Great expectations

From high-octane action to stylised Westerns and realistic movies,Hollywood has something in store...

Written by Priyanko Sarkar | Published:January 6, 2012 11:37 pm

From high-octane action to stylised Westerns and realistic movies,Hollywood has something in store for everyone in 2012

Audiences are all set to be regaled with movies of diverse genres in 2012. Superhero films have mostly managed to reap dividends at the box-office. This year,we will see the likes of Batman,Spiderman,Iron Man and Hulk on the silver screen. The Dark Knight Rises,Christopher Nolan’s final ode to Batman,is on top of every moviegoers’ list ever since a six-minute prologue of the film was released last month. The clipping,which showed glimpses of Bane (Tom Hardy),Batman’s most formidable enemy and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway),featured some thrilling action stunts including Bane triggering a carpet bomb of explosions,and haunting background music that are the hallmarks of every Nolan movie.

Spiderman fans will see a new Peter Parker in Andrew Garfield,of The Social Network fame,in the rebooted series. This will also be the first time we will see Irrfan as one of the antagonists battling the superhero. Comic book lovers will watch their top heroes — Iron Man,Hulk,Captain America,Thor and Black Widow— battle it out in The Avengers.

Besides superhero sequels,there are a host of other sequels in store what with Men In Black,Underworld and Resident Evil releasing in 3D. What works in favour of sequels is the familiarity that we have with the protagonists and our eagerness to see what they will do in the next film. So Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith return to kick alien ass in the third MIB series while Underworld sees Kate Beckinsale return as Selene to save the world from ungainly creatures. Alex,Marty,Gloria,Merman (the famous foursome of Madagascar) return to entertain us with their antics in a new continent in the sequel Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Likewise,Diego,Sid and Manny (the hilarious trio of Ice Age) take on new challenges in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

With their off-beat stories and A-list stars in non-glamorous avatars,movies like Fair Game and The Whistleblower were the top draws of 2011. This year too,for those looking for a break from flights of fancy,realistic films like Moneyball and J.Edgar where chocolate heroes — Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio — will play real-life characters and promises to please lovers of serious cinema.

With such an impressive line-up of eclectic films,we have to wait and watch if Hollywood movies will pose a stiff competition to our homespun Hindi cinema in 2012.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Watch out for: Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara along with director David Fincher recreate Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy bestseller. Fincher has stuck to his vow of including all the gory details of the book such as rape,murder and torture,giving the movie a rawness that is completely its own. The movie features an interesting and abstract title sequence. Rooney Mara’s performance as Lisbeth Salander is the highlight of the movie that releases on February 10.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Watch out for: Andrew Garfield,who vowed audiences in The Social Network,is the new Peter Parker and one of the major highlights of the film. Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy,Parker’s love interest. Rather than take ahead the series,the makers have rebooted the entire franchise. The stunts are more physical and demanding,the cast and technicians are new and the movie’s look is a little darker than the previous series helmed by Sam Raimi.We are also looking forward to watch Irrfan as villain Proto Goblin. The movie has been shot in 3D and will release on July 6.

Hugo

Watch out for: Martin Scorsese’s latest movie has been praised for its imaginative and thoughtful use of 3D technology. The kids’ film is based on the novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret and tells the story of a boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station and the enigmatic owner of a toy shop there. Scorsese’s deft handling of a film outside his comfort zone appeared in over 20 reviewers’ ‘Best movie of 2011’ lists.

J. Edgar

Watch out for: The movie has an unbeatable combination of actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Clint Eastwood and focusses on the career of Federal Bureau of Investigation director J Edgar Hoover. Leonardo’s performance has received unanimous praise and he has also been nominated for the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actor Guild Awards under the Best Actor category. The other highlight of the movie is the exploration of Hoover as a homosexual.

Skyfall

Watch out for: Daniel Craig reprises his role as 007 in the latest James Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes and will feature a new storyline not related to Craig’s previous outings as Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace. Bond’s agency MI6 itself comes under attack in the movie that has Spanish actor Javier Bardem playing the bad guy. Judie Dench is back as Bond’s boss M while Ralph Fiennes also plays a pivotal role in the film. The longest-running movie franchise in history faced serious threats about its future last year after MGM studio filed for bankruptcy.

Moneyball

Watch out for: This biographical sports drama based on Michael Lewis’ book with the same name is best known for opening the Mumbai Film Festival last year and vowing the audience. The Brad Pitt -Jonah Hill starrer is one of the highest-rated movies of 2011. Reviewers have unanimously praised the way the subject of baseball has been handled and turned into a heart-rending story that can be appreciated by one and all.

Trishna

Watch out for: Trishna features Freida Pinto,India’s biggest export to Hollywood in recent years. Directed by Michael Winterbottom,the movie is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess Of The d’Urbervilles. The movie was shot in Mumbai and Jaipur last year and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is slated to release in the first half of the year.

The Dark Knight Rises

Watch out for: Mass hysteria erupted across the globe when a six-minute prologue of the movie was premiered in December. The first look of Bane,a little known villain of the Batman franchise,was talked about on Twitter for almost a week and odes were paid to Christopher Nolan,who is directing the final chapter of his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. Christian Bale,Michael Caine,Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman star with Tom Hardy who plays Bane and Anne Hathaway who plays Catwoman.

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