2012 was a great year for movies. Luckily for us, 2013 looks primed to be another good year. With that, here’s my list of five films I’m especially looking forward to.
1) Kick Ass 2, no release date
The original Kick Ass was one of the best super hero movies of the decade. It’s an original idea based upon a comic of the same name about a kid who decides he can become a superhero even without super powers. Newcomers Aaron Taylor Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz gave outstanding performances as Kick Ass and Hit Girl. Nick Cage (one of my least favorite actors) gives an insane performance as Big Daddy. Christopher Mintz Plasse or more commonly referred to as McLovin, does terrific work as the villain trying to enter his father’s criminal empire. It’s crazy violent, raunchy, and hilarious. Jim Carrey is going to be in the new one, and that should be a big plus. I have high expectations for this film.
2) 42, April 12
Jackie Robinson is an American legend, and it’s about time there was a film dedicated to him. The man that desegregated major league baseball is an outstanding idea for a film. Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson, and from the looks of several trailers, brings tremendous onscreen presence. Adding Harrison Ford to the cast can only help. It has an old timey vibe, and I’m real excited to see this one.
3) Monster’s University, June 21
The highly successful and acclaimed Monster’s Inc. is widely considered to be one of Pixar’s greatest accomplishments. Mike Wazowski and Sulley are still some of the best animation characters we have ever seen. This, like all of Pixar’s great films, appeal to both children and adults. So as a child, I loved Monster’s Inc. as a little kid. Hopefully, Monster’s University will have the same effect.
4) Oz: The Great and Powerful, March 8
Oz has an outstanding cast headed by James Franco and Mila Kunis. Supporting characters include Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a film about Oz, and if it’s directed by Sam Raimi, with the cast this film has, you’ll have my attention. The trailer looks great, and I cannot wait to get into the theater for this one.
5) Man Of Steel, June 14
At the top of my movie turn on list: well executed superhero movies. Examples include Watchmen, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight. Man of Steel looks to run in the same vein as those films. The last time we saw Superman was Superman Returns, a major disappointment. But this film is directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. This could lead to a Justice League spin-off, with Joseph Gordon Levitt as Batman. Hard not to be excited about this one.