Films make 2018 a musical year in theaters

Music Films

by Life Editor Tyler Hargett

While music lovers can enjoy songs through concerts and streaming, they may also listen to different pieces while watching a film.

In 2017, music-related movies seemed to take a backseat to the action flicks. Even though there were some hits, including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Coco,” the anticipated “All Eyez on Me” and “Pitch Perfect 3” failed to gain overall praise from critics and audiences.

However, with Hollywood bringing more music to the screens over the next year, perhaps 2018 will be the time for musical films to shine once again.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

July 20

This song-filled romantic comedy serves as the follow-up to the 2008 original summer hit, “Mamma Mia!” and draws inspiration from the play of the same name (which is based on the music of Swedish pop band ABBA).

Actress Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie, who announces her pregnancy to her friends and family at the Greek villa once run by her now-deceased mother. Because she is doubting her parenting abilities, her loved ones tell her the story of how her mother (played by Meryl Streep) faced pregnancy at a young age while managing both the villa and a female band.

Featuring the return of several actors, including Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters, as well as the addition of Andy Garcia and Cher, the movie will come to theaters just in time for the 10th anniversary of the first film.

A Star Is Born

Oct. 5

Remakes sometimes fall victim to criticism, so this fourth version of the 1937 Best Picture-nominated romantic drama will need to tread lightly with its source material.

However, with the starring roles going to singer Lady Gaga and actor Bradley Cooper, along with the production of actor and director Clint Eastwood, this story of an aspiring singer falling in love with a performer may live up or even surpass the former versions.

Each of the last three films received multiple Academy Award nominations, which could also be the case for this movie.

Mary Poppins Returns

Dec. 25

Some regard the 1964 Walt Disney film “Mary Poppins” as one of the greatest musicals, and films, of all time. Now, more than 50 years later, the iconic singing, flying and lesson-teaching nanny will make her return to the big screen.

Set 20 years after the first film, Mary Poppins visits the now grown-up Michael Banks and his family after a family incident. While actress Julie Andrews will not be returning to her iconic role (Emily Blunt will portray the character this time) actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke will come back to portray the son of Mr. Dawes, a character he played in the original.

Audiences are expecting magic and family fun when the movie arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Dec. 25

While not a musical, this movie will focus on British rock band Queen, who, under lead singer Freddie Mercury, produced various hit singles and concerts through the 1970s and 80s before Mercury’s death in 1991.

The biographical film will focus on the band’s formation and early career. Actor Rami Malek, known for his lead role in the series “Mr. Robot,” will portray Mercury.

The band’s two remaining members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, are also signed on as producers.