Why 2012 Is Going To Be A Great Year For Film?
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Looking back the films of 2011, it is clear that 2012 has a challenge on its hands if it's going to improve on the quality and diversity of films which were released.
2012 will see the release of several eagerly-anticipated sequels, a new Aardman Animations visual treat and more CGI films than you could shake a pair of 3D glasses at. 2012 is set to be a cracker, here are a few examples why this year will be a treat for cinema-goers...
1) The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists (March 2012)
Hot from the festive box office success of Arthur Christmas, Aardman is se t to re l ease its new family adventure film The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists. Based on the series of children's books by Gideon Defoe, the film will be the first of two to follow the inept and vain Pirate Captain as he and his motley crew do battle with rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to win the 'Pirate of the Year' Award.
Aardman have always delivered in the balance between delighting children and keeping adults happy. With vocal turns from Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Lenny Henry and Brian Blessed and more plasticine in sight than during a primary school art class, The Pirates! in an Adventure With Scientists promises to be a fun and dynamic film from the geniuses at Aardman.
2) The Dark Knight Rises
Of course, no list of some of 2012's most anticipated films would be complete without the Caped Crusader making an appearance. Directed by Christopher Nolan, one of Britain's most influential directors, The Dark Knight Rises will be the third with Christian Bale in the title role.
The films have already created a massive fan base and the third instalment in the trilogy is one of the most eagerly-awaited films of the past decade. After the Joker, comes the terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) who threatens Gotham City, forcing Batman to re-emerge and face both Bane and those who believe Batman committed Harvey Dent's crimes. The six minute prologue (which was released in IMAX screens last month) wowed audiences with a fantastic plane action sequence but left many wondering just what Tom Hardy was saying under his character's mask. These problems are apparently being ironed out which leaves for a film which is sure to be a fitting conclusion to Nolan's trilogy and a dramatic, heart-pounding blockbuster.
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3) The Bourne Legacy
The Bourne Legacy is the fourth film to be set in the world created by Robert Ludlum but is the first to not feature Matt Damon in the title role. Jeremy Renner (recently seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will, instead, take on the role of a new CIA operative with Rachel Weisz possibly playing the love interest. The previous films have always nodded towards Bond but have retained a darker and grittier side, with a focus on violence which sets them apart from Bourne's more refined counterpart. The Bourne Legacy should be an action-led, full-on romp with more deaths than in a Christmas episode of 'Coronation Street' and is sure to take a shed load of money. Think of it as a warm-up for Bond 23...
Bond 23. Or Skyfall as it is now known. The Bond machine shows little sign of abating and Daniel Craig's portrayal of a more emotionally-troubled 007 reinvigorated the franchise, creating two films which signalled a significant departure from previous films.
Skyfall is directed by Sam Mendes and follows Bond as he has to defend MI6 from direct attack and address his doubts about M and his loyalties. Cue exotic locations, gun fights, gadgets and car chases galore. Judi Dench is set to reprise her role as M (her seventh appearance), along with Javier Bardem as the film's villain, Naomie Harris as a Bond girl and Ralph Fiennes as a government agent. With a $200m budget, producers will be hoping that the film will follow the financial success of previous Bond films and there's little doubt that it will perform very well at the box office. Just be ready for more product placement than in an 'X Factor' ad break...
5) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 2012)
“Hobbits really are amazing creatures” said Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring. Indeed they are.
Any creature about which two films can be made with a reported combined budget of $500m, is certainly amazing. Tolkien's novel 'The Hobbit' is to be split into two films, with the first – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – being released at the end of this year.
Peter Jackson returns to direct both, as do writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, which will ensure a continuity and familiarity with The Lord of the Rings trilogy which fans so desperately want and which will, hopefully, produce two films on a par with the adventures of Frodo. Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo and several returning actors including Ian McKellen and Christopher Lee, An Unexpected Journey will be available to watch in 3D and in IMAX (the latter will be better, honest) and promises to be a spectacular adventure, the likes of which hasn't been seen since...well, The Return of the King.
There are, of course, many more films which are due to be released and which will be well worth going to see. So go on, use a bit of that student loan and have a trip to the cinema. You won't be disappointed. Hopefully.