Most Anticipated Films of 2013
It’s a little bit late, but here is a quick look at my top 10 Movies of 2013…
10. Warm Bodies
When I first heard the announcement of a book called ‘Warm Bodies’, being turned into a film, I took note, hearing of it’s ‘different’ plot of a zombie with, sort of, a heart and a conscience. I subsequently bought the book and devoured it in a week or so. It’s a great, if not clichéd story, and at times throughout the book I could visualize it, as a film, and it could be great. Judging by the first trailer, below, it looks like a combo of drama and comedy that such a situation threatened to have. Despite it being described as ”Twilight with zombies’, which the b0ok didn’t strike me as being true, and with a release date the week before Valentines Day in the UK, it could do big business with the same sort of audience, who will be looking for a new supernatural hero to worship. ‘R’, played by ‘Skins’ favourite Nicholas Hoult, could be the zombie tweens would die for (geddit?!).
9. Monsters University
A strange choice for an 18 year old lad, you may think, but ‘Monsters Inc’, was a film released at the height of my childhood, and captivated me. As with many Pixar films, it was great for kids and adults, meaning I even like to watch it every now and then nowadays! And I fully expect screenings of the long-awaited prequel to packed full of the supposed ‘target audience’ of children and parents, aswell as teens and young adults, who worshipped Sully and Mike the first time around, like myself. Very little has been revealed about the film, bar a couple of teaser trailers and a funny ‘university’ style ad for the titular, University in the film, but so long as it carries with it the same spirit as the first film, it’ll all be good. A sneaky cameo (somehow?!) by everyone’s favourite human ‘Boo’, would be great too, go on Pixar you know you want to!
8. Django Unchained
Having literally JUST seen the film today on it’s UK release, I can confirm that my suspicions of this being one of the biggest and best films of the year were true, ‘Django Unchained’, is one of Tarantino’s best yet. It’s a typically daring project for the divisive director, who follows up the time-bending ‘Inglorious Basterds’, with his brutal slavery-based spaghetti-western. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington all star in a, a times hard watch, but it needs to be to display and show up the horrors that black men and women had to face in the 19th century. Also divisive will be the excessive use of the n-word, something often brought up when Tarantino’s films are being discussed, and whilst it is a sticking point, and at times really not needed, it has its place whilst the director works to create a haunting recreation of those dark days a couple of centuries ago. I’ll go into further detail in my review, but Django certainly deserves his place on this list.
7. Into the Wonder
This only came up on my radar the other day, with it’s stunning trailer (below) spellbinding to the senses. The music astounding, and something I personally LOVE in a film, the shots, as artistic and beautiful as it gets for a Terence Malick film, and the voiceover from star Javier Bardem haunting. All of it came together nicely, and has got me interested, interested in the same way it’s predecessor, and supposed companion piece, ‘The Tree of Life’, did, which incidentally I didn’t get round to seeing. ‘To the Wonder’, may well go the same way, but with one of my favourite actors of the moment, Javier Bardem, present, a well-shot, well-scored drama could be right up my street. It’s Spring release will see whether I get round to seeing it or not, but it looks very, very promising at the minute, with critically acclaimed director/star Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko joining Bardem, along with Mailck, one of the most highly regarded directors of all time.
6. The World’s End
The third and final part of the much acclaimed, and bizarrely titled, Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End, sees buddies Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright teaming up once again, this time turning their thinly veiled parody with apocalyptic movies. ‘Shaun of the Dead’, and ‘Hot Fuzz’, were excellent films in their own rights, aswell as cracking takes on the zombie and buddy-cop genres, and ending it with an apocalyptic theme seems just right.
It’s great to see how far the trio have come since ‘Shaun’, too, with Simon Pegg, almost capable of leading a Hollywood movie all on his own, and supporting roles in big franchises, ‘Mission Impossible’, and ‘Star Trek’. Nick Frost has stayed closer to his roots, with parts in British films, ‘Attack the Block’ and ‘The Boat That Rocked’, but mixing it up with ‘Tintin’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Director Edgar Wright has also made a strong name for himself with the stylish ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’ and the upcoming Marvel adaptation of ‘Ant-Man’. So as a result of this bizarre trilogy, three solid careers have been made, but most importantly, genuinely brilliant films in their own right have brought laughter to the millions.
This outing throws ‘The Office’ and new Hollywood Hobbit, Martin Freeman into the mix aswell as the great Paddy Considine, as they join Pegg and Frost on the bar crawl to end all bar crawls, as the world is conveniently ending simultaneously. It’s going to be a cracker!
The second part of my preview for the new year’s films is coming soon!