In With the New

As I mentioned in the last blog, there are definitely quite a few movies I'm looking forward to that are set to hit theaters next year. Unfortunately, January-March is pretty much a wasteland of movies....the Hollywood dumping grounds if you will. So it will be a little while before anything truly worthwhile comes out, but here's a preview at some of the movies of 2012 that have me intrigued and some that have me downright excited.

Mirror Mirror - I love the look of this re-imaged version of the classic fairy tale. The newcomer playing Snow White (yeah...I'm too lazy to look up her name) looks fantastic for the part though I can't say I'm assured of her acting chops just yet. Julia Roberts seems all wrong but looks like she's having fun with the role. Whether her campiness completely overtakes the film could be the deciding factor on how good it is. But honestly...can you really go wrong with hunk Armie Hammer (The Social Network) playing Prince Charming? I think not.


The Hunger Games - Jennifer Lawrence has proven herself to be a pretty fantastic actress and the plot here seems intriguing. I haven't read the books or anything, but I am interested in their success and I'd like to see what translates to the big screen.


The Five Year Engagement - token wedding-themed comedy of the year. From the producers of Bridesmaids and starring my favorite Jason Segel (along with Emily Blunt), I'm sure I'll be watching this comedy at some point. Oh and Alison Brie from Community also has a role too. Yay!


The Avengers - The Marvel superheroes finally come together in what will surely be an action packed adventure. It will be interesting to see how these characters will all mesh together having to share a film, but as I've said before, I am more than okay with seeing Captain America and Thor on the same screen at the same time. :) Should be fun!


Dark Shadows - The latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration seems like it might be a little fresher with the inclusion of Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, and Chloe Moretz.

Snow White and the Huntsman - The second Snow White film of the year. This one with the hunky Chris Hemsworth as the prince, but the unfortunate casting of Kristin Stewart as Snow White. Charlize Theron plays the wicked queen. This one definitely seems more serious minded and a darker, more action packed approach to the story. It should be interesting to see which ones does better.


Prometheus - Ridley Scott's prequel to the Alien series could be pretty darn good. Or...it could be as captivating as Scott's previous film, the disappointing Robin Hood. There's plenty of materials to work with here in the Alien universe and the trailer looked pretty dang creepy. I think this one could have a lot of potential to be awesome. But...I've thought the same thing when I heard about the aforementioned Robin Hood, as well as similar 80's franchise and it's modern sequel Terminator Salvation....hopefully this time t his movie can live up to its potential/hype.
Jack the Giant Killer - It's kind of crazy to think that other than Mickey and the Beanstalk, this fairy tale has been pretty much untouched by Hollywood. This live action retelling is directed by Bryan Singer (X-men 1 & 2, Superman Returns) and features a pretty decent cast with Nicholas Hoult (the once awkward titular character in About A Boy, who now happens to be quite handsome) as Jack, as well as Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor. This could be a lot of fun.


Brave - Pixar's latest has been in the works for awhile. While it looks a little too How to Train Your Dragon for my tastes, (not that I ever got around to seeing that one..) I'll give it a watch because it's a Pixar film not named Cars.


The Amazing Spider-Man - I know a lot of people are really skeptical about this movie...but I'm pretty excited. Actually, my official stance is "cautiously optimistic," but I feel pretty good about the spectacular casting and pairing of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. And also the fact that it's directed by Marc Webb of (500) Days of Summer doesn't hurt at all either. I know people say it's too soon...but it's actually the same amount between Batman & Robin and Batman Begins. With all of the right ingredients, this film could be truly wonderful.


The Dark Knight Rises
- I was already highly anticipating what Christopher Nolan would take the series after The Dark Knight, but after I saw what he was truly capable of in Inception, the expectations for his follow-up grew even higher. This is definitely my most anticipated film of the coming year as I am interested in seeing all the returning regulars of the franchise, as well as the inclusion of some of my favorite Inception alums making appearances (besides my beloved JGL, Tom Hardy blew me away in the trailer with his take on Bane, a character worlds apart from what he played in Inception.) And I gotta say, I was skeptical about the casting of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, but she too impressed me in the trailer.


