Thursday, 3 January 2013

My 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

With 2012 behind well and truly behind us (pah, 2012! What a joke!) I look forward to my most anticipated films of the coming 12 months. We've got action, comedy, drama, science-fiction and fantasy all on offer, so something for all cinematic tastes. What film are you looking forward to most in 2013?

10) The Wolverine (25th July)

Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine
With Wolverine's first solo outing (the ill-fated X-Men: Origins Wolverine) containing little to praise, things may be beginning to look a little brighter for Marvel's brutish reclusive anti-hero. If the teaser images of Hugh Jackman's bulging arms and pecks (right) are anything to go by, The Wolverine aims cast aside any poor first impressions and bring back the badass we all recognise from the original X-Men trilogy. 

With the majority of the film being set in Japan, Jackman's Wolverine takes on a Yazuka boss from his past in what looks to be a much lower key and personal storyline for the iconic character. It may not be the biggest superhero movie this year, but it might well be the most brutal. 

9) The World's End (3rd October)

If Shaun of the Dead was horror and Hot Fuzz was action, The World's End will be Wright, Pegg and Frost's take on science-fiction. The final chapter in the trio's Cornetto Trilogy, The World's End sees a group of friends reunite for a pub crawl across town only to encounter the end of days looming large. 

Very little needs to be said about this one; the trio's work has always been comedy gold! I can't wait to see Nick Frost and Simon Pegg send up the apocalypse movie genre. 

8) A Good Day To Die Hard (21st March)

John "Yipee-ki-yayy" McClane (Bruce Willis) is back for a another round of firefights, car chases and destruction in the fifth Die Hard film, A Good Day To Die Hard. Set in Moscow and featuring Jai Courtney as McClane Jnr. 

I'm expecting groan-inducing puns and OTT Eastern European baddies (think the Expendables 2) but with less Chuck Norris jokes, more of Willis' trademark cynicism and some kick-ass action set pieces that tear Mother Russia a new one. 

7) Man Of Steel (27th June)

Henry Cavill as Superman
The big reboot of the year: Superman is back and this time he's gotten moody. After the slightly light on thrills Superman Returns, Man of Steel sees Zack Snyder (of 300 and Watchmen fame) turn back the clock and bring Supes back to his roots.

Henry Cavill plays our titular metallic hero whilst Amy Adams plays Lois Lane, Michael Shannon is General Zod, Russell Crowe is Jor-El and Kevin Costner is Clark's adoptive father, Jonathan. Originally, I thought this one could go either way; Snyder has made some brilliant films in the past (300) but he's also made some real stinkers (Sucker Punch). The first full length trailer however gave me chills seeing it on the big screen, so my hopes are flickering into something bigger. Let's hope Superman is given the Batman Begins treatment and gets a decent reboot. 

6) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (21st November)

Hot on the heels of the first film this March (see my review here: Film Review: The Hunger Games), Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and co. will be back in action this November. 

Based on Suzanne Collins' second Hunger Games novel, Catching Fire sees our young hero and heroine coping with the fallout from their actions at the end of the first film where they cheated the Capitol into letting both of them win the Games and keep their lives. 

Should Catching Fire manage to capture the same tone and feel of the first film, I see no reason why this can't be one of the biggest film of 2013; I'm can't wait to see the drama and tension really ramp up in this, my favourite book of the three. 

5) Thor: The Dark World (8th November)

With the Avengers blowing the socks off of everyone in 2012, Marvel turn it up to 11 in 2013 with not one but two films out this year. Second of these is Thor: The Dark World, the second solo outing for the Norse God of Thunder. 

With Chris Hemsworth returning as our titular buff deity and Natalie Portman back as love interest Jane Foster, I'm hopeful that this second instalment will impress just as much as it's predecessor did. Thor did a great job of taking a tricky concept and grounding it in reality and making it a part of the growing jigsaw that is the Marvel universe (in film). If Thor: The Dark World can do the same again, it's already onto a winner. 

Christopher Ecclestone has been cast as Malekith, the leader of an ancient race of Dark Elves who threatens to unleash war on the universe alongside, presumably, Thor's troublesome sibling Loki (Tom Hiddlestone)

4) Monsters University (20th June)

With Monsters Inc: being one of the best in Pixar's back-catalogue, it's great news that they've decided to bring back Sully and Mike for a prequel in Monsters University.

If the teaser trailer tells us anything, it's that Monsters University will be another entry into Pixar's expanding pantheon of classics that mixes together a children pleasing story with jokes that will bring a wry smile to faces of older audiences. Expect heart and soul mixed with college themed parties and mischief. An interesting premise for a what is essentially a kid's movie. Let's hope this is more of a Toy Story 2 than a Cars 2.

3) Star Trek Into Darkness (16th May)

Kirk and Spock confront Benedict Cumberbatch's
A follow-up to J.J Abrams' 2009 reboot, Star Trek Into Darkness looks set to continue the new franchise in fine style. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Salanda), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and co. are all back in action aboard the Enterprise, this time facing off against Benedict Cumberbatch's vengeful villain. 

What I'm most excited for about this one is Cumberbatch's villain  the most recent trailer revealing him to be a part of Star Fleet in past. He looks simply malicious and terrifying from what we've seen so far!
If Into Darkness is a step up from the first film, it'll instantly be a contender for best sequel of the year.

2) Iron Man 3 (25th April)

Iron Man 3 will be Marvel's first film to be set after the events of the Avengers and if the recent trailer is anything to go by, things definitely don't look to be on the up for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr.). It looks as though new director Shane Black is hoping to craft a story that is a lot more personal for Tony Stark after the somewhat lacklustre and poorly received Iron Man 2. 

Confronted with Ben Kingsley's the Mandarin, Iron Man must use his own ingenuity to fight back after his own private world is attacked and he is left out in the cold. Returning talent includes Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine. 

1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (26th December)

Bilbo (Martin Freeman) in Smaug's lair.
With An Unexpected Journey proving that the Hobbit trilogy will be nothing short of brilliant, I am highly anticipating the next instalment, the Desolation of Smaug. After escaping the clutches of the Goblin King and Azog in the Misty Mountains, Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of Dwarves continue their trek across Middle Earth towards the Lonely Mountain. 

In this second instalment, they must seek council from a mysterious stranger, Beorn before encountering the Elven King in Mirkwood. However, the most exciting prospect is catching our first proper glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch's Smaug. 

You can read my full review of An Unexpected Journey by clicking on this link: Film Review: The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey. 

So there we have it then, these 10 films are those that I am most excited for in 2013. Let my know what your looking forward to most in the comments below! Thanks!

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