Movie horizon of 2005
After the great movie year of 2004, what do we see at the horizon?
- Star Wars Episode 3: Return of the Sith
No matter what kind of trash George drops onto us this time, this is it. Not even Jar-Jar can spoil this experience. This movie will most likely suck big time, but I have been waiting for the lava duel of Obi-Wan and Anakin for 21 years and the movie even has world premiere on my birthday.
- Batman Begins
Forget the disaster named “Batman and Robin”. This will be dark, gritty and unrelenting. The original comic book with same name was done by Frank Miller, who also wrote Dark Knight Returns, one of the three milestones that brought comics into the adult sphere (the other two being Watchmen by Alan Moore and Sandman by Neil Gaiman). I have great hopes for this one. Welcome back, mr caped crusader.
- Sin City
I have three words for you. Rodriguez. Miller. Tarantino. Talk about dream team! Hey, just look at the stylish trailer, not unlike May Payne. And that cast! Del Toro, Madsen, Rourke, Willis, Wood… the list just never stops! And with a bit of luck Hartnett’s character is wiped out early on in the movie.
This could be one of the greatest films of 2005 or lame as a duck. I’m afraid much of the outcome depends on Keanu Reeves.
- Kingdom of Heaven
Apart from Orlando Bloom, I have a bit of hope in Ridley Scott’s next effort.
- King Kong
A remake of the 70 year old original. Serkins as the great gorilla? Please say it ain’t so… But it will be interesting to see Peter Jackson’s next effort.
- Night Watch
This is a Russian mix between Matrix and Underworld. And better still, this is the first part of a trilogy.
- War of the Worlds
Yet another remake. Please Steven, keep Haley Joel Osment and cute dogs out of this one.
- The Island
Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson team up for a spectacular sci-fi thriller. The story looks promising, but unfortunately it is directed by Michael Bay, the king of unnecessary explosions.
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Hopefully better than the sleepy TV-series.
It can’t really be as bad as Daredevil. Or could it?
- Fantastic Four
It’s a bit of a stretch.
And now for a bit of reflection. I realize there is a surprisingly large number of comic book adaptions on the list. While this could be a result of my bad taste, I suppose the promise/threat from ol’ Stan Lee could be more real than we feared. The legendary father of Marvel Comics, who after the box office successes of X-Men and Spiderman got into a megalomaniac frenzy, announced that twenty more comic book adaptations were coming. He was backed up by Avi Arad who mentioned that old relics such as Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Silver Surfer, Nick Fury, Thor and Sub-Mariner were all in pre-production. Yikes!
Anyway, Electra and FF should hopefully be a bit entertaining, even though I would almost rather give the Oscar to any random Ben Affleck flick than these guys. Instead of all this corny stuff from the darkest part of Marvel’s basement, why not focus on the excellent V For Vendetta, one of my all-time favorite graphic novels?