Rant – Movies to look forward to in 2013

2013 is already shaping up to be a great year for cinema, but there are some that I am looking forward to more than others. Which ones? You’ll have to keep reading to find out…!

Thor: The Dark World

If there us a hotter property in the world than Marvel superheroes right now, I don’t know what it is. Fresh from the success of well, everything, Marvel is throwing us back into the world of Thor, the god from Asgard who fell in love with a human, and fought for our world in Avengers Assemble.
The bad news is that Kenneth Brannagh is not returning to the Thor franchise, but the good news is that almost everyone else is back. Thor is probably in trouble with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, since he did not even text her when he was on earth to save it from Loki in Avengers Assemble, and Loki himself is sure to continue on his downward spiral, although he is not going to be the main villain of the piece.
Alan Taylor – most recently known for directing episodes of Game of Thrones – is taking over behind the camera to tell the story of Thor’s battle against Malekith – the leader of a primeval race – who wants to plunge the universe into darkness. Don’t they all want that, really? Malekith will be played by the 10th Doctor Who, Christopher Eccleston.
Since the Scandinavian myths and legends are full of wonderful and dark stories, Thor: The Dark World is sure to live up to it’s name and, with Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins returning and producer Kevin Feige overseeing, the film is sure to be great.
Thor: The Dark World is due in cinemas in November 2013.

Place Beyond the Pines

Bradley Cooper. Eva Mendes. Ryan Gosling. Is there anyone in the world who is not swooning over this combination? Since Bradley Cooper has just been Oscar nominated for Silver Linings Playbook, and the film is directed by Derek Cianfrance, who coaxed wonderful performances from Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine.
The story, which is already being compared with that of Drive, follows Luke (Gosling) who resorts to crime to provide for his newborn son. Police officer turned politician Avery Cross (Cooper) sets himself on a collision course with Luke.
I’ll admit, there are similarities with Drive – thieving, driving and the like – but Luke seems to be a very different character to the Driver, and since there is the whole angle with the police involved, Place Beyond the Pines is sure to be a very different film.
Place Beyond the Pines is due in cinemas in March 2013.

The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann takes on the opulent, tragic tale of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his great love affair with Daisy (Carey Mulligan).
There is something reminiscent of Moulin Rouge about this version of The Great Gatsby. Fair enough, this is not going to be a musical, but doomed love in a lavish setting seems to be Luhrmann’s wheelhouse, so I am definitely looking forward to this one. It has to be better than Australia anyway.
The film was pushed back to for a 3D refit and, while this may not have me jumping up and down with excitement, I am very much looking forward to Luhrmann’s tale of love in the 20s. I also suspect that this will open Cannes. You heard it here first!
The Great Gatsby is due in cinemas in May 2013.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Let’s just get this out of the way; while I am a fan of the book version of The Hobbit, I was not enthralled by the first instalment in the movie franchise; An Unexpected Journey. Peter Jackson has a year to learn from his mistakes, however, which should be plenty of time to fix the issues with the series. That said, there is no doubt that the film will still be released in 48fps 3D IMAX.
The Desolation of Smaug will see Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and friends journey onwards in their quest to liberate the dwarves’ homeland from a gold obsessed dragon and, with Benedict Cumberbatch taking on dual roles in the film as Smaug and the Necromancer, the film is sure to be a little darker and a little more scary than the last. As well as this, the film will flesh out the story a little more since there fewer new characters to be introduced to the second time out.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is due in cinemas in December 2013

The World’s End

The final instalment of Edgar Wright’s Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy sees five friends reunite to recreate an epic pub crawl from their youth and find themselves humanity’s only hope for survival.
In case you didn’t know, the first two parts of the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy are Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Now that you know this, it is probably unsurprising to learn that this final instalment will star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as well as a host of actors who appeared in their previous films. The story, like the previous two films, is supremely silly, but if it is half as fresh and original as Shaun and Hot Fuzz, then the Spaced boys are sure to have a hit on their hands.
Mark the date in your diaries and make sure you stock up on Cornettos; The World’s End hits cinemas in September 2013.

So now I turn it over to you… Which films are you looking forward to in 2013?

Maybe Rory has covered some of them already!

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