releases of this year- Kevin Hart’s The Upside, Samuel L. Jackson’s Glass, Noomi Repace’s Close, Mads Mikkelsen’s Polar to name a few, one gets a feeling that this year would be mind-blowing in an inimitable way. We should have the sequel to Avengers: Infinity Wars with a running title of Avengers: The Endgame. There should also be a stand-alone movie of the new Marvel Studios superhero character, Captain Marvel.
The concluding season of the epic and legendary TV series, Game of Thrones Season 8 are scheduled to be aired this year. And then, a movie adaptation of the bestselling fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone by Nigerian-American author, Tomi Adeyemi would hopefully be released this year by 2000 Century Fox Studios. The movie would be based in a fictional and magical world created by the author, Tomi Adeyemi with a strong premise in the ancient Yoruba tradition and the religion of the Orisha. With Oscar award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o taking the lead role as Zèlie, our expectations are only capable of skyrocketing. Other highly anticipated movies of 2019 are Spiderman: Far From Home, John Wick Chapter Three, Alita and many more. All we have to do is sit back and watch with anticipation as this year takes us on an alluring and awe-inspiring expedition of limitless imagination and theatrical entertainment.