First of all I would like to give a shout out to Not Now I’m Drinking a Beer and Watching a Movie for planting this idea in my head, he recently made a similar list which you should check out here. Some of the films that I’ve listed have already been released in 2012 in places such as America, however they have not yet been released in the UK and so qualify for this list.
Anyway, I hope you have fun reading this – be sure to let me know what you agree and disagree on in the comment section below!
First up is Carrie. I’ve been looking forward to this one for ages; ever since I heard that Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz had signed onto it. The recent release date set back is worrying, but I’m going to look on the positive side and assume it is to make Carrie a Halloween release, instead of being the result of problems with the film. Out of those that I have read, which admittedly isn’t that many, Carrie is my favourite King novel – and so I have high hopes for this one.
9. Gangster Squad
This one makes the list primarily because of its cast; any film that stars either Ryan Gosling or Emma Stone is a must-watch in my eyes, plus Crazy, Stupid, Love has taught us that those two have great chemistry together and so I can’t wait to see them reunited on screen. The rest of the cast is pretty cool as well and the fact that this is a 1940/50’s LA gangster film just seals the deal. I just hope that it delivers on what it promises.
8. The Place Beyond the Pines
Writer and director Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine featured a fantastic performance from Ryan Gosling, and so there’s no doubt that I’ll be seeing their next film together. In a way this film seems to be drawing off Drive; with Gosling playing a highly skilled driver (this time on motorcycles) who is drawn into crime in order to provide for a family- and you know what? I’m completely alright with that. Plus this one seems to be significantly different in the story that it’s telling and the way that it approaches the material, and so all I can say is roll on April 12th!
7. Les Misérables
I’ve heard mixed opinions about this one so far, but being a fan of the stage show, I’ll be seeing it regardless of what I read. I seem to have known about this film for ages, even nearly getting cast as an extra in it (if only that hadn’t fallen through!). The cast, whilst not primarily known for their singing, is still great with members including; Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried. I’m holding out hope that this one delivers what it promises, despite the negative criticisms that are flying around.
6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with The Hobbit’s first instalment and hope that this one only improves upon the first. There’s a real danger that the stretching of the source material will show most in the second out of three films, and so it’s a matter of keeping fingers crossed that Jackson has it under control.
5. Kick-Ass 2
You’ll have to excuse my attempt at creating an image for this one; there is no official poster released as of yet and I figured that something to look at is better than nothing, right? Anyway, I loved the first film and so have been looking forward to this one for quite some time. Still haven’t got around to reading the second comic yet and so no spoilers please!
My interest here lies almost entirely in Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance. I’ve been hearing such incredibly high praise already from those of you lucky enough to have seen this, that I won’t be able to miss this one. Apart from him though this one has some other great actors amongst its cast, including the seemingly everywhere Joseph Gordon-Levitt – seriously, has he rested at all this year?!
3. Jurrasic Park 3D
Many people have shunned this conversion but I am going to be there, popcorn in hand and taking in every moment that I get to spend seeing this film in the cinema. The fact that I’ll be seeing it in 3D is just an added bonus, I don’t understand why anyone would think that seeing the T-Rex in 3D would be a bad thing, and the film to my eyes seems like a completely natural choice to convert to 3D. It’s going to be awesome.
2. The Great Gatsby
Here’s another film which it seems I have been waiting endlessly for. It was very disappointing to hear that it had been moved back from its original December 2012 date, but hopefully there are no issues with the film itself, rather the move was switched for marketing reasons. I completely understand why some people are rejecting a Baz Luhrmann interpretation of Gatsby, but I’m looking forward to a glitzy, shiny version – as long as he has managed to still connect to the story underneath.
1. Django Unchained
Despite how much I’m looking forward to many others on this list, Django beats them all. The sense that I’m getting from those who have already seen the film ranges from: good but not Tarantino’s best, all the way up to it being heralded as a masterpiece. Even if it isn’t amongst Tarantino’s best, that’s still a pretty great place to be ranked and so I’m remaining very excited for this one!
What did you think? Have I named all the films that you too are looking forward to? Or have I made some terrible mistakes? Let me know with a comment below!