I realized that there were quite a few movies I’d left out of the list for Upcoming Movies of 2010. Just more to look forward to. In most cases, anyway.
Sex and the City 2. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 summer blockbuster. Yeah, halfway around the world to spend some several-million dollars. For some reason, this movie trailer really bothers me. Not because of the characters or the show or anything like that; it just reminds me of those shows on Bravo: the Real Housewives of Orange County and New York and stuff. I just don’t care to watch a movie about these four lavishly rich women go on this horrendously expensive vacation to experience a plot that could have taken place on the other side of the US for all its originality. May 27th.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge on Bella. She is also forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—with the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf…along with her high-school graduation quickly approaching. All right, so I’m self-proclaimed anti-Twilight, but I also have a high appreciation for adaptation films and, after seeing both Twilight and New Moon, the cinematic take on the series improved vastly between the two (in my humble opinion). Therefore, I intend to see this film to see how it continues. I have to admit, though, that I’m impressed with how much fighting there appears to be in the trailer; considering that Breaking Dawn is even without a final epic battle, I’m led to wonder if the filmmakers decided to take advantage of that little thing called artistic license, put it to good use… June 30th.
Inception. In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one’s mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset. In case it isn’t obvious enough from the lack of information out there about this film, British magazine, Empire (my new fav, btw, check it out!) confirms it: director Christopher Nolan is being extremely tight-lipped about the project. The cast, which would be discreet under normal circumstances, aren’t saying anything and, much like the way Star Trek was done, the production is being kept highly private. As Empire pointed out, in an age where on-set spies, internet news leaks and viral spoilers are so very commonplace, to keep a mind-bending film like this so under wraps is quite an achievement. It’s brilliant, of course, because it makes people all the more anxious to learn what all the secrecy is for. I know I certianly do. The trailer looks badass. Except the music reminds me of the game MYST. July 16th.
Beastly. A modern-day take on the “Beauty and the Beast” tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love? Guh. Can you just picture me rolling my eyes? Tell me this isn’t Twilight-inspired. Dude, if we’re going to take on Beauty and the Beast again, can we at least look to Robin McKinley’s Beauty instead? July 30th.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. When a roller blading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers cruises into Scott’s life, everything changes, but the path to Ms. Flowers isn’t covered in rose petals. Ramona’s seven evil exes stand between Scott and true happiness. Can Scott beat the bad guys and get the girl without turning his precious little life upside-down? The jury is still out on this for me, but it’s certainly gotten my attention. It’s also nice to see a graphic-novel-turned-movie that seems to be keeping the overall sense of comic book in the visual interpretation, despite the transferrence to cinema. A solid maybe. August 13th.
Megamind. A satirical take on superhero movies, in which a notorious villain loses his oomph after he accidentally kills his nemesis. Pros: Tina Fey, Jonah Hill. Cons: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt. Hmm. November 5th.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace and their royal friend King Caspian, find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to the Dawn Treader. As they embark on an incredible adventure of destiny and discovery, they confront obstacles beyond imagination. When I heard that Disney had dumped the Narnia franchise, I thought that that was the end of it; but 20th Century Fox picked it up. Hard to say if that’s a good or bad thing at this stage in the game. The cast appears to be the same, which is definitely worth a few brownie points, and hopefully Fox learned that the fans of the series did not appreciate deviating from Lewis’ original work (as Disney attempted with Prince Caspian). Here’s hoping. December 10th.