Now that Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Man Of Steel (2013) are out of the way, it’s time to take a brief look at what is up and coming in theatres over the next 12 months.
Of movies due for release this year, there are fourteen no less which have caught my attention, but not all in a good way. The imminent World War Z (3D) (June 21) is looking really good and was a real surprise. I’m not a zombie fan, but this looks epic and seemingly offered a different take on the subject. Now You See Me (July 3) is a heist movie with a magical twist, reminiscent in tone to The Prestige (2006)? Both seem to be worth a look.
Pacific Rim (3D) (July 12) is Guillermo del Toro’s much anticipated monsters vs. robots blockbuster but I’m not convinced as to what all the fuss is about, certainly from the trailers. On a lighter note, The World’s End (July 19) is Edgar Wright’s latest Simon Pegg and Nick Frost comedy and with Hot Fuzz (2006) and Shaun Of the Dead (2004) behind them, hopes are high.
Red 2 (August 2) is NOT on my watch list. Red (2011) was poor and the sequel looks like more of the same. Sorry, but Red 2 is not for me. And I’m not sure about The Lone Ranger (3D) (August 9) either, which seems to have too much in common with Pirates Of the Caribbean (2003), which is not a surprise considering Gore Verbinski direction and Johnny Depp’s leading role.
Kick-Ass 2 (August 16) could be a gem, with a solid set of trailers and track record for playing with the genre’s dynamics. Gravity (3D) (October 18) can sound as boring as it does intriguing at it is supposedly about a pair of astronauts, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, who are set adrift in space.
Back into comic book land again, with Thor: The Dark World (October 30), Marvel’s build up to the Avenger 2 (2015) continues in earnest. I wasn’t hugely convinced by Thor (3D) (2011) and nothing about what I’ve seen so far is changing my mind. Roland Emmerich’s latest monument destroying movie, White House Down (September 6) is looking better than Olympus Has Fallen (2013), winner of the worst Photoshopped poster of the year, here in the U.K. anyway, without a doubt, but still, is Die Hard (1988) in the White House ever going to work? Air Force One (1997) anybody?
Diana (September 20), the long-awaited biopic of the “People’s Princess” arrives in theatres this September, but is this going to be a Naomi Watts Oscar nomination and nothing more?
By the end of the year, it’s all about sequels with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22) which if it’s anything like the first one, should be treat, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (3D) (December 13), ditto and the belated Anchorman: The Legend Continues (December 20). Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) was a decent comedy of the early 2000’s but how will the cast fair now, that most of them have achieved real and tangible success, much greater than when they originally made this film?
And briefly on to 2014 with 300: Rise Of An Empire (March 7). The trailer looks great, the film is going down the sequel route rather than the much toted prequel and my hopes are high for this one.