It’s that wonderful time of year again where the movie studios decide they should release a zillion good movies at once, forcing us to go broke trying to keep up. Since television has hit a lull, I thought I’d mix it up a bit and do a movie preview and hit the highlights of the films on the horizon.
Megamind – Release November 5th
***Dreamworks latest movie franchise, Megamind, sits ready to join the ranks of their other hugely successful animated flicks How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek. With a cast led by Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt, Megamind is an age old tale of superhero verses villain, but with a twist that finds the evil genius Megamind having to use his powers for good. Look for it to match Dragons in popularity and if nothing else, check it out because it’s the only time you’re going to get Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt in the same movie.
Due Date – Release November 5
***Continuing his streak of successful films, Robert Downey Jr returns to the screen in this comedy co-starring Zach Galifianakis, where a father-to-be RDJ has to hitch a ride with the crazy that is ZG in order to make the birth of his child. Expect The Hangover type hi jinx to ensue and if nothing else, it’s ZG and RDJ in the same movie.
Unstoppable- November 12
***In Tony Scott’s latest action thriller, Chris Pine and Denzel Washington have to work together to stop an unmanned train from wiping out a city. Sounds riveting…Though the description is less than engaging, the actors are solid and it takes a lot for a Denzel Washington movie to suck so I have faith that it will make for a decent action thriller.
Morning Glory – Release November 10
***An all star cast backed by a random production team including J. J. Abrams puts this romantic dramedy in a bizarre place of fascination and fear. It’s been a while since Diane Keaton’s had a hit, sure, but her previous showing with Rachel McAdams proved fruitful and Harrison Ford adds an interesting twist to the cast. Plus, Patrick Wilson, who is delicious. See it if you’re in the mood, but it sounds like one to rent next year.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I – Release November 19
***Excuse me while I do the Harry Potter geek dance of happiness…ok, I’m good. In the penultimate installment in this masterful series, Harry and his Scooby Gang (because let’s face it, HP is epic, but at heart it’s one long episode of Scooby Doo), begin taking their final steps toward a knock down drag out fight with Voldemort. At this point, I don’t even know what to think anymore. It seems to be an every other franchise so this one will suck and the next one will be good? Who knows – see it anyway.
Burlesque – Release Date: November 24
***Cher and Christina Aguilera. That is all.
The Tourist – Release Date December 10
***So it really doesn’t sound all that different from Angelina Jolie’s last few movies, but it does have the distinction of having both Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany in it. In other words, if it sucks, it’s all her fault.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader– Release date: December 10
***The third installment in the Narnia film series follows the youngest of the Pevensie siblings on their journey across the sea with Prince Caspian. The first two movies showed a lot of promise and I would expect this one to carry on that success. Plus, Ben Barnes is back as Prince Caspian, so yum.
Tron: Legacy-Release date December 17
***Garrett Hedlund, my beloved Patroclus from Troy, plays the lead in this video game based action movie. Tron was before my time so I don’t know much about it, but the cinematography and action sequences look amazing, so I would expecta strong visual effects showing if nothing else.
Yogi Bear – Release date: December 17
***Dan Aykroyd as Yogi, Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo. ‘Nough said.
We’ll leave everything Christmas and beyond for another time since that seems to be quite the treasure trove/snake pit. Anyone have any they think should be added?