It’s cold out there, it’s grim, but no worries because ‘The Muppets’ is out!
Here are 5 more reasons to be cheerful with my timely look forward to the five movies that I am excited about the most this coming year, and maybe you are too…?
Please leave a comment with the five Movies you are looking forward to the most in 2012.
There’s only one place to start…
1. The Dark Knight Rises: Christian Bale returns to don the Bat suit for the final time to do battle with super-human ‘Bane’.
Why so chipper? Because it’s batman! The Third instalment in Christopher Nolan’s landmark Bat Saga promises even darker times for the caped crusader as Gotham City (and Batman?) is brought to its knees at the hands of Tom Hardy’s superhuman, master criminal ‘Bane’. Anne Hathaway adds even more peril as Catwoman with a returning cast including Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman. The Dark Knight Rises cannot fail, right? It’s got far too much going for it, a mega villain and a mega cast once more, made even better with the inclusion of Nolan’s ‘Inception’ collaborators; Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ were masterpieces and in Nolan’s capable hands we could have another ‘perfect’ trilogy on our hands. Imagine if it turns out to be better than ‘The Dark Knight’ – wow! Expected release: 20th July
2. 007: Skyfall: Daniel Craig returns once more as James Bond.
Why so chipper? It cannot be worse than ‘Quantum of Solace’, which wasn’t bad at all, but the bar set by ‘Casino Royale’ really elevated expectations when Daniel Craig arrived in the brilliant re-boot. ‘Solace’ dashed those hopes. A new Bond film is an event no matter what and with what has to be one of the best casts ever assembled for a Bond vehicle with Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes on board, expect even greater gravitas. Sam Mendes directs, so expect a perhaps ‘lighter on the action’ outing for Bond this time, but there should be some serious and meaningful scene chewing from the high quality cast that could see a far more serious Bond, which will not come as unwelcome.
Expected release: 26th October
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Peter Jackson returns to middle earth to direct the story of Bilbo Baggins quest to slay the Dragon Smaug.
Why so chipper? Ever since the last episode of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ tearfully concluded back in 2003 we LOTR fans have been trying to fill a massive void with re-runs and ‘extended editions’ of what is for many the greatest movie trilogy ever. Now we can go back to middle earth for real and follow in the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarfs to reclaim their lost treasure from the lonely mountain. Peter Jackson returns to direct after much wrangling and we can only hope that the two part Hobbit story can be half as good as the LOTR trilogy, if it can do that then I will tip my cap for yet another masterful cinematic achievement by Jackson.
Expected release: 14th December
4. The Bourne Legacy: Jeremy Renner takes the lead as CIA operative Cross in a new story set in the Bourne world.
Why so Chipper? Jeremy Renner looks every bit as steely as THE other ‘treadstone’ operative. From the early first trailer, ‘Legacy’ looks very much as though it has been made and told in the vein of the brilliant Matt Damon ‘Bourne’ Trilogy and doesn’t look like the great departure that many first feared, and with mystery still surrounding the final events of ‘ultimatum’ this is a clever tangent in which to take the franchise, and perhaps a return of Matt Damon’s Bourne one day.
Expected release: 17th August
5. Prometheus: Ridley Scott returns to the Sci-Fi Genre to direct a new story set in the ‘Alien’ universe.
Why so chipper? Much mystery still surrounds ‘Prometheus’ but with Scott returning to direct an ‘almost’ Alien story many are rightfully ecstatic. It will be good to see a ‘sort of Alien’ film in the rightful hands once more, which may further enlighten us all about the ‘Alien’ mysteries.
Expected release: 8th June