5 for Y2K3X5.
It’s a new year! This, of course, means New Year’s resolutions, post-holiday diets, and a whole new slate of movies to be excited about/dread. I figured that this week I would go over five that I am either excited about, or at least curious enough to care. Here they are in no particular order.
This falls firmly into the curiosity section. I’m not sure when Ant-Man started being developed (I first heard about it around the time of Scott Pilgrim), but it has been an absolute oddity to me since it started. Ant-Man, at least for me, sounds about as interesting as watching someone else watch paint dry. So he shrinks and gets mad? That’s about the gist of it as far as I know. If we have any true Ant-Man fans out there who want to set me straight then feel free to do so in the comments, but as far as the character goes to me, he’s less interesting than Thor, and that is hard to do because Thor sucks.
The only thing that ever held any sway with me on this one was the inclusion of Edgar Wright as director. Wright is one of my favorite writers/directors, he has a golden touch with genre films, and I hoped that he could elevate the movie into something special. Alas, he left, and most of my interest in the project left with him. I have no problems with new director Peyton Reed, however with a screenplay by Adam McKay and co-written by its star Paul Rudd (but based on the story by Wright and Joe Cornish), Ant-Man has all the hallmarks of a cinematic train wreck. Will it be great and a sleeper hit like Guardians of the Galaxy? I hope so, but for some reason it seems increasingly likely that it might be the first true failure of the Marvel films. I’m probably wrong though because The Walking Dead is still a hit and it has sucked since the second season, so what do I know? People will probably love a shrinking angry man as much as they love one-dimensional characters yelling at each other while zombies wander around in the background.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I touched on this one a bit already, but it would be remiss not to include it on this list. More so than any other movie this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens probably has the most goodwill going for it, and for the most part it is deserved. I for one am not someone who ever clamored for more Star Wars movies beyond the original trilogy, but I thought the prequels were just as bad as everyone else, so it will be good to have at least one more Star Wars movie to wash the aftertaste of those away.
The problem is, much like the current Marvel movies and the upcoming DC monstrosities, the concept of having new Star Wars movies every year is, in the long run, going to devalue the originals even more. Why is it necessary for every “geek” property to be never-ending and overblown? But as long as they make money who gives a shit, right? I welcome the J.J. Abrams take on the Star Wars legacy, I’m not sure that I look forward to the ensuing years of Star Wars glut. I feel the cash is strong with this one.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
My love for the current crop of superhero movies is wearing a little thin, but with that said, I didn’t hate the first Avengers movie. I didn’t wet myself like most of the fan boys wearing their Iron Man onesies, but I didn’t think it was the worst movie ever made either. Robert Downey and Chris Evans were good, Chris Hemsworth was easily upstaged by Tom Hiddleston, and the ending was just as muddled and confused as most other superhero movies are. My biggest gripe would be the incredibly boring sky-craft carrier sequence in the middle of the movie which lasted for around fourteen hours. If you can get past the long running time, the fact that Thor is in the movie, and the horrible improv comedy sequences, it is an okay movie.
With all of that said, the law of averages probably means that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be much darker than the first (it is the second movie in a series of fourteen trilogies after all), will probably have more Thor in it (he’s so dreamy), and will be roughly four hours longer than the first one. All of these things lead me to one conclusion: it’s probably going to be much worse than the first one, but will make two billion dollars more, because we know these characters now and they mean something because the movie-writing people told me they do! Once again, I hope I’m wrong but I’m saying that most of the second/third stage Marvel movies are going to be pretty boring and pedestrian (except for Doctor Strange which should be awesome), and my guess is that Age of Ultron will be leading the mediocre pack.
Now this is one I’m really looking forward to. Sinister, which came out in 2012, is one of the best and most underrated horror movies of the last decade. Co-written by C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson and directed by Derrickson, the film starred Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer who moves into what he believes is a cursed house. What happens after he moves in is some of the spookiest stuff put to film in a long time and is more than worth your time. If you haven’t watched it then do it!
Although not an obvious sequel bearing movie, Sinister is definitely open-ended enough to continue, and with Cargill and Derrickson both returning as writers (Ciaran Foy is directing), it certainly bodes well for the film and I hope that it is just as creepy as the first one. Horror movies are a dime a dozen but great horror movies are few and far between. Sinister is a great horror movie and here’s hoping that Sinister 2 continues the trend.
Even though the Sony leaks threatened to spoil this one, and there’s a good chance some idiot is going to try to tell me the plot points eventually, SPECTRE is still the movie I am most excited about. I love James Bond movies (yeah, even the bad ones) and after the incredible success of Skyfall, along with the resolution of the SPECTRE lawsuit that has gone on for years, there is a lot of reasons to be happy about a new Bond movie. Add Christoph Waltz to the mix, probably as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and things are looking up for a franchise that has been getting consistently better since its 2006 about-face; if Casino Royale was Dr. No, then SPECTRE is shaping up to be Goldfinger. I just hope if they ever remake Goldfinger that they cast Tom Hardy as Aulrich Goldfinger; based on his Bane voice, he is perfect!
Until next time…