After two years of Covid (and counting), wars, episodes of racism and hate, and a global economic crisis, not much can cheer us up.
The reality is that life has been complicated for all of us lately, and it has become difficult to enjoy small moments.
But if you, as I do, feel a little discouraged about the future, enjoying small things could be worthwhile. Books, cooking, walks, friendly chats, and films might change your perspective.
Films: that is what helped me create some unique and happy moments while in lockdown or when I felt a little bit down.
Therefore, if you, like me, love cinema, 2023 is going to make you happy, and it will gift you with some extraordinary moments.
This new year promises to be spectacular for Hollywood, the cinematic industry, and all the cinephiles worldwide, with dozens of incredible titles coming out over the next 12 months.
So, for those who can not wait to go back to experience the excitement of the vast white screen and the taste of fresh popcorn, this article will list the highly anticipated films of 2023.
Let’s go with order: Babylon.
Coming out on January 6, this is probably the second most anticipated film of the year. Babylon will see the super-talented Australian actress and producer Margot Robbie playing the leading character next to Brad Pitt and Toby Maguire. A first look at the trailer of this upcoming movie directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land and Whiplash) will quickly remind you of Luhrmann’s 2013 The Great Gatsby, with his 1920s setting, chiaroscuro shots, and an overall sense of chaos and delirium. A truthful representation of Hollywood during the Golden Age: big parties and no rules.
Following Chazelle’s movie, another beloved director is coming back after a few years of pause with a film that, hands-down, is the most anticipated one on the planet. As a matter of fact, on July 21, the genius of Christopher Nolan will rise again, presenting another masterpiece to his devoted admirers: Oppenheimer.
But if you are excited already about this, wait to hear about the outstanding cast members who took part in the movie.
Starring Cillian Murphy as the leading character, this movie marks the reunion between the British actor, better known for Peaky Blinders, and the prestigious director from London, who worked together in The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Dunkirk.
Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, and Rami Malek will join Murphy in the movie, which follows the life of Robert J. Oppenheimer and his contribution to the creation of the atomic bomb.
Not surprisingly, 2023 will be quite a year for Margot Robbie, who, besides Babylon, will participate in another massive project: Barbie. The film, which will hit theatres in July, has been produced by LuckyChap Entertainment, a company founded by Robbie and a few friends to give more space to female stories and storytellers, and directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird and Little Women).
Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as leading characters, Barbie is (but it is not) the story of the world’s most famous doll, praising a screenplay by Academy Award nominees Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story and Frances Ha) and Greta Gerwig.
Additionally, the new year is going to be rich in action movies, starting from the last chapter of the Mission: Impossible collection, Dead Reckoning (part one), coming out on July 14, where we will witness once again the unbelievable abilities of Tom Cruise, who, at 60 years old, still perform in crazy stunt scenes.
However, before Cruise, on June 30, it will be the time for Harrison Ford to show us some action, returning with the fifth chapter of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The long-awaited movie from Lucasfilm will bring new faces into the franchise, like Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. At the same time, James Mangold will take over the director spot, previously occupied by Steven Spielberg, now executive producer of the film.
Because I know there is never enough action for those who love cinema, I saved the cherry on top for last.
November 2023 will be the protagonist of the return of two major film sagas, Dune and The Hunger Games.
The second chapter of Denis Villeneuve’s successful version of Frank Herbert’s novel will hit theatres on November 9, bringing us back to Arrakis, where we left Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, and Stephen McKinley Henderson. The sequel will also present some new famous arrivals, with Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, Florence Pugh, Léa Seydoux, and Sheila Yacoub joining the team.
Successively, on November 17, the prequel of one of the most successful sagas in history will be released: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
This new chapter, set decades before the events in the Hunger Games franchise, focuses on Tom Blyth as 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who is chosen to mentor District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) during the 10th annual Hunger Games.
Finally, in December, Timothée Chalamet will be the protagonist of another highly anticipated movie that will catapult many of us back into our childhood: Wonka.
Starring as the young version of the world’s most famous chocolatier, Chalamet will be joined by Olivia Colman, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, and Natasha Rothwell to retrace how Willy Wonka met the Oompa-Loompas and how he funded his famous chocolate factory.
2023 is going to be something extraordinary for cinema lovers, and these are just some of the titles which will characterize the next 12 months. Hopefully, they will do what cinema does best: make our lives a little bit more special.
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