Monday, January 16, 2012
2012 Most anticipated films: February.
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D (Feb. 10) — Two Jedi Knights uncover a wider conflict when they are sent as emissaries to the blockaded planet Naboo.
I’m not normally a big fan of the 3D craze, but any excuse to see the six Star Wars films in theater again is good enough for me. Yes this is the weakest of all the live action Star Wars flicks, but director/producer George Lucas has already said that the next film in the series will only get released if the previous one makes a decent haul at the box office. I hate him for that, but I’ll be forced to sit through the prequel trilogy to get to the three I really want to see.
The Woman in Black (Feb. 3) — A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Daniel Radcliffe’s first major film appearance since the end of the Harry Potter saga. Though I’m not normally a fan of the horror genre I am very intrigued to see if Radcliffe has any real acting chops or if he was a one character wonder. This appears to be more a thriller than a horror flick anyway.
Safe House (Feb. 10) — A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.
As a big fan of Denzel Washington and a fan of most of Ryan Reynolds work this action thriller is a must see on both accounts. Based on the trailer it is well scripted and it appears to be very thought provoking. My biggest concern is that Reynolds is getting a bit old to play a ‘young’ anything these days. A different choice, or at least a slightly different script may have been called for in this case. I probably won’t rush out to a theater for this one, but I’ll definitely see it on DVD.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Feb. 17.) — As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.
Unlike many of my fellow comic book reading nerds, I didn’t hate the first Ghost Rider film. While it wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible. A major overhaul on the production side of the film, including different writers and a new director have still cast this film into a new direction. Early buzz about this movie is that it is much more true to the comic book than the first and that Nick Cage is on his game this time instead of slightly off kilter like he was according to many in the first film.