Print this one off! Here is your guide of the must-see movies of 2013, courtesy of The Daily Shift’s Katy Quinn…
2013 promises to be an exciting year for movies and will be mainly dominated by must-see sequels. I had planned on writing an article detailing perhaps five upcoming releases that you had to see. However, the list kept extending. Instead, here’s a movie planner that covers the next twelve months of releases in Irish cinemas.
January: We already well into this month but the movie I have chosen is out on Jan 25, which isn’t until next week if you’ve already lost track. Lincoln is already being hailed as one of the greatest movie achievements of our time and has been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. The story follows the American President’s fight for the emancipation of the slaves, a fight that caused a Civil War between the North and South. As countless American lives are lost, Abraham Lincoln must find a way to end the bloodshed but secure enough votes for the emancipation act to pass. This movie promises to be one of Daniel Day-Lewis’s finer moments. Let’s face it; the man doesn’t know how to make bad movies.
February: For this month I’m listing two movies, simply because I couldn’t chose one over the other. Hitchcock (Feb 8) follows Alfred and his wife Alma during the shooting of Psycho in 1959. This classic horror movie itself is synonymous with Hitchcock’s name and legacy and one worth seeing while you’re waiting for this biopic. The second movie I’ve chosen is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Feb 22). This is the story of the children from the Grimm fairy-tale fifteen years after the incident of the witch and the gingerbread house. They are now experienced bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Jeremy Renner is playing Hansel, which is enough incentive to see this movie.
March: This month sees the long awaited return of the much-missed James Franco to our cinema screens. Oz: The Great and Powerful follows a con-artist from Kansas who is swept into a magical world by none other than a tornado and he must then battle an evil sorceress, or as I prefer to call her, Wicked Witch. If you’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, think of this movie as a prequel of sorts and nobody but Disney could do it justice.
April: Robert Downey Jr reprises his role as eccentric billionaire Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 (Apr 26). This movie sees Tony Stark’s personal world destroyed by perhaps his most fearsome enemy yet (although they always say that when it’s the third instalment). Stark has to survive on his wits and this film brings into question whether or not the suit maketh the man.
May: This is going to be my favourite month of the year and I’ll tell you why. The Great Gatsby (May 17) and The Hangover: Part III (May 24)! Starting with The Hangover: Part III you have probably already guessed what the movie is about, I mean what other meaning could you take from the term hangover? This time, however, it doesn’t seem like the lads have any excuse for ending up in a state again. There is no impending wedding and no reason for a bachelor party so what could possibly go wrong? The Great Gatsby is hotly anticipated and I was disappointed to find out that it wasn’t being released in time for this year’s Oscars. Perhaps the producers felt they needed to give it a fighting chance and up against movies such as Lincoln and Les Miserables it may have been overshadowed. This movie is an adaptation F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic of the same name. We follow Nick Carraway as he gets sucked into the lavish world of Jay Gatsby. This self-made man is haunted by obsession and tragedy and as Nick uncovers the secrets Gatsby is trying so hard to hide he realises he has gotten more than he bargained for. Check out the trailer below if you want some goosebumps.
June: This is a relatively quiet month for releases, but I’ve still found two worth seeing! Man of Steel (June 14) with Henry Cavill in the hotseat as Superman. This movie just has to do well since the first remake was a complete and utter failure at the box office. I have high hopes though judging by the trailer, with Kevin Costner playing Clark’s father and the all-important build up of Superman growing from a boy to a man, this movie promises to be something special. I’m going to mention Despicable Me 2 (June 28) and since I laughed harder than all of the children in the cinema during the first one, I’ll recommend seeing it. Gru’s minions were the stars of the original and the promotional trailer had me in stitches. This is one for kids of all ages.
July: I really wasn’t sure whether to go for the comedy Kick Ass 2 (July 19) or The Wolverine (July 26). To say I’m fond of Hugh Jackman is an understatement so I simply had to choose The Wolverine. Before I get any “fake fangirl” comments over this I will also say that I loved the first Wolverine: Origins and I’m a fan of the X-Men franchise as well as the Marvel comic story. I found it hard to find any type of synopsis on the upcoming movie but what I did manage to find sounded intriguing to say the least. Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a Samurai warrior and during this trip he uncovers more of his elusive past.
August: Hello my beloved Johnny Depp! Here he comes dressed, rather comically, as the native American Tonto in the remake of The Lone Ranger (August 9). Tonto, the sidekick of the Lone Ranger, is telling the story of John Reid, a legend of justice. It promises to be filled with action and comic moments alike. Watch out for Jurassic Park 3D (August 30). If, like me, you didn’t catch it in the cinema in 1993, it promises to be good on the big screen.
September: Another month much like June, where good movie releases are scarce and the only one I could find that I thought worth mentioning was I, Frankenstein (September 1). Aaron Eckhart ,who you will remember as Two-Face from the Batman franchise, stars in this film with Bill Nighy about the monster Frankenstein being caught in a centuries old war between two clans. I don’t know what this movie will be like but being a fan of Mary Shelley’s book I would be willing to give it a chance.
October: I had no idea there was to be another Romeo and Juliet movie but I found out just that while looking for a movie for this month. I was trying to find a horror befitting Halloween but being so astonished by this revelation, I had to choose this one. The story is the same and I’m assuming, unlike the Leonardo DiCaprio version, will be set in 14th century Verona. Damian Lewis from Homeland and Band of Brothers will be playing Lord Capulet but he is listed as the principle actor so perhaps some things have been changed around from the original play. I will still be curious regardless.
November: Another month that sees two movies I simply have to talk about: Thor: The Dark World (Nov 8) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov 22). Chris Hemsworth makes his hotly anticipated return as Thor and this time the movie takes place after the events of The Avengers Assemble. Thor is reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). The race of Dark Elves is out for revenge led by Malekith and I would expect Loki to also have something to do with it. Either way, this will be an action-packed sequel and shall hopefully answer questions left after the Avengers‘ movie. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is another sequel that I cannot wait for, the books have left me wanting more and while I thought the first movie lacked… something I can’t quite place, it doesn’t make me want to see this one any less. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark make a return as they prepare for the Quarter Quell which celebrates all of those who have taken part in the Hunger Games themselves. Prepare to be lost if you have not yet seen the first movie or read the books but hurry up and do so, you won’t want to miss this.
December: Finally, as we will be preparing for yet another Christmas, the next Hobbit movie will be released. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug takes up where the last one left off; with Bilbo, Gandalf and the rest of the dwarf gang on their quest to make it to the Lonely Mountain and defeat the dragon Smaug who has holed himself up there. Benedict Cumberbatch, or Sherlock as most of us know him, does the voice of Smaug which I really can’t wait to hear. Let’s face it, this movie will be another epic masterpiece and we can expect nothing less with a director such as Peter Jackson behind the helm. I love anything that reminds me of Lord of the Rings and this movie, like the first one, will do just that.
There you have it, your movie planner for the next twelve months and you cannot deny that 2013 promises to be one of the most exciting movie years yet.