So I’d like to post the actual trailers along with these, but I’m having difficulty figuring out how to do that so I’m just going to have to settle with links to all of them (Just click on the title!). In any case, in no specific order here are my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films for 2013.
Much like Casino Royale or Batman Begins, JJ Abram’s reboot of the Star Trek Franchise in 2009 proved that with smart direction, amazing visuals and a good amount of respect for the preceding movies, it is more than possible for Hollywood to continue some of the greatest legacies of it’s history. Now it is time for Abrams to prove he still has it in him to produce a sequel to match the last film’s critical and financial success, and from the look of this trailer that is something he is very likely to do. The addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as the film’s villain (likely KHAAAAAAAAN Noonien Singh) is certainly a bonus.
2. Man of Steel:
I’ll be honest, I don’t really see what all the fuss was about the last reincarnation of Mr. Kent a la Brandon Routh. Sure, it wasn’t amazing, but it certainly wasn’t terrible. That being said, with Zach Snyder covering the direction and Christopher Nolan’s studio covering the production, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Man of Steel will prove quite a bit more difficult to write off for even the most high-maintenance critics. I’ve never seen The Tudor’s so my exposure to Henry Cavil is limited, but he certainly looks the part. The most recent trailer mostly focuses on Superman’s upbringing and origins, but we get a few brief glimpses some some truly epic looking set pieces near the end featuring the sure-to-be-badass General Zod. Those glimpses alone were enough to assure my place in the midnight release line.
3. Pacific Rim:
Thank god Guillermo learned from the failure of Cowboys Vs. Aliens and didn’t title this movie Robots Vs. Aliens. That being said, from the look of the trailer he easily could have, and I would still shovel money into the box office to grab myself a seat. Sure, the presence of Legendary Studios in Production, Del Toro in the directors chair and Idris Elba in the leading role are all awesome additions to the central concept, but all of those factors pail in comparison to the potential for the Monster Movie genre to get a serious reboot. After being pretty much killed with the awful remake of Godzilla by Roland Emmerich, I would love nothing more than to see Gargantuan Beasts attack cities outside of the pit of Syfy original movies they currently reside in.
4. After Earth:
When it comes to M. Night Shyalmalan, I feel like a girl who keeps going back to the same guy, no matter how increasingly badly he treats her. “But this time is different!” I say, “He says he’s changed, he’s going to treat me right now!”. Then he proceeds to club me over the head with The Last Airbender. In any case, once again I’m being led to hope that maybe, just maybe the man has finally turned a corner that will bring him back to his glory days of The Sixth Sense and Untouchable. The presence of Will Smith, stunning visuals and an intriguing premise certainly lend themselves to the film’s credentials, and it doesn’t hurt that 2010’s remake of the Karate Kid proved that young Jaden can easily be likable enough for a leading role. I’m hesitant about this one, but it certainly looks like Shyalmalan is at least moving in the right direction so I feel like I owe it to him to give After Earth the benefit of the doubt
5. Iron Man 3:
There are certainly a few things about Iron Man 3 that temper my excitement for it, such as the lack of Jon Favreau in the directors chair along with the overall mediocrity of Iron Man 2. I still love Robert Downey Jr. As Tony Stark though, and after getting a bit of a return to form in this summer’s The Avengers I think he has more than enough smugness in him for another installment in one of the most surprisingly successful superhero franchises of this decade. The addition of Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley to the cast was enough to get me interested, but the promise of a more serious tone given in the trailer above moved me up into midnight-release mode.
6. The Lone Ranger:
I was a bit skeptical about the project when the first teaser came out a few months ago, but the most recent trailer has given me new hope that The Lone Ranger might finally give Disney it’s first real shot at matching the success it had with the Pirates of the Carribean movies. The company has had a decent amount of success with acquisitions in recent years (Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm) but bombs like John Carter and Prince of Persia have made the Pirates franchise seem more and more like a case of lightning striking once. Reuniting with Pirates director Gore Verbinski, Disney seems to be relying heavily on that film’s formula (i.e. Put Johnny Depp in makeup and reap the box office rewards), but a formula done well is still an entertaining movie. Shout out to Dan The Man for opening my eyes to the possibility that this film could still be great 🙂
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of director Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Legacy last year, his new film Oblivion seemed to be going for a bit more of a mature direction than Disney intended for that film. You can think what you will about Tom Cruise as a human being, but Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol proved to me that he still can easily hold his own in a modern action movie. Add in Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Jaime Lannister himself (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) and you have the makings of a great modern Sci-Fi movie. My only concern from the trailer is that it is a bit clear exactly who the “bad guy” is, let alone what the movie is really about aside from a sort of post-apocalyptic Avatar/Pocahontas/Dances-With-Wolves. In any case, I hope future trailers shed a bit more light on this but until them I’ll be marking down April 19th in my calendar.
8. World War Z:
It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I LOVE pretty much anything with Zombies in it. Between the fun of Zombieland, the seriousness of The Walking Dead and the fact that The Zombie Survival Guide is one of the few non-textbooks I currently own, I am soooo looking forward to a big budget adaptation of the imminent Zombie Apocalypse with the ever-solid Brad Pitt as the top-billed actor. The trailer promises us scale, suspense, and above all, massive amounts of zombie carnage! I also like the face time given to Mireille Enos, star of the Seattle-set AMC series The Killing (which gets the weather here down to a tee…) I sincerely hope there’s a midnight release to go to for this one, I’ll absolutely be there in full makeup.
9. Now You See Me:
Okay, so this spot was in between this and Gangster Squad, but It’s got to go to Now You See Me on the basis of intriguing premise and awesome cast. Sure, it probably won’t be on the level of The Prestige in terms of magic themed drama, but the roster (which includes Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo and more) at least gives it a shot at being a highly entertaining caper to give any of you non-sci-fi junkies out there something to sink your teeth into. It certainly helps that the concept (A group of stage performers carring out bank heists during their performances and giving out the money to their audiences) feels fresh enough to set it aside from a myriad of similar heist movies.
Need I say any more? After watching Die Hard for the first time this week, I am absolutely looking forward to the fifth entry in the series. Die Hard 4 proved that, while it will never return to the heights of the original, the series still has a lot of potential to give audiences a truly fun and exciting experience. John McClane may be getting up there in years, but soon hollywood will surely be able to replace Bruce Willis’s aging body with a CGI version that will keep battling foreign sounding bad guys into his late nineties.
Well, there you have it, all 10 🙂 Let me know if I covered some of your favorites here as well as any others you’re particularly looking forward to!