After the awards season is officially over, it’s time to focus on new releases. In my previous post, I gathered five of the most anticipated chick flicks of 2019 hitting cinemas in the first half of the year. Now here comes Vol. 2 with five more women-centric movies coming to big and small screens all over the world in the second part of this year. These are the 10 Most Anticipated Chick Flicks of 2019.
6) The Kitchen
Release Date: 9 August
The Kitchen is the directorial debut of Andrea Berloff who previously received critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her Straight Outta Compton screenplay. Now she adapted a comic to the big screen with an all-women cast. The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish as wives of Irish mobsters who manage to continue their husbands organised crime operations after they’re locked up in prison. The period is the 1970s, the place is New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood, and the movie is supposed to be a comedy-drama. The Kitchen has some similarities to last year’s Widows (which made it to my Best Films of 2018 list), but I believe that this will be a new and hopefully funnier take on the same subject matter making it one of the most anticipated chick flicks of 2019.
7) Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Release Date: 9 August
One of my all-time favourite directors Richard Linklater is back this year with another exciting project. He created the Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight Trilogy and the magnificent Boyhood filmed through the course of 12 years. This time Linklater adapts to screen Maria Semple’s bestselling novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. The story first focuses on an agoraphobic woman Bernadette (Cate Blanchett) who generally hates people, doesn’t like leaving the house and couldn’t stand the other parents at her daughter Bee’s (Emma Nelson) school. Then as Bernadette goes missing right before a family trip, the focus shifts to the daughter. Bee embarks on a mission to find out who her mother really is and where she has disappeared to. If you like mysteries with a funny twist, look no further.
8) Frozen II
Release Date: 22 November
Frozen was a mega hit back in 2013, so the upcoming sequel was kind of unavoidable. At this point, we don’t have much information about Frozen II, but co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are returning. Lee was recently named the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios after the exit of former animation chief John Lasseter in the wake of misconduct accusations. I’m sure that Jennifer Lee is up to the task after creating such compelling characters and an empowering message in the original Frozen. Now also serving as a writer on Frozen II, she is responsible for the character arcs and another female writer Allison Schroeder creates the screenplay. In Frozen we saw two sisters in a complicated relationship who fought their own battles first, then saved each other in the end. In the sequel, our favourite sisters Anna and Elsa are teaming up with Kristoff and snowman Olaf and going far in the forest to learn the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom.
9) Star Wars: Episode IX
Release Date: 19 December
I believe that I don’t have to justify why Star Wars: Episode IX is one of the most anticipated chick flicks of 2019. It is the most awaited movie of the year. Maybe of the century. Period. It will be the third instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi(2017), and the final episode of the main Star Wars film franchise. This is the final chapter of the saga from a galaxy far, far away. Lucky for us that the lead character in the ending trilogy is a woman named Rey (played by Daisy Ridley). Rey is a headstrong, brave young woman who is fiercely loyal to her friends and highly-Force sensitive. The last three instalments focus on her journey of finding the power in herself, becoming a warrior and growing to be a leader. I hope that the ending will be epic and gives justice to all the main characters in the saga.
10) Little Women
Release Date: 25 December
Little Women is the upcoming adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. Actually, it is the eighth film adaptation, and it features an all-star cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as the four March sisters. They are supported by Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. Little Women is directed by Greta Gerwig of Lady Bird (2017) fame. In her previous work, she focused on a young woman coming of age in the early 2000s in Sacramento, California. The struggle of growing up is universal, but the particulars can be quite different given that Little Women is also set in America but at a completely different period, in the aftermath of the Civil War. I can’t wait to see what Greta Gerwig comes up with this time. I hope that the constraints of the time period don’t overrule her artistic voice and Little Women turns out to be just as real, heartfelt and intimately personal as Lady Bird was.
And there you have it! I got to the end of my list. Including volume one, these are the 10 Most Anticipated Chick Flicks of 2019. Now, it’s your turn. What’s on your most awaited chick flicks list? What is the number one new feature that you can’t wait to hit cinemas this year? I would love to know what’s on your mind chick flick-wise at the moment.
Source of Featured Image: Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)