The last couple of weeks have seen a trio of big movies that have action in their DNA hit the internet, all put their own stamp on the genre though, so let’s see what Spring of 2013 has to offer us…
Quentin Tarantino returns with his first flick since 2009’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’, in a revenge tale to rule them all, and a pretty daring one at that. Django Unchained focuses on the titular character, played by Jamie Foxx, a slave who’s rescued by a mysterious man, an alumni of ‘Basterds’, Christoph Waltz. Waltz wants Foxx to help him track down the notorious Brittle brothers, and in return Foxx will get his estranged wife back from the clutches of evil slave trade owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo Di Caprio). Throw in Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hill and Kerry Washington as Django’s wife, and what we have here is a delicious set-up with a cracking cast to boot. The trailer’s rough action vibes set against the slavery backdrop, may be too ‘risky’ for some, but it’s Tarantino! The action and humour looks brilliant, as does Di Caprio in a meaty role that you can tell he’s relishing and that last shot of the blood against the white flowers is excellent. America get it on Christmas Day, but we don’t have to wait much longer, with it appearing here in the UK on January 18th.
Iron Man 3
In a summer jam-packed full of superhero movies, including the gut-busting ‘Avengers Assemble’ in which Iron Man was the star, is the world really ready for another Marvel flick? I’d say, hesitantly, yes. This trailer shows us that the glamorous lifestyle Tony Stark, the brilliant Robert Downey Jr, has been used to over the last few years since his decision to unmask himself as Iron Man, is disappearing, partly because of the aftermath of the ‘Avengers’. His mansion is attacked, his loved ones taken, and he is left with nothing, a stark reminder of the brilliant ‘cave’ section of the first film in this series. If we see a return to the first film’s quality, rather than the, still fun but ultimately mixed bag, second film, then ‘Iron Man 3′, could be onto a winner. I do think that the overload of superhero films, means that this must change things up a bit to be a true success, I for one am slightly beginning to tire of the genre. With a release date of late April, it hopes to buck the trend and prove summer blockbusters can perform well outside of their comfort zone, let’s wait and find out.
Gangster Squad has been plagued by problems recently. The tragic Aurora shootings that shook the world back in July, forced the film back into re-shoots, as a scene, as seen in a previous trailer, saw the protagonists shooting their way through a cinema screen and mowing down movie-goers.Not good. However, re-shoots completed, the film is back on-track and it looks great. Set in the 40’s and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn in roles that face them off against each other, you know it’s going to be good. Gosling, in particular, with a shotgun and his quiet, understated voice, looks to replicate his almost silent role in my film of the year, last year, ‘Drive’. If Gangster Squad is anywhere near that level, then January 11th, its long-awaited release date, shall be a good day.