If we're honest with ourselves, 2013 has been downright average. What's so disappointing about this year is that it promised oh so much! 2013 saw two Marvel films, a Superman reboot, a Star Trek sequel, giant robots beating the crap out of subterranean aliens, trips back to Oz and Monstropolis and James Franco and Seth Rogen facing the apocalypse. Written down that sounds like an awesome year but the reality is that nearly all of the above films underwhelmed.
I could moan and moan about how unsatisfying 2013 has been cinema-wise but instead I'm going to offer a shred of optimism. We have a couple of months left and although summer has been and gone, there are still some HUGE releases lurking as well as some small gems looking to make a big splash.
So here we are; five upcoming movies that can potentially save 2013's blushes.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
It's a Marvel movie, anything they release is going to be a big deal. Personally speaking though, Thor is my favourite Avenger so I'm eagerly anticipating this follow-up. Everyone from the first movie is returning, including Natalie Portman (who's back from her two year maternity break) Tom Hiddlestone, Idris Elba and ofcourse Mr Hemsworth. New to the cast are former Timelord Christopher Ecclestone, cheeky chappy Chris O'Dowd and Benicio Del Toro! Awesome right? Behind the camera sits a man named Alan Taylor, who's earned his stripes directing for the small screen with an impressive resume that includes Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?Three words; Joseph Gordon Levitt. The above trailer promises a fresh, raunchy, vibrant and confident feature-length directorial and screen-writing debut from Mr Levitt, who seems to have talent behind the camera as well as in front of it. When you sit and think about the multitude of talents this man has, it seems grossly unfair... Anyway, Scarlett Johansson is JGL's onscreen squeeze, which should help to get male bums on seats. Don Jon received overwhelming plaudits from Sundance festivalgoers earlier in the year and critics have responded with an 82% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?In truth, I'm taking a gamble on recommending Spike Lee's (completely unnecessary) Oldboy remake. Lee hasn't directed a note-worthy movie since 2006's Inside Man, instead spending most of those seven years causing Twitter race wars, so it's easy to forget the mans talents. The casting is reassuring however, with reliable old-timers like Josh Brolin and Samuel L Jackson mixed with more interesting choices in Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley. What most excites me is that the cinematographer is Sean Bobbitt, the man who shot The Place Beyond the Pines, Hunger and Shame, i.e. fantastic looking films.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?There are two camps of people; those who loved every single minute of last year's The Hobbit and those (evil, soulless) people who were bored to tears by it. I was firmly in Camp A (as evidenced by my passionate defence of the film) and I'm not ashamed to admit that The Desolation of Smaug is my cinema event of the year. So what's there to be excited about? For one, there's a goddamn dragon with Sherlock Holmes' (Benedict Cumberbatch) voice! And Kate from Lost has escaped the island and become awoodland elf. Other than that, it's more of the same - wizards, warlocks, orcs, trolls, hobbits's all gloriously captured in stunning 3D. Be right back, I think I just 'gasmed.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?This is David O. Russell's follow-up to last year's smash hit Silver Linings Playbook. Not only has he kept the fantastic duo of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, he's added Batman (Bale), Lois Lane (Adams) and Hawk-eye (Renner). Not to mention Robert De Niro, Michael Pena and Louis C.K as supporting actors! That's one helluva stacked ensemble cast! Russell has consistently delivered quality movies and whilst his actors have won awards under his guidance (he's directed 3 Oscar-winning performances) he's yet to win a sparkly gong for himself. American Hustle could change that.
How about you? What unreleased 2013 movies are you looking forward to? Anchorman 2? Hunger Games: Catching Fire? Share below!