Opinion: Are These The Movies To Watch Out For In 2012?

Happy New Year everyone! With 2011 done and dusted, we go into 2012 with hopes and dreams that the movies we watch may inspire, entertain or educate. That my friends, is what happens in an ideal Curtis-esque world and is called wishful thinking.

However, will the films this year better than what 2011 had to offer? What movies are on your radar? Here are just a few offerings that we probably should be looking out for.


The Amazing Spider-Man

Let’s be brutally honest, there was no need to ‘reboot’ a highly successful franchise after three movies within a five year period. Take a look at the figures – Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man series, produced with a budget of approximately $597 million, amassed a whopping $2.5 billion worldwide!! Sounds like a great achievement doesn’t it?

Still the studios were not happy and their hearts were hardened – surely not helped by the reported disagreements with Raimi, leading to his withdrawal from future projects. This is such a shame as he will now never get the chance to rectify the mess and disappointment that was Spider-Man 3. That’s history now and moving forward is the aptly-named director Marc Webb’s (500 Days of Summer) vision with Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero with the lovely (and talented) Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

So why should we be excited? Well Sony are so confident of its success due to Webb’s impressive work that they have already announced a sequel! So no matter our thoughts on Spidey – whether in favour of the reboot or not, this will be a movie that we should definitely look forward to watching.

ETA – July 4th


The Dark Knight Rises

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have viewed a six minute segment of The Dark Knight Rises on the IMAX. It looked brilliant – out of this world in fact. The scene, which mainly took place on an aeroplane, featured the back-breaking Bane (Tom Hardy). Visually, it was reminiscent of Inception but this was gritty, never at any point looking like a comic book movie. This will already be most people’s pick for film of the year but if this segment was anything to go by then this is the movie to beat. Why should we be excited? Well its directed by Chris Nolan and its Batman… enough said!

 ETA – July 20th


Total Recall

With Len Wiseman at the helm, and if Die Hard 4.0 is anything to go by we can expect action from the off. Will it lack the testosterone of Paul Verhoeven’s version? Probably. Why should we look forward to this? Well the cast is pretty cool.  Since his brilliant turn in Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, Colin Farrell, who will be playing Quaid, seems to have gone on from strength to strength. Wiseman’s missus – a certain Kate Beckinsale, is also involved as is Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy and Ethan Hawke. This could be 2012’s guilty pleasure!

ETA – August 22nd




Bond will be back. Fantastic! Now here’s an opportunity to erase the memories of the very average Quantum of Solace. Sam Mendes will be directing with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007. Quality oozes through the cast with Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Albert Finney and of course Judi Dench; with the story focusing on Bond questioning his loyalty to M when her past catches up with her.


Reason to wee ourselves with excitement – it’s Bond, James Bond. 007, Licensed To Kill!

ETA – October 26th


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Is there any need to wax lyrical about the potential of this movie? No, there isn’t!

The film title, the director and the cast including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom are all reprising their roles. Does anyone feel like Pavlov’s Dog, salivating at the prospect of what could be an amazing movie? Does anyone want to ring a bell?

ETA – December 14th


Django Unchained


A Tarantino movie is like a special event. So much hype surrounds his films with everyone wondering what he will do next. Love him (I do) or loathe him, everyone has an opinion about him and his movies.

The film is a ‘Spaghetti Western’ revenge movie set in America’s Deep South during the time of slavery. So why should we rave about the prospect of Django Unchained? Well if you check out the ensemble cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Barion Cohen, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Kurt Russell it’s easy to see why.

 ETA – December 26th



Anything Park Chan-wook touches will turn into gold. Hailing from South Korea, he is one of the most gifted filmmakers of our generation. Known for the Vengeance Trilogy which includes Oldboy, Park has ventured into the unknown with his first English language movie. The story follows a teenage girl who, after the death of her father, must deal with her mysterious uncle. Written by Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, and the line up including Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode (Leap Year) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), this will be one to watch out for and could possibly be one of the surprises of the year.


ETA – tba


Other movies to consider include the moment Fanboys have been waiting for… Joss Whedon’s The Avengers where Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America et al unite to save Planet Earth against Loki and his cronies. A Dangerous Method sees Viggo Mortensen reunited with director David Cronenberg focusing on the relationships between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and the woman who comes between them Sabina Spielrein. With Mortensen as Freud, Michael Fassbender as Jung and Keira Knightley as Spielrein; this could be immense. The Woman in Black finally gets a big screen adaptation, 23 years after the TV movie by which was produced by Central Television. Daniel Radcliffe attempts to cast the Harry Potter monkey off his back by playing the lead; young lawyer Arthur Kipps. The talented Jane Goldman has penned the script but if it is half as good as the amazing stage play then this will be a success.


3 Responses to “Opinion: Are These The Movies To Watch Out For In 2012?”
  1. Mad Mack says:

    Prometheus. How could you miss that?

  2. Mark Butler says:

    Other than those mentioned in the list, I have to say I’m also incredibly excited about Prometheus (looks fantastic), not to mention the upcoming found-footage superhero drama Chronicle. That might just offer a great post-modern antidote to all the fun yet somewhat predictable comic book adaptations we’ve been drowning in for so many years (just as Kick-Ass did the other year).

  3. Leon Nicholson says:

    Sure, I left out Prometheus, as I did many others. It’s just good to start a discussion.

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