Starting off with films like “The Hunger Games” and ending with the long-anticipated “Lord of the Rings” prequel, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” 2012 looks like it will be packed with a variety of interesting movies. There’s some movies that almost are guaranteed to be blockbusters — such as the next James Bond installment and the superhero film to end all superhero films, “The Avengers” — and some movies with fun concepts I really hope will do well at the box office, such as Tim Burton’s reboot of the quirky cult TV show “Dark Shadows.”
This would be a really long blog entry if I listed all the movies I’m wanting to see in 2012, so I’ll just include a few of the ones I’m most anticipating. 🙂
1. “The Avengers” — release date May 4. Probably one of the most-hyped movies scheduled for release in 2012, “The Avengers” has a lot of pressure riding on it. It features a round-up of famous superheroes, many of whom have been profiled in successful solo films (“Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “Thor,” etc.). The challenge for the film makers will be finding a way to balance the large cast of characters (not to mention all those super-sized egos) without making the plot too chaotic. But with Joss Whedon, creator of the beloved cult TV shows “Firefly” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” at the helm, this film has a solid shot at being the most epic movie of the summer. Click here for a trailer.
2. “Prometheus” — release date June 8. Ridley Scott has been very tight-lipped about this film, which may or may not be a tie-in to his sci-fi classic “Alien.” The recently released trailer only hints at the film’s plot, but the fact it raises more questions than it answers only increased my interest. With a strong cast that includes Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class”) and Noomi Rapace (Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), this movie has my curiosity piqued. Click here for a trailer.
3. “Brave” — release date June 22. I’ve loved pretty much every film Pixar has made, but I’m particularly excited about this one, which takes place in medieval Scotland. Ever since I took a trip to Scotland last summer, I’ve fallen in love with the country’s history and culture, and I’m excited to see how Pixar will work Celtic legends and motifs into the film. Click here for a trailer.
4. “James Bond: Skyfall” — release date Nov. 9. “Casino Royale,” Daniel Craig’s first appearance as the famous British secret agent, is my all-time favorite spy movie, and though critics didn’t respond as well to its sequel, “Quantum of Solace,” I still enjoyed it and have been waiting eagerly for the next Bond film. I think James Bond is the role Craig was born to play, and I’m excited he’ll be back in 2012. Not many plot details about the film have been released, but with a supporting cast that includes Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes, in addition to Craig, this film is going to have to work really hard not to be awesome. A trailer for this film hasn’t been released yet.
5. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” — release date Dec. 14. It’s a project that’s been a long time in the making, but I think it definitely will be worth the wait. I’ve been a fan of Martin Freeman’s since seeing him in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” and I think he’s a great choice to play Bilbo Baggins. From watching the trailer, it looks like this film will be a definite fan-pleaser, with a tone and set design that will tie in very well with the highly-successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Click here for a trailer.
What films are you most looking forward to in 2012?