5 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 (July-December)
2012 is halfway over already and some of the most anticipated movies of the year have yet to appear on the big screen.
Since we have quite a bit of time before some of these movies come out in the next 6 months, I have thrown together a list so all of our readers here at Bright Futura can join me as we anxiously await.
I kind of cheated a little in my list and have broken it in to two separate sections. The first, which is in no particular order, lets me express my growing excitement for films already established in a prominent cinematic franchise. I found that putting franchise movies in to the mix with original movies to be a bit unfair, since there is already a fanbase and general anticipation to see what happens next in the string of related movies. One is a reboot, one is a prequel and one is a threequel, and they all belong to financially and critically acclaimed movie franchises.
Title: The Amazing Spider-Man
Release Date: July 3rd
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans and Denis Leary
Franchise Status: Re-boot/Re-imagining
Why I’m Excited: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy has not aged well. I am one of the few who have seemed to embrace the rebooting of the franchise, not for monetary gain but for a quality upgrade. With a better cast across the board (except for the loss of Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin), updated effects, and a desire to make a movie about the man and not the mask, I believe that this version will ultimately prove to be superior.
Title: The Hobbit (Pt. 1) – An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: December 14th
Cast: Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellin, Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood
Franchise Status: Prequel part 1
Why I’m Excited: It has been just long enough for people to start to forget how much they loved the LotR trilogy when they hit theaters 9, 10 and 11 years ago. Well, here is a hard reminder of how Peter Jackson can steal your breathe, heart and attention for 3 hours with some fantasy and little people. Starting from the beginning, this film will make you want to go back and marathon watch Fellowship, The Two Towers and Return of the King all over again.
Title: The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date: July 20th
Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard
Franchise Status: Threequel
Why I’m Excited: This would easily be considered the most anticipated movie of the year if every person in America had the chance to vote. There really is no reason for me to go into too much detail here since the marketing campaign for the film has been a PR hurricane. And if you haven’t seen 2008′s The Dark Knight, then I ask you, what rock have you been living under the past 4 years?
This is the point where I numerically compile the list of free-standing/original films. I’m a sucker for originality when it comes to my movies, so it is safe to say that I find myself looking forward to these films more so than the franchise movies listed above because I’m just a big movie nerd.
Title: Premium Rush
Release Date: August 24th
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Jamie Chung
Quick Plot: In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the attention of a dirty cop who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
Why I’m Excited: JGL is one of my favorite actors right now as he appears in 3 movies on this list (DKR, Premium Rush and Looper). I’m also a fan of the real/practical effects used in the biking sequences in which JGL does most of his own stunts. I’m also excited for Michael Shannon’s next movie role after his underrated performance in Take Shelter last year.
Note: Sorry for the ?Chinese? poster but this film is not Chinese.
Title: Celeste and Jesse Forever
Release Date: August 3rd
Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood and Emma Roberts
Quick Plot: A divorcing couple tries to remain friends while they start pursuing other people.
Why I’m Excited: I firmly believe that this will not be another indie dramatic rom-com that we have all seen before. From the mostly positive buzz coming from the Sundance Film Festival, apparently Jones and Samberg have amazing chemistry. Hopefully this chemistry will breathe a sense of reality into this concept that will undoubtedly reach many people who have found themselves in similar situations.
Title: Zero Dark Thirty (still unconfirmed/tenative)
Release Date: December 19th
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Chris Pratt and Harold Perrineau
Quick Plot: The story of the Navy Seal Team 6 who tracked down wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
Why I’m Excited: Bigelow,the fantastic director of The Hurt Locker, originally planned on this being an entirely fictitious story. But then it happened in real life. The mere coincidence alone is enough to get me to want to watch this movie. But after Bigelow was given top-secret details about the mission by President Obama for the movie’s authenticity, it has become a must-see.
Note: There is no official poster yet. The one posted is fan-made.
Title: Django Unchained
Release Date: Christmas a.k.a. December 25th
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington
Quick Plot: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a cruel Mississippi plantation owner.
Why I’m Excited: Instead of being a murder consultant, Foxx has transformed himself into a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western. With one hell of a cast and Tarantino’s entire reputation giving this movie credibility, making this my #2 was damn near an impossible decision.
Release Date: September 28th
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels
Quick Plot: A time-traveling movie set mostly in the present where a present day assassin must take out his future self, or rebel against the mob of the future who employs him.
Why I’m Excited: I promise that if you watch the trailer, the movie doesn’t look as confusing as the Quick Plot makes it sound. Bruce Willis is, in my opinion, the ultimate action star, and I’m excited for him to return to his roots and play off JGL’s quick wit and dangerous charm. The director, Rian Johnson, is a personal favorite of mine and I can’t wait to see what he has cooked up in his latest feature. The concept is so unique and the actors have been well cast. This is shaping up to be this year’s Drive. I can’t wait to see this movie.
There you have it, my most anticipated movies of the latter half of 2012. I would love to hear your thoughts on my list, and feel free to include your own in the comment section below. Now, the waiting game begins as our soon-to-be favorite movies approach…
Alex Dodson | Bright Futura Columnist