For once, I agree with the people. Today it was announced via a Fandango press release that more than 1,000 fans surveyed on the popular movie ticketing website have chosen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Gone Girl as their top two most anticipated movies this fall. And let the church say amen to that.
The desire for strong (read: well written and compelling) lead female characters has become daily rhetoric on social media and beyond. And now, the general audience has joined the dialogue, which means the importance of great female characters is not just something that the critics community has acknowledged but the buying public well.
Mockingjay, which just released a brand new trailer here, features a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who sacrifices her life for that of her younger sister in an apocalyptic death match that has become an ever evolving nightmare. The previous films in the franchise both earned more than $400 million each in domestic gross. Though it has yet to have its day as a box office contender, director David Fincher's thriller Gone Girl already has a built-in book audience and follows a dual point of view story that includes a morally ambiguous female lead played by Rosamund Pike.
The remaining films on the Fandango list are as follows:
3. “Interstellar” (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway)
4. “The Equalizer” (Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz)
5. “The Penguins of Madagascar” (voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich)
6. “The Judge” (Robert Downey, Jr. , Robert Duvall)
7. “Dumb and Dumber To” (Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels)
8. “Fury” (Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf)
9. “The Good Lie” (Reese Witherspoon)
10. “Foxcatcher” (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum)
With the exception of Dumb and Dumber To, which I honestly can't believe is even happening, the rest of the list is pretty great as well. What films are you most looking forward to this fall?