Top 5… Most anticipated films of 2012

So, last week I covered my favourite films of 2011 but what about the treasure trove of movies that are coming out in 2012? It’s impossible to tell what will be amazing and what will be rubbish but based on trailers, early buzz and directors here are my most anticipated films of 2012.

5. Underworld: Awakening (Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein)
& Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul WS Anderson)

I’m starting off with a cheat by picking these two films. They are my guilty pleasure movies and I am really pleased that new entries into both franchises are appearing this year. In January, Underworld: Awakening sees the return of Kate Beckinsale in the main role but without her husband (Len Wiseman) at the helm. The trailer makes it look exactly like the others but as I liked the others this could be a good thing! Then in September we have part five of the Resident Evil series. It could be awful (like the second one) or it could be good (like the third one) but I’ll go and see it anyway.

4. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)

Quentin Tarantino loves variation and he almost nailed the war film last time with Inglorious Basterds and in December he is going to show us what he can do with a western. As with all Tarantino films it has a cast to die for: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx…

3. Gravity (Alfionso Cuarón)

I’ve only seen two of Alfonso Cuarón’s films but they impressed me enough to make the six year wait for his next film very frustrating. He far and away made the best Harry Potter film (Prisoner of Azkaban) and then totally astounded me with a dystopian look at our future when mankind stops reproducing in Children of Men. Set in space and starring only George Clooney and Sandra Bullock this should be a very interesting film and I can’t wait until October to see it.

2. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)

Christopher Nolan has to be the most consistently fantastic director working today. His entire career is one amazing film after another and in the summer he finishes the story that made him a household name: Batman. What made The Dark Knight so amazing was the phenomenal performance by Heath Ledger. I’ll be very interested to see if Nolan can top it or even come close. His track record says he will…

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson)

And finally we have a film I didn’t think I would ever get to see directed by someone I didn’t think was going to do it. Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth. Nuff said.

Honourable mentions

  • Prometheus (Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe narrowly missed the top 5)
  • The Avengers (for Joss Whedon more than anything)
  • World War Z (Brad Pitt and zombies!)
  • Brave (Pixar, need I say more?)
  • Skyfall (Bond 23 had to be on here somewhere)
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  1. Are you going to do a ‘Your least anticipated films of 2012′ blog? :p

    One I am highly looking forward to is Woman in Black, particularly seeing how they will translate the story from the theatre production I have seen.

    • Well one of my least anticipated films would have to be Battleship. Hollywood are going to show that they really have run out of ideas!

      • Hmm just checked out the trailer to that one and it certainly looks like a good excuse to throw every kind of CGI cliché at the film.

        I’m also wary of films that are based on Computer Games.

        It certainly isn’t one that I will be spending a hard earned £5 on. :)

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  4. Some great films coming this year. I’m with you on 2,3, and 4.
    Also looking forward to:
    Seven Psychopaths (from In Bruges director)
    The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
    Looper (from Brick director)

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