Skyfall -The latest in the James Bond series with Daniel Craig returning once more to play the character. While Quantum of Solace was definitely inferior to Casino Royale, I just love Daniel Craig in the role nevertheless.

Les Miserables - This adaptation of the popular broadway musical is to be directed by The King's Speech's Tom Hooper and has a cast that so far consists of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway. Not too shabby. This could be really really good.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Long awaited prequel to the Lord of the Ring trilogy FINALLY hits the screen. Though the trailer didn't spark the same amount of interest that The Dark Knight Rises did...or even Prometheus, but I am definitely excited to return for a visit to middle earth.


The Great Gatsby -
Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann takes on the classic novel, along with a pretty fantastic cast. Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan look just perfect. While I wasn't overly fond of Lurhmann's last film Australia, I will always and forever adore Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, and so I have high hopes for this one.

Whew. That ought to do it for the big ones I'm looking forward to. But the good thing about the movies is that there are always films that come out of nowhere and surprise you.

Well. Anything here that intrigues you? Did I miss anything?


seanmackay.net said...

The Dark Knight Rises is sure to be a spectacle of awe and wonder.

Johanna said...

I probably really am an Indie fan. What Indie films are in my future?

courtney wightman said...

oh! i didn't know that the great gatsby was baz lurhmann! EVEN BETTER! can't wait. can't wait. can't wait.

Sarah said...

I looked it up for you...the actress who will be playing Snow White is named Lily Collins. Voila.

As for movies, The Avengers looks fun. What is Dark Shadows supposed to be about?

I recently read that Sigourney Weaver said that she would love to revisit her role in Aliens because she felt like her character had more to give and go through, but she doubted that Hollywood would do something like that because she is older now. It looks like that might be the case since they've opted to do a prequel instead and cast the much younger Charlize Theron.

Jack the Giant Killer sounds like it will be fun.

As for Brave, I wouldn't underestimate Pixar. They can surprise you when you don't think it's a topic they can pull off. I am personally looking forward to their still untitled dinosaur movie that will be coming out in 2013. I only wish it was coming out sooner! I have a little boy who loves dinosaurs NOW!

The Dark Knight rises looks like it will be great--as the others were.

I'm undecided about Spiderman. I thought the first movie with Tobey Maguire was perfect. I understand that it is a lucrative franchise and the studios are out to make money, but it still seems too soon for me. I have similar feelings about Man of Steel (the new Superman movie due to come out in 2013). I just don't think it will ever get better than the 70's version with Christopher Reeve. He WAS Superman.

I'm not super excited for Les Miserables. Hollywood can't seem to convert Broadway classics to my taste. They go for Hollywood singing voices over Broadway ones and I can't help but be jarred by the fact that it is a MUSICAL and everyone should be able to really (and I mean really) sing. Mamma Mia was good, but that music didn't really require stellar voices. Most everyone did a good job in that, but no one could be categorized first as a singer and second as an actor (or even on equal footing as a singer AND actor). They were all actors who could sing pretty well.

I think The Phantom of the Opera was a prime example of that. They really blew it (though kudos to whoever did the costumes because they were awesome). And what's the point of having a HOT phantom? I'll tell you: they missed the point entirely. Why would she have been freaked out by him when it looked like he only had mild burn scars on his face? And why wouldn't she choose him over Raoul in this case? Despite the fact that he is pretty much the only one who can sing in the whole movie, Raoul has a girly hairdo.

I am really looking forward to The Hobbit. I think it will be amazing.

I also think The Great Gatsby will be wonderful as well (though it isn't my favorite story because it isn't super uplifting). But the casting is perfect and it looks beautiful.

Thanks for letting me ramble!

Amelia said...

Snow White is actually not my favorite fairy tale, but I'm really excited to compare and contrast the two adaptations.