The movie industry has been warming the seats in our cinemas for this year, and as a movie geek, I have never been more excited than right now! We have Disney live action remakes, like Aladdin and Lion King, and blockbuster superhero actions, like Avengers: Endgame and Spiderman: Far From Home, coming later this year. However, let’s see what is in store for us in the near future. I have two upcoming movies that will be released in March 2019 that I am dying to discuss.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room… literally: Disney’s Dumbo live action adaptation will soar through the theatres this month. The animated movie for Dumbo saw its debut in 1941 and proved to be a financial miracle compared to other Disney films of that era. It was awarded for Best Scoring of Musical Picture in the 1941 Academy Awards and Best Animation Design in the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.
When the trailer for 2019’s Dumbo aired, it was revealed that the movie is going to be directed by Tim Burton, the same man responsible for classics like Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland. The musical numbers will be composed by Danny Elfman, a composer who started his legacy with Tim Burton himself and has a long history together. There are doubts that the original Dumbo wouldn’t compare to the new one, but who knows? Personally, The Jungle Book remake was an amazing movie with modern elements that make it distinct from the animated version, and Maleficent, a spin-off movie of The Sleeping Beauty, is a beautiful story retold from a different point of view. Safe to say, I will have to see Dumbo for myself, and we’ll see from there.
Now, for the REAL elephant in the room: Marvel Cinematic Universe is releasing the origin story for Captain Marvel, featuring Brie Larson as the heroine herself. Following DCEU’s successful release of Wonder Woman, the MCU seemed eager to release a solo female superhero movie of their own, and for this they picked Carol Danvers for their version of Captain Marvel. The character has had a convoluted, messy series of redesigns and seemed to undergo changes constantly in the comics, so we are lucky that, for once, she is promisingly brought to life.
The movie will set its premise in 1995, so prepare yourselves for a whirlwind of nostalgic scenes. Captain Marvel is also supposed to make an appearance in Avengers: Endgame, in which she will allegedly assist the heroes in fighting Thanos, and this movie will serve as an introduction to her character for the bigger movie; a similar method is also used for Black Panther. In my opinion, it is wise for the MCU to release Captain Marvel prior to the upcoming Avengers movie. The audience should be able to get to know and fall in love with each character individually before putting them in a huge mosh pit, hoping the viewers can side with them simply because “they are the protagonists.” (DC, pay attention!) With the success MCU has garnered with their multi-part series of blockbusters, I am positive that Captain Marvel will rock the big screens, and I will be there to bear witness.
By Michael Mandalay