On the heels of the Avengers is Tim Burton's latest Burtonized remake, Dark Shadows starring, of ocurse, Johnny Depp. I have grown weary of Burton's fillms recently. He should work on fresh material rather than taking old work and skewing the angles. We also get Water Transformers in May. The official title is Battleship, but let's call a spade a spade; the film looks ridiculous. And then there is Men in Black III at the end of the month, reteaming Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin as a young version of Jones. I must say the trailers are promising, and I never noticed how Brolin is a dead ringer for Jones as a young man.
Everyone is anticipating a certain superhero film in July, but we mustn't look past the biggest release - in my opinion - in June. Ridley Scott returns to outer space with Prometheus, a semi-prequel hybrid to his Alien film. This is, without a doubt, my most anticipated fillm of the summer season. The trailers are stunning, and the viral marketing campaign intriguing. Check out the viral video here:
And then, in July, Christopher Nolan ends his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. Film fans across the globe are foaming at the mouth to see how it all ends. I am exctied as well, but I would like everyone reading this to temper their enthusiasm just a smidge. Countless times I have heard the question "how will he make it better than The Dark Knight?" It is a mistake to go into this film believing Nolan will top The Dark Knight, the greatest superhero film of all time. Consider TDKR as its own film, standing on its own two legs. The football sequence in the trailer worries me a little, but then again Heath Ledger cast as The Joker had me concerned as well. That turned out okay.
There are other big films in the summer of course - The Amazing Spider Man, the Total Recall remake, and The Bourne Legacy (which looks rather good) - but I must move on for the sake of time.
THE LAST QUARTER
Once we get past the Halloween releases of Paranormal Activity 4, yes 4, and Halloween in 3D (groan), awards season will be in full swing. Now, the last two months of the year are not without big-budget releases. The most intriguing has to be Skyfall, the next James Bond film starring Daniel Craig. Quantum of Solace turned out to be one of the worst of the franchise, but there is hope here. Sam Mendes is directing, an interesting choice for sure as this is miles out of his comfort zone of family drama. The experiement didn't work when they brough in Marc Forster for Quantum, but I have a little more faith in Mendes as a director. December has the Brad Pitt apocolypse drama World War Z, based on the bestselling novel, and Peter Jackson will release The Hobbit. Don't count out The Hobbit for Best Picture.
There could be an argument that the Oscars for next year will belong to Steven Spielberg, as Lincoln will be released in December. Starring Daniel Day Lewis as the president, Sally Field as his wife, and a who's who of prestigious character actors and big stars, Lincoln feels absolutely poised to dominate awards season. But there are a few other films in the mix we mustn't forget about. There is the Kathryn Bigelow thriller Kill Bin Laden, a timely story if there ever was one. And there is Baz Luhrmann's version of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. The Great Gatsby is my favorite novel, one of the most important of the 20th century, and the credentials of this film cannot be overlooked.
And we will not forget about Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's Civil War film. Tarantino can work in any genre, tell any story, and make it his own. Here is yet another film starring Leonardo Dicaprio who is poised to have another great year after being relatively absent in 2011.