Saturday, January 19, 2013

Upcoming Movies I Want To See

Now that we're around the corner of the new year, it's time to start looking forward to the upcoming slate of movies!  Here are some that I'm particularly looking forward to.

Start the popcorn now...
IronMan 3: Both of the first two movies in this series have been surprisingly entertaining. I've never been a fan of IronMan, but Robert Downey, Jr. strikes a perfect note of selfless narcissism that provides humor, drama, and excitement.  The character development is surprisingly good, too; hopefully this new installment will continue the trend.

GI Joe 2: Ah, what to say?  The first GI Joe movie was, at best, a shallow action flick.  But sometimes that's all it takes to be an awesomely entertaining movie.  The writing was cheesy, the acting somewhat tinny, and the plot was completely ridiculous...and it was exactly like I remember it in my mind from when I was playing with these toys when I was young.  Part 2 appears to be right on target, as well.  I can't wait!

Star Trek Into Darkness: I was very pleased with the first of the newly refreshed Star Trek series.  The characters were great, and the casting was spot on (especially with Zachary Quinto as Spock).  The only thing that stretched believability (you know, other than the obvious) was how Kirk went from a young enlisted man to Captain in the blink of an eye.  That was silly, but I suppose they had to make it happen or he wouldn't have been able to call the shots.  That being said, it looks like this round is going to really delve into his psyche and force him to grow up a bit, which is an exciting prospect.  And, I cannot imagine a better villain than Benedict Cumberbatch, who is absolutely phenomenal in Sherlock.

Eh, probably Netflix...
Man of Steel: I've never been a Superman fan.  The guy can do literally anything, so it's frankly pretty hard to imagine how anyone can ever beat him (even Luther).  I'm not saying this looks fantastic, but it appears that they're trying to make this superhero very, very human, and that could make it much, much better. 

Oblivion: Cruise just doesn't appear to age, and seems more than up to the task of this action flick.  Scifi is always a good grab for my attention, and the plot seems pretty intriguing, too.  It doesn't hurt that this one seems very like Minority Report - if it comes off that well, I'll be happy.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey team up once again in what looks sure to be a good laugher.  What remains to be seen is if this move has any heart and substance, or is just a shallow slapstick movie.  If they can pull off a Bruce Almighty-type message while delivering their considerable combined comedic superbness, this could be really fun.

Pacific Rim: Super cheesy?  Certainly.  Overly done hype?  Count on it.  Silly plot and shallow writing?  Undoubtedly.  But when was the last time we had a blockbuster movie with super-giant mech warriors fighting inter-dimensional aliens from the ocean floor?  Exactly.  Sign me up...

Dragon: Had to throw in something high class.  I'm not a terribly big fan of the Hong Kong style of people flying across the room and doing mind-bendingly awkward moves that are as fictional as the oceanic monsters in Pacific Rim...but Donnie Yen is the real deal when it comes to martial arts, and I'm pretty much a fan of anything he's in.  If there's an actual plot where good and evil, and past and present collide, well, so much the better.

I suspect The Hobbit part 2 will be the highlight of the year for me, but I haven't seen a trailer for it yet.  Don't worry, it'll come soon enough.

That's the list at the moment, but the year is just getting started...!

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