Every year there are a handful (or in this case two hands full) of movies that make me really excited to go to the theatre. I’ve already seen Mission Impossible III: Ghost Protocol, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (technically a 2011 film), and The Hunger Games, which would all have been on this list had I done it sooner. So, here is my updated list of films that I must see in theatres this year or my head will explode.
1. The Avengers– This came out Friday and I can’t wait to see it. I was way too busy visiting family to see it and now it seems like I can’t escape people talking about it. I know, I know, it’s awesome! Okay?! It doesn’t help that I already know the villain who appears at the end of the credits thanks to the interwebs. Spoilers really suck.
2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter– Every time I see the trailer for this I literally squeal with excitement. I read the book about a year or so ago and fell in love with it. I know a lot of people who don’t care to mix their non-fiction with fiction, but I really think it’s cool. I just hope it isn’t ruined in a new medium. Abe cutting a tree in half in slow motion in that trailer though, how sick is that?
3. The Amazing Spider-Man– I actually don’t mind that they’re making another Spider-Man movie so soon unlike other people I’ve heard from. If they could do half a dozen Batman films and remake Superman time and time again (Henry Cavill is going to be in the 2013 version), why not Spidey? Though I think they’re missing out on some really cool characters *cough* Black Cat *cough*, they can’t include them all. Especially with Gwen Stacy in the picture.
4. The Dark Knight Rises– Okay, how awesome does Tom Hardy look in that Bane mask? The answer is really really really awesome. This movie promises a lot what with Catwoman, Holly Robinson, Ra’s Al Ghul, AND Bane involved and I really hope it lives up to those promises. I’m wondering if Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to be the next Batman. He looks like he has a bigger part in this film than just some rookie cop and people have been wondering for a while how the series will end. That might be the answer. Or I could be totally off base. We’ll see.
5. Prometheus– The trailers for this have been so epic, what with the music and spaceships and screaming and letters being pieced in place. I like Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Millenium Trilogy) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Inglorious Basterds) so I think simply based on casting, it looks amazing. Oh and let’s not forget that this is Ridley Scott’s long awaited return.
6. The Bourne Legacy– I know what you’re thinking before you’ve even had a chance to think it. Do we really need another Bourne movie? Well, my friend, the answer is no. We don’t need one. We want one. That is because this one is starring Jeremy Renner. There still isn’t a ton of talk about this movie largely I think because guys are a little occupied with the thoughts of so many superhero movies on the horizon (Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel come out in 2013, as well as Deadpool in 2014) but trust me, when that dies down a bit, they will be excited.
UPDATE: I went to edit this post because I noticed that the numbering had gotten all wonky without my notice during the drafting process and I was horrified to see that I had failed to include a film that should be on everyone’s Must-See List for 2012. So…
7. Skyfall– I don’t think it is even in question that Daniel Craig is the best 007 of all time. He just is. As smooth with the ladies as he as he is with a gun, this James Bond is something audiences need every couple of years to keep them satisfied. Though like everyone else I am completely aghast to hear that he has traded out his signature martini for a Heineken endorsement (what, no Vesper?), the news hasn’t stopped me from anxiously awaiting the film’s arrival. James Bond is back and for that we should all be grateful.
I left off quite a few films that I would like to see such as Moonrise Kingdom, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, and possibly Total Recall but that’s because those are ones I would probably just wait to rent. Going to the movies is so expensive these days that I have to really pick and choose what is worth the money.