Well, I haven’t made a movie-related post lately, so let’s make a preview of what’s coming out this fall-and early winter. I know a lot of people make these but I figure it’s good to get as many variety of opinions as possible.
These won’t be every movie that is coming out, just the ones I think I might go see or are definitely worth talking about.
Gravity (Came out on Friday)-This movie has gotten stellar reviews. It made 55.6 million over the weekend, the largest ever for an October opening. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as astronauts working on a space shuttle where something goes terribly wrong and it’s a race against time to survive. I don’t get the hype of this movie. The first trailer I saw looked outrageously stupid. I keep hearing great reviews, so maybe I’m wrong. But if I get a chance, I might go see it. It’s the first big blockbuster of the fall season regardless.
Captain Phillips (October 11th)-This may be one of the best films coming out this year. Tom Hanks stars as Captain Phillips, the captain of a US cargo ship that is taken over by Somali Pirates. This movie tells the true story of the 2009 Maesrek Alabama hijacking. Another survival story for Hanks. This movie looks fantastic. It is definitely on my list to see this fall. This film may also bring Hanks Oscar Number 3.
12 Years A Slave-(October 18) This film I’ve been dying to see since the first trailer came out. 12 Years A Slave is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped from New York and sold into slavery. This looks fantastic. Last year, three of the year’s best movies were Lincoln, which I liked okay, Zero Dark Thirty, which I loved and Argo, my favorite movie from 2012. It looks like the strong historical drama films will continue to impress.
Carrie-(October 18) Okay, yeah, I probably won’t see this film since horror movies aren’t my genre. But it still looks really good. Most of us have read or at least know this Stephen King story, so I won’t waste time describing it. If it looks good to you, see it. If you think the original is timeless and doesn’t need to be remade, that’s fine. It’ll be interesting to see if this one can hold up.
Ender’s Game (November 1) This movie has been in developmental hell for a long time. It took years for them to make this movie and from the look of things, from what I’ve heard, several creative liberties were taken, mainly regarding the ages of the main characters. Still, this movie has an all-star cast with Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield. The jury is out on how good it will be. A definite wait-and-see-and-hope-to-God-it’s-good-so-you-don’t-anger-two-generations-of-fans.
Thor: The Dark World (November 8) Before I see this movie, I’d like to see Thor. This highly-anticipated sequel stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The second movie in the second series of the Avengers movies, this movie looks epic, bringing the action to Asgard. I don’t want to give too much away but I expect this film to break 100 million dollars easily its first weekend and it looks way better than Iron Man 3 was.
The Wolf of Wall Street: (November 15) Maybe this time, Leonardo DiCaprio will get his Oscar. This movie also looks fantastic. DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, a young Wall Street executive who ends up frauding stockbrokers out of 200 million bucks. He has since been released from prison and is a motivational speaker. The film is being directed by Martin Scorsese, so I bet it’ll be really good.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22) This will likely be the number one movie of the year. The second movie of the Hunger Game series brings back Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) as the winners of the 74th Hunger Games. Set in the dystopian future, Katniss and Peeta realize just how important they are to the people of Panem. That’s the film in a nutshell without giving away any major details. If I only see one film this fall, it’s going to be this one.
Frozen (November 27)- The 53rd Disney animated movie. This one is about a young princess who teams up with a mountain man to find the Snow Queen to save their world from eternal winter. Okay…not the best Disney movie idea ever made, but this movie could be a big surprise hit like Tangled. Or it will tank. One of the two.
Saving Mr. Banks (December 13)-A movie about making a movie was the idea to get the hostages in Iran back to America show in last year’s best picture Argo. This time, we actually get a movie about making a movie. In this case, we get the story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) gets P.L. Travers (Emma Thomphson) to create Mary Poppins- a movie that for some reason, I never saw. Regardless, it looks fantastic. I love Disney. I love Hanks. I love Thompson. This is going to be a big hit for Disney, which they could really use seeing as how badly The Lone Ranger did. How close they’ll actually stay to the story is something we’ll have to wait and see…
The Hobbit Part 2 (December 13)-The sequel to last year’s hit: The Hobbit: Part 1. There’s a proper name for it, but let’s face it. Nobody really calls these movies by their parts. I won’t see this movie until I see the Hobbit Part 1 and the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. I’ve been meaning to see the LotR but haven’t had much time. Either way, this movie should be really good. The last film made hundreds of millions and this film should do the same. People love Jackson and they love Tolkein.
Anchorman 2 (December 20)-Again, another film I can’t see until I see the original. Will Ferrell is back as Ron Burgundy, an anchorman for San Deigo. I want to be a journalist so I really want to see this movie. The first one, I’ve heard, is one of the funniest Ferrel movies so I’m sure this one will do well too.
That’s it for the movie preview. Let’s see what will happen. Agree with my opinions? Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments and let’s discuss.