The Five Most Anticipated Films of 2015, According to Consumers Like You
2015 is going to be such a great year for movies—so great, in fact, that we couldn’t even narrow down our list of next year’s most anticipated films to just 10; we chose 25 instead (we’re loose cannons around here). But forget what we want. What are the most anticipated films according to moviegoing consumers like you, dear reader? A new poll reveals the top five most highly anticipated films of 2015, and the answers probably aren’t that surprising ... but at least one of them is.
Online movie ticket purveyors Fandango revealed the results of a recent survey, asking consumers which films they’re most excited about seeing in 2015. All but one of the films are guaranteed blockbusters, and four of them are franchise titles or sequels:
- ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
- ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’
- ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2'
- ‘50 Shades of Grey’
- ‘Jurassic World’
Those top three seem pretty obvious, given the widespread affection for these franchises. And it’s no surprise that the newest ‘Star Wars’ film is at the top of the list, especially after that first awesome trailer, which inspired Internet-wide speculation and made everyone excited about the prospect of returning to that fictional universe. Yes, four of the five most anticipated films of next year are huge franchise blockbusters, and yes, they are sequels, which further validates Hollywood’s preoccupation with franchises.
But listen, we need to talk about the fourth and fifth spots on this list. How and why are more people excited about ‘50 Shades of Grey’—of all things—than a new ‘Jurassic Park’ movie? Was it the CGI or the aquatic dinosaur or the ridiculous(ly awesome) concept of velociraptors flanking a motorcycle-riding Chris Pratt that makes you guys slightly less eager to see ‘Jurassic World’? If so, would you truly prefer to see a watered-down adaptation of ‘Twilight’ fan-fiction that’s been frequently (and best) described as “mommy porn”? I can guarantee there are absolutely zero velociraptors in ‘50 Shades of Grey.’ I know because I read the first book so I could side-eye this film more properly.
No, there will be no giant dinosaurs hiding in Mr. Grey’s “red room of pain” (those are the book’s words, not mine), and you will not see ‘50 Shades’ characters gobbled down like little dino hors d’oeuvres. Here’s a better question: Does ‘50 Shades of Grey’ feature a giant, fiery dust tornado that Tom Hardy and a bald Charlize Theron-with-a-robot-arm drive through in badass post-apocalyptic vehicles? And by that I mean to ask: Why aren’t these consumer folk pumped for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’?!
Previously, the success of the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ film seemed like a question mark, given the inevitability of a tame adaptation in comparison to some of the book’s more explicit elements. Late night softcore offerings on premium cable are probably more tawdry than this upcoming big budget film. And yet, it would appear that people are genuinely stoked for this movie—and maybe not entirely ironically, either.
But hey, we can all agree that four out of five movies on that list are probably going to be pretty great.