I’m forgiving and forgetting and moving on. Aside from a few exceptions (e.g. Skyfall, The Amazing Spider-Man, Moonrise Kingdom), 2012 was chock-full of massive films that I found more or less disappointing. But it’s okay, really. 2012 is over! The Dark Knight Rises happened, and I don’t wanna talk about it anymore. It’s 2013! There are new movies to be excited about! Onwards!
Here are some movies on the horizon that I’m cautiously to moderately excited about:
Evil Dead (remake) – April 12
I know this is blasphemous, but I’ve never found the original Evil Dead all that scary. I get the coolness of the whole ‘low budget, director torturing his cast’ thing. The effects just weren’t there in 1981. The premise, however – young people possessed and scared to death in the woods – is a classic set-up, and a little help from modern trickery makes the trailers look fairly terrifying. Involvement from main dudes Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell (the creator and star of the original, respectively) seals the deal.
Iron Man 3 – May 3
The new Iron Man movie has a lot to do. First, it has to launch “Phase Two” of Marvel’s movie universe – which is going to take more of an intergalactic route than the largely earth-based movies of “Phase One,” which ended with The Avengers. Iron Man 3 also has to make up for Iron Man 2, which was pretty much a mess. My main gripe with all of Marvel’s movies so far has been that their villains have been weak and not all that intimidating. I’m hoping that changes with this film, which stars a genuinely great actor, Ben Kingsley, as Tony Stark’s main baddy, the Mandarin.
Star Trek Into Darkness – May 17
Nearly four years have passed since Star Trek breathed new, mainstream life into the crew of the USS Enterprise. Now all the familiar characters are back, along with the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch (of BBC’s amazingly awesome Sherlock) as a villain who is as mysterious as he is destructive.
Man of Steel – June 14
I’m not gonna lie, this is the peak of my 2013 summer movie interest right here. The trailers have been intriguing. The casting is impressive. But can the granddaddy of superheroes be translated for a wide modern audience? Man of Steel is said to be influenced by the updates made to the character in DC’s New 52 comics, and seems to show a lost Superman who is struggling to find a place in a world that fears his uniqueness.
Pacific Rim – July 12
Giant robots fighting giant monsters – ah, yeah?
Further on down the line:
Thor: The Dark World - Nov 8
Catching Fire - Nov 22
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – December 13 (Enter the mighty dragon!)
And in the meantime…
Jon : Carrick