When I actually wrote down all the films I think will be “must see” for this year, I actually got a list of twenty-one!!! I decided the best thing to try to do would be to narrow it down to a good ten. The ten I’m most excited about seeing because of the hype around them, the trailers, the actual story within the film itself or the fact that the earlier films in the series have been good. So without further ado, we begin at number ten…
10 – The Pirates! In an adventure with Scientists.
It was the trailer for this film that got me interested. It is made by Aardman studios (the people behind Wallace and Gromit) and just from the trailer alone it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s apparently about an inept Pirate trying to win the Pirate of the Year award but that’s about as much as I know about the film. The trailer had a fish in a hat so that’s all I actually need.
9 – GI:JOE Retaliation
Not proud of this choice but there are a couple of reasons. First of all I actually quite liked the first film. I watched it with the mentality that it was a film based on toys and that it would be an all action and super thin plot mash-up. It did this very well, keeping me entertained throughout. I wasn’t that excited about a sequel though until I found out that they have recruited both Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis to inject some fresh interest into the series. If they can build on what was good about the original film with these two actors on board too, this could actually be a decent film after all.
8 – Looper
This made it onto the list because the premise and the actors are enough to make it interesting. It is about a hitman who works for the mob and has to go into the future to kill himself! The young hitman is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 days of Summer, Inception) and the older hitman is played by Bruce Willis. So far that is all we have plot wise but those two actors in a trippy Sci-Fi, hitman, time travel film is enough to peak my interest though.
7 – The Hunger Games
This falls into the unfortunate category of “Harry Potter wannabe.” The Golden Compass and the Narnia films have fallen into the same group. The problem they have is they are designed to be a series. They are being created with sequels in mind, not the idea of just making a good film. The Hunger Games falls into the same trap because it’s based on a series of books itself. It differs because it is a Battle Royale for kids. A group of teenagers must fight to the death to be crowned overall winner of the games. As long as this doesn’t try to go down the “set it up for a series” route and tries to be a stand-alone film in its own right, this could actually be good. If it tries to imitate Potter, then JK Rowling could inadvertently kill off another film franchise without even releasing a film from her franchise this year!
6 – Skyfall
We know hardly anything about the new Bond film. We know it’s Daniel Craig. We know the two Bond girls are beautiful as usual and we also know it will be Judi Dench’s last film in the series (I’m hoping Ralph Fiennes is her replacement). We know Q is back and that Javier Bardem is set to (probably) be the bad guy. Sam Mendes is directing and the picture above is all we’ve seen so far. It doesn’t matter that we know little about the actual film though. Even if they kept everything secret until the day of release, you’d still be excited to see it because it’s Bond. It’s part of British and worldwide film culture and he is badass!
5 – Dredd
Forget Sylvester Stallone. Forget Rob Schneider. Forget a huge blockbuster with a massive budget. This film is set to take Judge Dredd back to his roots. I liked the first film actually but I agree with most people that it wasn’t Dredd. This time they have a clear, simple Judge Dredd story. They have a fan playing the MegaCity One Lawman (Karl Urban) and this time his helmet stays firmly on his face! I can’t wait for this film!
4 – The Amazing Spiderman
I’m in two minds about this film. It doesn’t feel like a good idea and I echo lots of other people when I say that it is too soon to the other films and that they could have salvaged the series with a fourth. Part of me loves the idea of seeing a whole new take on Spiderman though. One that follows in the footsteps of what Marvel Studios are trying to do and what Nolan has done very well with his take on Batman, stay close and true to the comics. Andrew Garfield is a fantastic choice as Spiderman. Doing the Gwen Stacy story is another brilliant idea and even if this film isn’t quite as good as Raimi’s take on Spiderman, at least we have an opportunity to do the Venom story some proper justice this time!
3 – Prometheus
If you look past the fact that this is a “prequel” to Alien, this should be an amazing film in its own right. Not much is known about it other than it follows a group of scientists going into space to discover what was behind the creation of life itself. It stars Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba, which is three reasons to go and watch alone. It is also directed by Alien original Ridley Scott. It is set in the same universe as Alien but I think the links will be subtle or maybe even non-existence. It will be good to get a proper Sci-Fi horror film again and I can’t wait to see this one!
2 – The Avengers
This was only just pipped to the stop spot to be honest. I saw the superbowl trailer for the film today and couldn’t have been more excited. If Marvel Studios manage to pull of this film then they will have created one of the best superhero movies ever. I will be able to look past all the “average” films that led to this point (Thor and Captain America) as they will be a necessary evil in creating what could be two hours of pure geekdom! The trailer is incredible and if you haven’t already seen it, hit the link and I defy you not to be excited! Especially by Tony Stark’s killer final line!!!
1 – The Dark Knight Rises
This is only still at the top spot, even after I had seen the best trailer of the year so far for Avengers, because the The Dark Knight is my favourite film of all time. I literally can’t fault it. It is perfect! I can’t wait to see how Nolan will finish off the series and how (or if) he can even equal how good The Dark Knight was. The trailer’s haven’t blown me away like they did for The Dark Knight but I have faith in Nolan. Bane is an inspired choice of villain, being so different to the Joker and adding Catwoman is an interesting move too. I literally don’t know how I am managing to wait to see this film or what I’ll do if it disappoints me like Spiderman 3 did all those long, dark years ago!
Overall, the best year in films for a long time. These are only a handful. I might let you know what the missing 11 are at a later date but just to give you a sneak peek, they include a fairytale film starring Thor, a vampire hunting American President and Dr Watson playing a literary legend! Come to think of it, I might have made some mistakes here…