My 5 Most Anticipated Movies For 2012

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Movies

2011 was a rather weak year for movies all things considering.  Imagine a movie world where The Help was the best movie from start to finish basis in a particular year.  Welp, that year was 2011.  Of course 2011 was also the year of the “Superhero” film but none of those masked hero films were classified as “OMG that was so f’ing good!” 2012 has a chance to be a much better year, from a film standpoint, than it’s yearly predecessor, almost immediately.

Here are my top 5 most anticipated films for 2012:

1) The Hunger Games

With a rather incredible cast for a teen-angst post-apocalyptic thriller; including Jennifer Lawrence as Catniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch.  You’ve got two Oscar nominees in that last sentence in Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Harrelson (The Messenger, The People vs. Larry Flynt) not to mention fellow Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci and Golden Globe nominee Donald Sutherland play prominent roles in the film.  I’ll be the first to tell you that the books were absolutely fantastic and I’m not usually one to fawn over that teen-agnst bullshit.  It sported a strong female protagonist who tried to let love NOT get in the way of what needed to be done.  Getting Lawrence to play Catniss is a homerun casting.  Lawrence has played the “Strong Female” role before in her Oscar nominated turn in Winter’s Bone.  So there is that.  Then having the reliable Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Kids Are Alright) play Catniss’ hated but loved love-interest is another solid casting.  If this movie doesn’t make $100 million in box office earnings within its first month I will have lost faith in movie-goers.

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz

Release Date: March 23, 2012

 

2) The Avengers

Let’s face it, we’ve never seen a superhero team up movie quite like this before and we might not ever seen one again.  Careful planning and setup on Marvel’s part have gone into making this movie since 2008 with the first Iron Man film.  It takes ton of dedication and even more hoping that a film of this magnitude pans out.  From every indication and trailer we’ve seen from it, it would appear that our expectations will be met and then some.  Depending on the reviews and box office turnout will go into deciding whether or not more superhero team up movies get made.

Director: Joss Whedon

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo

Release Date: May 4, 2012

 

3) Snow White and the Huntsman

Seldom does there come a time where I look forward to a movie with Kristen Stewart in it but Snow White and the Huntsman looks to be a different breed of Stewart films.  Starring Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman, and Charlize Theron as the evil Queen Ravenna.  From the looks of the trailer it appears that there is going to be a little bit of medieval sword play, some sorcery, the love triangle-angle, and the strange lack of dwarves.  As long as the film doesn’t go too heavy on the love angle between Snow White and The Huntsman and instead deals with the strife between Snow White and the Queen.  I’ll probably never be this excited for a Kristen Stewart ever again.  Ever.  Again.  Ever.

Director: Rupert Sanders

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins

Release Date: June 1, 2012

 

4) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Forever and a day we’ve waited Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth and finally, in 2012, we are set to accompany the fantastic fantasy director back to the world of hobbits, orcs, and mystical creatures.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the non-sequel-sequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy which brought Jackson his fame.  The movie stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins as he embarks on a journey to reclaim a lost treasure taken by the evil dragon Smaug.  While the book may have been every kids bane of existence in high school the film adaptation looks to be fantastic.  It returns most of our favorite characters from the LotR trilogy like Gandolf (Ian McKellan) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) while also introducing us to a whole band of new hobbits.  Peter Jackson is to fantasy movies that Steven Spielberg is to science fiction.  There really is no one better.

Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee

Release Date: December 14, 2012

 

5) The Dark Knight Rises

The much anticipated third Batman film from now-legend-status director Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises is set to bring a conclusion to Nolan’s vision of the Batman universe.  After his masterpiece that was The Dark Knight some are skeptical that TDKR can come close to the level that was obtained by the previous film.  I say you’re nuts to compare the two.  While expectations will be enormously high for TDKR we should set the bar at a different level as it appears this film will focus more on Bruce Wayne/Batman instead of the villain (Bane) as TDK did with Heath Ledger’s Joker.  Will Batman be killed in this final film?  Will justice prevail over evil?  Will Gotham survive the war that will inevitably be unleashed upon it?  I tell you what, I haven’t this excited for a third film in a trilogy ever.  EVER.  Christopher Nolan has never given us a bad movie.  You could argue his most average film was The Prestige and even then the movie was notches better than its competition that year.  Nolan knows how to weave a carefully crafted story and tell it like no one else in the business.  He’s become a top three director because of these Batman films and he’ll end his Caped Crusader legacy with what I guess will be the most satisfying ending to a superhero movie in film history.  Paint me excited.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine

Release Date: July 20, 2012

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