Jacob’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

We are only a month away until 2023, which means a new slate of movies to look forward to! With so many releases, it is clear that there is a lot to look forward to! Yet only ten could make the list as to save typing space. With that being said, here are the 10 movies that I am looking forward to the most!

#10.) Asteroid City

Whenever Wes Anderson has a new movie coming out, I cannot help but be excited for what he does next. Anderson is a director that crafts his films like a painting, and he could bring his brand of quirkiness. Though I am not really sure what Asteroid City is about, just seeing Anderson’s name attached to it is enough.

#09.) Evil Dead Rise

When a new Evil Dead movie was announced, you bet that I was quick to be excited; being someone that loves the franchise. I am sure that this is a sequel to the 2013 remake instead of a continuation of the franchise itself. Bruce Campbell is involved in someway, maybe not as a star, but as a producer. Regardless, I am really excited to see what Evil Dead Rise has in store, and hope it doesn’t disappoint.

#08.) Renfield

Nicolas Cage as Dracula! Need I say more? While that alone is enough to get me excited for Renfield, it’s not really the main focus. Instead, Renfield is a horror-comedy focused on Dracula’s assistant, Renfield (Played by Nicholas Hoult), who abandons his duty to the count after he falls in love. I have an affinity for horror-comedies, and I bet Renfield will be an interesting, if not, hilarious journey. I am looking forward to see how Cage will portray Dracula, and have no doubt that he will steal the show.

#07.) Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Whenever the Marvel Cinematic Universe deals with quantum physics and multiverses, my excitement rides high as the possibilities are endless, and Ant-Man’s new adventure promises more stakes. We look to be transported into the Quantum Realm once again as Scott Lang comes face-to-face with Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conquerer. Will this truly be the last we see of Ant-Man? Well, we have to see the movie to find out. Yet it is something to really be excited for. Maybe it will be at the same box-office heights as Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: No Way Home, as third entries in the MCU tend to always bring in an audience.

#06.) Haunted Mansion

The last time we got a Haunted Mansion movie was nearly twenty years ago with Eddie Murphy as the lead role. As entertaining as it was, it was nowhere near as close to the Disneyland attraction (The video game tie-in was more faithful). Not much is known about Disney’s upcoming reboot, other than it starring Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, and Jared Leto, with Jamie Lee Curtis playing Madame Leota. It is also supposed to be a comedy (as straight horror would more than likely put off family audiences). I am excited to see this new spin on the ride, hoping that it is not underwhelming.

#05.) Barbie

You may think I am joking, but the more I hear about Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, the more intrigued I am, as it sounds like more of a commentary on product placement and commercialism than a straight-up film version of a girls toy. The presences of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling is interesting enough. But Will Ferrell as a crazed toy executive? Even better! Everything about Barbie sounds nuts! I cannot help but wonder if it will lean towards edgy.

#04.) Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was an exciting ride that included the best of Spider-Man and then some! Across the Spider-Verse has a lot of promise and potential to live up to, as there are a total of six different animation styles to look into. I am interested to see what the spider-verse contains and hope to see some of the original Spider-people return.

#03.) Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3

It’s about time! The newest adventure featuring everyone’s favorite rogues looks to be an exciting, yet humorous, thrill-ride, made all the more relieving that writer/director James Gunn has returned. It wouldn’t be the same if Gunn’s position had not been reinstated as his brand of action and humor made the Guardians what they were! Here’s hoping that this final entry will go out with a bang!

#02.) The Super Mario Bros. Movie

When The Super Mario Bros. Movie was first announced, there was every reason to be wary, from the A-list celebrity voice cast to Illuminations’ involvement. Yet maybe Shigeru Miyamoto may have been onto something when discussing the collaboration. Upon viewing the first trailer, it seems that things are a bit hopeful, especially when the 1993 film comes to mind in terms of theatrical Mario adaptations. The Super Mario Bros. Movie looks to be more in line with the video games, animation style and all. Plus, the cast sounds excellent! Even Chris Pratt may be growing on me a bit here.

#01.) Cocaine Bear

Again, not joking! The idea of a drug-fueled black bear going on a rampage sounds like B-movie fodder, and the fact that it is inspired by an actual event makes it even more insane. The thing is: It knows that it’s insane, and manages to have fun with its concept. Though internet outlets claimed it was a thriller, yet the trailer made it clear that Cocaine Bear is a comedy, meaning that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I had never thought that I would get excited for Cocaine Bear, let alone put it at the top of this list, but here I am talking about it! The tagline says “Get in line”. Believe me when I say that is exactly what I will be doing when the film hits theaters on February 23rd.

Honorable Mentions:

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey

A horror update of A.A. Milne’s children’s character looks like a horrible B-movie, but I will take it!

John Wick: Chapter 4

Looks like a movie day with the boys is in session with what could be more outrageous action stunts and kills!

The Flash

Michael Keaton’s return as Batman is why I will see this! Nothing more!

Elemental

A new Pixar original movie? Why not!

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

It wouldn’t be fair to not include Indiana Jones, especially with it being his supposedly last hurrah.

The Marvels

Three Marvels in one epic movie! I may have to finish Ms. Marvel now before this comes out!

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Mostly including this for my kid! Any chance to take him to the movies is fine for me. Plus, PAW Patrol is decent enough as children’s shows go!

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