5 Films Worth Looking Forward to in 2013: Part 3 – Thor The Dark World

Tied down with A level coursework and University hunting, my film blog has been forced into the back seat recently, BUT FEAR NOT. I have returned, and without wishing to waste further time, here is another film worth looking forward to this year. (If I keep going at this rate it’ll be the end of the year before I finish this series) WARNING THIS POST MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS!

Fresh from a fantastic performance as Formula One legend James Hunt, in Ron Howard’s “Rush”, Chris Hemsworth returns to the more familiar role of Thor.

File:Thor - The Dark World poster.jpgDespite the potentially very valid argument that Marvels individual superhero movies are just filler before we get an Avengers sequel, for me it is still very fair to get excited about a 2nd Thor film (and not just because Natalie Portman is in it…… although that is still a good point.) One year after the events of The avengers, Thor must fight to save the nine realms as the threat of Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) attempts to throw the Universe into Darkness.

The film is directed by Alan Taylor, which gives me hope, as he has been sitting in the main chair for multiple episodes of HBO’s much loved TV series Game Of Thrones as well as being on the books for Terminator’s recreation (expected in 2015). To add to all this, the visual effects shown in the trailer look fantastic, and to top it all off, the return of Loki (this time seemingly fighting for the right side) makes this film more than worthy of securing a place on this list.

3 things to look forward to:

  1. Thor and Loki working together: As the trailer clearly shows, Thor is relaying on his brother to help him, and that can only end well can’t it?…… well either way it should be entertaining.
  2. The Cast: Chris Hemsworth returning as the god of thunder, Tom Hiddlestone reunites with Loki and oh yes NATALIE PORTMAN is back as Jane Foster. That must be a group worth looking forward to seeing again.
  3. The Visual effects: Again, using the trailer for guidance you would have to say that the locations in this sequel look stunning, and you can certainly tell that they come from the same company that gave us The Avengers.

Thor may not be the most popular protagonist in Marvels Cinematic Universe (because lets face it, that’s Iron Man), but it’s certainly fair to say that this film has all the ingredients to be another classic. (Releasing October 30th)

(Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thor_-_The_Dark_World_poster.jpg)

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5 films worth looking forward to in 2013: Part 2 – The Desolation of Smaug

Even though I am not a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s first attempt at translating Tolkien’s classic onto the big screen (but that’s a review for another day), I cannot deny that I let out a little excited scream when I saw the first Desolation of Smaug trailer a few days ago. WARNING THIS POST MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS!

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Following a last minute escape from the pale orc, Bilbo and his companions must continue their journey to the dwarf land of Erebor in order to defeat the great dragon, Smaug……as the eagles that saved them could CLEARLY only fly them halfway to their destination. Regardless of the obvious plot holes however, there is no denying that the return of Legolas and introduction Smaug are enough to keep middle earth fans excited. The popular cast, of Martin Freeman, Ian Mckellen and co. re-appear for the penultimate part of the trilogy. If there is one thing that I would never criticize about this film’s predecessor, it is the acting, and I hope the well loved characters are presented as well as they were in An Unexpected Journey. Unsurprisingly, this film follows some of Jackson’s styles from the first film, including the controversial 48 frames per second camera’s, which possibly caused more debate than the actual film did. To add to this, the more childish personas from this tale, full of talking dragons and a weed smoking brown wizards return, which is undeniably a huge change to the darker and more war driven tales of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Desolation of Smaug also brings with it the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch, voicing the evil, gold crazed Dragon, and even the brief dialogue that fans have heard in the latest teaser trailer was enough to convince me that he is perfect for the role. The question is, can he be defeated by a tiny burglar from the shire? Well, as there is part 3 still to come in 2015,  it shouldn’t be too hard to work out really!

3 things to look forward to:

  1. The return of Legolas: Orlando Bloom is reunited with his role as the arrow firing, Dwarf insulting, orc killing legend that is Legolas, and again if the trailer is any indication of what is to come, we should get more of the character we know and love from LOTR.
  2. The Pale Orc continues: I may be one of the few people who genuinely enjoyed the introduction of the Pale Orc, his story may well have been introduced purely to add filler so 3 films could be made out of this otherwise short story (as some skeptics claim), but for me the added narrative is still interesting and a rematch between the one armed monster and our team of hero’s is certainly worth looking forward to.
  3. Smaug: FINALLY, after so much hype and sitting through an entire first film only to find out that we won’t see the dragon for another year, Smaug will finally hit the big screen and if the incredible CGI in an Unexpected journey was anything to go by, it should be epic.

The Desolation of Smaug, is one of, if not THE most anticipated film of 2013 and I like many others can’t wait to flock to the cinema to see how chapter 2 of The Hobbit trilogy unfolds (Releasing December 11th)

(Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Hobbit_-_The_Desolation_of_Smaug_Teaser_Poster.jpg)

5 films worth looking forward to in 2013: Part 1 – Catching Fire

It has been 11 long days since my last post, but in all fairness I’m 18, I’m a male, and GTA 5 came out last week. Frankly It’s a miracle that I have managed to rip myself away from the screen long enough to write anything. WARNING THIS POST MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS!

There may only be just over 3 months left of the year, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing left to look forward to on the big screen in 2013. Over the next few weeks I shall be listing 5 films that I cannot wait to role into my local cinema in the final months of this year, starting with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.   File:The Hunger Games-Catching Fire Theatrical Poster.jpg

Following the success of the first film, Lionsgate bring us the highly anticipated sequel to the movie adaptation of Susan Collins popular novel series. As you might expect the same cast of stars return for Catching Fire, including Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen and fans everywhere will be dying to see another great performance from the admired young actress.

(If you don’t want to know any details for this film, I suggest you stop reading now)

Catching Fire follows up where the last film left off. Katniss Everdeen and fellow champion Peeta Mellarck (Played by Josh Hutcherson) return home to their families after narrowly escaping the 74th annual Hunger Games with their lives. The reunion is short lived however as with a warning from President Snow still fresh in her ears, Katniss must embark on a victory tour, parading through all of the districts without encouraging escalation for an already brewing rebellion. Then there is the Quarter quell to worry about, which is effectively the Hunger Games with a twist, and it brings with it some horrific news for both Katniss and Peeta. They are going back into the arena. If you thought the first games where a challenge for our heroes, wait until you see them thrown into a fight to the death with 22 former victors of past Hunger Games.

3 things to look forward to:

  1. The Arena: If you have read the books or even seen the trailer for Catching Fire you should understand the fans excitement at the incredible environment for the 75th Games
  2. The Peeta v.s Gale Saga: As katniss struggles through inner turmoil over where her heart truly lies, it should be very interesting to see how both Liam Hemsworth (Gale) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) portray their characters in their pursuit of District 12’s female champion.
  3. The New additions to the cast:  the addition of more characters means more actors and actresses to represent the loved and hated personas of the Catching Fire Novel. It should be great to see how the performances from the new additions to the franchise go down with the book fans and thier high expectations.

The Hunger Games may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are a fan of the books or you found yourself entertained by Catching Fires predecessor, it would be hard not to look forward to this Blockbuster. (Releasing November 22nd)

(Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Hunger_Games-Catching_Fire_Theatrical_Poster.jpg)