MOVIES TO WATCH IN 2014
What are the ‘genre’ flicks we are looking out for in the coming new year? Top of the list just has to be Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (May). Somehow managing to be a sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class, DOFP is an ambitious endeavor, not only does it pool together two generations of X-Men characters but it is adapting one of the most significant X-Men comic stories of all time. When you also consider the stellar cast viz. Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence et al, there’s little doubt that DOFP is one of the most anticipated blockbusters in 2014.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is another year away so in the meantime, expect Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April) and The Guardians of the Galaxy (August) to increase the momentum of Phase 2. Based on the trailer, TWS looks very much like a modern spy thriller especially with Black Widow, the Falcon and SHIELD on board as well (no Hawkeye?). However, the biggest gamble for Marvel has to be the introduction of The Guardians of the Galaxy – making a super team of aliens work within the context of the Marvel movie universe will be director James Gunn’s challenge. Should be an interesting one.
Ah, brand recognition is such an important factor in movie making now. So expect your fair share of sequels and remakes in 2014 as well. The former includes 300: Rise of an Empire (March), Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November) and of course, The Hobbit: There and Back Again (December) and the latter will consist of Robocop (February) and Godzilla (May). Yes indeed, that is quite a list. Spidey looks promising as does the Apes sequel and of course, the conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy is much anticipated as well.
Alright, let’s look at what’s in store as far as non-franchise ‘genre’ movies is concerned.
First up, the award-winning Spike Jonze-helmed Her will be released in Singapore in January.
Welcome to Yesterday (February) is a time travel story told in found footage narrative.
Transcendence (April) is Wally Pfister’s debut feature and revolves around the concept of Artificial Intelligence.
Edge of Tomorrow (June) is an adaptation of a Japanese novel, with echoes of Starship Troopers, Source Code, Inception and every Dickian concept imaginable.
Interstellar (November) is Christopher Nolan’s new scifi movie. Nuff said!
Finally, for some reason, there are two epic religious movies coming out in 2014. Noah (March) is Darren Aronofsky’s take on the flood whilst in Exodus (December), Ridley Scott retells the tale of Moses (Christian Bale) leading the Jewish nation out of Egypt. Interesting.
We will examine these films and others in the year to come.
… still there’s more …