With 2012 in full swing, what movies have we got to look forward to?
Firstly, I’ve never seen the ‘Alien’ films, for which ‘Prometheus’, was originally meant to be a prequel, but has developed into it’s own story, having only ‘strands of DNA’, in relation to the former series, director Ridley Scott claims. This, plus the trailer looking pretty amazing, got me interested in the film. Back to the trailer, and with the slow build-up as the letters of the title slowly fade in, and tantalising glimpses of the film, it looks scary, epic and action-packed, and has big stars in it! Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron are part of a strong cast, that hints that the story may well be as good as the action, something lacking in more recent ‘blockbusters’. A more story-based movie, with strong characters that it relies on as much as big action sequences would be appreciated.
It’s James Bond, what more can be said? The third instalment for Daniel Craig’s ‘Bond’, will look to hit the heights of ‘Casino Royale’, rather than the lows of ‘Quantum of Solace’, which was a confusing mess in which Craig, nor Bond came out with any credit. ‘Skyfall’, has been a long time coming too, with financial issues hitting distributer MGM, causing production to cease back 2010. However, November last year saw production start, and the good list of cast start to be revealed, Javier Bardem is the villain, Ralph Fiennes, better known as Lord Voldermort from the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, and of course, Dame Judi Dench, returning as ‘M’. It’s a stellar cast for a movie shrouded with mystery at the moment, nothing of the plot is known, rumours are swirling of a space-themed adventure, or even a film without any action in it, due to the artistic influence of director Sam Mendes. Whatever comes of it, everyone should look forward to a new ‘Bond’, in the franchise’s 50th year anniversary.
3. World War Z
Great book + Brad Pitt= brilliant movie? You’d think so. But ‘World War Z’, isn’t your typical book. It’s a collection of interviews with survivors of a zombie apocalypse, and their experiences, years in the future. I’m a big fan of the book, but am puzzled as to how successful the format will translate onto the big screen. Filming has taken place in Glasgow, Budapest and even Cornwall, as the globetrotting of Pitt’s character Gerry Lane, a U.N official who is the interviewer. Perhaps, the worldwide locations, may provoke an interest across the world, and boost its global box-office, which would increase the chances of a sequel, something already being reported by various websites. I’m intrigued by the film, and how it will work, a good enough reason for it to be this high on the list!
2. The Avengers
After years of buildup, in May 2012, Marvel will finally deliver the compendium of superhero movies with the Avengers! Ever since 2008, with the releases of ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’, this has been what Marvel has intended to lead upto, all of their stars in one big movie. All superhero fans, should be excited for this as it offers something that hasn’t been done before, and with Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson there are some good actors on board. Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, finish off the main cast. The only main concern is how on earth director Joss Whedon, is going to fit them all in, and whether certain roles will dominate over others. Also, the villains have to be very good, otherwise what is the point in having all the superheroes? One thing is for sure, it is going to be huge-whether that’s a huge flop or success, we’ll just have to wait and see.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies have been amazing, the top of the genre, producing great ‘versions’ of iconic characters like Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker’, the real star of predecessor ‘The Dark Knight’. Ledger’s unfortunate passing, means his character won’t get the great send-off he deserves, but you can be sure the rest of the cast will be given a proper farewell by Nolan, who continues to impress with each film he makes. Christian Bale, Micheal Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman return from the billion-dollar moneyspinner that was ‘The Dark Knight’, whilst new faces, Anne Hathaway and ‘Inception’ stars, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joesph Gordon-Levitt, are great additions. With these actors being added, brings new iterations of the characters Bane and Catwoman, both of whom have been altered with by Nolan, so they fit his ultra-gritty ‘real-world’ setting for his Batman films. Since the beginning, these films have been a trilogy, and there have been reports for months from various cast saying Nolan’s got something special up his sleeve, would you really doubt him?
Other possibilities: The Amazing Spiderman, Warm Bodies, Snow White & the Huntsman, Brave, The Muppets, The Hobbit, Men In Black III, The Expendables 2 and Django Unchained.